December 8, 2016 - Cree is extending its IG series LED parking structure luminaires to include a warmer colour temperature and standard 0-10V dimming.
December 5, 2016 - ElfaPlus, a miniature circuit breaker (MCB) designed and manufactured by GE, recently achieved a UL-rating, making it a global MCB platform.
December 1, 2016 - Rittal Corporation has added the LED “system light”, or, what it calls “the first lighting system designed specifically for enclosures”.
December 1, 2016 - Southwire says its new Qwikjax reel stand helps “increase efficiency and safety in transportation as well as setup and payoff of wire reels”.
November 29, 2016 - Do you have trouble clamping your wires in hard-to-reach areas? Suited for electrical work in HVAC applications, the Testo 770 hook-clamp digital multimeter’s hook-off retractable post releases the wires when testing is complete.
November 29, 2016 - The Reed R2050 thermal imaging camera displays thermal and visual images on a 2.8-in. LCD display and photos are saved on the included micro SD card.
November 29, 2016 - Legrand North America has introduced five fixture-integrated, IP66-rated sensors to its Wattstopper FSP-200 product family, a line of occupancy sensors.
November 29, 2016 - Ideal Networks has launched the new Optical Certifier I (OC I) for multi-mode and single mode fiber cabling, delivering automated loss, length and polarity certification of fibre links.
November 29, 2016 - Wieland Electric Inc. says it has updated the housing design of its revos "Basic" series rectangular connectors with enhanced corrosion resistance.
November 29, 2016 - The new “Allrounder” pocket-stripping tool by Jokari fits into a pocket—it has no protruding edges or blades, the company says—and is used for stripping and dismantling round and flat cables, single conductor or multi-conductor, solid or stranded.  
November 28, 2016 - Legrand says its recently launched 30-in. plastic enclosure (ENP3050) is designed to integrate wireless devices into traditional structured wiring installations, without interference or compromising system performance.
November 28, 2016 - Milwaukee Tool’s new 2016 Torpedo levels include the 10-in. die cast block and compact billet, which feature rare earth magnets delivering “over two times the magnetic strength of industry competitors”, according to the company.
December 8, 2016 - What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation from CCOHS’ Forum 2016: "The Changing World of Work", held earlier this year in Vancouver, B.C.
December 6, 2016 - Intertek has issued a warning about certain electric radiant heating panels bearing an unauthorized ETL certification mark for Canada. The products have only been evaluated by Intertek for the United States and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements for Canada.
November 29, 2016 - MSA Safety’s Latchways Mini personal fall limiter (PFL) for fall protection is now available in single and twin-leg tie-back versions.
November 25, 2016 - Eaton says its new 2016 arc flash relay system “helps improve worker safety and maximize electrical assembly uptime by quickly clearing arc flash events”.
November 21, 2016 - The remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Merlin Gerin insulated case circuit breaker (ICCB) has made its debut from CBS ArcSafe, a manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear.
November 18, 2016 - CSA Group is warning consumers of unauthorized use of CSA Group trademarks on light bulbs sold in the Canadian market, branded as “Value Power” and “Prestige Lighting”.
November 10, 2016 - In a joint recall with the U.S. CPSC, Kidde is recalling hard-wired NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarms (KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA) manufactured between June 1, 2004, and March 2011.
November 10, 2016 - In a joint recall with the U.S. CPSC, the L.D. Kichler Co. is recalling two (2) models of Kichler Krystal Ice flush-mount ceiling light fixtures due to a fire hazard.
November 9, 2016 - The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall on Lithonia Lighting’s BLT series of commercial luminaires as the plastic lens can detach and fall.
November 2, 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a mobile app that provides instant access to workplace health and safety advice and information.
October 27, 2016 - Thanks to ECAO for tipping us off to an upcoming Electrical Hazards Blitz by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, which is scheduled to run for two months, November 1 to December 31, 2016.
October 26, 2016 - A handful of utilities, among other companies, were presented with 2016 Safest Employers Awards from Canadian Occupational Safety, a workplace safety magazine, at a recent gala in Toronto.
