November 7, 2018 – ABB Installation Products (formerly Thomas & Betts) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., has introduced a comprehensive technical guide for product selection and installation for cable tray systems.
November 6, 2018 – Meltric has expanded its portfolio of hazardous location devices with the addition of 13 CSA-rated electrical plugs and receptacles.
November 6, 2018 – Current, part of General Electric (GE), has designed a new LED luminaire to replace indoor and outdoor 1,000-W high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.
October 31, 2018 – Pioneer Dry Type Group has introduced medium-voltage transformer/interrupter switch assemblies to ensure safe and reliable fault protection and switching for unit substations.
October 31, 2018 – Beghelli Canada, based in Markham, Ont., has launched the LEDLumina BS400, a new luminaire designed to light up parking garages, among other environments, to increase safety and comfort for users.
October 24, 2018 – Leviton has introduced the Decora Smart Mini Plug-In Outlet with Wi-Fi technology to help turn any lamps, small appliances or electronics into ‘smart’ devices by enabling remote on/off control.
October 24, 2018 – ERP Power and Elemental LED have introduced the JVLM Series, which they claim is the world’s smallest UL-listed junction box and driver combination, designed for electricians to simplify installation of code-compliant architectural, commercial, retail and hospitality linear lighting applications.
October 23, 2018 – Hubbell has introduced the Y10 series of hand tools under its Burndy brand, for stripping and cutting copper or aluminum wiring, ranging from #22 to #10 AWG.
October 19, 2018 – Generac Power Systems’ newly cUL-approved, service-rated automatic transfer switch is now available to serve as the ‘nerve centre’ for residential standby generators in the Canadian marketplace.
October 17, 2018 – Universal Electric’s Starline Plug-In Raceway for Fitness (PIRFIT) is now available for health clubs looking for a two-in-one power and networking system that can eliminate thousands of feet of wiring and reduce the associated need for labour.
October 11, 2018 – Wago has expanded its Topjobs line of DIN rail-mount terminal blocks to add push-button actuation for positive operating feedback.
October 10, 2018 – Rittal Automation Systems (RAS) in Mississauga, Ont., has introduced several machines for processing support rails, cable ducts and busbars, as a complement to semi-automated production in switchgear manufacturing.
September 25, 2018 — The 2019 Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., from Mar. 4 to 8, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverside. Mark your calendar now to save those dates, talk to your manager and get this item into your 2019 budget proposals.
September 19, 2018 - CBS ArcSafe has introduced its latest remote switch actuator (RSA) for Eaton's Series G - LG frame moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs). Dubbed RSA-230B, the portable device allows technicians to remotely close or trip the circuit breaker from up to 300 feet away, while stationed safely outside the arc-flash boundary.
August 28, 2018 — Cementex recently released the updated UltraLite series of arc flash PPE task wear, available in 11- and 12-cal/cm2 and 40 cal/cm2. The UltraLite features a standard colour gray, which reflects sunlight for heat reduction in outdoor applications and allows for easier identification of contamination, as well as any dirt or debris that may compromise the garments’ safety.
July 17, 2018 — CBRE Ltd. has been fined a total of $80,000, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, after a worker was shocked by electricity while changing a 347V fluorescent lighting ballast.
July 13, 2018 — ITW Canada and Health Canada recently issued a recall for Red Head Trubolt+ wedge anchors used for concrete anchoring.
July 6, 2018 — Eaton recently issued a recall for certain Eaton heavy duty 30A and 60A safety switches intended for use in heavy commercial, utility and industrial applications.
June 20, 2018 — What I call the Super Bowl of Electrical Safety — but is officially known as the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop — was recently held in Ft. Worth, Texas, welcoming over 550 people from 15 different countries.
June 14, 2018 — UL has identified ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) that bear counterfeit UL Marks for Canada and the U.S.
June 13, 2018 — GE Lighting and the U.S. CPSC have issued a recall for the Cool White Universal T8/T12 LED two pack tube lamps.
April 30, 2018 — Honeywell, Health Canada and the U.S. CPSC have issued a joint recall for Honeywell type 1 Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats.
