Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

CSA

January 12, 2018

CSA Group, a leading standards development organization and global provider of testing and certification services, has released the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CE Code).

First published in 1927, the CE Code is a critical component of Canada’s electrical safety system – a system that works to keep installers, consumers, and their families safe from harm. Updated every three years to reflect the latest advances in technology and other major developments, this original, authentic Canadian-based standard aims to help maintain and enhance safety amidst these changes.

“Building on a 90-year legacy, the latest edition of the CE Code enables electrical workers to follow best practices that help ensure safety as new technologies become embedded in our everyday lives – at home and at work,” says Mary Cianchetti, President of Standards at CSA Group.

Input from stakeholders is a critical component in developing the CE Code. CSA Group takes a consensus-based approach to all standards work, drawing on the expertise of over 1,600 in-house technical experts, as well as more than 9,000 volunteer subject-matter experts from across the globe.

The latest edition of the CE Code includes over 260 updates and revisions aimed at improving clarity through streamlined requirements; helping ensure safer installation and maintenance of electrical equipment; and supporting the safe implementation of new technologies and renewable energy solutions. Some of the major changes include:

  • A new sub-section of rules for power over Ethernet (POE) cables
  • The addition of demand factors for electric vehicle energy management systems
  • The installation of an identified conductor at each control location for energy management system control devices
  • Disconnecting means for certain LED luminaires
  • Tamper resistant receptacles in other areas where children may be present
  • Mandated ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for electric heating devices and controls near wet areas
  • New requirements in Section 78 to help prevent electric shock drowning

To help users navigate the sheer number of changes and their impact on many different industries, CSA Group has developed a range of training solutions and electronic tools so organizations and their employees can work more safely and remain competitive.

http://www.csagroup.org/news_or_press/new-canadian-electrical-code-now-available/


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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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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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