Wednesday 30 October 2013

Silver Fox helps renewable energy engineers turn time into profit

The growing popularity of renewable – or ‘green’ – energy has seen a great many solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, or panels, appearing on the roofs of both commercial and domestic buildings in recent years. Using this ‘clean energy’ means that users reduce their carbon emissions by up to one tonne a year.
The solar PV cells convert solar radiation into direct current electricity and their numbers have been doubling every two years since 2002.
Solar PV systems can be built in various configurations, notably:
Off-grid without battery (array-direct)
Off-grid with battery storage for DC-only appliances
Off-grid with battery storage for AC and DC appliances
Grid-tie without battery
Grid-tie with battery storage
However, they all need to be appropriately and durably labelled – for the benefit of installation engineers and users alike. Providing these solar power labels - especially solar power warning labels has become a specialism of the UK-based labelling solutions manufacturer, Silver Fox.
Its solar panel warning labels are designed for use on solar PV system installations and comprise pre-printed warning labels produced to comply with DTI guidelines (DTI/Pub URN 06/1972 Guide to the installation of PV systems 2nd Edition). Made of high quality, durable polyethylene and inks, with an acrylic adhesive to ensure good performance for both internal and external use, each label measures 92mm x 30mm.
Customers either buy these labels on rolls or sheets. There are ten label types on a roll and there are 100 labels on a roll. Buying the labels in sheets means being provided with eight labels per sheet and ten sheets per pack.
Nico Frame, Silver Fox’s Marketing Manager, commented: “What sets Silver Fox apart from other companies is the commitment of its team to give exceptional service and support. Our whole philosophy is that we’re there to help. And, as a UK manufacturer, the delivery we offer is extremely prompt. Even for very large project orders, we work with our customers to schedule deliveries to best suit them.
“And if there are questions or issues, as a matter of routine we follow up with our customers to ensure they’re satisfied and we’ve addressed all their questions. We don’t just assume that their silence is sufficient.”
“Silver Fox has been at the forefront of the development of innovative durable and time-saving labelling solutions for over 30 years – so it was a natural move for us to develop solar power labels,” explained Nick Michaelson, Silver Fox’s CEO. “Our solutions rank up against some of the largest companies in our business and still we’re relentlessly evolving and improving our solutions.
“The impetus for this comes both from our own product development team and, most importantly, from user feedback. This feedback from our customers across the world is particularly helpful.  We know engineers are very sensible people and their common sense approach matches exactly our own approach to labelling.  That’s perhaps part of what brings the smiles to their faces when they see our solutions.
“What they want are solutions that are easy to set up and easy to use; powerful enough to address their real world needs; simple and fast to run,” he said. “They want labels from a dependable source and the final products that are reliable and durable. We totally agree!
“Of course, in the current economic climate, our customers are increasingly cost-conscious and, in a very important way, using our labels can save them significant amounts of time,” Nick continued. “Our goals are to make labelling simple, fast and effective while offering exceptional levels of customer service and continue to offer industry leading innovation – or, put simply, working to turn Time into Profit.”
This article has been written by Bob Little. To find out more about Silver Fox and receive regular updates on its products and activities, subscribe to its free newsletter.

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