October 27, 2016 - Vantage Controls, a lighting controls brand of Legrand, has announced full software integration with QMotion Advanced Shading Systems, also a Legrand brand, that brings control to bundled active and natural lighting systems through Design Centre 3.7.
October 27, 2016 - Bosch Tools says its “Impact Tough” titanium drill bits provide 2x the life versus standard impact drill bits and drill through everything from hardwood to heavy-gauge carbon steel.
October 27, 2016 - After acquiring Surge Suppression, Ilsco has released a new product series: Surgency surge protective devices (SPD) for commercial, industrial and residential applications.
October 26, 2016 - Held in June in Williamsburg, Va., the 63rd annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) was “a success on all fronts,” say organizers.
October 24, 2016 - Milwaukee Tool is expanding their layout and measurement offering with open-reel and closed-reel long tapes.  
October 21, 2016 - Klein Tools says it has introduced a multi-function 12:1 dual-laser infrared thermometer (IR5) at an opening price point for professional-grade IR thermometers. The IR5 features dual-lasers that use a tight 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio for measuring of temperatures between -22°F and 752°F.
October 21, 2016 - Eaton has introduced a system for motor control and power distribution centres (MCCs and PDCs) in low-voltage IEC applications. Called SmartPX, the hardware and software system promises a range of protection, monitoring and control functionality, and is integrated with Eaton Power Xpert CXH MCCs.
October 20, 2016 - EBMag has learned Northern Cables (Brockville, Ont.) is launching a power and control cable this week, Type ACIC, for smart buildings.
October 19, 2016 - Greenlee Textron is calling its micro cable cutters and micro bolt cutters a “smart upgrade from manual tools” as they are “ergonomically designed to reduce injuries from extended use of manual hand tools, while improving the cutting and crimping process for copper cable, fine stranded copper cable, bolts, and basket-style cable tray”.
October 19, 2016 - ITC is introducing the new line of compact Teeplug waterproof (IP68-NEMA 6P) cUL-certified plug-and-socket connectors.
October 19, 2016 - Connector Manufacturing Company (CMC) has launched the Roto-Lug connector product line, featuring a built-in “turning point” rotational component that allows up to 219-degree positioning in all directions: front-and-back and side-to-side.
October 19, 2016 - Acuity Brands’ new nLight Air platform, a wireless extension of its nLight digital lighting control platform, targets building owners and contractors looking to seamlessly upgrade facilities to LED lighting control.
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.
October 25, 2016 - Intelex Technologies—a provider of cloud-based environmental, health, safety & quality (EHSQ) management software—recently debuted its new mobile platform to put safety into the hands of your frontline workers.
October 21, 2016 - MSA has launched the Latchways 10-ft cable personal fall limiter (PFL), featuring multiple spring radial energy-absorbing technology. This new design eliminates the need for an external energy-absorber outside of the housing, the company says, making it the “smallest self-retracting lanyard on the market in its class”.
October 18, 2016 - Wieland Electric Inc., manufacturer of electrical interconnect technology, has developed a compact DIN rail-mounted universal safety relay, the SNO4083 series, for monitoring a range of machine safety functions, including emergency stops, elevator access control and heating/burner installations.  
October 12, 2016 - TSP Canada Towers Inc.—a manufacturer of wind turbines and towers in Thorold, Ont.—pleaded guilty and was fined $75,000 after a worker was critically injured when a one-ton structural steel ring fell from a storage rack.
October 3, 2016 - Congratulations to Eaton Electrical Services & Systems, Birnie Electric, Toronto Hydro and contributors to the Ontario Electrical Safety Report—all winners of a 2016 Ontario Electrical Safety Award from the Electrical Safety Authority... but there are also a few Honourable Mentions. ESA tells us more about the winners...
October 3, 2016 - Users are being cautioned about certain Shenzhen Ledsion Lighting Technology Co. (Enviro-Light Solutions branded) self-ballasted T8 LED tubes that bear unauthorized Intertek certification marks for Canada and the United States. Intertek has not evaluated the products and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements.
September 30, 2016 - Intertek has issued a warning about portable luminaires (model 17359) from Luxes Lighting Co. bearing counterfeit Intertek certification marks for Canada and the United States. Intertek has not evaluated the products and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements.
September 28, 2016 - The Electrical Safety Authority is notifying the public that Eaton has announced a voluntary recall of its 30A general duty 2- and 3-pole switches with catalogue numbers beginning with CDG221 or CDG321. This is because the line/load lugs may cause terminal overheating or allow wires to dislodge.
September 28, 2016 - Health Canada is recalling Flos Skygarden halogen pendant light fixtures as the dome can detach and fall unexpectedly.
September 28, 2016 - Crown Distributors Ltd. has issued a public notice regarding certain Ortech-branded connectors, which are marked with an unauthorized UL Mark but have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate standards for safety.
September 23, 2016 - Intertek reports it has discovered an unauthorized ETL certification mark for Canada and the United States on Vista flush device boxes. The products have not been evaluated by Intertek and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements.
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.
July 7, 2016 - Test your CE Code knowledge with the July 2016 instalment of the Code Conundrum!
