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Industry News

GALLERY: Affiliated Distributors North American Meeting (Oct 2014) Chicago, Ill.

October 22, 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.

Canadian IPG Co wins Rayovac Industrial distributor award

October 22, 2014 - Global battery player has awarded the Canadian version of the Rayovac Industrial Outstanding Distributor Award to Canadian IPG Co. for the quarter ending September 30, 2014. Congratulations!

Prompt Payment Ontario: a new “force to be reckoned with”

October 22, 2014 - According to the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), 25 construction industry stakeholders representing ICI (industrial, commercial, institutional) and residential trade contractors, labour unions and benefit plan administrators gathered earlier this month at the inaugural members’ meeting of Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO).

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.

Products

GE debuts Multilin 869 motor protection system

October 23, 2014 - GE has announced the Multilin 869 motor protection system designed for the protection, control and management of medium and large induction and synchronous motors.

Fluke 830 alignment tool shortens motor shaft evaluation

October 23, 2014 - In three steps, the Fluke 830 laser shaft alignment tool claims to deliver precise shaft condition measurements and actionable results that, along with other predictive maintenance measurements, enable users to increase machine life.

Safety

RECALL: Philips 12A19 EnduraLED due to shock hazard

October 22, 2014 - Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority is notifying you that Philips Lighting Canada has announced a voluntary recall of the EnduraLED, product code 409946 12A19/END/800LM/2700/120V DIM with manufacturing date code 2L.

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

Hydro One’s upgraded Lambton-Longwood transmission line complete

October 23, 2014 - Hydro One announced today that the upgrade of a transmission circuit between Lambton transformer station (TS) and Longwood TS in southwestern Ontario is complete. The $25-million investment refurbished 36 tower foundations, replaced the circuit with a higher capacity wire and replaced insulators along the line.

Careers

Ontario appoints reviewer Tony Dean for College of Trades

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.

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.

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.