May 26, 2018 - Several years ago, Paul Buller of Calgary got to thinking about rooftop cargo solutions, like dropdown ladder racks, and the result is RazerLift.
May 25, 2018 — FLIR Systems Inc. recently announced that the FLIR T500-Series has been selected as a “Red Dot: Best of the Best” winner for 2018.
May 23, 2018 — Hilti says its new SDS-max combinhammers TE 60-AVR and TE 60-ATC/AVR are the first to use the Hilti Connect App, which lets contractors use NFC-enabled devices to access information and remotely send a request for repair.
May 23, 2018 — Fluke Networks recently released the DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer, which it says is the “world’s first” field tester certified and endorsed to meet the requirements for the Cat 8 field testing standard.
May 23, 2018 — The recently introduced M18 Rover floodlight from Milwaukee features a 2 in. spring-loaded clamp and magnets that allow users to turn jobsite surfaces into hanging surfaces.
May 15, 2018 — ABB recently released its EV charging solution, the Terra HP, which it says is the first 150-350 kW product on the market.
May 15, 2018 — The LPEC and LPASC LED troffers from LSI Industries are available in 1 x 4 ft., 2x2 ft., and 2x4 ft., and in 5000K, 4000K, 3500K and 3000K colour temperatures, with a high transmission impact resistant diffuse acrylic radius lens that provides high vertical illumination.
May 15, 2018 — General Cable recently added the Category 6A cable to its line-up of GenSpeed outside plant category cables for outdoor applications. The new cable allows the extension of 10GB Ethernet networks to outdoor environments.
May 8, 2018 — Standard Product’s Tri-level programmable ceiling fixture offers “vast energy savings,” the company says, by using LED technology and allowing the user to control the light levels and consumption when the area is not occupied. The luminaire is part of Standard’s Habitat for Humanity campaign.
May 8, 2018 — Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures has added five new sizes to the PolyStar Polycarbonate Enclosure Series: 8 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.; 10 in. x 8 in. x 6 in.; 10 in. x 10 in. x 6 in.; 18 in. x 16 in. x 4 in.; and 20 in. x 16 in. x 8 in.
May 8, 2018 — The L519-L and L519-S wall wash/flood luminaires, recently added to Jesco’s LED track lighting system, are available for single- and two-circuit H, L and J track. A built-in matte lens provides a uniform wall wash beam spread while protecting LEDs and optical components from contaminants, the company says.
May 1, 2018 — Designed to withstand harsh jobsite conditions, Milwaukee Tool’s Jobsite Cooler uses twice the insulation of other similar coolers and a food-grade leak-proof liner that holds ice for 24 hours.
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.
April 17, 2018 - Schneider Electric is voluntarily recalling Square D general duty 30A and 60A, 120V/240V, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches because the power can stay on when the handle is in the OFF position, posing a shock or electrocution hazard.
March 23, 2018 — eHeat Inc. has issued a recall for its Envi high-efficiency electric panel heaters, in conjunction with Health Canada and the U.S. CPSC.
March 23, 2018 — Health Canada, the U.S. CPSC and Kidde have issued a joint recall for the Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms — models PI2010CA and PI9010CA.
March 22, 2018 — Health Canada, the U.S. CPSC and Southwire have issued a recall for Southwire’s WiOn indoor in-wall wi-fi switch.
March 9, 2018 — Health Canada has issued a recall for certain Amana brand packaged terminal air conditioner/heat pump (PTAC) units manufactured by Goodman Company, L.P.
February 26, 2018 — The new CSA Z462-2018 “Workplace electrical safety” was released to the public in the second week of January. CSA Group’s announcement regarding the 4th edition highlighted a number of revisions, but one of the most powerful and best changes is the requirement to perform and document job safety planning.
February 15, 2018 - PGC Services Inc. (Gormley, Ont.) and K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd. (Stouffville, Ont.) have been fined a total of $285,000, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, after a 25-year-old employee of PGC suffered a fatal electrical contact incident on Highway 7, just east of Dufferin Street in Vaughan, Ont.
