The combined strength of the Zest WEG Group of companies will be showcased at Electra Mining, with an integrated display of products and expertise that reflects the group’s culture of quality and service excellence across the board.

Zest Electric Motors’ highly customer-centric approach –24/7 support, technicians deployed throughout the country and into Africa, as well as internal and external sales support – has effectively permeated into Zest WEG Group companies and today it offers the same magnitude of support,” says Jamie Wilson, marketing manager of the Zest WEG Group. “The Zest WEG group is an acknowledged leader in the supply of electric motors and drives, motor control panels, generator sets, energy solutions, and ancillary products and services. After marketing internationally renowned WEG products for the past three decades, we’ve enjoyed the full backing of WEG as our holding company since 2010.”

This will be Zest’s 16th consecutive appearance at Electra Mining.

“A team of sales engineers will be on hand to present our equipment and answer visitors’ questions. We’re also setting up a mock-up of our small works division in action, which includes Zest WEG Group’s learnership programme.”

Zest Electric Motors

Expressing the Zest WEG Group’s focus on green energy efficiency, Zest Electric Motors will showcase the motor drive combination of the WEG W22 electric motor coupled with its WEG CFW11 variable speed drive technology.

WEG’s innovative three-phase W22 motor, available locally from Zest Electric Motors, provides an energy-efficient solution to reducing industrial energy consumption. The WEG CFW11 series of inverters includes state-of-the-art technology for three-phase induction motor control and was developed to boost customer productivity.

Also on show at the Zest WEG Group stand will be the WEG SSW7000 medium voltage soft starter, which uses state-of-the-art technology to provide start/stop control and protection for three-phase medium voltage induction motors in the 2.3 to 6.9 kV range.

Zest WEG Group’s switchgear division will be introducing its new range of miniature contactors and motor protection circuit breakers with spring loaded terminal connection. Also on show will be the recently upgraded range of DWA moulded case circuit breakers along with a full range of capacitors and also WEG’s state-of-the-art SRW01 smart relay.

The WEG W22X flameproof motor in the W22 mould will be exhibited on the stand to highlight the importance of its classification that includes gas groups IIA, IIB and IIC. Supplied in frame sizes from 71 and upwards, these ATEX/IECEx certified motors are designed to cope with the rigours of aggressive and explosive atmospheres, while delivering the added benefits of high efficiency, (IE2/IE3 energy efficiency rating), minimised noise, vibration and low operating temperature for increased reliability and safety.

Zest Energy

Zest Energy is experiencing robust growth across the African continent in three key energy generation arenas: power generation, substations and cogeneration. The Zest Energy team will be at Electra Mining to engage with engineers specialising in substation and reticulation projects. Their solutions are proving comprehensive, innovative and cost effective.

Shaw Controls

Shaw Controls, a manufacturer of motor control centres, portable containerised substations and various other electrical panels, has invested R25 million to date in a full-scale company-wide expansion project that has streamlined processes and systems across the board, moving the company closer to becoming South Africa’s number one motor control centre and container substation manufacturer.

New developments include a new 1 000 m2 in-house container conversion yard that puts the company at the forefront of container conversions on the continent. Having a dedicated facility makes it possible to conduct preliminary preparation work on stock containers, allowing Shaw Controls to expedite new orders very quickly.

EnI Electrical

In recent months, EnI Electrical, a specialist electrical, instrumentation and control systems construction company, has secured significant orders in mining hot-spots across the continent, with most of its work being conducted beyond South Africa’s borders. A major factor in the company’s success is the Zest WEG Group’s collective robust relationships with customers operating in Africa, which has yielded many package deals, stimulating growth for all members of the group. EnI is currently at work in Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

IMS Cape

Cape Town-based IMS, specialist in mobile power plants, will be exhibiting a locally built diesel generator at Electra Mining Africa this year. As Cape Town’s oldest and largest generator set manufacturer, IMS Cape has a reference base which goes back more than 30 years and the company can list many of South Africa’s major corporations among its customers.

Striving for a paperless stand

“For the first time at Electra Mining we will be making the entire collection of WEG, Zest and affiliated product brochures and tools available in CD format,” says Wilson. “Visitors will be able to utilise interactive audio-visual interfaces, guided by our sales force, through the interactive use of iPads and large flat screen displays. In keeping with this year’s green focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, we’re striving to achieve a paperless stand. Whatever information visitors require will be e-mailed to them in pdf format.

“Our overall theme this year reiterates our ‘passion through our people’ drive, featuring graphic displays from our advertising campaign. We want to let more and more people know that we are so much more than a products company. We’ve evolved into a solutions company with an immense depth and breadth of skills and experience.”

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