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October 7, 2015 - FLIR Systems has announced the new CM174 imaging clamp meter, powered by FLIR’s Lepton(R) thermal camera core to allow professionals to locate hidden problems by visualizing temperature differences.
October 7, 2015 - Milwaukee has introduced new crimping pliers: 48-22-6103.
October 6, 2015 - Hilti presents its new powder-actuated fastening tool, the DX 2, which covers a range of applications including attaching kicker plates to concrete; fastening sill plates; attaching drywall to concrete; fastening electrical cable holders to concrete; attaching chicken mesh to concrete; and fastening wood to concrete and steel.  
October 2, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool says they will continue to update and expand their line of M12 heated gear as they begin their 6th season this fall. The company notes the 2015 line will include the introduction of the new M12 heated 3-in-1 ripstop jacket & M12 heated ripstop vest, a completely redesigned women’s jacket, improved run-time on all heated jackets, and a new colour option for the M12 heated hoodie.
October 2, 2015 - The new 8-in-1, ratcheted, stubby screwdriver (19120C) is now available from Platinum Tools.
October 1, 2015 - Ringdale Inc. has presented its new CT Energy Monitor and Data Logger with Ethernet connectivity for single- or three-phase power systems. The solution allows energy and facility managers to monitor and detect a variety of power issues.
October 1, 2015 - Universal Lighting Technologies recently announced the addition of a 3-lamp kit and a 347V option for the Everline LED Retrofit Kit product line.
October 1, 2015 - WAC Lighting says it now offers architectural façade luminaires made of solid aluminum with pendant and surface mount downlight complements.
September 30, 2015 - Hubbell Building Automation's NX networked lighting controls now have added daylighting capability.
September 30, 2015 - Cree says it has introduced new KR8 and LR6 LED downlights, “designed to deliver better lighting performance and better value for new and existing commercial spaces”.
September 24, 2015 - VitaLink (a business unit of RSCC Wire & Cable) reports that its MC (metal-clad) cables pass the circuit integrity test in accordance with ULC-S-139, and are now ULC listed as being protected against exposure to fire for a period of 2 hours with hose stream.
September 21, 2015 - New from AFL is the FlexScan, a pocket-sized, hand-held OTDR that provides fiber optic network characterization and fault location.
October 2, 2015 - In the U.S., a judge has upheld OSHA citations and $181,000 penalties for contractors whose employees worked near energized powerlines on Long Island.
October 1, 2015 - Capital Safety has launched the DBI-SALA ExoFit STRATA harness. This harness is the “first full-body safety harness designed and tested with data-driven, third-party research,” Capital Safety, said, “resulting in a harness that is more comfortable, cooler and lighter to wear.”
September 25, 2015 - Whether in the home or out in the community, electrical safety is top of mind, says Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) as it recognized three organizations for their “commitment keeping communities safe from electrical fatalities, serious injuries, damage or loss”.
September 21, 2015 - Carhartt is boasting eight new styles with 360 degrees of reflective striping visibility to meet the safety needs of workers within Canada, it says.
September 15, 2015 - Powerline Plus Ltd.—an overhead and underground utility contractor—has pleaded guilty and been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered burns while working on electrical equipment that had not been properly shut off.
September 11, 2015 - Milliken & Company has acquired Springfield LLC, a manufacturer of technical, performance and flame resistant (FR) fabrics for the safety apparel, fire service, military and occupational markets. Springfield is based in Jericho, New York with offices in Rock Hill and manufacturing facilities in Gaffney and Lyman, South Carolina.
September 8, 2015 - The MSA/XTIRPA manhole guard system for confined space entry allows for vertical or horizontal entry into common confined space applications such tanks, vessels, transformers, sewers and manholes.
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.
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).
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!
October 2, 2015 - Using nanometre-scale components, researchers say they have demonstrated the first optical rectenna—a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.
October 2, 2015 - New experiments on an alloy dubbed Galfenol—which was made nearly two decades ago by the U.S. Navy—have shown that Galfenol can generate as much as 80MW power per cubic metre under strong impacts.
October 2, 2015 - Researchers at Durham University and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire conclude fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policymakers should start planning to build them as a replacement for conventional nuclear power stations.
October 1, 2015 - SNC-Lavalin says it has been awarded the owner’s engineer contract by SaskPower for the Island Falls Powerhouse concrete rehabilitation project in Saskatchewan. The total capital cost of the project is $45 million, according to SNC-Lavalin.
September 29, 2015 - The value of the global power transformers market will increase from $11.3 billion in 2015 to $14 billion by 2020, driven by the nine major markets of the US, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Canada and the UK, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
September 29, 2015 - VNM Rural Electrification Association (REA) members have voted to sell their electricity system assets to FortisAlberta. At a special general meeting in June, 97% of members voted in favour to sell these assets, according to the association.
September 29, 2015 - The City of Calgary and ENMAX celebrated the installation of the city’s largest solar electricity system earlier this month. Six hundred solar panels spread across the roof of the Southland Leisure Centre will offset a portion of the facility’s electricity usage and support Calgary’s continued commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions from the city’s infrastructure, according to ENMAX.
September 25, 2015 - According to research conducted by the universities of Gothenburg and Iceland, fusion energy—from fuel found in water—may soon be used in small-scale power stations, and that both heating generators and generators for electricity could be developed within a few years.
September 24, 2015 - A team of Harvard scientists and engineers say they have demonstrated a rechargeable battery that could make the storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind safe and cost-effective for both residential and commercial use.
September 24, 2015 - Manitoba Hydro has announced it is moving forward with the final preferred route for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP). The utility said it recently filed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with provincial regulators, as part of the process for securing a license for the transmission line under the province’s Environment Act.
September 22, 2015 - NB Power says it is inviting New Brunswickers to share what is most important to them about the future of the Mactaquac Generating Station in a process that will help shape a decision planned for 2016.
September 21, 2015 - Solectria, a PV inverter manufacturer, unveiled its decentralized megawatt solution at Solar Power International earlier this month. This solution combines Solectria’s three-phase transformerless inverters, an AC panel board, a transformer and monitoring.
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.
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!