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September 3, 2015 - DoorBird, previously only known in the European WiFi doorbell system market, is coming across the pond.
September 3, 2015 - Designed to fit shallow plenums above ceilings in residential and light commercial settings, the new Aether downlight from WAC Lighting is engineered with a low-profile 3.5-in. LED housing. This housing is ideal for installation in small ceiling spaces inside buildings with complex HVAC ducts and heating/water pipes that are located between the floors, WAC says.
August 28, 2015 - Streetworks Verdeon light-emitting diode (LED) roadway luminaire is a new street light product from Eaton.
August 27, 2015 - Giving integrators a key control component to the On-Q digital audio system, Legrand has introduced its “digital audio high performance amplified keypad” (AU7050), an in-wall keypad that delivers power at 60W to a zone within the digital audio system.
August 26, 2015 - Platinum Tools says it has expanded its structured wiring solutions to include new Keystone jacks, couplers, and multi-port wall plates for data, voice, and video installations and applications.
August 25, 2015 - Greenlee says its new BendWorks software helps designers optimize conduit runs more efficiently.
August 25, 2015 - Eaton says its new E2VAC mining circuit breaker is a low-voltage, vacuum-based breaker solution with advanced monitoring and optional integral remote racking. Designed to "improve reliability, productivity and worker safety" in powercenters and other panel applications in underground mining and metals operations, the E2VAC’s vacuum contactor technology reduces the risk of energy released during an arc event.
August 25, 2015 - Dual-Lite has launched the Nema 4X Dynamo emergency light. Designed for complex industrial applications, the high-output Dynamo enables spacing up to 74 ft at 12 ft mounting heights or 81 ft at 7.5 ft mounting heights—the widest spacing in the industry, Dual-Lite says. Plus, the LED emergency egress luminaire includes a lifetime LED warranty—an industry first, according to the company.
August 24, 2015 - MaxLite says it has given its omnidirectional LED A-lamp a makeover. Redesigned with a rounder, more traditional bulb shape, MaxLite’s Energy Star qualified LED omnidirectional A19 lamp looks just like a traditional incandescent bulb. But, unlike previous omnidirectional models, the heat sink is concealed by a white surface on the lower half of the lamp.
August 24, 2015 - When cutting holes through thicker materials, often multiple passes are required as standard hole saws do not have the depth needed, says Diablo. That’s not the case with the company’s new hole saws, which provide cutting length to bore deeper holes in a single pass.
August 24, 2015 - The Versipole configurable series power distribution blocks are not a “chip off the old block”, says Burndy. These are typically used in electrical panels and wire ways for splicing cables and distributing power from primary runs to secondary/branch circuits.
August 24, 2015 - Schneider Electric has launched an app that puts 24/7 support at customers’ fingertips. The Customer Care app gives customers access to expert support with online self-service features and in-depth information available at all times. On top of that, the app makes it easier than ever to contact a Schneider Electric representative, the company says.
August 31, 2015 - Chrysler has issued a recall for the Dodge 2007 Sprinter vehicles due to concerns with the airbag.
August 20, 2015 - The Electrical Safety Authority is notifying the public that Cordelia Lighting has announced a voluntary corrective action program for its commercial dual light emergency fixture, model HB9013P.
August 17, 2015 - UL has issued a warning in regards to a LED floodlight that bears a counterfeit UL mark. The floodlight has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if this floodlight complies with any safety requirements, UL says.
August 17, 2015 - Black Ice and Silver Lining are the newest flame resistant (FR) base layer protection products from National Safety Apparel (NSA).
August 14, 2015 - Certain UL holographic labels have been reported stolen from an authorized manufacturing location in China.
August 12, 2015 - Following the death of a 40-year-old crane operator in May 2015 at a wind energy site, Wanzek Construction of Nebraska (headquartered in North Dakota) was issued a serious safety violation for exposing workers to struck-by hazards.
August 10, 2015 - The CBS ArcSafe RRS-3 HK allows technicians to remotely rack in or out the HK-style medium-voltage power circuit breaker from a distance, while remaining stationed outside of the arc flash boundary.
