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November 27, 2015 - According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, the global organic LED (OLED) market is estimated to generate revenue of $37.2 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 18.3% during the forecast period 2015-2020. Enhanced picture quality, high energy efficiency, increasing demand for eco-friendly products and growing government regulations would supplement the growth of the OLED market, the report found.
November 27, 2015 - Ideal Industries is now offering its 490 Series datalogging digital multimeter with a “hardened all-weather” housing for industrial environments, it says. The company says the 490 lets electricians troubleshoot problems in industrial applications such as power distribution systems, electro-mechanical equipment, and motor drives on the plant floor, as well as perform a range of basic maintenance tasks.
November 26, 2015 - The Buchanan B-Twist wire connectors from Ideal Industries feature a rounded “dial-top” that provides “fast starts, while long swept-wings improve comfort and torque, especially on large wire combinations”, the company says.
November 26, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool’s new line of Shockwave titanium Red Helix impact duty bits and cobalt Red Helix drill bits is its latest innovation in twist-drilling technology. These bits are engineered to “stay sharper longer,” says Milwaukee, and feature a Variable Helix flute geometry for faster material removal, a Chip Breaker to decrease heat build-up and a 135° split point to prevent walking.
November 26, 2015 - The new DataScout 10Gx multi-service network analyzer under the Greenlee Communications brand can be remotely controlled up to 100 ft away using any Android tablet or mobile device equipped with Bluetooth, according to Greenlee.
November 25, 2015 - New from Beacon Products is the Orbeon LED, suited for parking garage applications.
November 25, 2015 - PDUWhips, a division of Iron Box Power Distribution, has added locking IEC power cords to their existing catalogue of power cords, PDU whips, plug adapters, and custom cables.
November 23, 2015 - Dewalt has just announced an addition to its battery-powered Outdoor Power Equipment lineup: the new 40V Max brushless chainsaw.
November 20, 2015 - Customers who rely on Chevrolet and GMC trucks to get their work done can now modify all sizes of trucks with a “box delete” option, General Motors (GM) says.
November 20, 2015 - Zumtobel says it has expanded its Basys LED product range to include luminaires for downlight, wallwasher and adjustable applications, and to introduce the patented tiltShift technology.
November 20, 2015 - Halco Lighting Technologies has introduced the LED Floodlight series, as replacements for 100W, 175W and 400W HID fixtures.
November 20, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool says the next generation of their Shockwave Impact Duty driver bits has arrived. These feature an optimized Shockzone geometry to provide up to 30 times longer life and absorb three times more torque vs. other impact bits, Milwaukee says.
December 1, 2015 - Veridian Connections is celebrating its employees who have amassed more than 1 million hours without a lost-time injury. The milestone required almost three years of work among its 225-plus employees without a single work related lost-time injury, and builds on a previous period of over ten years without a lost-time injury, the company said.
November 24, 2015 - “PowerStream and its employees are deeply saddened by this loss of life; our thoughts and prayers are with his family, co-workers and friends at this most difficult time,” said Maurizio Bevilacqua and Brian Bentz, board chair and president/CEO, respectively, of PowerStream—an electric utility jointly owned by the Ontario cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.
November 20, 2015 - One person is dead and another is in hospital after an explosion at the Upper Lillooet Hydro Project (ULHP) construction site in British Columbia on November 18.
November 18, 2015 - Consumers are reminded to exercise caution when purchasing lights for the upcoming holiday season, as Health Canada is warning of defects with some seasonal lights that may pose potential safety risks, including overheating, as well as fire and electric shock hazards.
November 13, 2015 - The newest addition to the GlenGuard family is the 5.3oz FR fabric, which is currently being featured in coveralls, shirts and pants. GlenGuard says it is the lightest solution-dyed FR fabric on the market with a CAT 2 protection rating.
November 11, 2015 - CBS ArcSafe has a new remote switch actuator (RSA) for General Electric EntelliGuard G circuit breakers. It allows technicians to remotely charge, close, or trip the circuit breaker from a safe distance of up to 300 ft.
