August 23, 2016 - Milwaukee recently unveiled its M18 RedLithium “High Demand” 9.0 battery pack, which promises up to 5x more run-time and 35% more power while running 60% cooler than standard lithium-ion batteries.
August 19, 2016 - Burndy has released Smartvis, a portable conduit stud vise.
August 19, 2016 - A new family of “tradeSelect” metal device boxes featuring patented Presto cable clamps is now available from Hubbell.
August 18, 2016 - Philips Lighting has launched the new Philips SceneSwitch LED range—light bulbs which provide multiple light settings, allowing you to use your existing light switch to select the light scene best suited to a task.
August 17, 2016 - Two wall-mount interconnect enclosures featuring LGX mounting positions are new on the market from AFL: the WME-01 and WME-12.
August 17, 2016 - Russelectric says its newly redesigned medium-voltage (5-15kV) circuit breaker automatic transfer switches and bypass/isolation switches now have 20-50% smaller footprints than before.  
August 16, 2016 - Nemalux has introduced the MR series LED luminaire to replace traditional 75-250W fixtures. The company says the MR was created to respond to demand for a multi-function LED luminaire that could be configured to fit commercial and industrial lighting scenarios.
August 15, 2016 - Eaton says it has expanded and enhanced its Flextray accessories that help minimize labour and time on cable management installations, and, along with the enhanced solutions, the company says it has reduced the splicing hardware required to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) classified electrical grounding capability by up to 50%.
August 12, 2016 - Greenlee Textron Inc. is offering a new Android application for remote control of the DataScout multi-service network analyzer (DS10G) under the Greenlee Communications brand.  
August 11, 2016 - Dewalt says its 20V Max XR drill (DCD791) and impact driver (DCF887) come with more powerful brushless motors, better ergonomics and faster application speeds, compared to previous Dewalt models.
August 11, 2016 - WAC Lighting has introduced Duo, the 3-in. dual-source LED downlight (patent pending), which delivers illumination from a miniature aperture in a variety of colour temperatures.
August 9, 2016 - FSR is expanding its Project Wall Box line (PWB) with the upgraded PWB-450, designed for applications where users need to mount larger interfaces or equipment in a wall box behind a display or in other custom applications.
August 26, 2016 - In a joint recall with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cree Inc. is recalling a 48-in. LED replacement lamp for traditional indoor 2-pin T8s.
August 23, 2016 - CS Wind Canada Inc.—a manufacturer of wind turbine towers—pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was injured by moving components of a tower under construction.
August 17, 2016 - Carhartt has issued a recall for nine flame-resistant (FR) sweatshirt styles with durable water repellent finish (DWR) manufactured in 2014 and afterwards.
August 10, 2016 - Kohler Power Systems has issued a recall for certain portable generators due to a wiring error that poses an electric shock hazard.
August 8, 2016 - National Time & Signal has issued a recall involving about 3500 fire alarm pull stations as the pull handle can break when manually pulled and fail to activate the alarm system.
August 3, 2016 - Federal investigators in the U.S. have found the electrocution of a 43 year-old welder could have been prevented if his employer had de-energized conductors and followed electrical safe work practices at a Missouri machine shop.
July 29, 2016 - eCompliance recently unveiled its new Hazard Assessment Module, a free, cloud-based hazard assessment tool to help companies reduce hazardous risks and protect employees. It can identify, track and communicate workplaces hazards across all sites and job levels.
July 25, 2016 - Horizon Utilities has announced it is the first Canadian electric utility to earn the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard CSA Z1000-14 certification from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
July 19, 2016 - Congratulations to Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (an Oakville Enterprise Corporation company) for winning MySafeWork and eCompliance’s First Annual David Ellis Award for excellence in workplace safety!
July 18, 2016 - OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the U.S. has cited Macy’s department store in Aventura, Fla. for exposing employees to risks due to repeated violations related to electric shock hazards and other safety hazards.
July 13, 2016 - Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs, a.k.a. aerial work platforms, AWPs), are useful keeping T&D lines clear. That’s why the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has published safety tips for the use of MEWPs in tree-cutting to ensure operators work safely at height.
July 12, 2016 - Roberto Spada was sentenced in a Windsor, Ont., court last week on 16 charges, including performing unsafe electrical work and advertising to do electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence.
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”.
May 5, 2016 - The latest edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC)—the legal standard with which all electrical work in the province must comply—comes into effect today, May 5, 2016, and includes new requirements.
May 3, 2016 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is accepting nominations for its 2016 SCC Awards, which recognize the commitment of individuals, organizations and committees who dedicate their time and expertise in support of Canada’s national standardization network. The awards include:
April 8, 2016 - The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has announced the publication of Outdoor Lighting for Airport Environments (RP-37-15), a publication in the IES Recommended Practice series.
April 1, 2016 - Standards Council of Canada (SCC) invites young electrotechnology professionals to apply to attend the 7th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals Workshop in Frankfurt, Germany from October 10 to 14, 2016.
March 10, 2016 - The 2015 BC Electrical Code Change took effect February 29, 2016. In connection with this, BC Safety Authority has issued and revised several directives and information bulletins.
February 4, 2016 - An updated edition of the only American National Standard for repair of motors and generators—ANSI/EASA AR100-2015: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus—was recently published for use by the repair industry and its customers. The standard describes industry best practices for the repair, rewinding, and testing of electrical apparatus in order to maintain or enhance the energy efficiency and reliability of both AC and DC motors and generators.
