Canadian Electrical Industry News Week


First District International Representative Michael Power has retired, capping almost 50 years of service. Brother Power was initiated into St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Local 2330 in 1970, then transferred to Churchill Falls Local 2351 in 1972 so he could do electrical maintenance work for the local utility company.






The FLIR CM174 and CM275 clamp meters bring the power Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) together with a range of electrical measurement features, so you can visually identify electrical problems and solve complex issues quickly.





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 “Maintaining highest standards of hygiene is a priority for the Food industry, but the key is how to achieve this while minimizing downtime and maintaining optimum output,” Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., Canada


Downtimes during production represent the “worst case scenario” for plant operators. They reduce productivity and, consequently, impact sales. However, in hygienic-critical production situations, longer downtimes are unavoidable because of the amount of cleaning required. 

However, industrial wall-mounted enclosures and standard enclosures for machines and plants often fail to support a need for fast but effective cleaning. Their basic design as well as their various “nooks and crannies” make cleaning more difficult meaning they can be dirt traps and thus a breeding ground for germs.

Meanwhile, horizontal surfaces, where water cannot run off properly, also create the conditions for contamination.

High hygienic standards involved in food and beverage production - as well as in other highly regulated environments such as pharmaceutical cleanrooms and in the chemical industry - pose great challenges for plant constructors and production planners. 


Hygiene and Hygienic Design

Alongside all these standards and guidelines sits hygienic design, which stands for one principle above all: provisions for the simple and thorough cleaning of everything that could come into contact with foods – from the machine to its enclosure. It is particularly important to remove so-called “dead spaces” or undercuts of any kind, as well as joints without radius, because such points are particularly prone to product residue accumulations, which in turn represent an ideal substrate for microbial contamination. For the same reason, surfaces with recesses such as the uncovered threads of screw connections, or screw heads with internal hexagons (Allen screws) or Torx screws are not allowed. Corners and joints must be smooth, gap-less and cleanly rounded. 

To ensure that sprayed water is able to run off the surfaces of housings and enclosures in spray and wet zones, appropriately angled drain slopes must be provided. 

The specially designed Rittal Hygienic Design (HD) enclosures meet these tough hygienic requirements and Rittal also offer a hygienic protective enclosure for the storage of fire extinguishers. One completely new addition is the hygienically designed air/water heat exchanger as a climate control solution, which Rittal now offers to complete its hygienic enclosure product portfolio.

The entire range has been meticulously designed to meet the requirements, regulations and guidelines of the food and beverage industry. All the external parts are made entirely of stainless steel, which means a high resistance to chemicals, cleaning agents and disinfectants.

The roof of the HD compact enclosures, which tilts forward by 30° (in accordance with the EHEDG guidelines) prevents objects being placed upon it. It also allows liquids to run off quickly and gives a good view of the top of the enclosure even where it has a higher mounting. The roof projection with its drip edge means water does not run down the outside of the enclosure, giving added protection to the top of the door seal. In addition, the door edge fold has a 10° tilt which means no residues that are washed off during cleaning can stick to the enclosure, so pockets of dirt cannot form.

The fasteners can be easily cleaned thanks to their special external contours with minimum radii, which are also designed to prevent the ingress of water. Internal hinges allow a very easily cleanable exterior design with an all-round silicone door seal that is free of gaps. 

The enclosures meet the IP 66 protection category in accordance with IEC 60 529, as well as the NEMA 4X protection class, which means they can be cleaned with a high-pressure cleaner without any impact on their internal contents. 


Tough and Resilient Door Seals



One special aspect of the HD enclosure is the nature of the seal. 

Made of silicone instead of polyurethane (PU foam), it is more resistant to all kinds of detergents, and it is dyed blue, which makes it highly visible and identifiable as a “foreign object” in the event of any mechanical damage. The easily replaceable (but securely inserted) one-piece gaskets, which are safely fitted on the insides of the doors and panels to the outside, guarantee an unbroken seal. 

