Unusual Sockets Special: Designer Sockets
31 Aug

Unusual Sockets Special: Designer Sockets

How designer sockets can add a touch of class

Designer sockets post image by Innershadows Photography (via Shutterstock).

The common and garden white UK 3-pin socket. Typical of many homes and offices across the United Kingdom. Image by Innershadows Photography (via Shutterstock).

Everywhere you go from Penzance to Kirkwall, the bog-standard British three-pin socket is made of white plastic. Sometimes, aluminium with a bit of white plastic around the pins. In some homes, hotels, and offices, common and garden sockets eschew white for brass or chrome. The former offers a classic Victorian feel, in spite of the fact very few places had electricity. Back then, the National Grid was a mere fantasy.

Read more »

In Video: a Look at Rittal Enclosures
21 Aug

In Video: a Look at Rittal Enclosures

For your viewing pleasure, a selection of video clips featuring various Rittal Enclosures

Stainless Steel Rittal Enclosures image by Elena Pominova

Stainless Steel Enclosures image by Elena Pominova (via Shutterstock).

We at Total Control and Distribution are very proud of the products we sell. All of which are sourced from high quality manufacturers of international standing. These include Rittal, Pepperl+Fuchs, and SES-Sterling. On our website, we have shown you the aforementioned products in still photography form. In this blog post, we shall be showing you a collection of videos featuring Rittal enclosures.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy our carefully chosen selection of video clips, featuring Rittal’s range of enclosures. Designed for all weathers and environments.

Read more »

The Importance of Cable Glands And Their Uses
18 Aug

The Importance of Cable Glands And Their Uses

A plain English guide on the merits of cable glands and why they matter

Cable glands.

A red cable gland. Or a red cable connector – as they call cable glands in America.

With badly managed electrical installations, we all know the repercussions too well. For example, electrical fires; your lives at risk; also, at best, confusion. Exposed ends are a no-no, whether you are dealing with electrical cables or fibre optic wiring. This is where cable glands perform a vital role.

Read more »

An Everyperson’s Guide to Stainless Steel Enclosures
21 Jul

An Everyperson’s Guide to Stainless Steel Enclosures

Why stainless steel enclosures are a must for any road, rail, electrical, and telecommunications networks

Stainless Steel Enclosures image by Elena Pominova

Stainless steel enclosures image by Elena Pominova (via Shutterstock).

Of any electrical or telecommunications based installation, stainless steel enclosures are a most important part of the system. Without which, our electrics or broadband access would go to pot. If you travel by train, and are familiar with disruptions due to cable theft, the system grinds to a halt. Without enclosures, rain and rats can disrupt the system and electricians would be electrocuted on the job.

Read more »

Unusual Sockets: The Wandsworth 3 Pin Socket
13 Jul

Unusual Sockets: The Wandsworth 3 Pin Socket

Continuing our look at unusual sockets, we look at Wandsworth’s take on the 3 pin plug

Wandsworth Pins Configuration

Like a 3 pin plug though with a circular Earth pin.

Wandsworth are one of the oldest manufacturers of electrical equipment in the UK. In 1904, they were formed in Birmingham as the Wandsworth Electrical Manufacturing Company. They settled on the name from this part of London, as one of the founding members hailed from there. In 1952, they moved to a new site on the outskirts of Woking, where they remain today. Read more »

All You Need to Know About IMO Precision Controls
11 Jul

All You Need to Know About IMO Precision Controls

What we know about IMO and its precision components

ER2.5, ER4BLUE

In the great scheme of things, being in business for 45 years is quite a good innings. Especially as a lot of new businesses fail within their first year. IMO, based in London off the North Circular Road, have been going since 1972. Their customers include a variety of public and private sector operations, with the Royal Navy being its most notable contract to date.

Read more »

Now You Can Get LED Lighting for Rittal Enclosures
20 Jun

Now You Can Get LED Lighting for Rittal Enclosures

How the cost of LED lighting has permitted their use in Rittal enclosures

LED Lighting Rittal enclosures image by Story (via Shutterstock).

Affordable: recent changes to Rittal enclosures now allow for LED lighting systems, due to their economy and low operating voltages. Image by Story (via Shutterstock).

LED lighting has reached a low enough price point, where they have replaced standard light bulbs on street lighting. Today’s LED lighting has a brightness that equals halogen and sodium lights, whether as blue lighting or yellow lighting. With the above factors, they have become an attractive option for enclosures. As standard, Rittal enclosures now allow for their inclusion.

Read more »

Sofisolar Swiss SA Taken Over by Gewiss Group
07 Jun

Sofisolar Swiss SA Taken Over by Gewiss Group

51% of Sofisolar Swiss stake bought by Gewiss Group

After a two-year partnership with the Gewiss Group, Sofisolar Swiss SA has been acquired by Gewiss this week. The Italian manufacturer of electrical enclosures bought a 51% share of the Italian-Swiss company. Sofisolar Swiss SA specialise in the manufacture of photovoltaic system solar panels, LED lighting, and energy distribution systems.

Read more »

The Wonder of Wholesale Electrical Supplies
05 Jun

The Wonder of Wholesale Electrical Supplies

Wholesale electrical supplies, from your friendly local distributor

TCAD: your one-stop wholesale electrical suppliers. Here's our humble abode as seen on Google Street View.

Our humble abode: TCAD’s base in Stockton-on-Tees (Google Street View).

Location is everything when you’re looking for a dependable source for wholesale electrical supplies. Imagine you’re an electrical contractor in the midst of an urgent maintenance job. You may be searching for a certain part but time is money. The last thing you want to do is travel great distances, especially for the smallest of components. We know ourselves how troublesome the A66 and A135 could be at certain times of the day.

Read more »

A Look at How and Why Cable Ties Were Invented
02 May

A Look at How and Why Cable Ties Were Invented

A look at the origins of cable ties and why they matter

Cable Ties

In plastic as well as nylon and steel forms, no wiring system can do without cable ties.

Since the dawn of time, there has been several basic yet useful inventions of our time that has made life easier. First came the wheel. Then came the door. Then came the candle. In our industry, there is one invention which is just as important as electricity generation itself. You may have come across them in any three of E.L. James’ books but we shan’t elaborate on that. Enter stage left, cable ties.

Read more »