February 5, 2016 - We don’t normally feature luxury vehicles here (instead focusing mainly on Class 3-8 work trucks), but in light of it recently establishing a direct presence in Canada, consider checking out Maserati Canada at this year’s Canadian Int’l Auto Show, which runs February 12-21, 2016, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
February 5, 2016 - Schaffner has introduced PQS, a power quality simulation tool, which it says allows planners, consultants and application engineers to accurately model and simulate low voltage 3-phase network topologies.
February 3, 2016 - Hilti says electrical contractors will find its new HDI-P short drop-in anchors and automatic setting tool system to be 50% faster than traditional installation methods requiring overhead hammering.
February 2, 2016 - Fiber Optic Center (FOC) has added the Splicer V-groove cleaning kit—which integrates eight components—to their website offerings.
February 2, 2016 - Kollmorgen says its new 32kW drive in the AKD platform is one of the “most power dense” on the market, consuming only 576 cm2 of panel space.
February 2, 2016 - With the Stellina Linear LED, Amerlux says it “takes your light source out of the traditional straight-line format and into an arched realm of new design possibilities”.
February 2, 2016 - Architectural Lighting Works (ALW) has released the Moonring, a decorative luminaire that emits a “soft, mystical gleam from a flexible LED source woven within a narrow, 1-in. curved housing.”
February 1, 2016 - LockedUp Monitored Security Inc. (LMS) says it is inviting electrical contractors, security system specifiers and installers in Canada to include its LMS wireless video alarm verification security system as part of their residential and commercial portfolio offerings. The LMS system is “easy for contractors to install, reducing installation challenges and long-term maintenance costs associated with traditional hard-wired and wireless systems”, LMS says.
February 1, 2016 - Verisae says its latest product release features large rollout planning tools, service process brokering streamlining and a growing library of IoT APIs to help companies looking to upgrade infrastructure.
January 30, 2016 - As you check out next month’s Canadian International Auto Show, be sure to cast your eye upon Toyota’s U2 (U Squared) concept vehicle.
January 30, 2016 - Among the vehicles you’ll see at next month’s Canadian International Auto Show is the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.
January 29, 2016 - TiniFiber has announced it is officially unveiling its micro armour fiber at the BICSI Winter 2016 tradeshow in Orlando, Fla. next week. This product is the company’s “first official entry into the newly created micro armoured category”, TiniFiber says, and it features the patented stainless “steel tube” coiled protection around the inner jacket of the fiber optic cable.
February 5, 2016 - Health Canada reports TSC stores are recalling safety boots made by Jiayi Shoes & Plastic Co. Ltd that are not certified and may pose a safety risk.
February 2, 2016 - CSA Group is notifying consumers, regulators, retailers and manufacturers that equipment wiring made by Haiyan Renhe Electronics Co. Ltd. may pose a risk of fire or shock hazard.
February 1, 2016 - Electricians, contractors and other industry professionals now have double the options for 3M brand safety gloves. From cut resistance, to winter wear, to touchscreen finger and thumb tips, three new gloves from 3M help “increase versatility, protection and convenience for a host of applications and environments”, 3M says.
February 1, 2016 - Ford has issued a recall for its 2016 E450 cutaway chassis cab truck model. The company says the integrated trailer brake controller, during tow operation, may not actuate the trailer brakes when the driver depresses the brake pedal. This applies to the vehicles equipped with 6.8L engines and optional trailer brake controllers.
February 1, 2016 - California-based distributor Lunera Lighting has recalled the Helen 13W GX23 LED lamps with date codes ranging from 1525 to 1552 as Health Canada reports that the lamps can overheat, causing the lens to dislodge, posing fire, burn and electric shock hazards.
January 26, 2016 - Sentinel Alert (St. John’s, N.L.)—a provider of sensor-based safety software that aims to reduce worker accidents—says it has closed $525,000 in seed round financing.
January 26, 2016 - Ford has recalled its Ranger truck models from the year 2004 due to safety concerns over the airbags, Transport Canada reports.
December 11, 2015* (Aurora, Ont.) — Electrical Business Magazine congratulates the winners of its inaugural Electrical Safety Champion Awards program, the first and only program of its kind in Canada.
January 19, 2016 - Ideal Drain Tile Ltd.—a manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe—pleaded guilty and was fined $110,000 in the death of a worker who was working alone and received a fatal electrical shock.
January 13, 2016 - Brady has presented new compact cable padlocks, featuring a flexible, elongated cable in two length options to meet application needs.
January 12, 2016 - Horizon Utilities and Mohawk College have teamed up to bring energy conservation and electrical safety to life!
December 29, 2015 - DuPont Sustainable Solutions and Electrolab Limited are offering a new program to help employees understand the operation of aerial lifts.
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.
