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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.
July 27, 2018 — This year’s Canadian Truck King Challenge consisted of 10 mid-size, full-size and HD (heavy-duty) entries vying for the top spot in the 11th year of the Challenge.
July 27, 2018 — As an electrical contractor, you understand the importance that codes and standards play in your daily activities. Contractors not only have to know their local electrical code, but also have an understanding of building and  fire codes. Keeping up-to-date with product changes, technology and standards can be a daunting task. Whether it’s a restaurant, school or high-rise condo, here are some basic things that all electrical contractors can do to make their lives a little easier when it comes to fire alarm systems.
June 20, 2018 — Heat is a byproduct of operating any-sized electrical circuit, and many problems in electrical systems display themselves in terms of heat. Electricians must be able to classify a loaded circuit as either Normal or Abnormal; if the latter, they should be able to identify the issues that present, i.e. hot spots that need attention.
June 20, 2018 — Whether a facility or campus, smart buildings automate occupant comfort, security and energy use. When there is also renewable energy generation in the mix, both energy consumption and energy generation are dynamic.
June 20, 2018 — Regular readers of Electrical Business Magazine and visitors to EBMag.com may have noticed that one of the events for which I get particularly excited about attending is the ESTMP in Alberta—the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance & Projects Workshop (sites.ieee.org/estmp).
May 10, 2018 — Keeping customers happy is always top of mind, because word-of-mouth, and online referrals and ratings are a key part of growing your business. Not only do you have to give 110% on every job, it means your employees do as well.
May 10, 2018 — Numerous identification products for wire & cable, terminal equipment and electrical cabinets are available on the market today, and each has its pros and cons. Ultimately, the most-important thing is to select markers that will remain readable and in-place throughout an installation’s lifetime.
May 10, 2018 — LED lights have been commercially available since the 1960s, and they continue their rise toward becoming the preferred choice in lighting owing to their energy efficiency, durability, design flexibility and zero UV emissions.
April 17, 2018 - Poor energy policy choices—including Ontario’s Green Energy Act—have increased electricity prices for residents, cost tens of thousands of manufacturing workers their jobs and produced only minimal health and environmental benefits, according to a new collection of essays published by the Fraser Institute.
April 4, 2018 — Upsizing the cross-sectional area of current-carrying conductors in power electrical cables can reduce the I2R loss which, in certain cases, can offset the higher material and installation costs.
April 4, 2018 — Although the earliest practical DC motor was built by Moritz Jacobi in 1834, it was over the next 40 years that men like Thomas Davenport, Emil Stohrer and George Westing- house brought DC machines into industrial use.
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