August 6, 2015 - Matheson Constructors Ltd. and two supervisors have pleaded guilty and have been fined a total of $133,000 after a fall at a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) garage in which one worker died and another suffered broken bones.
July 30, 2015 - Daimler Trucks has issued a recall on certain vehicles equipped with Cummins Westport ISL-G engines, according to Transport Canada.
July 30, 2015 -  BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has opened the call for nominations for the Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards 2015, which include a category for Excellence in Electrical Safety.
July 10, 2015 - HD Electric Company has introduced its new PRX-4 proximity voltage detector. It provides utility professionals, arborists and first responders with a safety tool that will alert them to potentially dangerous high voltage in their work areas.
June 22, 2015  - National Safety Apparel (NSA) has released its new arc flash head protection: the ArcGuard faceshield. It boasts features such as high-visible light transmission for increased visibility, an attached see-through chin cup for enhanced peripheral vision, and a lightweight design, according to the company.
July 29, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA SBP 4-2015 Low Frequency Audible Signals.
July 27, 2015 - IEEE says it has enhanced IEEE 80 “Guide for Safety in AC Substation Grounding”. The guide now presents “more detailed information on the methods used to determine the current value to be used in the Guide design equations and presents new equations to determine the current capabilities of bi-metallic materials that can be used in ground grids”, the association says.
July 20, 2015 - If you work in industry (like, say, a power plant) and think people will enjoy discovering your world , then ISO says its new 13810 standard on industrial tourism is for you.
July 20, 2015 - ISO 9001 “Quality Management Systems” has reached the final stage of its latest revision process (the new edition is expected September 2015), and ISO member countries have two months to form a national position and vote on the latest draft before the September 9, 2015, deadline.
July 9, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (U.S.) published NEMA 5-2015, which provides information on the proper application and installation of surface non-metallic raceway permitted for use in dry and non-hazardous locations, and areas not subject to physical abuse, in accordance with CE Code-Part I (and NEC).
June 30, 2015 - The American National Standard Practice for Office Lighting (RP-1-12) is now available in both French and Spanish, announced the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).
June 19, 2015 - CSA Group has published a new standard that aims to and protect underground infrastructure such as pipelines, electrical and telecom cables.
June 17, 2015 - Last night, CSA Group presented its 2015 Awards of Merit to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in developing voluntary standards and who, through technical, administrative or special standards activities, have advanced the purpose of CSA Group. Among this year’s winners are:
June 17, 2015 - During the CE Code-Part I Committee meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont., several members were recognized for their years of dedication to the committee. Kudos to the following:
June 17, 2015 - Back in March, we informed you Standards Council of Canada (SCC) put out a call to all young electrotechnology professionals for a chance to win a trip to the 6th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals workshop in Minsk, Belarus. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Dustin Tessier!
June 16, 2015 - IEEE says it has updated standard IEEE 1264 - the Guide for Animal Deterrents for Electric Power Supply Substations. To address reliability and safety, and minimize associated revenue loss, this guide provides methods and designs to mitigate interruptions, equipment damage and personnel safety issues resulting from animal intrusions into electric power supply substations.
May 20, 2015 - BICSI has released its latest standard, titled ANSI/BICSI 006-2015, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design and Implementation Best Practices.
September 3, 2015 - Bruce Power says it has launched an initiative to encourage its suppliers to become members of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses (CCAB), in order to strengthen links to Aboriginal communities and businesses.
September 3, 2015 - The K2 Wind power facility held a grand opening hosted by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Capital Power Corp., and Pattern Energy Group Inc. recently. The 270MW facility is located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) in southwestern Ontario, and is expected to generate energy for approximately 100,000 homes annually, Pattern Energy says.
September 2, 2015 - Temporary power specialists at Trinity Power Rentals were recently involved with the installation of an alternative to flaring sweet natural gas at a remote Alberta location.
September 2, 2015 - Solar power production in British Columbia is growing, says SkyFire Energy, a solar contractor. And now, B.C. is home to SunMine, the largest solar PV system in Western Canada with solar trackers, according to SkyFire Energy, the construction manager and installer of SunMine.