November 6, 2015 - UL is warning of a controller that bears a counterfeit UL mark. The controller has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if these controllers comply with any safety requirements.
November 4, 2015 - BC Safety Authority says the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia (RCABC) has reported an increase in occurrences of electrical raceways and cables being installed within, or adjacent to the underside of, roof systems or roof decks, making them subject to possible mechanical damage during roof installation or repairs.
October 30, 2015 - The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) celebrated the accomplishments of its member utilities at the 2015 Occupational Health and Safety Awards reception earlier this week.
October 28, 2015 - Injuries occurring from improper position and movement are common in most workplaces, says Electrolab Training Systems, a safety-training provider. Along with CLMI Safety Training (formerly known as Comprehensive Loss Management, Inc.), Electrolab is releasing a new three-part DVD series that deals specifically with injuries to the back, knees and shoulders, and discusses simple techniques employees can use to avoid the pain of these common injuries. Each topic covers common stresses, injury prevention techniques, stretching and exercise, Electrolab says.
October 27, 2015 - National Safety Apparel (NSA) has launched Hydrolite as “the next generation of FR rainwear”.  
October 22, 2015 - Thanks to a partnership with Westex by Milliken, Wrangler has announced a flame-resistant (FR) “advanced comfort” jean, the newest extension of the brand’s “performance apparel featuring four-way flex technology that allows the jean to move with the wearer for maximum comfort”.
December 1, 2015 - The 2015 edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code has been finalized and is now available for purchase, says the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). The Code comes into effect as regulation on May 5, 2016.
November 22, 2015 - “I think this may be one of the most exciting potential places to be in the next 30 years,” said UL’s global CEO, Keith Williams, of the electrical industry during an exclusive interview last month with Electrical Business Magazine.
October 20, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI/NEMA WC 71 ICEA S-96-659-2014 Nonshielded Cables Rated 2001-5000 V for Use in the Distribution of Electric Energy. This standard applies to materials, constructions, and testing of 2001 through 5000V non-shielded power cables having insulations of thermoplastic polyethylene, cross-linked polyethylene or cross-linked rubber.
October 15, 2015 - IEEE has released IEEE 45.3-2015, the Recommended Practice for Shipboard Electrical Installations – Systems Engineering, which is designed to give recommendations for systems engineering, design, and integration of electrical power systems at the total ship level.
October 6, 2015 - ISO 9001, which, according BSI Group Canada, is the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has undergone another revision.
September 14, 2015 - The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has published Sports and Recreational Area Lighting (IES RP-6-15), the most recent addition to IES Recommended Practices series.
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).
December 1, 2015 - The government of Nova Scotia says it will usher forth changes to strengthen the Marine Renewable-energy Act. These changes are the result of consultations with communities, environmental groups, academia, industry and government over the summer after legislation was introduced in April to ensure “safe and responsible development of the marine renewable-energy industry and the resource”.
December 1, 2015 - Leaders from Alberta’s energy and electricity companies as well as government heads gathered together this week to announce details on a plan to transition the province away from coal to renewable energy.
December 1, 2015 - Hydro-Quebec announced it is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the commissioning of “the world’s first 735kV high-voltage transmission line”.
November 26, 2015 - A year overdue and about $18-million over budget, BC Hydro reports the new, high-voltage Interior to Lower Mainland transmission line is finished.
November 24, 2015 - The Province of Ontario has passed legislation to permanently ban coal-fired electricity generation in the province.
November 24, 2015 - Kristina Persson, Sweden’s minister for Strategic Development & Nordic Cooperation, believes decoupling—growing your economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions—is possible, adding her country aims to be fully fossil-free by 2030.
November 24, 2015 - Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the organization that manages the province’s power system—has offered contracts to five companies for nine separate energy storage projects totalling 16.75 MW.
November 23, 2015 - The minister responsible for SaskPower, Bill Boyd, joined the utility’s president & CEO Mike Marsh to announce the corporation has set a target to double the percentage of renewable electricity generation capacity in Saskatchewan by 2030.
