January 7, 2014 • Volume 1 • Issue 1
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
So happy to be back, even though we've always been here
As Kerrwil Publications enters its 50th year working alongside Canada's electrical industry, this newsletter upholds founder Jack Kerr's legacy.
Jack introduced me to the industry nearly 20 years ago, telling me I had first to be a member of the industry and then share my passion with end users. I started looking at everything differently — automation, cabling, power quality, lighting… I became obsessed with codes, standards and industry best practices, enjoying every minute.
Our desire today is to publish news, insights and resources that inform, engage and motivate you — every week. With the support of the Electrical Council, Electro-Federation Canada, and with your input as contributors and newsmakers, we'll do it.
Please don't hesitate to send me your news, comments, ideas, photos, and videos so that together we can build something that reflects our industry and helps realize our future.
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek
Equipment Marking for Hazardous Locations
By William Burr
On December 24, 2013, a fire and explosion rocked a Regina, SK refinery. In the past two years, explosions struck BC mills in Maple Ridge, Prince George and Ruskin. Incidents such as these can cost lives and millions of dollars in damages. Hazardous environments pose particular requirements for electrical equipment. Here's a brief overview of the basic markings required on hazardous equipment, as well as training resources.
CODES & STANDARDS
Understanding the Drivers of Change
By Pierre McDonald
Over the past 30 years several changes have taken place within the Canadian Electrical Safety System, from the expansion in the number of certification bodies to the recent accreditation of two additional standards development organizations. Understanding the drivers and ramifications of these changes reinforces the shared responsibilities we all have to ensure the continued growth of the safety system. Drivers of change can be more readily accepted when the overall picture is understood, as change is required in a global market. Read More
Accommodating the Range of Devices that Require Connectivity
By Steve Kepekci
The goal of structured cabling has always been the same — put in a cabling infrastructure that will allow you to connect any kind of device to a network within your building, without the need to install new cables or connectors. What has changed is an explosion in the range of devices that require connectivity to Ethernet/Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Instead of focusing on desktop computers and phones, today's designer must also consider the potential connections of wireless access points, security devices, A/V components, and building management systems. And the networks themselves are also evolving to accommodate this new reality. Read More
PEERS & PROFILES
This week's peer: Gordon Walker, Walker's Electric
, Midland, ON. "My dad was never rich, but he was a charter member of the Midland Lions Club and together with a group of men was able to accomplish things that he could never dream of doing alone. This concept has been absorbed into the company..." Read More
This week's corporate profile: AES Electrical Engineering Consultants
, Victoria and Vancouver, BC. AES has developed a core strength in delivering Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects, including LEED Gold and Platinum projects as well as projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge.Read More
IDEAL brings you products that make your job easier; products that you can rely on, with warranties you can trust; products that are available whenever and wherever you need them. The wide variety of products offered by IDEAL reaches the professionals of many markets. From the electrical contractor and datacomm technician to the production engineer and plant manager, the job is easier when IDEAL lends a helping hand.For more information: www.idealindustries.ca
Recent survey confirms electrical contractors' and electricians' desire to try new brands.
This week: electrical contractors' and electricians' willingness to try new brands • type of work performed by Canadian electrical contractors in 2012/13 • types of projects electrical consulting engineers worked on in 2012/13 • what products electrical contractors are buying •
NEW PRODUCTS AND
THE ELECTRICAL STOCK MARKET
Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.