September 2, 2015 - The Government of New Brunswick has posted draft regulations online for a program that aims to help “local entities and aboriginal communities” to develop renewable energy projects.
September 1, 2015 - The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has released its 2015 Sustainable Electricity Annual Report, titled “Delivering Value to Canadians”. The report highlights that CEA member companies achieved a 5.8% reduction in GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in 2014, contributing to a 22% reduction in carbon emissions over the last five years.
August 31, 2015 - As wind turbines proliferate, researchers at the University of Kansas are looking at how these “forests of turbines” affect the wind itself: what happens to the wind when a larger number of wind turbines removes increasingly more of the energy of atmospheric motion?
August 31, 2015 - PowerStream says it broke ground last week on the construction of a system that, when completed in 2016, will provide up to 11 hours of backup power supply for approximately 400 of the utility’s customers in Penetanguishene, Ont.
August 28, 2015 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Coral Rapids Power (CRP)—a company wholly owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN)— say they are building a new 28MW hydroelectric generating station, located north of Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.
August 28, 2015 - An agreement between Wataynikaneyap Power, a partnership of 20 Ontario First Nation communities, and FortisOntario and Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) was recently signed, stating plans to connect 16 remote First Nations communities that currently rely on diesel power to the electricity grid.
August 24, 2015 - Milbank says it has a new 12kW home standby generator. Installed on residential properties to provide backup power in the event of an outage, the 12kW model provides homeowners with a “smaller, quieter and more powerful” generator solution.
August 24, 2015 - A mobile generator at the Northwest Territories Power Corp.’s (NTPC) Jackfish plant sustained damage from a fire earlier this month, NTPC says. No one was injured during the incident and no power outage occurred.
May 4, 2015 - You work hard to establish a safe work environment that helps ensure your employees return home in one piece at the end of the day... it’s time you were recognized!
May 7, 2015 - The room was packed yesterday at the latest Ontario Energy Network luncheon, as the province’s power players gathered to hear from outgoing president & CEO of Ontario Power Generation, Tom Mitchell.
March 9, 2015 - Perhaps the ultimate display of high-performance housing of the future is the Net Zero Energy (NZE) home, but what are the ramifications, truly, in terms of sustainability?
February 11, 2015 - I came home from today’s Ontario Energy Network luncheon feeling pumped about Canada’s nuclear power legacy.
February 11, 2015 - This coming Sunday, Canada’s national flag turns 50!
January 5, 2015 - Our friends at Samsung want EBMag readers to enjoy the latest and greatest in smartphones for the professional tradesperson with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Built to military spec and IP67-rated, this smartphone resists salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation and thermal shock.
December 11, 2014 - Ontario’s Ministry of Energy did not develop a cost-benefit analysis nor a business case before it made the decision in 2004 to install smart meters across the province, and the business case it released after the decision was seriously flawed, says Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk in her 2014 Annual Report.
November 20, 2014 - While accepting this year’s Probyn Prize, outgoing APPrO chair Sam Mantenuto suggested that, while IESO is the sole buyer of power in Ontario, “please don’t behave like one”.
November 5, 2014 - “Today marks the 75th anniversary of Canada’s longest-running radio program—the National Research Council Time Signal,” announced Ed Holder, Canada’s minister of state (science and technology). “Over the decades, Canadians and Canadian businesses have depended on the long dash as the standard by which to set their clocks.”
October 3, 2014 - Canada has passed Bill C-8 a.k.a. the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (still to get through Senate) but what, in practical terms, does that mean for anyone? EBMag reached out to national (if not international) counterfeit expert Lorne Lipkus of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP to help us better understand what, if anything, has changed.
September 26, 2014 - Earlier this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) conducted its 2014 Economic Forecast Day, where the organization brought in a several economists to talk about the state of affairs—domestically and internationally—in an attempt to help member businesses make informed decisions.
July 29, 2014 - I recently learned the YWCA Toronto—in partnership with Centennial College—is running a 34-week Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Training Program for women to give them a chance at a career in the skilled trades, and the students need your help!