April 27, 2018 — Intertek has issued a warning that the permanently-connected, utility interactive, three-phase inverter/combiner box, model 869R020 .100 AE_3TL-20_6, may pose a fire hazard. Certification of these products was terminated in 2015.
April 24, 2018 — The MSA Altair Grid is a real-time remote monitoring service for portable gas detection.
September 27, 2018 — With the rewrite of CE Code Section 10, a number of questions spring to mind. In my opinion, the most important are what is the intent of Rule 10-210 and what is it really saying?
September 27, 2018 — Tackle September's Code Conundrum...if you dare!
August 22, 2018 — In my last article about CE Code 2018’s Section 10 rewrite (EBMag May 2018), I explained some of the new structures and definitions, and touched upon the requirements and changes regarding grounding a consumer’s services at a meter-mounting device.
August 22, 2018 — Tackle July/August's Code Conundrum...if you dare!
August 15, 2018 — The Zhaga Consortium has published Edition 1 of a new specification that helps bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to outdoor LED lighting fixtures.
August 2, 2018 — Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, have released the new standard, Recommended Practice for Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconferencing Rooms (ANSI/IES/AVIXA RP-38-17).
July 27, 2018 — Tackle June 2018's Code Conundrum...if you dare!
July 27, 2018 — For the first time in the CE Code (2018 ed.), a unit substation is defined as an integrated unit consisting of one or more transformers, disconnecting means, overcorrect devices and other associated equipment, each contained in an enclosure designed and constructed to restrict access to live parts (Rule 26-240).
June 20, 2018 — One of the major changes in CE Code 2018 is a revised Section 10 “Grounding and bonding”. This Section has been misunderstood by many in the past, with some of its requirements considered controversial and confusing.
June 20, 2018 — Tackle May 2018's Code Conundrum...if you dare!
May 10, 2018 — Tackle April 2018's Code Conundrum...if you dare!
May 10, 2018 — Grounding around high voltage is very important; we ground not only for touch and step potentials, but to ensure equipotentiality within the installation.
October 3, 2018 – The government of Alberta has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for large-scale solar energy provision to meet more than half of its ‘green power’ needs.
August 23, 2018 — According to the “Global Advanced Energy Storage Systems Market 2018-2022,” report from ResearchAndMarkets.com, the global advanced energy storage systems market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.48 per cent from 2018-2022.
July 30, 2018 — ABB and Ballard Power Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility.
July 20, 2018 — SaskPower is launching the deployment phase of its second pilot for commercial and industrial smart meters.
July 19, 2018 — The Government of Ontario has decided to cancel and wind down 758 renewable energy contracts.
July 12, 2018 — The New Brunswick government has committed $10 million to help establish the province as a leader in the field of research and development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology.
July 12, 2018 — The Nova Scotia government recently announced the new SolarHomes Program, which will help Nova Scotians save money on their electricity bills by installing solar panels.
July 4, 2018 — SaskPower recently announced that Saturn Power is the successful proponent for Saskatchewan’s first utility-scale solar power project.
June 26, 2018 — Hammond Power Solutions (HPS) launched a new line of low- and and medium-voltage distribution and drive isolation transformers meeting NRCan regulation SOR/2016-311 Amendment 14, which aligns minimum energy efficiency levels of dry-type transformers sold in Canada with those of the U.S.
May 18, 2018 — Nexans has completed a six-year project to design, manufacture, supply and install approximately 100km of subsea HVDC cable and accessories for Nalcor Energy’s Strait of Belle Isle Marine Cable Crossing in Newfoundland and Labrador.
May 1, 2018 — Siemens has received an order from Inter Pipeline Ltd. to provide long-term service for two SGT-800 gas turbine generator sets in Canada.
April 30, 2018 — Bruce Power has signed $914 million in advanced manufacturing contracts for its Major Component Replacement, which gets underway in 2020 and will allow the site to provide low-cost, carbon-free electricity to Ontario through 2064, the company says.
April 27, 2018 - A lot of things have changed since I first began attending and covering The MEET Show for Electrical Business Magazine over a decade ago. Back then, the lighting market was dominated by HIDs, PARs and fluorescents, crummy CFLs were making inroads and LEDs as lighting... well, they were a cute little novelty.
