Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Power SurgeSurge protection devices (SPDs) play a critical role in guarding sensitive electrical equipment from the destructive effects of power transients, but servicing them safely without impacting critical operations has traditionally been difficult. Now a new generation ofSPDs with sophisticated safety functionality is helping organizationsaddress that longstanding limitation. This white paper explains howthe latest SPDs empower companies to maximize surge protectionwithout endangering technicians, and outlines critical features to lookfor when evaluating these new and advanced devices.

Survey Says March 17From 2013 to 2014, websites remain the dominant source. Among the greatest changes, e-newsletters jumped 11%, while print newsletters dropped 15%.

 

 

MentoringSo, Who are You Supporting? Feedback from Electricity Human Resource Canada (EHRC) research into the lack of diversity in the electricity industry has shed interesting light on the challenges and successes associated with the attraction, recruitment and retention of women in the sector. With the expected exodus of much of the workforce to retirement, and less than 5% of women working in the trades (and only 25% industry wide), engaging this under-represented group is a priority.

Energy Power StatsCanada consumed 53.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in December 2014, 5.1% less than the same month in 2013. The decline was driven by above average temperatures in Quebec. Nova Scotia also experienced a significant drop in the demand for electricity. Year over year, electric power generation in Canada fell 3.4% year over year to 58.3 million MWh. Exports to the United States totalled 5.4 million MWh in December, 12.0% higher than the previous year, while imports shed more than a quarter of their volume to total 0.8 million MWh.

 

Caution MarkingThis is the first of several articles published by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors that details significant changes for the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I (CE Code).

 

Lighting ProsperitySocieties have “huge potential” to boost economic performance and generate significant environmental and social benefits by improving energy, asserts The 2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index. Europe alone could double its energy productivity performance on the basis of existing technologies.Key contributors identified by the report include energy efficient lighting, insulation, appliances, and heat pumps.

 

Survey SaysBuyers' trust in product quality must be high. "Warranty" is the least important of 5 factors measured in this survey.

 

 

Lighting QuebecOn Cartier Avenue in Quebec City, 34 giant lampshadesbacklit with LEDs and decorated with works by two Quebec artists are currently hanging over the street. The installation is an original concept by Lightemotion, a lighting design firm that illuminates building façades and interiors in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. While this “floating gallery” installation is temporary, Lightemotion will use the lighting fixtures to create new annual shows for the next five years.

New HousingInvestment in new housing construction totalled $3.7 billion in December, up 5.1% from the same month a year earlier. The largest year-over-year advance occurred in Alberta, followed by British Columbia and Ontario. In Alberta, total investment in new residential building construction was up 16.7% to $865 million. British Columbia saw an 11.3% increase in spending to $633 million. In Ontario, investment rose 4.0% to $1.2 billion. Conversely, Manitoba posted the largest decline (-18.8% to $96 million). 

Code AmendedI am often asked how new rules get in the Code and how one could go about amending a code rule. All of these procedures are outlined in Appendix C of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. However, being written as a standard it is sometimes a struggle to follow.I trust this article easily explains the process. 

 

Changing Scene

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Is it possible for the Ideal Nationals competition to be even more exciting? That question will be ...
The Solar Energy Society of Alberta and Energy Efficiency Alberta, in partnership with the ...
Nat will develop and execute on key sales strategies along with leading his team to drive strong ...
John MacDonald (better known as Satch) has decided that he will retire from Ideal Supply at the end ...
Aspiring skilled trades participants recently descended upon annual Skills Competitions held in ...
Join WiRE and partners 20/20 Catalysts Program and the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario ...
A new program launched by Nova Scotia with federal government support will provide rebates of up to ...
The National Electrical Contractor Association announced on June 18 that Southwire has been ...
Located 160 kilometres west of the Porcupine mine in Chapleau, Ontario, Borden is set to be ...

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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Codes and Regulations Brought to You by the CSA Group

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In this article: Section 58 — Passenger Ropeways and Similar Equipment. Rule 58-000 ...
  Unauthorized CSA Group certification marks have been found on wiring by Triumph Cable ...
In this article: Section 52 — Diagnostic imaging installations. The CE code is a ...
In this article: Section 46 — Emergency Power Supply, Unit Equipment, Exit Signs, and ...
  In this article: Section 44 — Theatre Installations. The CE Code is a ...
CSA has published C22.2 No. 60947-7-3, the harmonized standard for low-voltage switchgear and ...
  Electric welders. The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem ...
  In this article: Section 40 — Electric cranes and hoists. The CE Code is a ...

 

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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Tools for the Trade

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  IDEAL Industries has introduced Combination Drill Taps to its tool lineup. Combining the ...
  Stripping and crimping device, 100 - 240 V input voltage, for insulated ferrules with a ...
Professional all-in-one cutter/stripper for coaxial and twisted pair cables     ...
  Klein Tools' Coax Explorrer 2 tests coaxial cable and maps up to 4 locations   ...
  Ideal Industries' T-14 wire stripper s are ideal for all professionals working within the ...
  The ATS850 conveyor eliminates all types of electro static discharge requirements. ...
  Lorik Tool & Automation has the experience and ability to manufacture a variety of ...
  Ideal Industries' 26 piece insulated Journeyman kit is ideal for new electricians or for ...
  Klein Tools Deluxe Fish Rod Set comes in 19 pieces that when assembled can fish wire and ...
  BendWorks Software was designed to help electrical contractors adopt this new process ...

Product News

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  Eaton has announced expanded fixtures, controls and accessories for its Halo ...
  The HALO Home Internet Access Bridge (Bridge) enables you to control your HALO Home ...
  The wireless receptacle is an integral part of the WaveLinx Wireless Connected Lighting ...
  The latest in label creation software,  Brady  Workstation has revolutionized ...
Brady’s new ToughStripe Max floor marking tape is ideal for high-traffic areas where sliding ...
  Strip, cut, twist, shear and crimp with one tool. Features four dedicated crimpers for B ...
  The ultimate in UL listed and CSA certified watertight, direct burial ...
  The IDEAL Stripmaster® Model 950™ Wire Stripper is an electrically operated, ...
   Arlington’s zinc MC cable fittings, for dry locations, are convenient and ...
  Suitable for installation in cable trays in dry, damp and wet locations or for direct ...

 

Peers & Profiles

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  In a recent sit-down Electrical Industry Canada was able to learn a little ...
David Johns is a unique and dedicated individual both at home and in the workplace. At home he is a ...
    Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his ...
  Automation companies are drivers of innovation, and have penetrated near every industry ...
Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts ...
Andrew MacLeod is a territory sales manager with Leviton Manufacturing of Canada in British ...
  Floyd Lau founded Amptek Technologies in 2002 as an end to end engineering design ...
Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan’s ...
Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits ...
  Most of us have a difficult enough time managing one job and a home life. However, some ...

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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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