May 25, 2017 - Panasonic’s latest Toughbook launch took place in the clouds, held at the 1,776-ft tall One World Trade Centre, also known as the Freedom Tower, in New York City last week.
May 23, 2017 - “The EV Discovery Centre will serve as an EV hub for consumers throughout Ontario and for visitors from around the world,” said Cara Clairman, president & CEO of Plug’n Drive, on the occasion of the official opening of the Plug’n Drive EVDC in northern Toronto.
May 15, 2017 - Standard Products has launched its LED bollard luminaires for Spring 2017, suited for lighting pathways and entryways, it says.
May 15, 2017 - IPC Resistors rebranded into I-Gard about 12 years ago, the company says, and exited various power resistor markets with a new strategic focus on new core markets of ground fault and arc flash protection.
May 10, 2017 - LEDtronics has announced its latest series of dimmable high-efficiency LED high-bay fixtures, which are DLC-listed low-profile units that output more lumens than the previous generation, while being more energy-efficient, the company claims. LEDtronics also says they are the “most affordable high-bay light fixtures” offered from the company to date.
May 4, 2017 - A solution from Alfra Tools is now available for assembling and wiring a control panel or its back-plate in a “safe, practical, ergonomic manner”, says ITC Electrical Components.
May 1, 2017 - Exclusively available in Canada, Milwaukee Tool has unveiled the “Wide Blade” tape measures.
May 1, 2017 - Leviton’s Powerswitch non-fused disconnects in stainless steel enclosures are intended for food and beverage processing environments, as well as wastewater treatment, chemical processing, and other harsh industrial applications.
May 1, 2017 - Antaira’s LNP-1604G-SFP is the latest industrial Gigabit PoE+ unmanaged Ethernet switch series that offers 12 gigabit Ethernet ports with a PSE maximum of 30W per port and four SFP gigabit fiber slots for long distance connectivity.
April 22, 2017 - Ideal Industries (Canada) Corp. says its new line of bi-metal hole saws employs M42 high-speed steel, with an additional 8% of premium cobalt, which promises increased strength and greater wear resistance, making them less prone to chipping.
April 17, 2017 - K-Sun Corp. has presented the Epson Labelworks PX LW-PX700 industrial label maker for creating “durable, custom and compliant labels, wire markers and more” up to 1-in. wide.
April 7, 2017 - ERCO has launched new minimized spotlights in the Opton range so “even the smallest interior can now boast a qualitative lighting design without compromising on the standards of ERCO LED photometrics”.
May 23, 2017 - Intertek is warning that the Silicon Energy flat-plate photovoltaic modules identified below bearing an Intertek certification mark for Canada and the United States may not comply with relevant safety requirements.
May 10, 2017 - Employees of Nova Scotia Power’s Tufts Cove Generating Station in Dartmouth recently celebrated two million hours of service without lost time due to injury.
May 1, 2017 - Rona Inc. is voluntarily recalling Uberhaus brand ceiling fans bearing model number SW52-SN-R5W1 (or product number 89325003), Health Canada has announced, due to a manufacturing defect that could lead to a fire.
April 20, 2017 - Bosch Solar Services is replacing all roof-mounted Bosch c-Si 60 NA30119 solar modules currently installed in Canada and the U.S. as part of a voluntary recall.
April 7, 2017 - Noark Electric, a low-voltage electrical product manufacturer, has a new range of definite purpose contactors: the Ex9CKT Series DP contactors. Available in 20-40A range in 3- and 4-pole configurations, the Ex9CKT Series features an industry standard mounting plate with accessible mounting holes.
March 29, 2017 - Brady has announced its Safety Lock and Tag Carrier, which can hold up to 12 safety padlocks and keys, as well as lockout hasps and lockout procedure tags.
March 29, 2017 - Carhartt is adding eight new women’s styles to its flame-resistant (FR) line. The new assortment includes a jacket, a denim pant and canvas pant, a coverall, a woven shirt, and three knit shirts and is “purpose-built for women working in the electric utilities and oil and gas industries”.
March 28, 2017 - SolarWorld is recalling thousands of connectors sold with its solar panels due to an electrical shock hazard. The remedy is replacement.
March 28, 2017 - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) reports an electrical worker on the non-radiological side of the Bruce Power B received an electrical shock and was taken to hospital. He remains in stable condition.
March 15, 2017 - Transport Canada has announced an expansion on a previous recall from Chrysler on its 2007 Sprinter vehicles due to airbag deployment concerns.
March 14, 2017 - The source of risk assessment procedure best practices that you find in CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety” (Clause 4.1.5.7) is CAN/CSA-Z1002-12 “Occupational health and safety - Hazard identification and elimination and risk assessment and control”.
March 9, 2017 - Following a workplace fatality, Kelvin Rowlett—a supervisor with SaskPower—was found guilty of two counts under The Saskatchewan Employment Act in Melfort Provincial Court, and fined $28,000.
