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Industry News

José Mozota, BICSI Canadian Region director 2015-17

October 21, 2014 - The 2015-17 BICSI board of directors election is complete, so congratulations to the new Canadian Region director, José Mozota, Ph.D., Legrand Canada’s national sales manager, Data Communications.

Brian Melka named president, Kohler Engines Americas

October 21, 2014 - Following Tom Cromwell’s appointment to group president of Kohler Co.’s Power Group last month, the company has named Brian Melka president of Engines Americas.

Acuity building “world-class” engineering facility in Decatur

October 21, 2014 - Acuity Brands announced it is building a “world-class” engineering and technology centre at a site it owns in Decatur, Ga., and will invest in facility upgrades at its complex in Conyers, Ga., as part of a plan “to enhance a workplace that will drive innovation and technology advances”.

Test your lighting knowledge with Columbia’s Watch and Win Contest

October 21, 2014 - Have you ever wondered how to measure LED lighting performance and efficiency correctly? Can you explain the difference between lighting efficacy and efficiency?

Shermco Industries celebrates 40-year anniversary

(UPDATED October 20, 2014, with Photos) October 16, 2014 - Shermco Industries—a provider of acceptance testing, commissioning, maintenance, repair and remanufacturing of electrical equipment and power distribution systems—announced it is celebrating 40 years in business. Congratulations!

Cisco Canada names Bernadette Wightman president

October 17, 2014 - Cisco has appointed Bernadette Wightman president of Cisco Canada, replacing Nitin Kawale, who is leaving Cisco after 19 years with the company, including six as president of Cisco Canada.

Kudos to AD Spirit of Independence Award Canadian winners!

October 16, 2014 - Earlier this month, EBMag was pleased to attend Affiliated Distributors’ (AD) 2014 Electrical Supply Division North American Meeting in Chicago, which was the largest to date, welcoming over 1000 attendees—including 173 first-timers—from over 390 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Tyco Fire partners with Troy Life & Fire Safety

October 16, 2014 - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. has signed a new distributor agreement with Tyco Fire Protection Products (division of Tyco) to distribute Simplex fire alarm products in designated markets and territories in Canada.

Efficiency Nova Scotia issues RFP for Delivery Agents

October 16, 2014 - The Residential Direct Installation of Efficient Products Program involves the installation of low-cost energy efficiency products in Nova Scotia residences at no cost to the participant, and Efficiency Nova Scotia has issued an RFP for the purpose of selecting various Delivery Agents (DAs) that will implement, manage and deliver the Program.

Rob Stewart joins Shermco as utility business development manager

October 16, 2014 - Shermco Industries has hired Rob Stewart as utility business development manager, where he is responsible for helping grow the company’s client base in both Canada and the States.

Schneider Electric to acquire InStep Software

October 10, 2014 - Schneider Electric has entered into an agreement to acquire InStep Software, a provider of real-time performance management and predictive asset analytics software and solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

Nexans’ Goose Creek plant now open to meet “growing demand” for HV cables

October 10, 2014 - Two years after breaking ground for the construction of a new plant in South Carolina, Nexans is celebrating the opening of its Goose Creek facility. The plant will produce high voltage (HV) power cables and is expected to create 200 manufacturing jobs over the next few years. The 350,000-sf plant will “serve the growing demand” for HV power systems in North America fuelled by new power transmission infrastructure projects.

Products

UL streamlines certification process for portable LED luminaires

October 22, 2014 - UL has introduced a global certification program for portable luminaires, which it says covers a set of samples and tests that combine the requirements of both North American and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards that have not been formally harmonized as part of the CB Scheme, an international network of product certification organizations.

Safety

Carbon monoxide alarms now mandatory in Ontario homes

October 15, 2014 - Ontario says it is taking another step to keep families and homes in the province safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

Codes & Standards

ZigBee president NOT happy with Chinese “rogue player”

October 21, 2014 - ZigBee president & CEO Tobin J.M. Richardson today issued an alert to alliance members and interested stakeholders regarding a Chinese company named Wulian (also operating under the name Nanjing IoT) that “has been misrepresenting itself as the ZigBee Alliance in China and other areas, despite the fact that they have no present affiliation with the ZigBee Alliance”.

NEMA publishes Products and Standards Guide 2015 Ed.

October 17, 2014 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the U.S.) published the 2015 edition of its Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG), which lists NEMA’s electrical standards as well as a directory of manufacturers and their products.

Energy & Power

Leviton announces 40A EV charge connector assembly

October 22, 2014 - Leviton says it has launched the industry’s first 40A electric vehicle (EV) charge connector assembly, as part of the company’s Evr-Green family of EV supply equipment (EVSE).

Schneider launches PV skid for North American power plants

October 21, 2014 - Schneider Electric Solar Business describes its new PV skid as an optimized power conversion system designed for North American photovoltaic (PV) power plants.

Careers

SaskPower takes “unique approach to training more power engineers locally”

October 21, 2014 - “This is a unique approach to training more power engineers locally that will provide students with a career option that’s rewarding and close to home,” said SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson.

EB CAREERS: Marnoch seeks project coordinator, construction estimator

October 21, 2014 - Founded in 1990, Marnoch Facilities Maintenance is a multi-trade, full-service contractor specializing in various commercial services. It currently has two openings for a full-time: Project Coordinator and Construction Estimator/Project Manager

Blog

Bill C-8 and counterfeits: “Something is better than nothing”

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.

Businesses must stop hoarding and start spending

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.