June 24, 2016 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA LSD 74-2016 Considerations of Field LED Driver Replacement. This new white paper discusses issues related to the field replacement of drivers in LED lighting fixtures, and how several aspects must be considered to ensure that the replacement driver will function the same as the original driver.
June 23, 2016 - A basic self-levelling cross-line laser, Bosch says its GLL 30 can lock lines at “any angle” and has a range of 30 ft with 5/16-in. accuracy.
June 21, 2016 - Utilizing a 38W LED source, this panel from ABBLighting mimics the natural Kelvin changes of the sun throughout the day in a typical 2-in. x 2-in. troffer. With the wireless adjustable colour temperature driver, the kit can be controlled by a remote control, smartphone or tablet using an app or by the wall switch. The adjustable colour temperature range is 2700-6500K and it has a CRI of more than 80.
June 20, 2016 - Eaton’s Invue Arbor family, with WaveStream LED technology in post-top, bollard and wall-mounted products, feature an architectural organic luminaire design and multiple control options for area and pedestrian applications. The family is available with integral 0-10V dimming drivers, integrated occupancy sensors and wireless monitoring and communication.
June 20, 2016 - New FN5060 dv/dt filters from Schaffner protect AC motors from the effects of peak voltages and inrush amps, “increasing service life and system reliability”, without capacitors or resistors, Schaffner says.
June 14, 2016 - EBMag was fortunate enough to be at the international Light+Building Show in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year—a special danke to host Messe Frankfurt for the invite! There we stumbled upon the Ubiquilux booth, a Canadian company that claims the world’s first gesture control light switch as its brainchild.
June 9, 2016 - The new Sensonic stereo speaker ventilation fan from Broan-NuTone allows consumers to enjoy music or their favourite audio—wirelessly—from their own Bluetooth-enabled devices during their bathroom routines.  
June 8, 2016 - Rack-A-Tiers Mfg. says pulling in large cables with the Penguin puller senior and junior is a breeze.
June 8, 2016 - DMF Lighting has introduced “the first LED housing designed for multifamily buildings, assisted living facilities, apartments, condos, dorms and hotels”: OneFrame.
June 2, 2016 - Cree says its CXB high-bay LED luminaire now offers improved reliability.
May 31, 2016 - Soraa has announced two “minimalist ambient” LED luminaire series—the Gable and Barrel—which are suited for office, healthcare and retail applications.
May 30, 2016 - Siemens Canada has introduced VersiCharge Smartgrid (SG), the company’s first Wi-Fi-enabled electric vehicle (EV) charging station. With this new technology an EV owner can automatically turn charging On or Off, schedule charging when rates are lowest, and view past power consumption data including usage and cost for the first time in a graphical form—all through a free mobile or web app.
June 24, 2016 - The U.S. CPSC has advised us of a recall involving certain 3M vented hard hats sold online that were marketed to protect against electric shock but, in fact, do not.
June 20, 2016 - UL is warning consumers and installers that Norpor immersion heaters may pose a shock hazard as they do not comply with UL’s safety requirements and are not authorized to bear the UL mark for Canada.
June 20, 2016 - Navistar International has issued a recall on certain models of its International truck, due to a problem with the Engine Control Module (ECM).
June 17, 2016 - Daimler Trucks is recalling its Sterling Bullet 2008 truck model due to concerns with the front passenger airbag.
June 16, 2016 - Chrysler has issued a recall on its 2015 Ram Promaster vans as a defect may cause the transmission pump rotor to seize or break, resulting in a loss of transmission pressure.
June 16, 2016 - UL has issued a warning that Polaroid LED A21 lamps, manufactured prior to August 23, 2015, are carrying an unauthorized UL mark and may pose a shock hazard. The lamp does not comply with UL safety requirements, UL says, and is not authorized to bear the mark for the Canada or the United States.
June 13, 2016 - EJTC Enterprises (E2inc) and Sun Country Academy have announced an agreement that will see E2inc delivering Sun Country’s electric vehicle education curriculum at locations across Canada.
June 12, 2016 - An Ontario-based company specializing in power generation, controls and energy systems was found guilty and fined $110,000 after a worker was electrocuted while working on a solar farm construction project in Sunderland.
June 6, 2016 - Albertans are invited to share their opinions and experiences with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) review panel from today until July 15, 2016.
June 3, 2016 - UL is warning consumers of a “Sewell” communications cable, type CMR, that may pose a fire hazard (16PN-04). The cable does not comply with UL’s safety standards and is not authorized to bear the UL Mark in the United States or Canada.