May 26, 2017 - Required by the National Building Code (NBC), smoke alarms must be permanently connected to a lighting circuit, or one that supplies both lighting and receptacles, so as to quickly detect when there’s a problem with the circuit.
May 26, 2017 - The May Code Conundrum will help you brush up on your code knowledge!
May 12, 2017 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the U.S. has published NEMA ICS 5-2017 Industrial Control and Systems: Control Circuit and Pilot Devices. This standard applies to general purpose mechanical, electromechanical and solid-state devices that are used in industrial applications for control circuit switching and the control of solenoids rated not more than 600V.
May 2, 2017 - The draft edition of the next CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety” is available for public review.
April 13, 2017 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a new standard, NEMA OS 4-2016 "Requirements for Air-Sealed Boxes for Electrical and Communication Applications". This standard establishes a performance test and classification scheme for electrical outlet boxes, wall boxes, ceiling boxes, and floor boxes designed to reduce air leakage through them and their installed interface with the building structure.
April 11, 2017 - The April Code Conundrum has some mobile home questions this month!
April 10, 2017 - The 3rd Memorandum of Revision (MOR) is out, and Rule 8-104 is undergoing some significant changes. Subrule (8) has been deleted from the CE Code, and 8-104(5) and (6) have been rewritten. What does this mean for calculating cable sizes used in direct burial installations?
March 14, 2017 - Time to brush up on those CE Code skills!
March 14, 2017 - As the name suggests, energy storage systems (ESSs) are mechanisms capable of storing energy for use at a future time.
March 6, 2017 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the United States released a new energy management guide for polyphase induction motors: NEMA MG 10-2017 - Energy Management Guide for Selection and Use of Fixed Frequency Medium AC Squirrel-Cage Polyphase Induction Motors.
February 15, 2017 - As the global demand for energy grows, the world will need solutions to ensure supply can keep up, says Standards Council of Canada; adding to the challenge are renewable sources that are not only trying to meet new demand, but also replace our fleet of fossil fuel-derived energy generation.
February 14, 2017 - Believe it or not, it’s that time of year when firms start looking ahead to the camping season and campground upgrades. Nothing much has changed in recreational vehicle parks over the past CE Code cycle, but a number of changes took place over the past 15 years to make this part of the code clearer.
May 18, 2017 - The provincial government and NB Power are forming a new corporation as a joint venture to “capitalize on New Brunswick’s geography in exporting energy”, the two parties say.
May 17, 2017 - Saskatchewan’s first geothermal power project may be that much closer to a reality, thanks to as recent power purchase agreement signed by SaskPower and Deep Earth Energy Production Corp.
May 7, 2017 - New research from Oregon State University aims to make eagles less likely to collide with wind-turbine blades.
May 7, 2017 - LG Chem Ltd.—a player in lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications—received the Brad Roberts Award for Outstanding Industry Achievement from the Energy Storage Association (ESA).
May 1, 2017 - Briggs & Stratton Corporation says it has introduced a new corrosion-resistant aluminum enclosure for its standby generator systems, specifically designed to withstand “extreme weather conditions, including hurricane-force winds up to 175 mph”.
May 1, 2017 - Alectra Inc., with the support of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), has completed a feasibility study for mass adoption of the utility’s residential solar storage pilot, Power.House, in Ontario’s southern York region.
May 1, 2017 - NB Power’s deadline for project submissions under the Community Renewable Energy – Local Entities Opportunity has been extended to 3 p.m. on June 30, 2017. The original deadline was April 28. The Locally-Owned Renewable Energy Small Scale ProgramCommunity Renewable Energy – Local Entities Opportunity allows for municipalities, co-operatives and not-for profit organizations to integrate small-scale renewable energy projects onto the provincial power grid.
April 25, 2017 - NB Power says it has begun environmental and geotechnical studies and site testing to explore the potential for generating more energy with a new 100MW generating station in Grand Falls beside the existing station.
April 5, 2017 - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 CanWEA Awards, which “honour industry leaders, innovators and supporters for their exceptional work on behalf of wind energy”.
April 4, 2017 - BC Hydro’s Site C project reached a milestone this week as the turbines and generators contractor mobilized to the construction site.
March 30, 2017 - Caterpillar Inc. has announced a new standby power node for the Cat 3512C diesel generator set, rated at 1750 kW for 60 Hz standby applications.
March 24, 2017 - The Government of Alberta says its Renewable Electricity Program is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment to the provincial economy by 2030, and create more than 7200 jobs, with energy minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd adding, “This will be a competitive process, bringing the most renewable generation online at the lowest cost”.
April 7, 2017 - These days, you would be hard-pressed to find a marketing “guru” who didn’t demand you establish a presence on social media. Some will suggest you find a few social outlets to which you will actually commit (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), while others will recommend you have to be everywhere!