December 18, 2015 - Codes for safe electrical installation are fairly well known, but the public tends to be more familiar with the parts pertaining to homes and consumers. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), however, has just published a new edition of two standards for power transmission and distribution.
December 10, 2015 - BC Safety Authority reports the Electrical Safety Regulation in British Columbia has been amended as per Ministerial Order M392 (see below), and is effective as of February 29, 2016. This provides for adoption of the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code—with BC amendments—as the BC Electrical Code 2015.
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.
February 6, 2016 - To build on Saskatchewan’s “global leadership” in carbon capture & storage research, SaskPower says BHP Billiton is investing in the creation of a global centre for CCS knowledge to be located at the Innovation Place Research Park in Regina.
February 5, 2016 - BC Hydro and the city of Fort St. John announced they have recently reached an agreement-in-principle on a Community Measures Agreement related to the construction of the Site C project. Negotiations between the City and BC Hydro have been ongoing for several years.
February 5, 2016 - Four Ontario Power Generation hydroelectric generating stations have been recognized for internationally for excellent performance by Navigant Consulting. Congratulations!    
February 5, 2016 - “Hydro One’s mandate is to be a safe, reliable and cost-effective transmitter and distributor of electricity. Instead, Hydro One’s customers have a power system for which reliability appears to be worsening while costs are increasing,” says Bonnie Lysyk, the Ontario’s auditor general, in her 2015 Annual Report.
February 5, 2016 - Apparently, the Ontario Government had a process in the Electricity Act and regulations for drafting and approving a long-term technical plan for Ontario’s electricity system... but they didn’t bother following it. Ouch!
February 4, 2016 - The WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) Women of Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate professional women working in the energy sector who go “above and beyond business-as-usual, consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership,” and have contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector. WiRE presents three Women of Distinction Awards annually: Wind Power, Solar Power and Woman of the Year.
February 1, 2016 - New tools for harvesting wind energy may soon look less like giant windmills and more like tiny, leafless trees.
February 1, 2016 - Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development’s 180MW Armow Wind power facility in Ontario is now up and running. The companies say it is expected to generate enough energy to power about 70,000 homes each year.
January 29, 2016 - Hydro One has announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire various entities that own and control Great Lakes Power Transmission from Brookfield Infrastructure. Great Lakes Power Transmission is an Ontario regulated electricity transmission business operating along the eastern shore of Lake Superior, north and east of Sault Ste. Marie. The purchase agreement is for $222 million in cash, Hydro One says, subject to customary adjustments, plus the assumption of approximately $151 million in outstanding indebtedness.
January 29, 2016 - Can you imagine a wind turbine blade longer than two football fields? Neither can we, but researchers at Sandia National Laboratories can not only can imagine it, they’re designing it.
January 29, 2016 - Students and staff of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology have designed and installed a solar photovoltaic array on the roof of Hillview School to help children learn about alternative energy production (and get some power for the school, to boot).
January 29, 2016 - NB Power is inviting First Nation communities to participate in a new program to integrate small-scale renewable energy projects onto the provincial power grid.
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!
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 22, 2016 - A recent survey shows 74% of contractors want to retire within 10 years, yet most have no retirement plan. As an electrical contractor, will you be able to afford the lifestyle you want when you retire?
February 4, 2016 - The Ontario government has announced it is investing $36 million over the next two years to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce.
January 25, 2016 - A “significant” equipment donation made to Lambton College on behalf of ABB will enhance training for students enrolled in the school’s technology programs, the college said.
January 21, 2015 - To support the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and increase sales of EVs, the Province of British Columbia is providing $50,000 to help certified electricians receive training in the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations.
January 13, 2016 - Fluke Corp. is offering a new online course called Fluke Electrical Measurement Safety and it’s free!
January 7, 2016 - The Nova Scotia government is launching a procurement pilot to encourage businesses to hire apprentices.
December 18, 2015 - Eaton and Pentair say they are working together to integrate Pentair’s suite of industrial heat management solutions into Eaton’s Houston Experience Centre. The installation will provide a hands-on learning opportunity within a “true application” environment, helping industry professionals gain an understanding of industrial heat management technology, maintenance and operation, according to the companies.
December 11, 2015 - “We’re proud to make this contribution to the powerline technician training program at Conestoga College,” said Kathy Lerette, VP operations with Horizon Utilities, speaking on the donation of a bucket truck to the college for its Powerline Technician training in Ingersoll.
December 4, 2015 - Coming soon... Thomas & Betts Canada is launching a new online training program designed specifically for electrical distributors.
December 3, 2015 - Teachers and students! TakeCharge has launched the 3rd annual Kids In Charge (KICStart) province-wide school contest that encourages participating students to express why they believe energy conservation is important, and to demonstrate what they do to save energy.
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.