Weighbridge Lightning Protection is vital due to the fact that weighbridges technology is vulnerable to lightning strikes, the consequences of which can be very expensive to repair, not to mention the knock-on effects of the weighbridge being out of order.
There are various types of lightning strike, but the one that concerns us is the dramatic forked lightning. A weighbridge, by nature, is very unlikely to be the tallest structure in its locality and so will rarely be directly struck by lightning. If it does receive a direct hit then no weighbridge in the world could withstand the electrical energy that would strike it and then pass through its load cells as the easiest route to earth.
CWCSA approach the problem of lightning protection from the point of view of preventing damage from this dissipated energy.
Protection is provided by,
Inductive lightning protection within each load-cell,
Copper straps connecting the platform steel structure to the base plates, thus bypassing each load-cell,
Copper cables connecting each platform to an earthed spike and the instrumentation to one of the earthed spikes.
A Data protection device will be provided and installed.
A Surge protection device will be provided but not installed; the customers appointed electrician must do this into the Distribution Board.
Chairman of the board & Responsible for Finance
Qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981. He left the profession to join the Barlow Rand group in 1987 where he held various financial positions. He transferred to the Tiger Oats group as general manager of Beacon Sweets, Transvaal in the early 90’s. After that he held a number of operational MD positions in the Group before being appointed CEO of Tiger Agri and Poultry Group (currently Astral Foods Ltd). As part of a takeover engineered by Brait, he joined the OTK group (Afgri Ltd) as Deputy MD in October 2002. He was later appointed as Group MD, a position he held until he resigned in July 2008. He then joined the CBH Ltd group as CEO where he served until June 2013. He was a partner in Genesis Capital Partners since 2007. He was resoponsible for the management, aquistions and growth of the industrial porfolio of the Group’s industrial assets as well as the media assets in the USA.
Dawie, obtained a N.Dip in Electrical Eng in 1985 during a ten year tenure with the SADF. He started a Security Group in 1989; a highlight was obtaining the contract for security services for the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 1996 African Cup of Nations. During this period he read for the Senior Management Program at the University of Pretoria. He was voted South African Junior Businessman of the Year by the JAS in 1994. From 1997 he was involved in the development of the first Vehicle Management System in South Africa, resulting in the founding of Sempres International Technologies that listed in 2000. He resigned as the CEO of Sempres in 2001 and until 2009 he was the CEO of the Global Day of Prayer / Transformation Network. He is the founder member of CWCSA since 2008.
(born 1960) Jonathan, obtained a Batchelor’ of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 1983 and subsequently qualified as a Charted Accountant in 1986.
He then completed an ACMA and an MBA from Insead (France) in 1987 and 1994 respectively. He initially worked at Deloitte & Touche as an Associate Director before moving to Sefalana as an Executive Director. Since the completion of the MBA he spent eight years as a Partner at Capricorn before joining Comtech as a Managing Shareholder.
From October 2008, Jonathan, joined as a Managing Shareholder of Centurus Holdings
Brian, started his career in the early 1980's, after finishing school in Pretoria, working in various IT related positions and finishing with Sappi in 1996. Having been with Sappi for some 11 years, during which Sappi became an international player, Brian gained invaluable experience both locally and abroad in the IT arena. In 1997 he joined a privately owned entity, Comtech, and became a major shareholder and MD through to 2007 when the business was bought by the Altech Group. He then went on to head up a new entity called Altech Netstar Fleet Solutions through to mid 2009. Since then, Brian, has been involved in various entities including CWCSA as well as an export business to the Middle East and a Wind Turbine business from Holland.