August 27, 2016 - NB Power says the decision-making process about the future of Mactaquac Generating Station has reached another milestone with the completion of environmental, social, scientific and public engagement reports—all of which are available online for public viewing.
August 23, 2016 - GE and Hitachi Ltd. are selling their joint venture—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (GEH-C)—to BWXT Canada Ltd., a supplier of CANDU and pressurized water reactor steam generators worldwide, as well as other plant components.
August 23, 2016 - According to the Canadian office of wind turbine player Enercon, an evacuation protocol was triggered following a turbine collapse at the Point Tupper wind farm, located near Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
August 23, 2016 - SaskPower celebrated the conclusion of the $330-million Island Falls to Key Lake (I1K) transmission line project in northern Saskatchewan, which promises to increase “power reliability and capacity for communities while supporting continued economic development in the north”.
August 16, 2016 - The HRNG 95 T6 gaseous generator has made its debut from Hipower Systems, a manufacturer of power-generation and power distribution equipment in Canada.
August 16, 2016 - Aclara Technologies, a global supplier of smart infrastructure technologies to utilities, has acquired the Smart Grid business of Tollgrade Communications. The transaction includes the LightHouse distribution monitoring platform—comprising sensors and sensor management system (SMS) software with Predictive Grid analytics—as well as a broad intellectual property portfolio. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
August 15, 2016 - Hydro One announced a definitive agreement has been reached to acquire 100% of Orillia Power Distribution Corporation from the City of Orillia. It will pay the city $26.35 million and assume about $14.9 million of debt and regulatory liabilities for a total transaction value of $41.3 million.
August 15, 2016 - The Point Lepreau nuclear generating station is now operating at 100% reactor power, putting about 660MW on the New Brunswick grid, according to the province.
August 11, 2016 - After being granted double certification per IEC62852/UL6703 standards and being in production since May 2015, Canadian Solar’s T4 field-installable PV connector portfolio has hit the North American market.
August 8, 2016 - Kohler Generators is introducing a 30kW standby generator, designed for large homes and small businesses. The Kohler 30RCL features a 1800-rpm liquid-cooled Kohler engine and patented noise-reduction technology.
August 8, 2016 - Eaton says its Crouse-Hinds series 1500V DC combiner boxes for large-scale solar PV applications are designed to help customers lower system costs by reducing wiring requirements and installation time.
August 4, 2016 - GE Renewable Energy has introduced a North American version of its new 3MW wind turbine platform, which first debuted in Europe last November. The platform now includes a 60 Hz version of the 3.4MW machine, with rotor diameter options of 130 or 137 meters.
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’.
December 17, 2015 - Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Design Technologies (CAMDT) says its has become the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB’s YuMi robot, which was shown off recently at a special event at the Brampton, Ont., Campus.
December 11, 2015 - A pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and fuelled with urine that is pumped by the wearer’s footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC... yes, you read that right.
December 6, 2015 - Leading up to our January edition, we start posting reminders to update your BlueBook listing before it’s too late. Yet the BlueBook exists online all the time, so what gives?
December 3, 2015 - Smart people don’t buy counterfeit... that’s the takeaway from our discussion yesterday with Lorne Lipkus, a Canadian expert on intellectual property and host of the 20th Annual Fraud & Anti-Counterfeiting Conference.
August 25, 2016 - To ensure “a steady flow of qualified candidates for the company’s workforce”, Bruce Power has partnered with four Ontario colleges on six diploma programs. They include:
August 17, 2016 - Congratulations to Stephanie Seymour and Shadrak Gobert, the 2016 recipients of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) John Wesley Beaver (JWB) Memorial Student Awards, which seek to help Indigenous youth in post-secondary studies.
June 30, 2016 - Quality Training Systems, an electric utility consulting services and training management software provider, has announced new enhancements for June 2016 to its Quality Training Database (QTD).
June 23, 2016 - In celebration of National Aboriginal Day earlier this week, Hydro One recognized 10 students selected for the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Scholarship, granted annually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students.
June 8, 2016 - It was a bronze medal for Georgian College’s Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs as part the 2015-2016 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Program Excellence Awards.
May 25, 2016 - Developed at the request of airport lighting maintenance electricians and others involved in the design and construction of airport lighting systems, Campbell River Airport recently hosted a 4-day Airport Lighting Maintenance Course to provide a formal, standardized training program in the essentials of their trade.
May 16, 2016 - Later this month, May 27, 2016, Magna IV Engineering and the Alberta Electrical League are offering Canadian Electrical Code Update Training free to Fort McMurray Master Electricians and safety codes officers displaced by wildfires.
May 16, 2016 - At today’s Ontario Energy Network luncheon, EBMag learned OEN is offering two scholarships under the 2016 EFC Scholarship program, both valued at $3500.
May 11, 2016 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says it will continue its support of post-secondary students in Durham Region by renewing a decade-long partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The $5-million investment will go towards capital expenditures, educational programs, equipment, scholarships and bursaries for students at both institutions.
May 11, 2016 - Nova Scotia says it has taken steps to ensure secondary students with an interest in learning more about careers in skilled trades and technology will be able to attend next month’s Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B.
April 27, 2016 - BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, has partnered with InfoComm International to release an online course focusing on category cable and AV: “How to Install and Validate Category Cable for AV”.
April 25, 2016 - “This project is a game changer in our efforts to maintain our facilities, control our costs, and expand the learning opportunities for our students,” said Cheryl Jensen, president of Algonquin College as she and Robert Hardt, CEO of Siemens Canada, unveiled a new co-generation natural gas power plant at the college’s Ottawa campus.

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