January 14, 2014 • Volume 1 • Issue 2
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Counterfeiting's not worth it
Integrity is rarely a headline topic in daily newspapers. Compared to malpractice, corruption, bankruptcies and arrests, it's not a news priority. But today, product integrity is a priority for us. In the first article below, EFC's Wayne Edwards takes us through an investigation of counterfeit circuit breakers in public buildings conducted by Public Works and Government Services Canada and supported by the electrical industry. Unlike most news stories, this one ends well.
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek
PWGSC Investigation Reveals 142 Falsely Labelled Circuit Breakers
By Wayne J. Edwards
Inspections conducted by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) in PWGSC Crown-owned buildings across Canada found 142 moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) with counterfeit labels. Besides posing a health and safety hazard, counterfeit products such as these can undermine public confidence and damage the reputations of manufacturers and service providers. Read on to learn more about PWGSC's response, and how the electrical industry supported the process.
BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS
Do Your Customers Know What Type of Electrical Work You Do?
By David Gordon
When a customer has an electrical problem or new installation opportunity, he or she will search for the company that offers the solution. How well do your existing customers know what type of electrical work you can perform? Simple question, but can you answer with complete certainty that they know? With your need for work so great in these times, don't you want to make sure they know? These five questions could help identify opportunities to better promote your business.
CODES & STANDARDS
MARK THIS DATE — January 28 — SCC and the Electricity Forum: Validating Canada's Energy & Electrical Engineering Standardization Priorities
Help shape standardization priorities for Canada's energy and electrical engineering sector — nationally, regionally and internationally. If you're a senior level industry leader and decision-maker in Canada's energy and electrical engineering sector, save this date, January 28, as Standards Council of Canada (SCC) hosts a forum for senior leaders representing Canada's energy and electrical engineering sector in Toronto. Discussions between SCC and energy and electrical engineering sector stakeholders indicate a need for improved coordination re: standardization between the sector and its sub-sectors, and for greater focus on key priorities.
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