July 7, 2016 - Equipment marking contributes to the safety of electrical installations by identifying switches and breakers so that circuits can be de-energized, allowing for the timely and accurate identification of circuits so that loads are not inadvertently de-energized; and providing workers with the means to de-energize circuits more conveniently, reducing the likelihood that a worker will engage in unsafe work practices.
May 5, 2016 - The Government of Canada says it is taking “tangible steps to protect the environment and improve energy efficiency [...] by undertaking important updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations”.
October 27, 2016 - The Alberta government is making funding available for the installation of solar panels at 36 school projects that are now in the planning or design phase and have not gone to tender.
October 26, 2016 - Over $15 million in maintenance work and $965 million worth of major projects are in the works for Saskatchewan’s Swift Current, Assiniboia, Maple Creek, Shaunavon and surrounding areas as part of SaskPower’s efforts to keep up with growing demand, meet environmental commitments and renew an aging power grid.
October 24, 2016 - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro was signed Friday to authorize the exploration of a merger between the two utilities.
October 21, 2016 - More federal money—$18.9 million more, to be exact—is headed to the Northumberland Strait Submarine Transmission System project in Prince Edward Island. This brings the Government of Canada’s total contribution up to a maximum of $68.9 million, representing 50% of the total eligible project cost, with the provincial portion at $73.6 million.
October 21, 2016 - The new line of APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS (uninterruptible power supplies) battery backup solutions is designed to deliver power protection for wireless networks, computers and other home and business electronics.
October 21, 2016 - “We have heard the call for further mitigation measures to address concerns around methylmercury,” said Newfoundland & Labrador’s Perry Trimper, minister of Environment and Climate Change, which is why the province is requiring Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir.
October 20, 2016 - ABB has announced a modular and scalable “plug-n-play” microgrid solution for distributed power generation. The containerized solution is relevant for mature and emerging countries, the company notes, and will help maximize the use of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on fossil fuels used by generator sets.
October 19, 2016 - Siemens is filling an order from Burns & McDonnell Canada to deliver a gas turbine, steam turbine, generators and related electrical equipment to SaskPower’s planned Chinook Power Station—a 350MW natural gas-fired power plant to be located near Swift Current, Sask.
October 18, 2016 - Schneider Electric says its Utilities Asset Inspection Reports give utilities the opportunity to track the specifics of lightning damage before it’s too late (and expensive), providing daily lightning strike data to users at a pre-designated time.
October 18, 2016 - The Waneta Expansion LP (WELP)—a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corp. and Columbia Basin Trust—is now accepting applications for the 2017 Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP), which will provide a total of up to $50,000 to projects in the Waneta area that “promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works, and other on-the-ground or applied projects”.
October 18, 2016 - Wind turbines are known to kill large birds that live nearby, but there is now evidence that birds from up to hundreds of miles away make up a significant portion of raptors killed at wind energy fields.
October 17, 2016 - One of the biggest untapped clean energy sources on the planet—wave energy—could one day power millions of homes, but more than a century after the first tests of the power of ocean waves, wave energy remains one of the hardest sources to capture. Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. hope to change that.
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:
May 25, 2016 - This year’s Hannover Fair (Hannover Messe) industrial tradeshow proved that tradeshows are not at all dead, as over 190,000 visitors from all over the world tried to get a grasp of the latest technologies presented by 5200 exhibitors.
March 3, 2016 - Many contractors begin with a simple mission: find customers, serve them well and survive. What happens all too often, unfortunately, is the companies that managed to survive beyond their first year continue to operate with the same strategy.
February 5, 2016 - Michigan State University researchers will use nearly $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to test whether recycling and repurposing building materials is an effective solution to what they call ‘economic blight’.
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.
October 13, 2016 - The powerline program at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ont. is getting a new permanent home all to itself, thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of $5.3 million.
October 6, 2016 - More seats in trades training—including electrical—are being added at British Columbia’s Selkirk College in Nelson thanks to a government investment of $1.845 million.
September 28, 2016 - British Columbia’s Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Terrace has fuller pockets when it comes to its trades programs thanks to two separate government investments announced recently.
September 27, 2016 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and its members have awarded Canadian university and college students $136,000 across 53 scholarships this year. Congratulations to all the recipients!
September 21, 2016 - Vancouver Island’s post-secondary schools will be breathing new life into their electrical programs thanks to a $561,000 investment from B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education.
September 19, 2016 - The British Columbia government is funnelling $210,000 through the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to train 224 powerline technicians at BC Hydro.
September 18, 2016 - Thanks to a new power system simulator, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology says its Electrical Engineering Technology students are “energized for the future”.
September 15, 2016 - Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Siemens Canada are joining forces to address the technical skills gap in Canada and accelerate the “implementation of Industry 4.0 advanced manufacturing concepts”. Beginning in early-to-mid 2017, KPU will offer students the Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification program in association with the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA)—established in 2014 and based out of Siemens Canada’s head office in Oakville, Ont.
September 7, 2016 - More than 30 people from five countries (including Canada) attended Terex Utilities’ 38th annual Hands On Training seminar, which is designed to help customers and distributors gain a better understanding of typical applications and proper use of Terex equipment.
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