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From DIY enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to small and mid-sized businesses, air compression is often a critical commodity that is integral to the core business offering and as such must be able to perform at optimum levels. Yet in South Africa’s tough economic climate, smaller businesses make air compression choices based on cost, which can ultimately affect the quality of their product offering.
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Next week will prove to be a busy week for local agricultural communities, with two highly anticipated events taking place simultaneously. The internationally-acclaimed NAMPO Harvest Day and Hartebeestloop Bonsmaras will draw crowds in both the Free State and Namibia, and Probe Corporation SA (Pty) Ltd, South Africa's largest importer of premium, maintenance-free, fit and forget batteries and a leader in rotating electrics, will be present at both events.
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Situated at Probe’s head office in Germiston is a hidden gem; the Probe auto-electrical workshop which is one of the largest of its kind in South Africa. Derrick Storm, the workshop manager, oversees a team of skilled workers who spend their days repairing products such as starters, alternators and fan hubs for trucks, remanufacturing starters and alternators and developing innovative repair solutions.
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An important factor in providing the complete power package isn’t necessarily auto-electric - it’s you, our customer. You spoke and we listened in the compilation of our industrial starter motor repair kit.
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“My driver called me and advised that the truck’s battery was badly burnt. I thought ‘no ways, how is that possible?’ He sent photos and I couldn’t understand how a battery could be that badly damaged to the extent that the battery casing and cables had all melted. In my anger of course I said, ‘You had better have been braaing some good steak!’.
On a serious note, this is a problem and it is important for customers to be aware that looking after the battery is a critical responsibility which falls to them. In this article I would like to point out a few things that can assist our customers to avoid similar occurrences, albeit not as disastrous as ‘braaing the battery’.
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Within the next few years, almost all newly-manufactured cars (90%) will have built-in functionality that can contribute to a cleaner environment. Stop-start technology reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions by reducing the amount of time the engine spends idling, especially when sitting in gridlocked traffic. And idling is a huge waste of petrol (and money). In the United States alone, idling can waste as much as 3.9 billion gallons of petrol. Gains from the stop-start technology can be anywhere from 3 to 10 percent, potentially as high as 12 percent; the longer you sit, the more you gain.