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December 13, 2018 - While cargo vans are already a staple for many commercial vehicle fleets, including those used by electrical contractors, today’s cargo van has evolved, with many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offering a variety of roof heights, lengths and towing capacities. This variety translates into increased flexibility in terms of the functions these vans can perform.
November 30, 2018 - The current-carrying capacity of a cable, better known as its ampacity, is a value from the code table, right? Select a cable, select a table, and off you go. What is often overlooked, however, is that the ampacity given for a cable is actually governed by heat flow.
November 26, 2018 - Electrical contractors have increasingly adopted light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for illuminating industrial settings, primarily because they offer a more energy-efficient alternative to high-pressure sodium (HPS) and other conventional lighting systems. Recent data, however, also demonstrates a correlation between the technology and industrial workplace safety and efficiency, suggesting a switch to high-performance LED systems in these environments can significantly improve productivity and reduce the risk of accidents and other hazards.


November 26, 2018 - One winter morning in early 2004, PhD student Jodie Lane was walking her dogs through the slushy sidewalks of New York City when all of a sudden, without any warning, both she and her dogs were writhing in pain, hit by an invisible force. A metal sidewalk plate had become energized at 57 V, due to the corrosion and insulation failure of an antiquated and poorly maintained wiring system beneath it.
November 26, 2018 - It has long been the goal of architects and designers to create spaces for human comfort. For today’s workforce, especially, this means thoughtfully designed and built environments that help attract and retain top talent in the workforce and promote innovation and creativity.
October 25, 2018 - The Canadian Airports Electrical Association (CAEA), Lethbridge Airport and the county of Lethbridge, Alta., co-hosted the 2018 Canadian Airports National Electrical Workshop (CANEW) from Sept. 23 to 28, 2018, at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre.
October 10, 2018 – To help mark this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW), which runs from October 7 to 13, Technical Safety BC is highlighting several common hazards in people’s homes that can cause electrical fires.
October 9, 2018 – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) recently succeeded in an appeal to recover fines from a former licensed electrical contractor, in the wake of a fatal incident four years ago.
September 27, 2018 — With multiple options on the market, projects with huge budgets and tight deadlines looming, it’s easy to make the mistake of relying on the tried and true of the past. And why not? You have always specified the same service entrance switchgear for your projects before, so what’s the problem? Simply put: not all service entrance switchgear is created equal.
September 27, 2018 — You might not realize it, but you already know how to install a standby generator. Yes, you do—since as an electrical contractor, the skills you use to install electrical services in homes and businesses every day are the very same skills you need to install a standby generator.
September 27, 2018 — There’s no denying electrical safety in the workplace is critically important—not just for electrical contractors themselves, but also for the operators of electrical equipment and for business productivity.
August 22, 2018 — You might remember learning about our 2017 Canadian Electrical Award winners in the November/December 2017 issue of EBMag. The awards program recognizes noteworthy electrical installations and electrical safety champions. (On a side note, nominations for the 2018 Canadian Electrical Awards are now open. Visit ebmag.com/awards).
August 22, 2018 — While smart technologies and buildings can help large and small power consumers alike save energy, this year’s Energy Summit focused on Energy Management solutions, Best Practices, and Leadership & Innovation.
August 22, 2018 — A very large food manufacturing plant was faced with soaring production downtimes and material scrap costs as they attempted to ramp up production. Electrical problems had been plaguing this facility for over 15 years, with no end in sight. Management used to let these problems slide, but were now forced to take action.
July 27, 2018 — While LED lighting upended the way many in the industry think about, work with and design lighting and controls, the installation of these low-voltage (less than 60Vdc) lighting systems still eerily mirrors the installation of their line-voltage predecessors.
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