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Industry News

FLIR receives “favourable verdict” in Raytheon lawsuit

November 24, 2014 - FLIR Systems Inc.—a global player in the design, manufacture and marketing of sensor systems that “enhance perception and awareness”—and its subsidiary, Indigo Systems Corp., say they have received a “favourable verdict” in a lawsuit by Raytheon Corp.

OBIT: Barry MacGowan of Cooper Wiring Devices

November 25, 2014 - Following a courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry MacGowan of Cooper Wiring Devices. He was 57.

Medgar Lighting named sales agency for Universal

November 21, 2014 - Medgar Lighting Concepts Inc. has been named a Canadian sales agency for Universal Lighting Technologies Inc. (member of the Panasonic family) in southwestern Ontario, Windsor and the Niagara area.

GE opens “advanced” MCCB manufacturing lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 - GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Conn., where “sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems” will design and build production lines for the new GuardEon moulded case circuit breaker (MCCB) platform.

FM Supply expanding from Waterloo to Stratford

November 19, 2014 - FM Supply—an independently owned electrical wholesale distributor located in Waterloo, Ont.—has announced it is opening a branch in Stratford. The new, 3000-sf facility will be designed in an open warehouse counter configuration, and is located at:

Irwin Tools asks: Are you the Ultimate Tradesman?

November 18, 2014 - Irwin Tools has expanded its efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for trade professionals by launching the Ultimate Tradesman Contest, where participants have a chance at winning one of nine monthly prizes worth up to $250 and a new Ford F-150 truck!

Manitoba’s McKenzie Electric named Employer of the Year

November 16, 2014 - The 8th annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction were recently presented, highlighting the dedication and commitment of employers, journeypersons and industry training leaders who have contributed to the success of apprenticeship training in Manitoba.

CCCA’s Frank Peri retiring; Kiddoo named as successor

November 10, 2014 - The Communications Cable & Connectivity Association’s (CCCA) current executive director, Frank Peri (who led the organization since its inception in 2007), is retiring, and will be replaced by David Kiddoo (photo) effective December 1.

Overachievers recognized at inaugural EFC Marketing Awards

November 6, 2014 - Congratulations to Electro-Federation Canada’s inaugural annual Marketing Awards winners (announced at Future Forum 2014), who were recognized for “demonstrating marketing excellence and innovation”! Kudos to the following:

Schneider and Awesense partner to reduce distribution losses

November 5, 2014 - Schneider Electric and Awesense Inc. have agreed to combine their expertise to design and propose integrated solutions that will enable utilities to “reduce ongoing grid losses and recover lost revenue, helping them achieve more reliable and profitable distribution grids”.

Platinum Tools outgrows Camarillo; finds Newbury Park home

November 3, 2014 - Platinum Tools—a player in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable—has relocated its base of operation and warehouse to a larger facility.

AD’s Canadian Electrical division enjoys +14% Q3 2014

November 3, 2014 - North American buying group Affiliated Distributors reports 8% growth across all Divisions in Q3 2014, with the Canadian Electrical division up 14%.


Not just another minivan: the Ram 2015 Cargo Van

November 26, 2014 - Built at the Chrysler Group Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant, the 2015 Ram Cargo Van (CV) features solid sliding doors and rear quarter windows and backlight privacy panels in place of sunscreen glass windows, although buyers have the option of equipping the vehicle with several combinations of solid and glass panels.


RECALL: Leatherman Leap multi-purpose tool

November 23, 2014 - In conjunction with the U.S. CPSC, Health Canada is advising you of a recall involving the Leatherman Leap multi-purpose tool due to a laceration hazard.

Codes & Standards

Help UL develop utility meter standard for Canada

November 25, 2014 - UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announced today that “Canadian stakeholders”—with the assistance of UL technical experts—are set to begin working on an electric utility meter standard for Canada.

“Interoperability made simple” - welcome ZigBee 3.0

November 20, 2014 - The ZigBee Alliance—an association of organizations creating open standards for device monitoring and control—says it has unified its wireless standards to a single one: ZigBee 3.0.

Energy & Power

Electrodes made of mud? “We’re talking about quite a special lump of clay here”

November 26, 2014 - Materials scientists from Drexel University’s College of Engineering believe that a lump of clay they invented may have taken the lead in the race to find materials of ever-increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better-performing battery electrodes.

Matched ‘hybrid’ systems may lead to more renewable energy

November 26, 2014 - The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to ‘match’ different forms of alternative energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity, say Oregon State University researchers in a new report.


Ontario appoints reviewer Tony Dean for College of Trades

(UPDATED November 25, 2014 with website) October 23, 2014 - Ontario is appointing former secretary of cabinet and head of the Ontario Public Service, Tony Dean, to review “key areas of Ontario’s skilled trades system” that fall within the mandate of the Ontario College of Trades.

ConocoPhillips supports NAIT’s Power Engineering Tech program

November 23, 2014 - ConocoPhillips Canada (a producer of natural gas) recently announced $1.1 million in support of NAIT’s Power Engineering Technology program—as well as the NAIT Boreal Research Institute (NBRI)—through the creation of the ConocoPhillips Canada-Surmont Boreal Reclamation Project.


Answering “Do you have the time?” for 75 years

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.”