Vol. 3 No. 5

March 2008

- Electrical Business Scholarship News!
- Eaton Cutler-Hammer Recalls Rotary/Toggle Disconnect Switches
- MEET You in Moncton!
- GE Lighting Gives You a “Great Escape”
- Thomas & Betts Ty-Rap Cable Ties Turn 50
- Electrical Safety Technical and Mega Projects Workshop
- Ideal Launches Signaltek Promotion
- OEL Conference Looms, EB Sponsors
- Nedco Electrifest Around the Corner
- New Griplock Systems Website
- Next-Generation Website for Generation Brands
- Coming Events


EB is pleased to announce its commitment to, and recognize the importance of, the distribution members of Canada’s electrical industry with the launch of The 2008 Electrical Business Distribution Professional Scholarship.

Through the EFC Foundation Scholarship Program, EB’s Distribution Professional Scholarship is open to non-managerial employees of Canada’s electrical/datacom distributorships, such as Counter, Order Desk, Inside Sales, etc. The scholarship program wraps up July 1, so spread the word!

CLICK HERE for complete details.

Meantime, EB is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2007 Electrical Business Future Contractor Scholarship:
Dustin Christiansen: Apprenticeship Program Electrical, Red Deer College, Alberta.
Cara DeBruyne: Apprenticeship Training Program, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), New Brunswick.


Eaton is voluntarily recalling rotary and toggle disconnect switches rated 600V, 60A and 80A only. While no injuries or damage have been reported, the following hazard exists: a user could move the switch or the disconnect handle to the OFF position and, if the switch is defective, the contacts could remain in a closed condition. This could result in death, serious personal injury or property damage.

This recall affects the 60A and 80A component switches sold in enclosures or as loose component switches, described as follows:

The switches were manufactured in the European Union (EU) and sold by authorized Eaton distributors between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007. The recall anticipates that the component switches will be replaced at their installations, rather than complete enclosures being removed.

Owners and operators of these switches should immediately take steps to initiate their replacement by contacting the supplier from whom they were purchased for instructions on product return/replacement. Otherwise, contact Eaton in Perth, Ont., at (613) 267-6170 or e-mail WayneKBuchanan@Eaton.com.

Warning: do not attempt to open cover without deenergizing (isolating) the affected enclosed switch assembly via an upstream device.


The MEET (Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology) Show remains Atlantic Canada’s preeminent venue for all things electrical (and some other things besides), and it′s just around the corner. Procrastinate no longer! Make your travel and accommodation arrangements right now, as MEET tends to take over a good chunk of Moncton, N.B.

Seminar schedule
Besides a vibrant and engaging show floor, MEET offers numerous seminars on current industry issues and discussions, including:
• lighting management systems
• solar-powered water and space heating
• technology for controlling natural and electrical lighting
• circuit breaker design (current limitation and arc flash protection)
• power quality theory and measurement techniques
• industrial Ethernet standards and applications
• wireless communications in an industrial environment

Skills Canada Competition
Like last time, MEET is hosting the Electrical Wiring portion of the Skills Canada‾New Brunswick Competitions (Compétences Canada N.-B.). These competitions bring together students from across the province to complete projects that are judged on skills and accuracy. The contests are an incredible display of hands-on expertise, talent and determination, showcasing the many promising futures to be found in trades and technology. The winning students from these provincial events will be invited to be part of Team New Brunswick, which will compete at the 14th annual Canadian Skills Competition in Calgary, Alta., later this year.

Your official electrical book
Electrical Business is pleased to again be the official electrical publication of the MEET Show this May 7-8 at the Moncton Coliseum Complex. We’ll have a booth, so be sure to stop by and say Hello! Visit www.EBMag.com for more information, and a link to the official MEET site.


The GE Lighting “Great Escape” promotion rewards contractors and end users who purchase $200 or more worth of GE lighting products through participating distributors with a chance to win over $35,000 in prizes. They include a choice of six, all-expenses paid, five-day “Great Escape” vacations, four 50-in. plasma televisions and 25 steel wine coolers. The promotion runs until Friday, May 16, so you’d better hurry!

CLICK HERE for complete details.


Thomas & Betts has launched a year-long celebration to mark the 50th birthday of the Ty-Rap cable tie. In February, T&B rewarded the correct identification of their mystery 50th birthday brandname with weekly draws for Garmin GPS systems. The next phase of the celebration continues until June 27 with the “Tell us What’s Next” promotion.