April 25, 2018 - This Saturday, April 28—the national Day of Mourning—we remember and honour workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.
January 29, 2018 - While Ottawa continues to fumble and stumble, bringing us ever closer to the brink of falling off the world stage altogether, a coalition of Canadian manufacturers is trying to do what it can to keep that from happening.
June 1, 2017 - After a few years of missing Lightfair due to scheduling conflicts, I was finally able to attend the 2017 edition and, boy, the exhibitors were putting their best feet forward. I haven’t seen so many large, colourful and distinctive booths since... well, maybe never.
November 16, 2017 - You can’t blame business owners for feeling like they’re being bombarded by government.
September 30, 2017 - The largest industry conference for the IEEE Petroleum & Chemical Industry Committee (IEEE-PCIC) has wrapped up in Calgary and, despite the recent weather-related disasters in the States, the event still attracted some 1435 delegates and 378 guests.
August 18, 2017 - You’ve seen the full-page ads in Electrical Business Magazine and the wallpapers here at EBMag.com. You’ve had most of the spring, and all of summer, but now is the time to hunker down and take 10 to 15 minutes to fill in your nomination for the 2017 Canadian Electrical Awards, which recognize noteworthy Canadian electrical installations and electrical safety champions.
August 17, 2017 - CSA Group’s annual Committee Week is a great venue for networking with CE Code-Part I Technical Committee (TC) members. That they have an excellent understanding of electrical practices is a given, but they also bring their own regional perspectives to the discussions that, eventually, lead to a new CE Code.
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.
June 21, 2017 - In a few paragraphs, my column will, in fact, line up with the title I’ve written above. Bear with me.
June 16, 2017 - “A job is not just a job; a job is a way to give back,” explained Cherith Sinasac, as I chatted with her and Jarrod Stewart to learn more about the Young Professional Network’s 2017 GIVE initiative.
May 29, 2017 - Over the last few issues, we’ve teased the coming of an expanded awards program, which we’re officially re-launching as the Canadian Electrical Awards, starting May 1, 2017.
September 14, 2018 — Okanagan College says its new Trades Training Centre will prepare more skilled-trades students throughout British Columbia.
September 13, 2018 - The Alberta Electrical Association (AEA) has announced the winners of its 2018 scholarships.
August 3, 2018 — The Solar Energy Society of Alberta and Energy Efficiency Alberta, in partnership with the Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta, have announced six upcoming workshops on the Canadian Electrical Code updates for solar photovoltaics.
May 28, 2018 — The Skills Ontario Competition, which took place earlier this month, featured nearly 70 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Ontario.
May 10, 2018 - The Safety Codes Council encourages you to sign up now for the Alberta Electrical Inspectors Solar Workshop.
May 8, 2018 - Omron Automation Americas recently gifted Georgian College engineering technology students “with workforce-relevant technology”, and the college recognized its partner of over 20 years by naming one of its technology labs in honour of Omron.
April 6, 2018 — As a result of an arrangement between Mohawk College and Alectra Utilities, a new Energy and Power Utilities Lab for the college has officially opened in a decommissioned substation in downtown Hamilton, Ont.
March 12, 2018 — B.C. Premier John Horgan recently announced a number of programs to support women working or entering a career in the building trades through improved workplace supports, services and practices.
March 12, 2018 — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a new white paper that provides an overview of electrical and electronic equipment surge susceptibility: NEMA VSP 1-2017 “Susceptibility of Electrical and Electronic Components to Surge Damage.”
February 23, 2018 — Schneider Electric has launched its eighth year of “Go Green in the City,” an annual global contest that invites business and engineering students to find solutions for more energy-efficient cities.
February 15, 2018 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and its members continue to demonstrate their support of university and college students while introducing them to the Canadian electrical industry. This year, $156,250 will be awarded to deserving pupils across 62 scholarships through the 2018 EFC Scholarship Program.
February 7, 2018 — Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, released Ontario’s new Apprenticeship Strategy today.
The Buildings Show
November 28-30, 2018
EFC Ontario Region Christmas Reception
November 29, 2018
Alberta Electrical Association Christmas Luncheon
November 30, 2018