June 2, 2016 - National Safety Apparel (NSA) has acquired Drifire from Optimer Brands, based in Chicago, Ill. Drifire calls itself “a brand of technologically-advanced performance safety apparel that was born on the battlefield to protect military personnel”. Today the line is used in a variety of industries, which include power generation, petrochemical, and more.
June 2, 2016 - Chrysler has issued a recall on two of its Ram truck models, the 1500 (year 2004) and the 2500 (year 2005), due to airbag concerns.
May 5, 2016 - The Government of Canada says it is taking “tangible steps to protect the environment and improve energy efficiency [...] by undertaking important updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations”.
May 5, 2016 - The latest edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC)—the legal standard with which all electrical work in the province must comply—comes into effect today, May 5, 2016, and includes new requirements.
May 3, 2016 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is accepting nominations for its 2016 SCC Awards, which recognize the commitment of individuals, organizations and committees who dedicate their time and expertise in support of Canada’s national standardization network. The awards include:
April 8, 2016 - The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has announced the publication of Outdoor Lighting for Airport Environments (RP-37-15), a publication in the IES Recommended Practice series.
April 1, 2016 - Standards Council of Canada (SCC) invites young electrotechnology professionals to apply to attend the 7th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals Workshop in Frankfurt, Germany from October 10 to 14, 2016.
March 10, 2016 - The 2015 BC Electrical Code Change took effect February 29, 2016. In connection with this, BC Safety Authority has issued and revised several directives and information bulletins.
February 4, 2016 - An updated edition of the only American National Standard for repair of motors and generators—ANSI/EASA AR100-2015: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus—was recently published for use by the repair industry and its customers. The standard describes industry best practices for the repair, rewinding, and testing of electrical apparatus in order to maintain or enhance the energy efficiency and reliability of both AC and DC motors and generators.
February 1, 2016 - ASTM International’s Fire Committee (E05) says it is developing a standard that will test fire resistance of wooden utility poles. Utility companies and coating and treatment manufacturers will use the standard to test new products that could protect the poles.
January 26, 2016 - The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) have renewed their Cooperation Agreement with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
January 25, 2016 - ASTM International says one of its new standards will help determine "important attributes for polymer crossarms that are an integral part of electrical distribution structures.”
January 22, 2016 - The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in conjunction with IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) invites all interested parties to notify them if they wish to contribute to the revision of IEEE 515-2011 Standard for the Testing, Design, Installation, and Maintenance of Electrical Resistance Trace Heating for Industrial Applications.
December 18, 2015 - U.S.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) says it has called on the California Energy Commission (CEC) to “ensure that consumers have access to the most efficient, cost-effective, and preferred LED bulbs currently on the market” by nixing proposed California Energy Code (CEC) colour specs for LED bulbs.
June 23, 2016 - Unit 2 has returned to service, announced nuclear operator Bruce Power earlier this week, following a planned maintenance and investment program.
June 22, 2016 - Bullfrog Power and the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) have launched a solar project that will assist the community’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable power.
June 20, 2016 - Hydro Ottawa announced it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Hydro-Quebec to acquire the remaining 33% interest in the Ottawa River Ring Dam and a 27MW hydro generating station (Centrale Hull 2) on the Gatineau side of Chaudière Falls.
June 20, 2016 - Siemens and Gamesa say they have signed binding agreements to merge Siemens’ wind power business—including wind services—with Gamesa to create a “global wind power player”.
June 10, 2016 - Installing a microgrid within a regulated electricity market will sometimes, but not always, provide an economic benefit to customers, investors and utilities involved, according to new research led by Chiara Lo Prete, assistant professor of energy economics, Penn State.
June 9, 2016 - Caterpillar Inc. has introduced its Cat XQ60 mobile diesel generator set, rated at 60 kVA. It meets Tier 4 final emission standard and is Caterpillar’s fourth Tier 4 Final mobile generator set in the range extending from 35 to 570 kVA.
June 7, 2016 - Construction is underway to refurbish Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) reservoir at the Sir Adam Beck Pump Generating Station (PGS), which OPG says can hold the equivalent of water from 8000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
June 3, 2016 - Individual generators were the source of electricity for Colville Lake, N.W.T. before the community built its first power plant in 1990. Now, the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) have opened the Colville Lake power plant with a new system: a solar/battery/diesel hybrid.
May 31, 2016 - Eaton has new models—200-600kW/kVA—launching in North America for its Power Xpert 9395 high performance uninterruptible power system (UPS).
May 30, 2016 - The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) celebrated solar industry leaders and innovators at the annual Game Changer Awards Gala earlier this month, recognizing individuals and organizations that have helped the solar energy industry mature.
