Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Lighting Fluke
If you're the building maintenance technician for a commercial, retail, or institutional facility with fluorescent lighting, you probably have hundreds or thousands of fluorescent tubes that have to be kept working. And even though those tubes last for tens of thousands of hours, they do fail, some prematurely. And some stop working because of other problems with the ballast they are installed in.

Photo: Red indicates "No Go."

So if it's your job to make sure that all those tubes are doing their job, you have quite a bit of ground to cover. In the past, that meant a lot of trial and error. If you found a light that was out, you'd have to climb the ladder, open up the cover, remove the bad tube and replace it. If the new tube didn't light, you either tried again or had to call an electrician or bring out a voltage tester. That took more time and you hadn't solved the problem yet.


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Photo2: Testing a ceiling light without a ladder

Addressing the needs of users in the field

After hearing this story more than a few times, Fluke decided to develop a tool that takes the trial and error — and a significant amount of time —out of maintaining fluorescent lighting. The result is the Fluke 1000FLT Fluorescent Light Tester, designed to meet the needs of building maintenance professionals. It is a fluorescent lamp tester, ballast tester, non-contact voltage tester, pin continuity tester, and ballast-type discriminator, all in one.

"We listened to customers and looked at what was out there and were able to incorporate all the functionality needed into a single tester that allows building maintenance technicians to troubleshoot all aspects of a fluorescent light system," says Luis Silva, Product Marketing Manager at Fluke.

Five tests. No waiting

Some fluorescent lighting testers on the market may have one or two testing features. But Fluke wanted to develop a device that takes care of all the essential lighting tests, thus saving workers time, space in their tool bags, and trips up and down ladders. So, rather than having to carry two or three testing tools or call an electrician, they can just carry the 1000FLT to perform:

• Lamp test: Allows testing without removing the tube from the ballast. The tester sends a pulse of energy that lights up the tube if there is gas in it. The 1000FLT is compatible with T5, T8, and T12 fluorescent tubes.
• Ballast test: Easily determines whether the ballast is working.
• Non-contact voltage test: Quickly checks for the presence of voltage without touching the source.
• Pin continuity test: Tests whether filaments in the tube have continuity.
• Ballast-type discriminator: The 1000FLT is the first multi-function tester to include this feature to allow technicians to easily identify whether the ballast is electronic or magnetic without taking the fixture apart and without even climbing a ladder.

Just aim the tester at the ballast from the ground and it will immediately identify which type you have. This helps quickly identify old-style, power hungry magnetic ballasts, for maintenance or replacement.

The 1000FLT user interface was designed to be as simple as possible, and it is. All of these tests deliver instant results. The ballast, voltage, and pin continuity tests indicate results with either a "Go" or "No Go" indicator lights. The ballast-type discriminator lights up either the "magnetic" or "electronic" LED on the face of the tester, while the lamp test result is determined by the user if the tube lights up or not.

Save hours of testing time

You can run all five tests on the 1000FLT in about 30 seconds, so if you have hundreds of fluorescent lights to maintain, that can save hours of testing time every week. "One of our customers, which has one full-time and one half-time building maintenance pros dedicated to fluorescent light maintenance, estimated that together they saved about 40 to 60 minutes testing roughly 50 light fixtures per day with the 1000FLT," says Silva.

Find out more: http://en-us.fluke.com/products/electrical-testers/Fluke-1000flt-fluorescent-light-tester.html.

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Testing a ballast with the Fluke 1000FLT Fluorescent Light Tester.

Grimard is more competitive and produces estimates 3X faster with Procore

Procore

When the pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020, Grimard (an electrical contractor) had to decide whether to shut down its operations entirely or implement a new platform with people who were now freely available for work.

Once they implemented Procore, they found a way to efficiently communicate with stakeholders and offer full transparency in terms of project costs and planning. It also allowed Grimard to utilize historical data to make project estimates more accurate. Grimard was able to streamline its bidding process, which made it more attractive to potential clients and helped the business grow.

 

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2021 Canadian Electrical Code Overview of Changes

EIN CSA Group Logo 2022 400CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains many updates and changes that are potentially significant to electrical professionals. This online, self-guided course provides the key changes and impacts to the industry presented in an easy-to-follow format.

