Wieland makes the right connection with Joe Manby

Wieland Electric has worked closely with event services company Joe Manby Limited to help design the company’s extended ‘plug and play’ electrical system which incorporates a discreet new EcoWire consumer unit.  The new system, introduced by Joe Manby Limited to help eliminate waste and improve the efficiency of its electrical installation service, has just been used for the first time with great success at the London Bridal Fair in Olympia.

Designed specifically for exhibition use, to be less obtrusive than a traditional consumer unit, the new unit has been developed in house by Joe Manby Limited’s electrical team, led by director Charles Paines who worked with the technical team at Wieland Electric, a global market leader in pluggable electrical installation technology. Previously, the mains and sub circuits were plugged into the top of the unit but the new unit has been designed so that the plugs are slotted into recessed mains inlets and outlets at the side, keeping the top clutter-free and creating a cleaner line for better ‘on-stand’ aesthetics.  Trunking clipped onto the top of the shell scheme helps to keep the cable runs neat and tidy, enabling the company to distribute the mains on a block of stands more efficiently using Wieland’s new RST 32a connectors and install the sub-circuits neatly, plugged in via the side of the consumer unit.

Says Charles: “We introduced our EcoWire system over four years ago with great success but we are continually looking to evolve the product.  Our new consumer unit has been developed by our in house team together with Wieland Electric, using their new RST 32a connectors, which allows for smaller mains inlet and outlets.  This has created a more streamlined look, whilst still maintaining our ethos of being both practical and environmentally sustainable.  We are confident that the new consumer unit will be well received by our exhibitors as we strive to continue to offer a high level of service using quality products.  We aim to improve our existing quality stock levels by additional investment in more consumer units over the next 12 months.”

The system has allowed the company to replace time-consuming traditional hardwiring, which industry regulations dictated could not be reused after a show, with a simpler and swifter system that has reduced raw material wastage and can be reused on other events. It is also highly flexible and facilitates the movement of fittings such as spotlights and sockets with the minimum of disruption.