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CIPECWinners of the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) leadership awards were announced last week at Energy Summit 2014 in Niagara Falls. The awards showcase the outstanding achievements of CIPEC member companies that have

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Digital CanadaDigital Canada 150, a new plan unveiled April 4, sets ambitious goals for a connected and competitive Canada. The plan encompasses 39 new initiatives that build on government measures for a more connected Canada. enabling Canadians to act on the

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ApprenticeBeginning in January 2015, the federal government will introduce a new apprentice loan program to help eligible apprentices with the costs they face during technical training. 

Field Evaluation Historically in Canada, an electrical product to be offered for sale or installed had to be certified in accordance with provincial and territorial statutes that it meets an applicable Canadian (CSA) safety standard by a certification body (CB)

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Graphene

A lamp made with graphene, said by its U.K. developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon, is to go on sale later this year, reports the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

 

 

Keeyask Generation StationConstruction on the 695-megawatt Keeyask Generating Station in Northern Manitoba, a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and four First nations, has finally begun. 

Chateau LaurierOttawa plays host this August to a trifecta of conferences that will see professionals from across the continent talk standards, education and training. 

FlexthermFlextherm’s Concrete Mat Xpress is the company’s first mat designed specifically to be embedded in concrete. With a self-adhesive substrate on which is laid a 6W heating cable producing a 12W/ft2 output, the mat can be installed in a few simple

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Light TesterThe Fluke 1000FLT performs 5 essential tests in less than 30 seconds with one compact tool

 

 

Fluke CalibrationSmart grids rely on equipment called phasor measurement units (PMUs) to deliver real-time, mission critical data on the voltage, current, frequency, and phase within the distribution smart grid. For the smart grid system to work reliably, PMUs must be

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Fluke

Fluke Corp.’s new 1623-2 and 1625-2 earth ground testers offer advanced features and accessories that speed verification of a reliable connection to earth for grounded electrical systems, helping solve power quality problems and lowering the risk of shock

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Fluke Infrared WindowConduct electrical infrared inspections of electrical panels faster and more safely with Fluke’s new line of ClirVu CV Series IR Windows . More than 99% of all arc flash incidents occur when a panel door is open, but these IR eliminate any need to

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Fluke ScopemeterFluke Corp.’s 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope is the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a 4-channel handheld, sealed and rugged oscilloscope without compromising on safety rating, ruggedness, or battery

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 FlukeThe new Fluke Connect system allows maintenance technicians to transfer measurement data from test tools to smart phones and the cloud, improving team communication, safety and productivity. Measurements and infrared images can be transferred to

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Oil Pipeline 1Pipe degradation in oil refinery requires oil flushing. Ilan Toledano, president of Wattco, walks us through immersion and circulation heaters, and what technicians need to know. Pipes are used heavily in the oil refinery industry to transport

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FM SupplyA branding partnership between GE and FM Supply’s new Stratford, ON branch demonstrates how manufacturers are starting to work with channel partners. GE has provided FM with a set of dynamic graphic window and counter signage promoting GE alongside FM

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FM SupplyIndependent activity in opening new branches continues is recent upbeat pace with the annoucement that FM Supply headquartered in Waterloo Ontario is opening in Stratford. FM Supply had conducted independent market research that identified a number of

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Klein Wire Pulling Foam

Klein Tools introduces its new Foam Wire Pulling Lubricant, a no mess, no hassle alternative to traditional gel or wax lubricants. The exclusive foam formula stays where you apply it and doesn’t stain. No clean-up required.

Stuart PierceFormer electrician backs Health and Safety Executive asbestos safety campaign after revealing ignorance over hidden killer England football star Stuart Pearce is blowing the whistle on asbestos after revealing he could have breathed in the deadly

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Kevin CosgriffThe National Electrical Manufacturers Association has elected former U.S. Navy vice admiral Kevin Cosgriff to steer the organization. “We took our time and conducted an exhaustive search,” said NEMA Board of Governors Chairman Chris Curtis. “Kevin

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Klein Oldest Pliers FoundKlein Tools has found Canada’s oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers in Winnipeg, MB. Chris Bell, an electrician, is the winner of a search that started in October and generated over 125 entries. His submission of a pair of 1911 side-cutting

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Govt CanadaThree Cégep de Trois-Rivières college technology transfer centres and a Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières research centre have been granted funding for new equipment. The funding will take the form of four non-repayable contributions totalling

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South ShoreOn October 1, Franklin Empire's Longueuil, Quebec branch celebrated 25 years on Montreal's south shore and Electro-Federation Canada was there. More than 300 contractors, along with commercial and Industrial customers were present, celebrating with

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Franklin EmpireSept-Iles, QC is the location of Franklin Empire’s 20th branch. Branch Manager Jean Levasseur comes with many years of experience in the domains of electrical and mechanical distribution in Northern Quebec, says Franklin. Contact the new branch at 372,

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MeasuremaxFranklin Empire Inc. and Measuremax Inc. have entered into an agreement of purchase and sale regarding Franklin Empire’s acquisition of Measuremax’s distribution business. The sale is expected to close on October 1.

Templin AwardsFrédéric Côté, General Manager of the TechnoCentre éolien (TCE), has been conferred with the R.J. Templin Award at the Canadian Wind Energy Association's 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Montreal.

Innovation ConferenceThe Front End of Innovation, a global event that brings together corporate innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and thought leaders, is coming to Toronto for the first time. 

Fundy TidalScotland’s Nautricity and Nova Scotia’s Fundy Tidal are partnering to develop a 500kW tidal project. The Scottish tidal energy technology developer Nautricity is currently system testing its Contra Rotating Marine Turbine (CoRMaT) and Hydro-buoy

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FusetekFusetek has named Laplante-Ricard & Associés as its representatives for Quebec and the Ottawa Valley. This partnership will allow the company to increase their field presence at the distributor, OEM and contractor level. Fusetek has also appointed

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Gregory ReedApplying DC infrastructure and microgrid concepts may be a solution to growing challenges in delivering electricity to modern facilities and networks, says Dr. Gregory Reed, Swanson School of Engineering at University of Pittsburgh. In his Future

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Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

As industry experts you know the products you use everyday better than anyone and should have input on what information you receive about products and what could improve them.

Therefore, we want your insight on the biggest challenges or issues you face when installing loadcentres, breakers (CAFI, GFI's…) and other surge protection devices. We ask that you do not provide product specific details but rather your general issues and concerns or any questions that have come to mind while working with these product types. Provide us with your valued expert insight into the issues you have faced so manufacturers can better inform you about the installation and use of these products. Lets generate some discussion that will help guide the Industry.

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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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Jean-Marc Myette

By Line Goyette

Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB’s Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada’s Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life.

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