May 27, 2016 - The Independent Electricity System Operator IESO is launching the Energy Partnerships Program (EPP) to “support indigenous communities, co-operatives, municipalities and public sector entities in the participation of Ontario’s energy sector”.
May 26, 2016 - A new report from Navigant Research, World Wind Energy Market Update 2016, examines changes that occurred in the wind energy sector during 2015 and provides forecasts for 2016-2020, as well as an outlook through 2025.
May 26, 2016 - Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) is a not-for-profit volunteer group brought together by co-founders and co-chairs Rebecca Black and Joanna Osawe in 2013 to educate and enable women to become more active in renewable energy development in Ontario. WiRE forges partnerships with a spectrum of renewable energy industry associations, professional women from across the energy sector and academic providers.
May 26, 2016 - Several months ago, I thought I had a great idea for an article but, as it turned out, I didn’t... well, that’s not quite true. I ended up stumbling upon an altogether different revelation. Here’s what happened:
May 25, 2016 - This year’s Hannover Fair (Hannover Messe) industrial tradeshow proved that tradeshows are not at all dead, as over 190,000 visitors from all over the world tried to get a grasp of the latest technologies presented by 5200 exhibitors.
March 3, 2016 - Many contractors begin with a simple mission: find customers, serve them well and survive. What happens all too often, unfortunately, is the companies that managed to survive beyond their first year continue to operate with the same strategy.
February 5, 2016 - Michigan State University researchers will use nearly $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to test whether recycling and repurposing building materials is an effective solution to what they call ‘economic blight’.
December 17, 2015 - Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Design Technologies (CAMDT) says its has become the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB’s YuMi robot, which was shown off recently at a special event at the Brampton, Ont., Campus.
December 11, 2015 - A pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and fuelled with urine that is pumped by the wearer’s footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC... yes, you read that right.
December 6, 2015 - Leading up to our January edition, we start posting reminders to update your BlueBook listing before it’s too late. Yet the BlueBook exists online all the time, so what gives?
December 3, 2015 - Smart people don’t buy counterfeit... that’s the takeaway from our discussion yesterday with Lorne Lipkus, a Canadian expert on intellectual property and host of the 20th Annual Fraud & Anti-Counterfeiting Conference.
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!
June 23, 2016 - In celebration of National Aboriginal Day earlier this week, Hydro One recognized 10 students selected for the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Scholarship, granted annually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students.
June 8, 2016 - It was a bronze medal for Georgian College’s Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs as part the 2015-2016 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Program Excellence Awards.
May 25, 2016 - Developed at the request of airport lighting maintenance electricians and others involved in the design and construction of airport lighting systems, Campbell River Airport recently hosted a 4-day Airport Lighting Maintenance Course to provide a formal, standardized training program in the essentials of their trade.
May 16, 2016 - Later this month, May 27, 2016, Magna IV Engineering and the Alberta Electrical League are offering Canadian Electrical Code Update Training free to Fort McMurray Master Electricians and safety codes officers displaced by wildfires.
May 16, 2016 - At today’s Ontario Energy Network luncheon, EBMag learned OEN is offering two scholarships under the 2016 EFC Scholarship program, both valued at $3500.
May 11, 2016 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says it will continue its support of post-secondary students in Durham Region by renewing a decade-long partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The $5-million investment will go towards capital expenditures, educational programs, equipment, scholarships and bursaries for students at both institutions.
May 11, 2016 - Nova Scotia says it has taken steps to ensure secondary students with an interest in learning more about careers in skilled trades and technology will be able to attend next month’s Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B.
April 27, 2016 - BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, has partnered with InfoComm International to release an online course focusing on category cable and AV: “How to Install and Validate Category Cable for AV”.
April 25, 2016 - “This project is a game changer in our efforts to maintain our facilities, control our costs, and expand the learning opportunities for our students,” said Cheryl Jensen, president of Algonquin College as she and Robert Hardt, CEO of Siemens Canada, unveiled a new co-generation natural gas power plant at the college’s Ottawa campus.
April 12, 2016 - The Sesco branch in Peterborough, Ont. has become the Kohler approved training centre for all contractors seeking to install and commission Kohler generators in Eastern Ontario.
April 11, 2016 - At the B.C. Building Trades 2016 convention today, Minister Shirley Bond announced $750,000 for partnerships with IBEW and SkillPlan (Canadian Building Trades Union, Building Together—Women in the Building Trades) to enhance mentorship for apprentices and women in the skilled trades.
April 7, 2016 - Skills Ontario says the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) is the largest skilled trades and technology competition in Canada, adding it is “thrilled to announce that the event will be moving to the Toronto Congress Centre in 2017”.

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