February 23, 2017 - Building on the Lighting for Tomorrow Award-winning Landscape LED Accent, WAC Landscape Lighting has unveiled the Landscape Mini Accent.
February 21, 2017 - Burndy’s new additions to their grounding product line include aluminum lay-in lugs, suitable for solar panel applications.
February 14, 2017 - Eaton has launched its new SPC series surge protective device, which provides “flexible, configurable surge protection for commercial and light industrial applications”.
February 14, 2017 - Megger has enhanced its series of insulation and continuity testers, minimizing the risk of accidental damage to equipment under test. Designed specifically for the telecommunications and cable testing markets, the MIT480/2 series features a three-wire connection for A, B and E (tip, ring and ground), eliminating the need to connect and disconnect leads to carry out the full range of testing on a cable pair, according to Megger.
February 14, 2017 - Douglas Lighting Controls, a member of the Panasonic family of companies, has introduced a complete, stand-alone wireless system to control lights in a variety of commercial applications using Bluetooth wireless technology.
February 9, 2017 - Derek Monk, general manager, ABB in Canada, says the company’s collaboration with Nova Bus (the North American division of Volvo Buses) “represents a major step in the advancement of electric buses in public transit in North America, and it will be the first ABB electric bus Opportunity charging station in the Americas”.
February 7, 2017 - Arlington says its box extender/levelling ring is the solution for adding depth to an installed round concrete box.
February 3, 2017 - Milwaukee Tool’s knife lineup now features the Lockback pocket knife.
February 2, 2017 - Dialight has developed a new integration connecting its smart LED lighting system to Tridium’s Niagara Framework.
January 31, 2017 - A.R.E. Accessories is now offering owners of 2017 Ford Super Duty pickups a lineup of fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers. Made to fit all rugged F-250, F-350, F-450 and dually models with all bed and cab configurations, the company says both products provide truck bed storage that will help contractors keep gear secure.
January 30, 2017 - Rockwell Automation says industrial automation customers can improve their short-circuit protection with a new line of current-limiting, moulded-case circuit breakers.
January 27, 2017 - Bosch Tool Corporation has rolled out a lineup of small-angle corded and cordless grinders that feature a re-engineering of paddle-grip switches and more.
February 23, 2017 - Have you or someone you know encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat?
February 9, 2017 - Health Canada has further expanded a recall (which commenced back in January 2011) involving certain line-voltage thermostats that may overheat, emit smoke and damage the wall, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
February 9, 2017 - Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.
January 27, 2017 - Intertek has issued a warning about DVI Lighting Inc. luminaires bearing Intertek certification marks for Canada that may pose a public hazard due to wiring malfunctions.
January 20, 2017 - Big Game International (BGI) is recalling Shoreline Marine liquid electrical tape with model number SL57589 and UPC code 013893657589 after Health Canada's inspection program determined the products do not have proper hazard labelling required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).
January 20, 2017 - Intertek has issued a warning about the Noribachi Corporation LED high-bay luminaire for use in hazardous locations (Class I Division 2 Groups A-D Product Class II Division 2 Groups F, G) as it may pose a public hazard.
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.
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.
February 14, 2017 - More on ampacity, combustible gas detection and pendant lampholders below!
January 24, 2017 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the 2017 edition of its Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG), a listing of NEMA electrical standards as well as a directory of manufacturers and their products.
January 20, 2017 - Tackle the code conundrum if you dare!
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”.
February 21, 2017 - Manitoba Hydro says it is moving forward with building two transmission lines after receiving an Environment Act Licence from the province on January 30.
February 13, 2017 - SaskPower has announced the beginning of a competitive procurement process to add wind power to the electricity supply mix, and site considerations for a possible natural gas plant.
February 13, 2017 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced the completion of the reservoir refurbishment project for the Sir Adam Beck Pump Generating Station (PGS) ahead of schedule and under budget.
February 12, 2017 - The Alberta government is giving 31 bioenergy companies short-term funding through the $60-million Bioenergy Producer Program, which it says will support 500 direct jobs.
February 3, 2017 - Kohler Co. has announced its Power Group has acquired Clarke Energy Ltd., based in Liverpool, England, which handles the engineering, construction, installation and maintenance of engine-based power plants and is an authorized distributor of GE’s reciprocating engines in 19 countries worldwide.
February 3, 2017 - The Province of British Columbia says it is increasing funding for First Nations energy projects by about $2.1 million over three years and the money will be prioritized to help remote Aboriginal communities not connected to the BC Hydro grid end their reliance on diesel-powered generators.
January 27, 2017 - Bullfrog Power and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative (OCEC) say they have commissioned “Ontario’s first community-owned wind farm”: Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm.
January 27, 2016 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reports it has starting the decommissioning planning process at the Nanticoke Generating Station site, and is preparing for construction of the Nanticoke Solar Project in 2018.
January 24, 2017 - Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is celebrating the 20th anniversary of HIT mass production that, the company says, “revolutionized the solar industry”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 20, 2017 - The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has published a basic guide to applying lighting controls to open office spaces.
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.
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