Volume 2 • Issue 44
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Clearly defining the characteristics of a problem helps to clearly identify solutions
It has been said that to solve a problem, you first have to identify it. One of the articles in this issue refers to the importance of using correct terminology to avoid creating misconceptions. It's particularly important when incorrect terminology could create a safety hazard. Or cut into your profits. If you have stories to share with us, new products or a new colleague, don't hesitate to let me know. Good reading!
Line Goyette, Managing Editor
- Acuity Brands to Buy Schneider Electric's Juno Lighting Group for US$385M
Juno Lighting serves electrical distributors, contractors, lighting showrooms, home centres, architects, engineers, lighting designers and commercial facilities…
- Want a Say in Toronto or Thunder Bay's Electrical Future? Join a Local Advisory Committee
These committees remain in place throughout an 18-month planning timeframe…
- McMaster University's New Engineering Lab to Study Energy Use
The Hamilton, ON university has broken ground for its new Research Facility for Integrated Building Energy Harvesting Systems…
- Electrical Industry Members Earn "Canada's Safest Employers" Awards
The honours are awarded in 10 industry-specific categories. Members of Canada's electrical industry won in three: Utilities, Manufacturing, and Wellness...
- Ontario Helping Small Businesses Save Energy
Ontario is implementing a new plan to help small businesses reduce energy use, manage costs and save money…
- Electrozad Appoints New Sarnia, ON Branch Manager
Greg Gare joins Electrozad effective November 1...
- Horizon Utilities Exceeds Demand and Conservation Targets
Horizon attained 107% of its mandated customer energy consumption reduction target and 81% of its customer energy demand reduction target…
- Standard Products Awards $3500 EFC Scholarship to Business Admin Student
University of Winnipeg student Richard-Anthony Aquino plans to specialize in two streams: International Business and Marketing…
- Sign up for EFC's 2016 Scholarship Program
Thirty-three Electro-Federation Canada members are already participating in the 2016 Scholarship Program…
- Schneider Electric Campaign Promotes Sustainability, Efficiency For Homes and Businesses
The brand campaign will spotlight customers' ability to make an impact on their organizations, communities and society…
- Arlington Named IMARK Supplier of the Year for 2014/2015
Arlington was also nominated in three of the four categories recognizing supplier excellence…
- ETIM International Welcomes IDEA as Official Member
IDEA will adapt the European Technical Information Model to the needs of the American and Canadian markets…
When It Comes to AFCI Technology, Don't Settle for Second Best
With new provisions for the use of AFCI technology in place, it's important to understand what has changed, and what you can do to prevent dangerous electrical arcing.
The 2015 Canadian Electrical Code requires all branch circuits in dwelling units supplying 125V receptacles rated 20A or less be protected by a Combination-Type arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI), with some exceptions...
The Importance of Trip-Free Operation and Its Characteristics
By Anthony T. Ricciuti
One of the many often desirable characteristics in the specifications and marketing literature for medium voltage circuit breakers is "trip-free." Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about this characteristic. For IEEET rated products, there are several related definitions of "trip-free"…
Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 4 — Influence
By Barry Olson
Take a moment to think about your organization. Your field people and estimators attend classes to stay current with code changes; your project managers may take classes to further their knowledge and abilities to manage work. What would you think distributor salespeople study? Sales techniques, of course. Most programs used by salespeople revolve around a few basic principles of influence. I offer five principles originally posed by Dr. Robert Cialdini in his bestselling book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion...
Energy Management Systems
Global IEMS Revenue Forecast to Reach US$35.6 Billion in 2024
North America and Europe will lead the industrial energy management system (IEMS) market in terms of revenue, says a new report from Navigant Research. The need for continuity in operations and production has made energy efficiency a lower priority in industrial facilities compared to commercial buildings, despite their status as some of the most energy-intensive buildings worldwide. However, the business case is growing. Navigant estimates global IEMS revenue is expected to grow from US$13.5 billion in 2015 to US$35.6 billion in 2024...
August Electricity Consumption Dips 2.9% YOY
Canada's available electricity totalled 41.0 million megawatt hours (MWh) in August, down 2.9% from the same month in 2014. Generation levels were also lower for the month, down 1.9% to 46.5 million MWh, reflecting lower output in some provinces from hydro and nuclear generators. Gains in BC and Newfoundand and Labrador eased the decline...
Where Electrical Contractors Buy
Among seven options, full-line distributors are far and away the first choice. See how the other six compare…
Survey Says From Recent Issues
Siemens 600V Meter Centre — Made in Canada for Canada
Designed in Canada, Siemens' new 600V Meter Centre offers an ideal solution for restricted space projects. Each meter stack houses features designed with the contractor in mind, to maximize productivity and minimize labour costs for shopping centres, condominiums and industrial complexes...
From Our Last Issue
- CAN/ULC-S576-14, Standard for Mass Notification System Equipment and Accessories
Recent events in Southern Alberta, which resulted in an Amber Alert being issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Montana, reiterate the need for mass communication. Disasters, terrorist attacks and other major incidents need an effective incident response in order to save lives, mitigate harm and damage, and ensure a base level of continuity of essential societal functions. CAN/ULC-S576-14, Standard for Mass Notification System Equipment and Accessories, was published in September 2014. It covers…
- Simple Profit Sharing Plan for Contractors
Recently, several of the contractors I work with have asked for help developing profit sharing plans. Because they are looking to take advantage of the benefits of profit sharing, I thought others may want to consider a profit sharing plan as well. Profit sharing plans are used to help encourage and foster employee awareness and participation in creating, protecting and maximizing the profit earned by the business...
- Global Wireless Power Revenue to Reach US$17.9 Billion by 2024
Wireless power is finally achieving substantial growth in adoption. Well over 100 million mobile phones are expected to be integrated with wireless charging functionality in 2015. However, the actual use of wireless power, even in devices that are equipped with it, has been persistently low. Consumer awareness remains a challenge, and current wireless power technology does not provide users with a truly wireless experience. Nonetheless, an increasing reliance on electronics and the constant need to power them will continue to drive the adoption of wireless power. According to a new Navigant Research report, global wireless power revenue is expected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2015 to $17.9 billion in 2024...
- Investment in New Housing Construction Up 0.4% in August Year over Year
Nationally, higher spending on apartment and apartment-condominium building construction and, to a lesser degree, row house construction, offset lower investment in single-family and semi-detached dwelling construction. Increases were registered in three provinces, led by Ontario, followed by British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan registered the largest decreases...
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