November 22, 2015 - Available now, Eaton’s all-new 600V UPS (uninterruptible power system) solution is built upon its flagship Power Xpert 9395 platform, promising up to 99% efficiency across most loads through the company’s Energy Saver System (ESS).
November 20, 2015 - A proposal to merge Ontario municipal electricity utilities Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream—and jointly acquire Hydro One Brampton—has now received approval from all shareholders, reports Enersource
November 19, 2015 - An experimental energy management and storage system was recently inaugurated and connected to the Romande Energie-École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) solar park in Switzerland, where researchers will use it to study new industrial-scale solutions for using renewable energies (esp. solar) and feeding them into the grid as part of the EPFL Smart Grid project.
November 19, 2015 - The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) reports electric utilities from across Canada were among the thousands of participants in GridEx III, which served to test the readiness of the North American electricity sector’s crisis action and communications plans, and to strengthen response and recovery capabilities following a catastrophic emergency.
November 21, 2015 - EBMag was pleased to join Philips Lighting Canada recently at a special event hosted at the Royal Ontario Museum to learn how Philips’ “lighting innovations are taking the industry Beyond Illumination”.
November 10, 2015 - For the first time, a Canadian team has taken the top spot in the international James Dyson Award, and the prize of about $54,000 should help them further develop their Voltera V-One printed circuit board (PCB) printer.
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! DEADLINE EXTENDED!
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.
December 1, 2015 - As part of the Siemens Canada Educational Program, the company says it has provided a total contribution of $212,000 in cash, in-kind computer and software grants, as well as volunteer support toward supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in Ontario’s Halton Region.
November 21, 2015 - Appointed just over a year ago to review “key areas of Ontario’s skilled trades system” that fall within the mandate of the Ontario College of Trades, Tony Dean has completed his task, and the province says it will accept the recommendations made by former secretary of cabinet.
November 18, 2015 - Shermco Industries has unveiled its upgraded training registration store on its website this month. Electrical professionals seeking training and continuing education credits can now search Shermco’s course catalogue online, register and pay for classes scheduled throughout Canada.
November 17, 2015 - The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), the administrator of Canada’s Red Seal Program, has announced its Harmonization Initiative will include construction electricians and industrial electricians in Phase 2.
November 17, 2015 - SaskPower says power engineers are critical to the electricity industry across the country, but these specialized positions are difficult to recruit. In response, the utility—in partnership with the Prairie South School Division in the west-central part of Saskatchewan—has launched a new tool to help young people in the province get the experience they need to fill these roles.
November 5, 2015 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hosting an Aboriginal trade fair in collaboration with the Durham-GTA Chapter of Partners on Aboriginal Inclusion (PAID). The “Day in the Trades” fair will take place at the Darlington Energy Complex this Saturday, November 7.
October 30, 2015 - Congratulations to Richard-Anthony Aquino, the winner of the Standard Products Recognition of Excellence Award, as part of the Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC) Scholarship Program.
October 30, 2015 - A new program from Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), with the partnership of organizations in the electricity and renewable sector and Status of Women Canada, seeks to support women at different stages in their electrical career.
October 28, 2015 - Siemens Canada says it has donated equipment, software and training valued at $100,000 to Ontario’s Fleming College School of Trades and Technology.
October 19, 2015 - Graybar Canada has awarded Matthew Saccomanno of Toronto, Ont. with its Award of Excellence Scholarship through the Electro-Federation of Canada (EFC) Scholarship Program.
October 15, 2015 - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has a “theme partner” for its next national conference, taking place June 5-7, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO)—an industry-funded, non-profit organization that says it provides national leadership on workforce development linked to Red Seal electrical trades—will be the lead sponsor at the biennial event, geared to connecting Canada’s apprenticeship stakeholders.
October 13, 2015 - Nicole Bouteiller—a 3rd-year student in the Electronics Engineering Technology program at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ont.—is the 2015 recipient of the AD Electrical Industry Scholarship valued at $3500.

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