Advice line for PCB capacitors

The capacitor division of ABB Power T&D has set up a free advice line for anyone worried about the need to register and dispose of dangerous PCB-type capacitors that were fitted as power factor correction devices to switchboards and motors until 1978.

The move is in response to the Government decision to dispose of some 450,000 of these devices by the end of 1999. First they must be registered with a yet-to-be-named authority. The PCB hotline is 0800 783 4913.


Deep hole drilling specialist Mollart of Chessington, Surrey provides a subcontract service for machine holes as fine as 0.9mm and up to 350mm deep. Holes below 2mm diameter can be drilled 10 times faster than normal EDM methods with hole size, geometry and surface finish guaranteed. Typical applications are in fuel injection, electronic and medical equipment.


Manufacturers are to be offered an ultra-fast product testing service of typically three to five days’ turnaround, at the Product Service test laboratory at Fareham, Hampshire. The company has linked with US-based QualMark which developed the Halt highly accelerated life testing and Hass stress screening methods.

Test, certification and assessment services cover climatic, vibration, shock, EMC, telecoms and safety requirements.


The Hydraulic Centre in Coventry repairs major makes of hydraulic equipment including obsolete pumps and valves. Facilities include seven pump test rigs ranging from 15-25hp, three valve and cylinder test rigs and a volumetric stretch test rig for bladder type accumulators up to 54 litres.