Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

SEI ST. PAUL, MN. – The corporate venture arm of 3M announced an equity stake in Toronto-based Smart Energy Instruments (SEI), which develops synchronous measurement technologies for smart grids. 

The move, said 3M, will speed up SEI’s efforts in developing electronic chipsets with high-precision, real-time monitoring capabilities for smart grids. It’ll also give 3M a bigger presence in the energy sector as the company works to build new platforms for the energy sector. SEI’s chips are a key part of 3M’s portfolio for grid automation, the company said. 

“We’ve hit several key milestones in our company’s growth, and the utility market is now primed to take full advantage of our smart grid technologies,” said SEI CEO Jeff Dionne. “We see 3M as an important strategic partner to jointly develop and commercialize innovative solutions for utilities and electrical equipment manufacturers.”

Several other existing stakeholders also stepped up their equity in the company, including Venturelink Funds, ArcTern Ventures and the Ontario Capital Growth Corp. Tallied up, the financial round totaled $5.6 million CAD.  

SEI’s technology is based on a core set of chips with “unprecedented measurement precision and low-power consumption that can be integrated into today’s intelligent electronic devices,” explained 3M. “It gives equipment manufacturers and utilities a huge competitive edge in functions such as grid load monitoring, fault detection and isolation.” 

 

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Quite simply put if you feel that job site costing and quote development are a lot of work, you are right! To properly assess a job and estimate the required work time, product costs and various other expenses can take more time than is often feasible for a small company. You need to be spending your time completing projects, which can become difficult if you are spending your hours doing cost analysis. We learned this first hand in last month’s edition of the Electrician Forum when Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric discussed the balance required to own and operate an electrical contracting company.

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Watch a portion of the interview conducted by Electrical Industry Canada with Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric

 

Fluke Hammon Healy

As our population grows and consumers continue to rely on technology for both essentials and comfort, the need for power quality has become vital. Fluke is a leader in this field, offering power quality training seminars, as well as employing power quality specialists with years of industry experience.

This month’s personal profile is a double feature of two of Fluke’s senior power quality specialists, Hilton Hammond and Frank Healy.

Hilton Hammond has been with Fluke since 1995, and in 2013 moved into his current position as Power Quality Business Unit Manager. He has a deep and thorough knowledge of power quality and related electrical instrumentation. 

Frank Healy, Power Quality Product Marketing Manager at Fluke since 2006, has been in the industry for well over three decades. He globally manages Fluke’s power quality products, including measuring instruments and precision power analyzers.

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