March 21, 2017 - “All of our members can supply every electrical need that is required by Habitat for Humanity,” notes Techspan’s Frank Dunnigan, as we chatted about Canada’s electrical industry having the “Power to Build” ... that’s the new campaign Electro-Federation Canada is rolling out with Habitat for Humanity Canada.
March 20, 2017 - Everyone in the Province of Ontario knows electricity costs have gone through the roof. Electricity customers of all sizes have been complaining bitterly about costs and their impact on their livelihood and way of life. Significant numbers of people who have been worried about paying their electricity bill are now angry.
March 17, 2017 - We were asked to trial the Brother P-touch PT-E550W industrial hand-held labelling tool at a local jobsite. As a former teacher, I have always believed we must start putting technology into the hands of our future electricians... this tool does just that.
March 9, 2017 - I can’t say I’m very familiar with Jim Carr, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, but I stumbled upon—and have to applaud—the speech he gave at the Energy Council of Canada’s “Canadian Energy Industry: Updates and Insights” event in Ottawa back in February.
February 4, 2017 - When the Ontario government shelved the concept of Bill 69 (a.k.a. Prompt Payment Act) and, instead, decided to launch a review of the entire Construction Lien Act [CLA], Eryl Roberts—then executive director of ECA of Ontario—argued:
February 1, 2017 - You may be familiar with the following electrical groups operating in Alberta: Capital Region Electric Club (Edmonton), Calgary Electric Club (CEC) and, of course, Alberta Electrical League (AEL).
November 15, 2016 - On days when I’m at my desk, everything I need is at my fingertips, including an electrical outlet for charging my phone. But then there are those days when I’m out in the world, covering someone’s conference or tradeshow (maybe hustling from one parking lot to another, or hopping on a train to go into the city), and both time and electricity become luxury commodities.
November 11, 2016 - Product knowledge, skill specialization and competing against manufacturers who are supposed to be their partners were just some of the discussion points covered at “The Future of the Canadian Electrical Contractor”—a recent Electro-Federation Canada (Ontario Region) breakfast meeting.
November 7, 2016 - It’s been a few years now that we’ve been tracking the Prompt Payment movement in Ontario. To make a long story short, the Province of Ontario commissioned an “expert review” of the Construction Lien Act in February 2015. The review was to include an examination of payment issues within the construction sector.
October 12, 2016 - Clarington, Ont., fire officials responded to a fire in the pit of the Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) yesterday—which is kind of ironic, considering the DYEC was built to burn garbage to generate electricity.
October 11, 2016 - I was surprised to read the article extolling the design virtues of the MUHC project within the latest Electrical Business magazine. Unless someone has been under a rock, it’s quite public knowledge that SNC is under corruption and fraud charges for this very project.
May 24, 2017 - Lighting professionals can now focus their expertise on specific market segments—including retail, industrial, office and educational—through NAILD’s redesigned Lighting Specialist (LS II) program.
May 15, 2017 - Hot on the heels of the 2017 Skills Ontario competition, several thousand students are expected to descend on Ottawa for Future Building 2017, a free event being held May 16-18 at the EY Centre.
May 3, 2017 - Seventy-two members of Alberta’s trades community, including four electrical apprentices, have been honoured for their “outstanding achievements” in the workplace and in the classroom at the 2017 Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Awards.
May 1, 2017 - You don’t have to be constantly troubleshooting the same motor and drive problem, according to Fluke, who released its new Motor and Drive Troubleshooting Course recently to help “maintenance professionals can gain the practical diagnostic skills needed to better understand motor/drive system health and significantly improve equipment reliability”.
May 1, 2017 - EBMag is always excited when we have the opportunity to step out and cover a Skills event—in this case, the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition, being held right now at the Toronto Congress Centre.
March 29, 2017 - BICSI has released the latest update to its ICT Cabling Installation Program.
March 9, 2017 - Against the backdrop of International Women’s Day, Hydro One announced its “continued support for women in engineering”, committing $1.4 million dollars toward the Women in Engineering University Partnership with Ryerson, Ontario Institute of Technology, Waterloo and Western.
March 6, 2017 - The Government of Alberta says it is helping an additional 1000 apprentices continue their technical training through the Apprentice Training Award.
March 1, 2017 - Schneider Electric has launched the 7th iteration of its “Go Green in the City” annual global challenge for business and engineering students aimed at promoting “innovative energy management ideas for smart cities”.
February 27, 2017 - Applications are being accepted right now for the 2017 edition of Electro-Federation Canada’s annual scholarship program, which is awarding over $150,000 across 57 scholarships.
February 27, 2017 - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps.
February 6, 2017 - The British Columbia government is ushering in new skills-training opportunities for up to 205 First Nations people from Prince George to Fort Nelson, designed to “spark” electrical careers and more.
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March 31, 2017 - The NEW lightweight Presto LED Downlight has a recessed light source, which helps to significantly reduce glare. The base model is complete with a white baffle finish, but can also be paired with several trim colours to enhance the overall look of the luminaire and integrates seamlessly to any decor.

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