July 28, 2015 - Bronto Skylift says it will be showing and demonstrating model SI-197 HDT insulated aerial and the new S-173 XDT with Bronto Skylift +4 operating system at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) on Sept. 29 through to Oct. 1, 2015 in Louisville, Ky.
July 24, 2015 - Global Tech LED has launched new Solstice mini LEDs, AC screw-in, 50W, PAR38 recessed ceiling-retrofit lamps.
July 23, 2015 - The latest addition to Burndy’s Patriot family of battery powered installation tools is the PATCUT4CUAL-Li, an 11-ton 18V lithium-ion battery powered cable cutter.
July 23, 2015 - As part of the Evolution series of floor, wall and ceiling boxes, Legrand has introduced the Wiremold hinged wall box to provide access to power, data and A/V connections. It is available in 4-gang and 8-gang configurations and is suited for both remodel and new construction projects.
July 23, 2015 - According to Appleton, a business unit of Emerson Industrial Automation, electricians can connect armored cable, metal-clad cable or flexible metallic conduit to steel boxes and enclosures “twice as fast and at less cost than traditional connectors” with the new Speedlock double snap connectors.
July 23, 2015 - ConTech Lighting has released its new 2-in. adjustable LED recessed downlight, known as the R2A series.
July 23, 2015 - Eaton has released its B-Line series TrayCAD software, the latest version of AutoCAD compatible cable tray design software. The software package incorporates Eaton’s B-Line series cable management products and assists design and build contractors and engineers in developing cable tray designs.
July 23, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool has redesigned and expanded its pliers line with 14 new products. With slimmer grips and application-specific designs, the expanded line up of fastening and cutting pliers are up to 30% lighter than their predecessors, Milwaukee says.
July 22, 2015 - MaxLite has added to its portfolio of LED vapour-tight and utility wrap fixtures with models that operate at 347 volts AC .
July 21, 2015 - LEDtronics Inc. has announced its latest series of UL-Listed, dimmable, chip-on-board (COB) LED recessed ceiling downlight retrofit kits. They directly replace 100 to 250-watt old-technology CFL, halogen and metal-halide downlights while using only 21, 25, 41 or 42 watts—a reduction of energy consumption of up to 75%, LEDtronics claims.
July 14, 2015 - Ideal Electrical just announced the launch of WireMan linesman’s pliers that, according to the company, is the first of many tools to be introduced under the new hand tool program as Ideal begins merging its WireMan and Laser Edge lines into one.
July 10, 2015 - WattStopper says its new exterior lighting controls allow facility managers to better automate and manage outdoor lighting. The solution is scalable and built on open standards including 6LoWPAN and BACnet.
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.
June 9, 2015 - CBS ArcSafe had introduced its remote switch actuator for General Electric Q-Line molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs). The new RSA-56C actuator allows technicians to remotely close or open the circuit breakers from a safe distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.
June 9, 2015 - Cree has issued a recall involving 48-in. LED replacement lamps for certain 25W fixtures, which use fluorescent T8 lamps, and are available in two colours: cool white and soft white. Electrical arcing may cause the lamp to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard, the company noted.
June 3, 2015 - Bluewater Power Distribution Corp., the utility providing electricity distribution and related services in the Sarnia-Lambton area of Ontario, has been fined $120,000 in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing repair work following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
May 27, 2015 - Horizon Utilities Corp., which provides electricity to customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., recently took home the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association President’s Award for reaching a safety milestone: 750,000 hours without a lost-time injury.
May 25, 2015 - Vivint has issued a recall for dimming switch modules due to incorrectly installed wiring that poses a shock hazard.
May 22, 2015 - A propane gas facility in Fort Worth, Texas has been slapped with a $114,000 fine after an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
May 21, 2015 - John Wiley Publishing—known for its extensive ‘For Dummies’ collection of how-to books—has published “Electrical Systems Maintenance for Dummies” by Lynn Hamrick of Shermco Industries.
May 21, 2015 - A 31-year-old assembly technician was working with a battery charger manufacturer for about a month when he was fatally electrocuted in November 2014 while testing transformers.
May 20, 2015 - UL has issued a warning of counterfeit UL Marks on Zimpex Protective Garments used for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire.
May 15, 2015 - CBS ArcSafe has a new remote switch actuator for Square D HVL/cc medium-voltage load interrupter switches (LIS). The RSA-27 actuator allows technicians to remotely close or open the switches from a distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.
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.
May 13, 2015 - The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has established a new committee, Resilient Lighting, and is on the lookout for members. This committee will actively research, develop consensus of best practices, write standards documents, and educate on equipment and recommended practices for lighting that must survive and perform during and after adverse events, such as storms and earthquakes.
July 28, 2015 - Two British Columbia First Nations on northern Vancouver Island are making plans for future hydro projects thanks to boosts from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.
July 28, 2015 - Hipower Systems a manufacturer of power generation and power distribution equipment in the U.S. and Canada, says it has developed and will be producing a line of “ultra-rugged, low-maintenance” hybrid generators designed to maintain full charge and power continuity for 48vdc battery systems.
July 28, 2015 - Congratulations to Schneider Electric Solar Business and ABB Inc. Power & Industrial Systems on receiving the 2014 Award of Excellence for single-site and multi-site management systems from BSI Canada!
July 27, 2015 - Ontario energy company PowerStream says it has acquired a portfolio of projects totaling 2.575MW from JCM Capital.
July 21, 2015 - The $19.2 million refurbishment to the Dunnville Transmission Station in Haldimand County, Ont. has been completed, Hydro One announced.
July 21, 2015 - The governments of Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Ontario are establishing a Pan-Canadian Task Force to reduce the use of diesel fuel to generate electricity in remote communities.
July 21, 2015 - Schneider Electric has integrated its patented weather capabilities into the ArcFM Responder outage management system, enabling utilities to visualize near real-time weather events overlain on network asset data.
July 21, 2015 - Hydro-Quebec Distribution has issued a call for tenders for the purchase of wind power integration service for all wind farms under contract. Given the intermittent nature of wind power, this is required in order to balance wind power generation on the transmission grid, in real-time, Hydro-Quebec said.
July 21, 2015 - Ontario has pledged to “explore opportunities” for importing electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the provincial governments.
July 20, 2015 - PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that outlines four project initiatives the two energy companies will undertake over the next three to five years. These projects will further the development of smart distribution and micro grid networks in the North American marketplace, according to PowerStream.
July 20, 2015 - SaskPower has begun its annual inspection and maintenance on wood power poles in several areas of the province.
July 16, 2015 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says it will continue to preserve Lambton Generating Station (GS) for possible future conversion to another fuel, but will no longer preserve and staff Nanticoke GS (photo).
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!
International Utility Locate Rodeo & Expo 2015Thu Jul 30, 2015
WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015Tue Aug 11, 2015
18th Annual OEL Industry Golf TournamentWed Aug 12, 2015
EFC 15th Annual Federation Cup Golf TournamentWed Aug 19, 2015
CIGRÉ Canada 2015 ConferenceMon Aug 31, 2015