Whether it’s an idea to speed-up installation or to meet the requirements of a specific industry application, Thomas & Betts invites you to CLICK HERE to submit your suggestions for the next Ty-Rap innovation. All participants will be entered into weekly draws for prizes like $150 Petro Canada gas cards and Samsung S85 digital cameras.


Sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), Southern Alberta and Northern Canada Sections, the Electrical Safety Technical & Mega Projects (TMP) Workshop being held November 19 to 21 in Edmonton, Alta., provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of engineering design, system reliability and the implementation of large projects.

This Workshop is not a training course but a forum for exchanging ideas and practical experiences involving knowledge, work practices, philosophies, electrical technology and mega-projects experience that are changing the electrical discipline in industry.

A limited number of rooms have been secured at the Mayfield Inn and Suites (the conference hotel), so book early. The reservation number is (780) 484-0821. Mention the TMP workshop to obtain the conference rate.

Any individual or company that is interested in presenting a tutorial should submit it to the ESTMP Technical Committee. CLICK HERE for more information, or contact Ron Derworiz at ron.derworiz@shell.com or (780) 997-6546. E-mail Wink.Winkelmann@ca.schneider-electric.com for information about sponsorship and hospitality suites.


Ideal Industries has launched a promotional offer that allows you to purchase a Signaltek cable performance tester for $995 until June 30 from authorized distributors. This saves you about $300! To sweeten the deal, Ideal is throwing in a free Tracetone tone generator and amplifier probe for testing continuity and locating signals of installed wire and cable. CLICK HERE to find the authorized distributor nearest you.


The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) and Electrical Business invite you to come out to OEL’s Annual Electrical Industry Conference, April 30 to May 3 at the Delta Grandview Resort in the heart of Muskoka. EB is proud to sponsor the delegate binders.

On April 30, golfers can kick things off with a round of golf hosted by the GTA West Chapter at the Mark O’Meara G.C., but the conference-proper kicks off May 1 with presentations, including one from Don Muth, an electrical contractor. Invited guests also include representatives from the ministries of, labour, energy, and training, colleges and universities, as well as the Workplace Safety Insurance Board, Ontario Power Authority, Electrical Safety Authority, Construction Safety Association of Ontario and the Jobs Protection Office.

May 2 is Contractor Day, which includes the Lunch & Learn–Product Expo. The conference wraps-up May 3 with a grand prize draw for a one-week trip for two (approx. value $5000). CLICK HERE to download conference information.


Nedco’s Electrifest trade show happens every three years, and the time has come for Electrifest VIII. The last Electrifest succeeded in attracting over 3000 people to Nedco’s Keaton HQ and distribution centre (Mississauga, Ont.), and displayed an array of products from over 100 manufacturers. Scheduled for May 12, this year’s theme is Las Vegas, and it promises to be the biggest Electrifest to date, displaying a full compliment of products of interest to a range of customers from the electrical, automation, datacom and industrial marketplaces. CLICK HERE to visit Nedco Ontario.


Griplock’s new website promises a comprehensive review of its complete line of cable suspension products, helping you quickly determine the best solution for your application. The website is updated daily, so check back often for new products, ideas and examples, and be sure to check out the “Deals” section for factory close-outs and overstock. CLICK HERE to visit Griplock.


Generation Brands—a player in the lighting fixture, ceiling fan and decorative product markets—has launched a redesigned website showcasing the company’s new logo and corporate image, and offering a new product search function, as well as links to all current eCatalogues of the lighting brands in its portfolio. The latest news and general information on each of the company’s individual brands can also be found here, including Sea Gull Lighting, Murray Feiss Lighting, Tech Lighting, LBL Lighting, Monte Carlo Fan Co., Ambiance Lighting Systems, Royce Lighting, tiella, Element Lighting, T-trak, Wilmette Lighting Co., Light Process Co. and 2thousand degrees. CLICK HERE to visit Generation Brands.


There are simply TOO MANY to list! EBMag.com has an extensive listing of electrical industry events across Canada, and across the border. CLICK HERE to check it out, and be sure to Bookmark us, as new events are added often!
(Please let us know of any dead/missing links)

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