November 14, 2016 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced revisions to ANSI C119.4 (the standard for electric connectors—connectors for use between aluminum-to-aluminum and aluminum-to-copper conductors designed for normal operation at or below 93°C and copper-to-copper conductors designed for normal operation at or below 100°C), as made by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C119.
November 9, 2016 - The main purpose behind matching the conductor with the correct overcurrent protection is to safeguard the downstream conductor from overload and/or short circuit. Based on that simple concept, the rating of overcurrent protective devices (OCPD) always needs to be equal to or lower than the ampacity of the protected conductor.
November 9, 2016 - Up to code? Test yourself with our monthly Code Conundrum!
October 20, 2016 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has re-released NEMA WD 7-2011 (R2016) Occupancy Motion Sensors Standard, which “promotes uniformity in the use and application of occupancy motion sensors used in lighting control systems, HVAC and other devices”.
October 11, 2016 - CE Code Section 10 “Grounding and bonding” talks of bonding metallic systems together to the grounding conductor. This reduces the danger of electric shock and property damage by providing a low impedance path for fault current back to the source, and establishes an equipotential plane, such that the possibility of a potential difference between metal parts is minimized.
October 11, 2016 - Our monthly code conundrum is a fun way to see how your code knowledge is doing!
October 3, 2016 - Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the U.S.) Motor & Generator Section and the European Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Machines & Power Electronics (CEMEP) say they have a “new direction for global motor efficiency standards”.
September 12, 2016 - In 2013 I published a column very similar to this one to raise awareness about the hazards with delta (ungrounded) to wye (grounded) conversions. Delta systems have become increasingly less common—many of the experts on these systems have retired and lessons learned have been forgotten.
September 12, 2016 - How well do you know the CE Code? Try our Code Conundrum!
August 10, 2016 - Tackle the August 2016 code conundrum if you dare!
August 10, 2016 - The building code defines a vapour barrier as “the elements installed to control the diffusion of water vapour”. Did you notice it says “control” not “eliminate”?
July 12, 2016 - About 600 changes were introduced in the 2015 editions of the National Model Construction Codes, now known as Codes Canada.
December 8, 2016 - Six months after ratifying its treaty, the Tla’amin Nation in British Columbia says it is moving to the next stage in developing a hydro plant plan.
December 7, 2016 - With financial support from NRCan, AddÉnergie—a Canadian player in electric vehicle charging solutions—is expanding its FLO charging network with the deployment of 25 EV fast-charging stations at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations across Ontario.
December 7, 2016 - With the ubiquity of lithium-ion batteries in smartphones and other rechargeable devices, it’s hard to imagine replacing them. But the rising price of lithium has spurred a search for alternatives, and one up-and-coming battery technology uses abundant, readily available seawater.
December 7, 2016 - Josh de Wit—a second-year mechanical engineering student from the University of Sussex—has won the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award for 2016 thanks to his original idea focusing on stacked graphene batteries, with the objective of improving sustainability in electric vehicles.
December 7, 2016 - Siemens has commissioned its first specialized transport vessel to fulfil the needs for cost-effective transportation of the large nacelles used in Siemens’ direct drive offshore wind turbines.
December 1, 2016 - Can you imagine a battery that won’t reach 50% of its charge until the year 7746 AD? That’s the promise behind new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a battery that’s shaped into—believe it or not—a diamond!
December 1, 2016 - Anita Ho-Baillie, a senior research fellow at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP), says her team at the University of New South Wales in Sydney has achieved the highest efficiency rating with the largest perovskite solar cells to date.
December 1, 2016 - SaskPower is revamping the electrical system in the south area of Saskatchewan currently, including: Melfort, Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Weldon, Naicam, Pathlow and surrounding areas.
November 29, 2016 - A compact, high-voltage DC power supply that "provides high efficiency and reliability" in a small enclosure is being introduced by Diversified Technologies Inc. (DTI).
November 29, 2016 - GE has unveiled a new series of flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems with a range of 50 to 1000 kilovolt-amperes and which integrates patented flywheel technology from Vycon, a subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, with GE’s TLE series and SG series solutions.
