Vol. 1 No.4


In This Issue...
- Fluke's New Web Community
- Electrical Bluebook 2007
- Coming Events
- Cool Products
- Your March 2006 Electrical Business


Users of test and measurement tools have a new destination on the Web for exchanging information, ideas and opinions, accessing resources on products and safety issues, and getting expert support on a wide range of tools and applications.

Sponsored by Fluke Corp., Test Tool Talk-the test tool users online community-is designed as a peer-to-peer, one-stop information source for test tool users. It includes tips, best practices, information on new technologies and products.

The site at www.fluke.com/community offers forums on safety, applications (including power quality and harmonics), maintenance and troubleshooting, motors and drives, HVAC/indoor air quality, power distribution systems, and predictive maintenance. There are also product forums, including digital multimeters, clamp meters and testers, thermography, process instrument calibration, insulation resistance test, portable oscilloscopes, and infrared and contact thermometers.

Visitors to the site can view these forums, find links to Fluke resources (such as application notes, white papers and FAQ documents), or use the site's searchable knowledge base. Registration is required to post comments or questions, or respond to existing posts in any of the forums.

"With more applications, new technologies and ever-present safety issues, it's critical that the test and measurement tool user community have convenient access to resources that can help them build knowledge and proficiency," said Steve Clark, application engineering manager at Fluke.

"We wanted to provide a sort of 'neutral territory' where test tool users could go to get answers to a specific question on how to use a tool, increase their application knowledge, or just exchange ideas and opinions on test tool use with their peers or expert sources." Clark said Fluke would contribute support and technical expertise as needed, but the goal is to create an environment for users that can be built and managed primarily by those users.


By now you all should have received a copy of the Winter 2006 Electrical Bluebook-the source directory for all things electrical. It's just one of the many perks that come with a subscription to Electrical Business magazine: the authoritative voice of Canada's electrical industry.

(If you're not a subscriber, it's high time you visited EBmag.com and clicked on SUBSCRIBE! Chances are you qualify for a Free Subscription.)

Although the 2006 edition just recently mailed out, work is already progressing behind the scenes for 2007. To ensure you don't get missed, keep your eyes open for the Bluebook Listing Fax-Back form, which will start appearing in upcoming issues of Electrical Business.

Even if you weren't missed last time around, be sure to send in complete, updated information for 2007.

Listings ARE FREE, but you have to send us your information.


Canadian Electrical Code Essentials
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
February 20-21, Mississauga
February 27-28, Edmonton
March 2-3, Yellowknife
March 6-7, Whitehorse
March 27-28, Moncton
March 27-28, Regina
March 30-31, Cornerbrook, N.L.
March 30-31, Halifax
April 6-7, Niagara Falls, Ont.
April 12-13, Mississauga, Ont.
April 18-19, Vancouver
May 4-5, Edmonton
May 8-9, London, Ont.
May 25-26, Montreal (English)
June 12-13, Red Deer, Alta.
June 26-27, Sudbury, Ont.

National Conference
CHBA (Canadian Home Builders Association)
February 24-26

Total Apprentice Conference 2006: Techniques of the Trades
Skilled Trades Alliance (STA)
March 25
Hamilton, Ont.
www.skilledtrades.ca and Click STA logo

2006 CEC/2005 NEC (A Comparison of Requirements)
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
May 2-3, Sarnia
June 7-8, Vancouver

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Check out some of these products. Follow the links to EBmag.com. While there, check out other great products, articles from Electrical Business, and our Gallery.

230kW to 1000kW generators
Cummins has expanded its line of factory-installed, weather-protective and sound-attenuated enclosures to include generator sets from 230kW to 1000kW. The enclosures offer three optional levels of protection and are designed to speed up installations and reduce costs. Click here to find out more.

Jobsite storage chests
Knaack Storagemaster® jobsite chests are available in five different models (Nos. 69, 79, 89, 90 and 91) ranging from 35.3 cf to 57.5 cf of storage capacity. The chests feature the Watchman® IV lock system: a deadbolt-like security system requiring a one-time lock installation that makes it unnecessary to replace locks. Click here to find out more.

Brochure illustrates upscale residential options
Leviton's Decora® Enhanced Living brochure illustrates the many ways Decora wiring devices and lighting controls can be used in the home. Decora dimmers, electronic timers and occupancy sensors can be installed in place of standard switches to provide convenience and energy savings. Click here to find out more.


Be sure to watch your mailbox for the March 2006 issue of Electrical Business. The thrust of this issue is the problem of counterfeit product in the marketplace. Earle Goodwin's in-depth report, as well as a synopsis of the recent EFC Anti-Counterfeiting Session, should sway you to our way of thinking: that counterfeits are bad for the economy, bad for industry, and bad for business. Also, Ron Coleman tells you how to go about establishing lead indicators to stay on track, Caterpillar unveils a revolutionary new engine for gensets, and EB profiles several Canadian distributors. All this and more in your March Electrical Business.

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