January 11, 2017 - Altec has released the DT65H, a hydraulically-actuated, continuous rotation, heavy-duty transmission digger derrick designed with steel load-bearing structures. The unit features a fiberglass third stage boom and has a 21,051 lb lifting capacity at 10 ft.
January 9, 2017 - MaxLite has announced the expansion of the WallMax product family with the “Precision”, an architectural-grade LED wall pack with a modular housing and external battery backup option across all wattages.
January 6, 2017 - Leviton has announced Decora Smart Apple HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories for use with an iPhone or iPad, including in-wall dimmers and switches.
January 6, 2017 - Arlington says its UL-listed “DropIn” floor box kits (FLB4360) are a fast way to install a box nearly flush in an existing floor, as it installs with a “single hole saw cut”.
January 5, 2017 - Rockwell Automation has introduced a suite of drive solutions, Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T drives, that it says will help users reduce energy costs and increase machine uptime for assets running in high-demand applications.
January 4, 2017 - Fulham Co., a supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has released a new LED high-bay retrofit kit designed specifically for use in warehouses, hangars, gymnasiums, or any building where 400W HID high-bay lighting is traditionally used.
January 3, 2017 - HyLite LED Lighting, a division of Arva, has a new line: the Lotus LED, featuring a 180° adjustable mounting arm. This allows the Lotus lamp to install in multiple positions and at different lengths, making it suitable for recessed cans, canopy lights, parking garage fixtures, parking lot lights, flood/spot lights, high ceilings, and high-/low-bays. 
December 21, 2016 - Klein Tools says it has combined all of the major functions of side-cutting pliers into one tool—the 9-in. Journeyman high-leverage side-cutting pliers with wire stripper/crimper.
December 20, 2016 - Solais, a manufacturer of specification-grade LED fixtures and lamps and a division of PowerSecure International, has a new family of chip-on-board (COB) LED trackheads and modules for its recessed multiples and downlights. Available in Xd30, Xd24 and Xd20 versions, Solais says the models deliver the single-glow-optic aesthetics demanded by today’s high-end retail and hospitality users.
December 19, 2016 - Eaton’s plug-n-play online configurator provides a tool for enclosed control product selection, “simplifying the process required to design enclosed control solutions”, the company says.  
December 15, 2016 - Pentair has introduced a new line of Hoffman-branded, modular enclosures for the industrial automation and process control markets: the Proline G2.
December 13, 2016 - Panasonic has upgraded its Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged 10.1-in. tablet, now featuring a 6th generation IntelCore i5-6300U vPro processor along with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Pro platform.
January 17, 2017 - Transport Canada is notifying the public of a recall on Altec Industries AA755 and AN650 booms due to safety concerns.
January 14, 2017 - Honda Canada is recalling the owner’s manual provided with certain Honda EU2000iT1 inverter-type 1600W generators because of missing pages in the French-language section.
December 26, 2016 - Bona Building & Management Ltd.—an owner-operator of residential and commercial buildings—pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker received an electrical shock and was injured while replacing part of a light fixture.
December 15, 2016 - The Ontario Electrical Safety Authority honoured Eaton’s Electrical Services and Systems and four other companies recently for its dedication to worker safety during its annual award program.
December 9, 2016 - Intertek has issued a warning for an Authorization to Mark (ATM) certification document and “paint spray” lighting fixture products, both of which are known to be in the marketplace bearing unauthorized ETL certification marks for Canada. The unauthorized products have not been evaluated by Intertek, and it is not known whether they comply with any safety requirements.
December 9, 2016 - Hoya Vision Care is buying 3M’s safety prescription eyewear business, which is part of the latter’s Safety & Graphics Business, Personal Safety division. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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.
December 12, 2016 - In my last column, I addressed the basic theory and concepts behind CSA’s family of occupational health & safety (OH&S) standards. Among them is CSA Z1000 “Occupational health & safety management”, CSA Z463 “Guideline on maintenance of electrical systems”, CSA Z460 “Control of hazardous energy: lockout and other methods” and, of course, CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety”.
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.
January 18, 2017 - Ground fault protection (GFP) requirements in the CE Code are often misunderstood; FAQs range anywhere from the very basic to complicated engineered schemes.
December 12, 2016 - An interactive power production system operates in conjunction with—and can deliver power to—another power system, such as the utility. While this could involve a standard generator, I will focus on renewable energy systems.
December 12, 2016 - Our monthly Code Conundrum has questions to keep you guessing!
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!
January 18, 2017 - Work on SaskPower’s newest addition to its generation fleet, Chinook Power Station, kicked off earlier this month.
January 17, 2017 - ABB reports it has completed a major upgrade of the 350MW Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link connecting the grids of Quebec and New Brunswick, prompting ABB’s Claudio Facchin to say, “This upgrade will enhance power availability, reduce outages and improve grid reliability in the region”.
January 13, 2017 - BC Hydro and the District of Hudson’s Hope announced they have reached a “partnering relationship agreement” in regards to Site C mitigation and compensation.
January 11, 2017 - Mersen has new DC overcurrent protection solutions for electric vehicles and battery-related applications: the Xp and Xs series hybrid devices and an expanded line of DC fuses.
January 9, 2017 - NB Power is recommending a project to maintain the Mactaquac Generating Station to its intended lifespan of approximately 2068.
January 5, 2017 - SaskPower and Algonquin Power have agreed on a change of location for a 177MW wind project to the Blue Hills area which is located between Herbert and Neidpath in southwest Saskatchewan.
January 5, 2017 - Nova Scotia Power is investigating the collapse of a wind turbine it owns and operates in Grand Etang, Inverness County, on Cape Breton Island.
January 4, 2017 - EnerSys, a provider of stored energy solutions for industrial applications, has expanded its line of backup power solutions for the utility and renewable energy industries with PowerSafe OGi batteries.
January 4, 2017 - SaskPower is upgrading portions of the power grid in the north area of the province, including: Prince Albert, Shellbrook, Rosthern, Candle Lake and surrounding rural areas.
January 3, 2017 - The second phase of a three-year modernization project in St. Catharines, Ont.—totalling $4.8 million—has been completed on time, according to Horizon Utilities.
January 2, 2017 - BC Hydro has submitted a copy of its Site C Annual Progress Report to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), noting construction is “on track for both schedule and budget”.
January 2, 2017 - Micro-generation is set to take off in Alberta after the government announced more flexible rules recently.
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:
January 17, 2017 - First Nations people in Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula area will be able to get the skills they need for energy sector jobs, according to the province, thanks to the funding of a new training program.
January 16, 2017 - The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is celebrating the first cohort to complete the Trades to Degrees pathway.
January 11, 2017 - A joint federal-provincial investment of $10 million is being funnelled towards College of the Rockies (with its main campus in Cranbrook, B.C.) for a new trades-training facility.
January 11, 2017 - In conjunction with the upcoming release of the its Installation Program 7.0, BICSI has announced the latest edition of the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) is now available for purchase.
January 10, 2017 - On March 31, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) will launch a new program to gather information on the practices of each of its 80,000 licence-holders and gauge their professional knowledge activities.
January 9, 2017 - Applications are now available to Nova Scotia employers for the province’s 2017 Energy Training Program, which “supports opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain specialized training and work experience”.
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.

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