May 2, 2016 - Bosch says its new pocket-sized laser measure, the Blaze GLM 20, is the first measure to be introduced into the Blaze family and includes a backlit screen, measurement of up to 65 ft and accuracy within 1/8 in.
April 29, 2016 - By diverting VFD-induced (variable frequency drive) shaft voltages to ground, Aegis says its pro series rings protect large AC and DC motors from bearing damage, repairs, unplanned downtime and lost revenue. Available for motor shafts to 30-in. in diameter, the rings are designed for high-current applications such as generators, turbines, and medium-voltage motors.
April 29, 2016 - Dent Instruments has combined their PowerScout 3037 power meter with Emerson’s “smart wireless” technology to provide “a measurement solution that will greatly impact energy efficiency and sustainability”.
April 29, 2016 - E2S Warning Signals has added visual signals to the “explosion-proof and corrosion-resistant” GNEx family.
April 28, 2016 - Douglas Lighting Controls, a member of the Panasonic Group, introduced its DLC Bluetooth fixture controller and sensor at Lightfair International 2016 this week.
April 28, 2016 - Greenlee has added a new four-door compact field office and a new mini compact field office to its line of field office products currently comprised of the 8060-DLX field office and the 7060-CFO compact field office.
April 27, 2016 - Ideal Networks, manufacturer of cable and network testers, has introduced a free app that allows field technicians to share test data with colleagues and mobile devices.  
April 26, 2016 - Knaack says it has a jobsite storage box that is engineered to keep supplies at “optimal temperatures”. Designed specifically for contractors working in cold environments, the Thermosteel is a heated storage unit.
April 26, 2016 - Burndy says its new push-on cable end caps are used to seal and insulate wire and splice terminations in order to create waterproof protection against corrosion, abrasion, and moisture.
April 26, 2016 - DNF Controls has a number of new and enhanced device management products including the IP Control Buddy, USP3, and AIB-3/AIB-4.
April 26, 2016 - Fathom, a new business unit of Rx Networks, says it “redefines the beacon and IoT space with the launch of the Fathom suite of products—a hardware and software system designed to address the challenges of managing large-scale beacon deployments”.
April 26, 2016 - Magnum Energy Solutions, a provider of wireless energy management solutions, has introduced the new Magnum Opus node, a fixture-embedded smart lighting system that will be showcased at 2016 Lightfair.
April 29, 2016 - National Safety Apparel has introduced the Hybrid FR line of flame resistant hi-vis safety apparel. This line “combines high visibility and dark fabric to provide a new look for those required to wear hi-vis protective garments”.
April 29, 2016 - GenTent safety canopies—weatherproof covers for portable generators—are now available in Canada via Amazon and Amazon Prime (with free shipping).
April 26, 2016 - Transport Canada reports a recall involving Ram’s 2015 Promaster van series due to an electrical malfunction.
April 25, 2016 - Transport Canada has announced a recall from Chrysler on its 2007 Sprinter vehicles due to airbag deployment concerns.
April 19, 2016 - Transport Canada has issued a recall for the 1500 Sierra and 1500 Silverado truck models from 2014 due to a seatbelt concern.
April 18, 2016 - Check those flashlights in your tool boxes! Health Canada has recalled three models of Coleman CTAC lithium-ion flashlights due to a fire hazard from overheating batteries.
April 15, 2016 - Transport Canada has issued a recall on the 2015 models of the Ford F750 and F650 due to parking brake concerns.
April 12, 2016 - The Ontario government says it will help protect workers on the job by launching more than 20 targeted blitzes at workplaces across the province over the next year.
April 12, 2016 - GE Lighting has issued a recall in Mexico and the United States for its high-intensity LED bulbs. The lamp can separate from its base and fall onto consumers below, GE says, posing an impact hazard.
April 8, 2016 - The fatal injury rate for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) has remained constant, reports IPAF, even though the total MEWP rental fleet and number of rental days worldwide have increased.
April 8, 2016 - Liberty Hardware has recalled decorative metal wall plates, noting these products can dislodge from the backplate and short circuit the outlet, posing a risk of electrical shock or fire.