Unlike rolls of seals that are bought by the metre, the seal does not need to be pulled or stretched during assembly, which means that no gaps appear at the ends. A reliable seal is rarely achieved with a butt-jointed strip or four mitre-cut sections, because the sealant can be unintentionally pulled, or a gap can form at abutting or mitre edges as it ages. But, with continuous HD sealing frames, the original degree of protection is assured, even after changing the seal. 


HD Accessories

Enclosures can be bolted directly to the wall, even in food production, if a corresponding gasket is provided. But how durable is this type of seal? Minor damage may occur to the top edge of the seal and it may be some time before any contaminated liquid becomes visible or, worse still, before impairments are registered in the production process or products. 

With this in mind, Rittal recommend that you leave sufficient space to clean behind the enclosure. The special HD wall spacer brackets from Rittal provide sufficient room behind the enclosure to allow all the contamination to be regularly removed through cleaning.

The floors of such production areas often have a slight incline to allow the water used for cleaning to drain off. Attaching enclosures to a ground that has an incline requires a little adjustment. A floor angle of up to 10° can be compensated for by using HD levelling feet, which have a levelling range of 55mm. Cleaning time is minimised by the use of fully covered, permanently sealed threads.

HD cable glands are cheaper and easier to clean than conventional ones, even with high-pressure cleaners. Their smooth, solid exterior surfaces stops the depositing of harmful micro-organisms. They can be inserted anywhere in the enclosure and can be used with cables ranging from 3 to 17mm in diameter.


Where Cooling is Required 

Rittal has liquid-cooling systems for its enclosures that comply with the aforementioned strict hygiene requirements. 

The most hygienic cooling method for enclosure climate control is an air/water heat exchanger. If a cooling water system is not available, then the water for individual heat exchangers can be provided via chillers which can be installed outside of the open process. 

For smaller systems, the one-off procurement costs for heat exchangers, chillers and piping are generally slightly higher than the costs of classic wall-mounted cooling units. But a heat exchanger is the system of choice for hygienic environments and will quickly pay back the investment through reduced maintenance requirements and lower energy costs. 

In addition to air/water heat exchangers for use with stainless steel enclosures, Rittal offers special HD versions in the 650- and 1250W output classes. Their design simplifies cleaning procedures and guarantees food safety. Rittal also offers busbar systems for different current ranges to ensure safe and standard-compliant power distribution in the HD enclosures

The new HD brochure from Rittal includes information about the hygienic design of housings and enclosures and outlines the Hygienic Design range the company has to offer.


For more information, pls call 800 399-0748 or contact

Visit to obtain details about the Hygienic Design Promotion!









Rittal and Nestlé continue to surprise people with even more innovations!

The Nestlé Product Technology Centre (PTC) in Orbe, Switzerland, is the Group-wide research and development centre for coffee, chocolate drinks and malt beverages. Nestlé demands state-of-the-art process technology, high availability and hygienic design from its suppliers when purchasing new machines. This applies for Rittal too.




‘The ambition is clear: the PTC wants to continue setting the technical benchmark within Nestlé and surprise people with even more innovations’.


“We simply want to acquire the best and most modern products that the market has to offer.”  Philippe Demarque, Project Manager, Nestlé PTC Orbe


“Our goal is to provide the Food & Beverage industry with innovative Hygienic Design products to maximize cleanliness and minimize downtime, thus raising productivity.” Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., Canada


Efficient Cleaning

Nestlé has drawn up a comprehensive hygiene specification for all open processes in foodstuffs production. This stipulates how electrical cables are to be fixed in place, regulates the cleanability of the surfaces of systems and machines or spells out the precautions to be taken during welding. “At Nestlé, we stay on the safe side and simply add two more sets of requirements,” says Philippe Demarque, Project Manager at the PTC.