November 28, 2016 - According to NB Power, the process to renew the power reactor operating licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in Maces Bay is underway and the company is preparing for a two-part public hearing process, set to begin in early 2017.
November 28, 2016 - The Government of Alberta reports it has reached agreements with TransAlta, Capital Power and ATCO to end coal-fired emissions on or before December 31, 2030.
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.
September 30, 2016 - “The good news after the 2008 Lehman crash is that we’ve been chugging along, and haven’t suffered a deep, deep recession,” said economist Maureen Farrow at the latest Economic Forecast Day hosted by EFC, adding, “The bottom line? Weak growth and low inflation.”
September 9, 2016 - Jean-Pascal Tricoire—the global chair and CEO of Schneider Electric—made a rare trip to Toronto several weeks ago; while here, he and Schneider Electric Canada president Juan Macias spoke with several industry editors at an intimate media roundtable to discuss the company’s perspective on global innovation and sustainability, and the trends impacting global energy demands.
August 25, 2016 - After it’s all over, your lights will be just as bright and your refrigerator just as cold, but the ampere—that SI base unit of electrical current—will soon take on an entirely new identity.
July 11, 2016 - The Province of Ontario’s energy policy seems to work like this: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again... then try again. And again... to the point where you hope no one even cares any more.
July 7, 2016 - Even though we’re based near Toronto, Ont. (which is not, I readily admit, the actual centre of the universe), regular readers of Electrical Business Magazine—and especially regular visitors to EBMag.com and @EBMag—know that we cover as many industry events across the country as possible... and a few outside of our borders, too.
May 26, 2016 - Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) is a not-for-profit volunteer group brought together by co-founders and co-chairs Rebecca Black and Joanna Osawe in 2013 to educate and enable women to become more active in renewable energy development in Ontario. WiRE forges partnerships with a spectrum of renewable energy industry associations, professional women from across the energy sector and academic providers.
May 26, 2016 - Several months ago, I thought I had a great idea for an article but, as it turned out, I didn’t... well, that’s not quite true. I ended up stumbling upon an altogether different revelation. Here’s what happened:
December 8, 2016 - A new “innovation pilot” at British Columbia’s Okanagan College seeks to improve training outcomes and employability for apprentices by reducing their time away from work from 10 weeks to five.
November 28, 2016 - “The Ontario Liberal government has introduced legislation which could have a detrimental impact on the enforcement capability of the Ontario College of Trades,” says ECAO, “and hamper its ability to protect the public interest and the integrity of the electrical trade.”
November 24, 2016 - Forty-five school districts throughout British Columbia will each receive funding between $20,000 and $40,000 for the Youth Work in Trades program to boost trades training—electrical included.
November 22, 2016 - A joint federal/provincial investment of $6.21-million will help erect a new trades training centre at Okanagan College's Vernon, B.C. campus.
November 9, 2016 - Site preparation is now underway for a new energy systems engineering building at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Surrey, B.C. after it received a $90-million boost from the federal and provincial governments.
November 8, 2016 - The College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook, is receiving over $4.3 million in funding for its Centre for Energy & Thermal Systems and for campus upgrades.
November 4, 2016 - The British Columbia government’s stream of post-secondary funding has now made its way to the doors at Okanagan College. The school will see a $7.44-million investment for skills training at its newly renovated, $35-million trades training complex in Kelowna, B.C.
November 1, 2016 - While compensation levels for Ontario’s engineering and applied science technicians and technologists continue to climb “well beyond the rate of inflation”, male practitioners report an average annual compensation of $19,000 above their female counterparts.
October 28, 2016 - British Columbia premier Christy Clark announced an investment of $2.7 million in North Island College (NIC) for skills training in high-priority trades seats at the Vancouver Island Economic Summit in Nanaimo yesterday.
October 26, 2016 - The latest post-secondary investment from the British Columbia government is $4.16 million going to Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops for skills training in “high-priority” trades seats.
October 25, 2016 - The interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has launched a new lighting controls certification, the Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP).
October 19, 2016 - The British Columbia government is continuing its streak of recent investments to post-secondary institutions for more high-priority trades training seats with $5.2 million going to Camosun College in Victoria.
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