 Designed for professionals with a good working knowledge of the Code and who solely need the key changes including general updates or those made for clarification, safety, and new products and systems. Key changes due to Rule relocation or deletion are also noted.

This course may help save valuable time to help keep electrical projects safe and in compliance. This training is developed with input from a broad cross-section of electrical industry experts and with cooperation from all provinces, territories and several key jurisdictions across Canada. 

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Yukon Canada

Communities across the North and Arctic are prioritizing cleaner, more reliable energy sources, as they continue to feel the impacts of climate change. By investing in renewable energy initiatives that support energy independence and economic development, we can keep our air cleaner and build resilient, healthy communities for everyone to call home, all while creating good-paying, sustainable jobs and lowering harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Yukon is leading the country in its pursuit of cleaner energy and climate change initiatives. 

 

 

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Linde

Linde announced it has inaugurated the world's first hydrogen refueling system for passenger trains in Bremervörde, Germany.

Linde’s hydrogen refueling system, which it built, owns and operates, will refuel 14 hydrogen-powered passenger trains, enabling each train to run for 1,000 km emission-free on a single refueling. It has a total capacity of around 1,600 kg of hydrogen per day, making it one of the largest hydrogen refueling systems ever built. Linde’s future-ready hydrogen refueling system has been designed and constructed with the ability to integrate future on-site green hydrogen generation. The new hydrogen trains will replace existing diesel-powered trains.

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Chris Lane

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lane of Johnson Controls to the CABA Board of Directors. As Director of Product Management for Building Automation System (BAS) products at Johnson Controls, Lane leads a team of product managers responsible for designing the strategy and direction for Johnson Controls’ global portfolio of BAS products. 

"I’m honored to have the opportunity to join CABA’s board and support their vision to empower connectivity among people, spaces and technology,” said Lane. 

 

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

Grimard is more competitive and produces estimates 3X faster with Procore

Procore

When the pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020, Grimard (an electrical contractor) had to decide whether to shut down its operations entirely or implement a new platform with people who were now freely available for work. Once they implemented Procore, they found a way to efficiently communicate with stakeholders and offer full transparency in terms of project costs and planning. It also allowed Grimard to utilize historical data to make project estimates more accurate. Grimard was able to streamline its bidding process, which made it more attractive to potential clients and helped the business grow.

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HellermannTyton Double Slit Conduit

HellermannTyton announces HelaGuard Double-Slit Corrugated Conduit. The two-piece solution features one semi-circular tube that snaps over another to envelop a wire or cable bundle. This makes it possible to add flexible corrugated protection to wiring that is already connected on both ends.

Standard conduit requires installers to guide cabling into and through the length of tubing. That is less of an issue at the time of manufacture. But if the ends of the wire are soldered to a terminal or otherwise inaccessible, non-slit conduit – and even single-slit conduit – can be tedious or impossible to apply.

 

 

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Greenlee Mobile Bending Table

By Blake Marchand

For the new Bending Table for Greenlee® 881 Series Benders, Greenlee Tools, Inc. set out to improve ergonomics and product security.  Previously, contractors usually had to disassemble their bender unit for relocation off the jobsite due to it being harder to secure on the jobsite. New anti-theft features incorporated into the bending table product design allowed the cart and its accessories to be more fully locked. 

This increases contractor productivity by helping reduce the need for tedious setup and tear down of the bender due to off-jobsite storage. Greenlee wanted to make the Mobile Bending Table as versatile as possible and intentionally designed it to fit through most 32” wide doors.  

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DCC-11 EV Energy Management System

DCC-11, manufactured by Thermolec, is an energy management system designed to allow the connection of an EV charger to the main feeder of a panel without affecting the load calculation. 

HOW IT WORKS 

  1. DCC does a real-time reading of the total power consumption of a home or condo electrical panel;

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sdgs poster 936 enBy Blake Marchand

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all UN member countries in 2015. The agenda includes 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that aim to promote and provide strategies to improve health, education, inequality, and the economy while prioritizing climate change and the environment. 

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