Everywhere, there are bundles of stainless steel pipelines for different qualities of water or compressed air that lead to the individual containers and machines. The easy accessibility of the installations plays a role in the maintenance of the systems and machines in the PTC. The daily cleaning processes have to be performed efficiently. CIP (clean-in-place) cleaning is conducted step-by-step: Cleaning fluid mixed with sodium hydroxide solution first dissolves the dirt in the containers, which are then rinsed out. This is followed by oxygen-enriched water and finally hot water. Rinsing is then performed, several times. Mr Demarque describes the practice thus: “The high-pressure cleaner is our most important tool. The units are cleaned from top to bottom; the river of water and foam is aimed at taking everything with it.”

Hygienic Design (HD) is becoming increasingly important for efficient cleaning processes, including those at Nestlé. The demand for hygienic design is comparatively new. More than 20 years ago, the metal surfaces of many enclosures and housings consisted of a galvanised protective layer. After experiencing their susceptibility to rust, the manufacturers turned to stainless steel surfaces. Rittal in particular has committed itself to hygienic design and sees itself as a system partner to the food industry. Several Rittal enclosures, operating housings and terminal boxes are installed in the Nestlé PTC. This way, electronic components are protected against dust, water and other foreign influences.

Compact Enclosures in an Easy-to-Clean Design

The benefits of Rittal’s HD products over older enclosures immediately catch the eye: Gap-free, all-round silicone gaskets in a striking shade of blue are inserted securely on the insides of doors and walls. The hinges are located inside the enclosure. This provides an exceptionally easy-to-clean design. HD down to the smallest detail: Large, see-through viewing covers are attached to protect buttons or displays. The transition from viewing cover to frame is free of gaps. The screw caps are also in hygenic design, as are the enclosure keys. And the most obvious thing is also advantageous in a foodstuffs operation: The compact enclosures have a roof pitch of 30 degrees, allowing liquids to run off quickly. In addition, the HD enclosures are mounted with round, metal distance spacers for wall-mounting. This way, the rear panel of the enclosure can be cleaned.

The ambition is clear: the PTC wants to continue setting the technical benchmark within Nestlé and surprise people with even more innovations.


For more information about Rittal’s HD enclosures, email or visit


SOUTHWIRE - SIMpullTM Flange Exclusive to Noramco in Ontario


Continuing its strong commitment to optimizing the job site experience, Southwire announces the launch of the SIMpull™ Flange, a transformational addition to the company's suite of SIMpull Solutions® innovations.

The SIMpull Flange's shaftless design safely allows one person to turn a wooden reel (compatible with reels up to 34 inches and 2,000 pounds) into a time-saving, field-installable solution. The product's design removes the need to handle heavy jack stands, is reusable in the field and can be installed on multiple reels throughout the job site. For more information about the benefits of the SIMpull Flange, visit  

"The versatility of the SIMpull Flange makes for a dynamic innovation to the electrical contractor," said David Knerr, SIMpull product specialist. "The SIMpull Flange's reusable application on multiple wooden reels adds value on the job site by reducing the material handling process, while aiding setup and take down of wire payoffs, making the SIMpull Flange a huge win for the contractor." 

The benefits of the SIMpull Flange can be even more enhanced when used in conjunction with supplementary SIMpull Solutions® products and services. Southwire's Contractor Solutions support team is available to help educate contractors on these products and further optimize the value the SIMpull Flange and the full suite of SIMpull Solutions can provide.

"The SIMpull Flange is the newest product to join the portfolio of Southwire's SIMpull Solutions innovations. The flange is a huge benefit to the SIMpull Solutions contractor and strengthens the position of the electrical distributors who offer Southwire's SIMpull Solutions products and services," said Knerr. "With colored feeder wire, stacks, parallels, SIMpull Head® pulling grips, the SIMpull™ Reel and now the SIMpull Flange, we continue to develop innovations to support the diverse job site of today's electrical contractor."   

Contact your SIMpull Reel distributor or visit to learn more about how the SIMpull Flange can help optimize your next job site experience.

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools.

For more on Southwire's products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit

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