February 8, 2018 - Through its eCommerce-enabled website, Lenco Training & Technical Services is now offering The Electrical Room and The Lockout Box.
February 2, 2018 - A manufacturing facility in China has lost 1000 UL holographic labels, which are genuine and will pass all security detection analysis, but are not authorized by UL to be affixed to any product.
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.
April 4, 2018 — Tackle March 2018's Code Conundrum...if you dare!
April 4, 2018 — Continuing our discussion regarding electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE a.k.a. EV chargers), let’s look at a few examples to understand the load impact on the service size for a typical house, and how changes in the 2018 CE Code facilitate such installations.
March 9, 2018 — The new CSA C83-17 “Standard for Communication and Power Line Hardware” has arrived.
February 26, 2018 — What is a separately derived system and why is it important for Section 10? To fully understand, we need to look at how we define derived as it is used throughout the CE Code, as it has many synonyms and definitions.
February 26, 2018 – Tackle February 2018’s Code Conundrum…if you dare!
February 22, 2018 - Electro-Federation Canada has issued a Call for Participation from its members in a new LVDC (low-voltage DC) Steering Committee/Product Section, launching this Spring.
February 16, 2018 — UL has launched a new safety certification program for dry type high-voltage transformer insulation systems. These insulation systems are used within the transformer for transmission and distribution of electricity across the power grid.
February 13, 2018 — Tackle January 2018’s Code Conundrum... if you dare!
February 13, 2018 – With the steady increase of electric vehicles on our roads, the 2018 CE Code (publishing this month) includes new Rules that recognize EV energy management systems (EVEMS), which address evolving EV technology and issues associated with future loading on electrical infrastructure.
January 22, 2018 — The number of changes coming to the 2018 CE Code are fairly substantial, and while a number of them involve tweaked wording and/or definitions, there are also a fair number of what I would call “significant” changes.
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 9, 2018 — Competition is now open for the second and third rounds of the Renewable Electricity Program.
April 9, 2018 - Bruce Power, Mirarco Mining Innovation and Laurentian University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enhance “strategic research opportunities”—including the long-term potential for small modular reactors (SMRs)—to generate “clean, low-cost and reliable electricity” in rural/remote regions.
April 6, 2018 — Hydro Quebec and the Government of Quebec recently announced the opening of the centre of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage, with the “mission of maintaining and enhancing Quebec’s global leadership in the field of battery materials.”
March 29, 2018 — Novinium recently presented an environmental stewardship award to Alectra Utilities.
March 28, 2018 — Fortis Inc. recently announced a funding framework among Wataynikaneyap Power, the government of Canada and the government of Ontario for the Wataynikaneyap Power project.
March 27, 2018 — ABB’s new React 2 inverter and energy storage solution includes a high-voltage Li-ion battery with a storage capacity of up to 12 kWh.
March 26, 2018 — Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA)/Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are co-developing a microgrid that will use solar, battery storage and grid technology to help reduce diesel use at KZA.
March 26, 2018 - ENMAX reports that it and the Government of Alberta have agreed to withdraw the utility from the Power Purchase Arrangement (PPA) legal action initiated in 2016 by the Attorney General.
March 26, 2018 - Since operations began in October 2014, the carbon capture & storage (CCS) process at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam power station has prevented a total of more than 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
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.
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.
November 9, 2017 - Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd.—an electrical, plumbing and heating products distributor headquartered in Edmonton—contributed $37,500 to the “Bright Horizons-Building for Skills” fundraising campaign for the new trades complex on Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus.
November 1, 2017 - Alberta’s Safety Codes Council announced Pauline Banack from Beaver County (near Edmonton) is its 10,000th Master Electrician. Congratulations!
October 13, 2017 - Research into sustainable energy and smart grid security at Concordia University has received major boost from Hydro-Quebec, which is donating $3.9 million toward research and attracting students to engineering, business, arts and science.
September 19, 2017 - The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) says it is proud to announce its goal of harmonizing training for two-thirds of Red Seal apprentices by 2017 was met.
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