April 5, 2016 - Transport Canada has announced a recall from Ford involving the 2015 Transit van models. About 839 units are thought to be affected.
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.
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.
May 2, 2016 - Rodan Energy Solutions announced it has been selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as the Ontario-wide “aggregation operator & dispatch administrator” to operate the peaksaverPlus Demand Response Program for Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies (LDCs). As the incumbent aggregation operator, Rodan Energy says it will continue to dispatch, support and manage approximately 320,000 load control devices currently enrolled in the residential and small commercial peaksaverPlus Program.
April 29, 2016 - Schneider Electric recently announced the launch of version 3.0 of its utility-scale mobile GIS (geographic information systems), ArcFM Mobile. IT administrators will “spend a fraction of the time they have in the past preparing geospatial data for offline use and managing the system” with this new solution, according to Schneider Electric.
April 25, 2016 - Northern Power Systems Corp.’s new ESS (energy storage solution)—which features the FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system—promises to enable developers and end users to acquire a fully integrated energy storage system “tailored to their needs”.
April 25, 2016 - A new interactive spreadsheet from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) aims to help utility buyers and sellers of energy storage systems “understand and clearly define the total cost of ownership of these technologies”.
April 22, 2016 - Manitoba Hydro is launching a new program designed to help the public “harness the power of the sun”. The Power Smart Solar Energy Program offers incentives and financial support for home and business owners to adopt solar power to allow them to generate their own electricity, and sell excess energy back to Manitoba Hydro.
April 21, 2016 - Veridyne Power Corp. says clean electricity from coal is, in fact, possible with its new solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).
April 21, 2016 - Sentinel Solar, headquartered in Concord, Ont., has signed a distribution agreement with SolaTrim, a California company that specializes in protective barriers for residential solar systems.
April 19, 2016 - BC Hydro reported four transmission poles carrying a 60kV transmission line running through the Green Timbers area in Surrey were cut down with a chainsaw, resulting in an outage for 6000 customers in Whalley.
April 15, 2016- SaskPower has added a second transformer to the Fleet Street substation in Regina’s east end as well as six new distribution feeders, and upgrades to older feeders, to “improve reliability and safety of power service”.
April 13, 2016 - After removing it from service April 8, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has commenced a $122-million planned maintenance and inspection outage on the 900MW Darlington Nuclear Unit 4.
April 11, 2016 - Kohler Power Systems is adding two models to its line of diesel-powered mobile generators: the 90REOZT4 and 120REOZT4. The Tier 4 Final generator models are built to withstand the elements, Kohler says, as well as run long hours in prime and standby applications while meeting emission standards.
April 8, 2016 - Hydro One says it will invest $20 million this year in the districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ont. to improve reliability and reduce tree-related outages. According to the company, the investment includes line clearing, annual maintenance and upgrades to over 1000 km of lines to benefit over 40,000 customers along with a number of local electric utilities connected to Hydro One’s Muskoka Transmission Station.
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!
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.
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”.
March 29, 2016 - Alberta Electrical League (AEL) has partnered with Magna IV Engineering to offer training on the Canadian Electrical Code, 2015 ed.
March 22, 2016 - Molly Marcott represented Sonepar Canada recently at the Great Canadian Sales Competition’s final round during its second annual Winners' Gala at the Corus Entertainment headquarters in Toronto. Marcott is a second-year marketing student from Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S.
March 12, 2016 - “If we want a strong and vibrant economic future, then it is key that strong and vibrant women help drive it,” said Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, of the province’s announcement of $1.8 million for the Women in Trades Training (WITT) initiative through the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
March 11, 2016 - Algonquin College will add two new electrical labs in 2017, with space for 120 apprentices, thanks to their share of $4.6 million in Apprenticeship Enhancement Funding (AEF) from the Ontario government.
February 22, 2016 - The international electrical manufacturing exhibition CWIEME (Coil Winding, Insulation & Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition) Berlin is once more offering students from around the world a chance to present their work to a live audience of industry professionals and win a €1000 prize in the 2016 CWIEME Challenge.
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 17, 2016 - British Columbia today introduced several amendments to the Industry Training Authority Act that, it says, will enable the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to lead and deliver trades training in B.C. more effectively.

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