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House Fire In Cheddleton Sparks Safety Warning

Firefighters are warning people to store items in their lofts safely after a blaze broke out at a semi-detached property in Cheddleton in Staffrdshire, the fire was caused by a spotlight in the hall ceiling.

“We would urge people to think very carefully about where they position items in their loft to avoid this type of incident occurring. Combustible materials such as clothing and papers should always be kept well away from light fittings.”

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths

The incident was caused when a spotlight in the hall ceiling, backing onto the loft floor, overheated and set fire to Christmas decorations that had been placed on top.

Two appliances from Leek, one from Longton and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton attended the incident on Boucher Road at 8.10am today.

The fire was well established in the roof void of one semi-detached property and had spread to the neighbouring house, although damage to the second property was minimal.

Firefighters wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze before leaving the scene at 12.40pm.

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths said: “The damage was contained to the loft of the affected property and luckily did not have a major impact on the house next door. It was an accidental ignition caused by the light fitting heating up and setting fire to a Christmas tree and festive decorations which are highly flammable.

“We would urge people to think very carefully about where they position items in their loft to avoid this type of incident occurring. Combustible materials such as clothing and papers should always be kept well away from light fittings.”

Story via Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Cheddleton Loft Fire

Cheddleton Loft Fire

£4 Million Boost To Help Switch Vans And Trucks To Electric

£4 Million Boost To Help Switch Vans And Trucks To Electric

The government is committing an additional £4 million to the Plug-In Van grant scheme extending the eligibility to larger electric vehicles.

  • electric trucks above 3.5 tonnes eligible for grants of up to £20,000
  • scheme will help improve air quality in towns and cities
  • move to electric vehicles crucial for decarbonising the transport system

Businesses will now benefit from grants up to £20,000 when switching their large trucks to electric vehicles, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced during a 3 day visit to Japan where he is meeting Japanese automotive companies.

The Plug-In Van grant has been available to small commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes since 2012, but sales of new electric vans have remained limited.

Electric vans and trucks have significant air quality benefits, as they spend much of their time in towns and city centres and over 96% of them are diesel-powered.

The government is now committing an additional £4 million to the scheme so that all vans and trucks meeting the necessary requirements are eligible as part of the drive to reduce carbon emissions from transport use.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

The electric car revolution is well underway with consumers and this funding will encourage more businesses to consider switching to cleaner vans and trucks.

Our automotive sector is thriving with the world’s most popular electric car already made in the UK and we are forging ahead to deploy new engine technology to make low-carbon vehicles mainstream, and leading the way in driverless car technology.

The government and industry continue to work together to support the UK’s world class automotive industry to ensure we continue to be the number one place in the world to develop and manufacture cars.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), a joint unit of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport, believes extending the scheme will stimulate demand for more electric vans and trucks, and consequently encourage new entrants into the electric van market.

The government and industry continue to work together to support the UK’s world class automotive industry, including on the Advanced Propulsion Centre, which has invested £1 billion to develop low carbon technologies. We have also invested £100 million in connected and autonomous vehicles, and through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles we are also helping work up the most constructive programme to support the adoption of electric vehicles.

It is the second visit the Business Secretary has made to Japan since his appointment in July 2016, highlighting the personal importance he attaches to this particular relationship. Japan is the second biggest investor in the UK and their track record of co-operation in the development of new technologies and business models is second to none. In addition to visiting Nissan, the Business Secretary also met with Honda and Toyota executives.

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story via gov.uk

Terasaki Electric TD3 M10 TD3 M06 Miniature Circuit Breaker- Recall

Terasaki Electric TD3 M10 TD3 M06 Miniature Circuit Breaker- Recall

Terasaki Electric (Europe) Ltd – The following notice has been issued by the manufacturer:

They have detected a raw material non-conformity during the quality control process. Two products were affected: TD3 M10 and TD3 M06 miniature circuit breakers. Only certain products within a specific date range are affected. No failures of installed products have been reported to the manufacturer as of the time-of-writing, but it was decided to implement product recall and withdrawal procedure as a precautionary measure:

A large number of 10 kA MCBs and 6 kA MCBs are being recalled; for a full list see:  http://www.terasaki.co.uk/1.2_News/12_Index.htm

They have already contacted their customers who have bought these items according to the records.

If you have concerns about your installed products, you may contact Terasaki.

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UK Electronics Company Develop Parts For Britwind Wind Turbines

UK electronics company develop bespoke coil and machinery for wind turbine manufacturer

AGW Electronics have designed and developed a bespoke coil and associated winding machine for UK wind turbine manufacturer Britwind.

Due to the compact nature and unusual shape of the wind turbine, standard products were unable to be used. AGW have not only ensured that the coil was wound with great control and precision, but also manufactured a specific machine allowing them to fulfil this order.

Initially, Britwind approached AGW with a prototype coil that had been made in parts where the separate wire strands had to be soldered together. This had been challenging and the coil that was developed was subject to vulnerability and quality problems, as well as taking up some needed space in the design.

AGW were able to develop a bespoke coil which had a continuous run of the wire strands (so no solder joints) despite the coil winding having to change direction.

“We knew that we would be able to provide a solution to our client’s challenge, however, initially we did not have a machine at that time that was capable of making the specified coil. As specialists in the design and manufacture of bespoke electronics components we manufactured a specific machine to allow us to fulfil their requirements.”
Nigel Godwin, MD AGW

We hope that our new development for this company will allow us to work further with other similar companies in this industry with cost effective results.

“The winding component was very technically challenging, however AGW displayed their knowledge and years of technical experience throughout the process and their winding technique achieved a very consistent control of the coil. We had great communication with AGW all the way through the project and we were very impressed by their resourcefulness in building a bespoke machine.”
Mike Wastling, Technical Director, Britwind.

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