Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Feb 4, 2021

EIN Ecogrid logo 400EcoGrid Technologies is an advanced networked lighting controls company serving the industrial and large commercial sectors. The company utilizes an open-source control system using microwave sensors that allows them to automate industrial spaces requiring higher egress protection and safety standards.

Their open-source system allows them to work with any manufacturer. “Anybody’s light that’s dimmable, we can work with, simple as that,” noted EcoGrid President and founder, George Filtsos.

An industrial electrician by trade, Filtsos branched into business development as his career went on, working with companies like Siemens and ABB, dealing with automation, motion control, and drives.

He began working with lighting controls at Leviton in 2007 for their commercial lighting business, and in 2011 he was promoted to their research and development board. “I was representing Canada for their research and development, in terms of lighting controls, so we came up with some interesting innovations and I was pushing for wireless controls.”

Through his work with Leviton he developed a relationship Daintree Networks (GE Current, A Daintree Company), which was working with open standard wireless lighting controls, “that kind of rocked my world, what do mean open standard?”

Daintree was aiming to control any fixture with their lighting control systems. “All the really big conglomerates, they’ll sell you the controls and the software, but you’re locked into their hardware. Daintree Networks had a vision to disrupt the marketplace, if you will, like anyone from Silicon Valley wants to do.”Ecogrid George

GE would eventually purchase Daintree and after another year with the company he left to start EcoGrid.

“We have the philosophy that we want to be able to control anybody’s light fixture. No matter who you decide to illuminate your facility, we’ll establish a digital ceiling and future proof your investment,” he said of EcoGrid.

Cybersecurity is becoming a prominent focus for industrial companies, which is another benefit of EcoGrid’s approach. “We don’t need a wireless area controller or a gateway,” explained Filtsos. “That’s the same with most Bluetooth technologies out there. The biggest and most beautiful thing is that it's very simple. Anyone with a phone and the access code can go in and make adjustments.”

Lighting controls are the core of EcoGrid’s business, but the technology has many applications in industrial IoT/energy efficiency, which Filtsos said the company plans to explore further. They currently provide power factor correction and power quality services, which regulates the quality of power coming from the utility so that facilities are only paying for the power they use; as well as Wireless Sub-Metering, IoT services like Asset Tracking, Beacons, and Indoor Positioning.


Salex Announces Promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager     

Paul MansonJanuary 26, 2021 – Salex, a facilitator of commercial lighting installations and control systems for Canada’s architectural lighting community, is excited to announce the promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager. Paul joined Salex back in 2015, and has over 25 years of invaluable industry experience.

Dedicated to the education and promotion of quality, high-efficiency lighting and controls, Manson’s extensive background in on-site electrical installation, national accounts, relationship building, manufacturers, and sales team management at Philips Lighting, will provide valuable experience to fulfill his new role.

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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."

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electrical apprentice1 400The Canadian government is making targeted investments, so that key groups facing barriers—like women, newcomers, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and Black and racialized Canadians—can better find work in the skilled trades through projects led by unions and their partner organizations.

The investment will be $63.5 million, over five years, for 68 projects as part of the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) 2020 call for proposals. The aim is to help certify skilled tradespeople and prepare them to fill available jobs as the economy restarts. Minister Qualtrough made the announcement during a virtual event hosted by one of the funding recipients, the UA Piping Industry College of British Columbia, in Delta, B.C.

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LightingBy Steve Mesh

Are you an electrical contractor? Are you new to the world of Networked Lighting Controls (NLCs)? Are you looking for new opportunities to strengthen your business in these uncertain times?

If you answered yes to all three of these questions, read on. NLCs are a (relatively) new introduction to the lighting industry. I say “relatively” because, in point of fact, some networked control systems have been available for decades. If you haven’t had any prior experience with installing NLCs, then you might think these are fancy and highfalutin. 

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CEW EWEL Sherwood 400EWEL has announced the plan to move its Sherwood Park branch into a brand-new facility at #130 3001 Buckingham Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta. Relocation has proceeded in staged phases since late summer 2020 and will conclude by late February 2021.

The new unit space is approximately 9,500 square feet with a 4,500 square foot yard, which makes it nearly three times larger than the previous location. The expansion stems from EWEL’s steady growth over the last four decades, necessitating space for increased inventory, more comfortable spaces for employees, and for more streamlined warehousing processes.

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EIN CSA Code course 400CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains many updates and changes that are potentially significant to electrical professionals. This instructor-led 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.

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Milwaukee 2Milwaukee HOLE DOZER Bi-Metal Hole Saws new 3.5 TPI tooth design offers you longer life in metal applications. The Bi-Metal Hole Saws also feature Lifetime Tooth Break Warranty and can take on all general-purpose applications.

The ALL-ACCESS SLOTS solve the frustration of plug removal, making you more productive with less downtime between holes.

 

 

 

 

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SATCO CCT Selectable Wall PacksSATCO continues to expand its wall pack selection with options that make installation flexible and stock versatile. The latest additions in the line include the CCT Selectable Small Wall Pack and the CCT Selectable Compact Round Wall Pack.

 
The Small Wall Pack is perfect for light commercial uses such a smaller storage units and municipal lighting, as well as commercial Main Street buildings. As with all of the fixtures in this exterior family, these wall packs offer advanced features, are built durable and are able to withstand harsh, all-weather conditions.

 

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Leviton Mini-Meter Power Meters in Indoor EnclosureVerifEye™ 0.5% Mini Meter Kits offer a fully integrated, line-powered wireless Automated Meter Readings (AMR) solution with 0.5% accuracy for multi-tenant applications.

Designed to provide a simple and effective energy monitoring solution, the 0.5% Mini Meter Kits accurately capture measurements of power consumption and meet the rigorous requirements of ANSI C12.20 (0.5) Code for Electricity Metering. The 0.5% Mini Meters offer an all-in-one, low cost bundled solution for tenant billing applications, new construction and retrofits.

 

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Libra Smart MeterBy Blake Marchand

Trilliant, an international provider of utility solutions for advanced metering and smart grid systems, recently announced a custom-made product for the North American market with the release of its Trilliant Libra Series Edge-Ready Smart Electric Meter.


The meter’s technology will allow utilities to enter the connectivity sphere by providing peer-to-peer data acquisition and analytics, while enabling new energy management features that benefit both customer and utility. 

 

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