Electrical Industry News Week
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Volume 3 • Issue 33

Message From The Editor

New approaches and revising established practices

Poor installation practices have long been at the crux of network performance problems. Practices such as ensuring minimum bend radius and maintaining pair twist as close to the point of termination as possible are key to meeting performance parameters, especially in higher frequency applications like 1000BASE-T. While PoE relies more on the DC resistance of a specific length of cable rather than high-frequency transmission characteristics, there are some installation practices that matter. You'll read more about PoE in this issue. You'll also find best practices for lineman safety, and Michelle Branigan's tips on how to retain those people you've hired. Good reading, and follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter.

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Investment in Trades Training BC Invests $192,000 in Trades Training with Electrical Joint Training Committee
To help BC students get skills training as electricians, the provincial government plans to invest $192,000 in the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC). The investment will fund 96 electrician trades training seats through to March 31, 2017 at the EJTC Green Skills Campus…
CSA Group New 1-Day 2015 CE Code Training
Designed for professionals who have a good working knowledge of the CE Code, Part I, this 1-day course provides a comprehensive review of only the changes in the latest edition — saving you time that can help to keep your electrical installation projects on schedule, in compliance and safe…
TechnoCentre éolien TechnoCentre éolien Forges Ahead with Federal Support
The TechnoCentre éolien will receive $3 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. This financial support, which will cover the fiscal years 2016 to 2019, will allow TCE to continue to fulfill its role as a catalyst in the Quebec wind energy industry…


14 Best Practices for Lineman Safety, Part 2

By Wilson M. Yancey, Jr.
Lineman Safety It was not so long ago that on-job injury and fatality information was held close to the vest by those of us in the electrical transmission and distribution industry. It was considered proprietary information, the kind of thing you didn't want your competitors to know about your company. In 2003, executive leadership from our industry decided it was time to take the unprecedented step of joining together to move aggressively toward reducing or eliminating injuries and fatalities. The best practices that follow have become the standard in the industry. Read More

Best Practices

DC Resistance Unbalance Testing: Easy, Low-Cost Insurance for Your PoE Systems, Part 1

DC Resistance Unbalance Often referred to as phantom power and accomplished by applying a common-mode voltage between two pairs in a four-pair Ethernet cable, PoE is intended to not interfere with data transmission. However, DC resistance unbalance in a PoE connection has the potential to cause significant problems. Making DC resistance unbalance testing a field test requirement will go a long way in ensuring that devices get the power and data they need. Read More

Human Resources

Retention: You've Hired. Now What Are You Doing to Keep Your Staff?

By Michelle Branigan
Employee retention We all know the value of good employees. The ones who are self-motivated, loyal to the company, and are team players willing to support others to make the organization the best it can be. This translates into a better working environment for all, increased morale and productivity, and a better customer experience, which impacts of course on bottom line and/or recognition for the company. But how do you plan to keep these employees? Here are just a few of the things you need to be looking at. Read More


Value of June Building Permits Down 5% from May

Value of Building Permits Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in June, down 5.5% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and institutional buildings were mostly responsible for the decline. Residential building permits, down 5%, declined for the third consecutive month. Non-residential permits declined 6.2%. Decreases were registered in seven provinces. Read More

Survey Says

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New Products and Solutions

Siemens Intelli-Arc Diagnostic Tool

Siemens Intelli-Arc Diagnostic Tool

Siemens Canada's new Intelli-Arc Diagnostic Tool makes it easier to troubleshoot AFCI circuits by improving troubleshooting accuracy and reducing the number of visits to the problem site. The diagnostic tool can be used with any circuit breaker, regardless of brand. Read More
Wieland Compact DIN Rail Power Supply Modules

Wieland Compact DIN Rail Power Supply Modules

Wieland Electric Inc. has expanded its wipos series of DIN rail power supply modules with a new compact design for control cabinet applications. The wipos PS1 Series power supplies are rated for 24VDC/1.25A to 20A output power, with capability for 120% power boost for 10 seconds. The modules accept a wide range of input voltages (85 - 264VAC/90 - 350VDC), and feature power factor correction on modules rated ≥5A. Read More
Brady Reversible Temperature Indicating Labels

Brady Reversible Temperature Indicating Labels

Brady's new reversible temperature indicating labels, part of the VisAlert Series of indicating labels, provide immediate visual indication of heat exposure. These labels have a simple design and strong adhesive for nearly any surface. With an extremely low profile, they are ideal for components, industrial and household applications. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 16
    In this article: the second of two parts on Section 26 — Installation of electrical equipment. The code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code.

  • 22 CE Code Changes Related to Wiring Devices and Cable Management, Part 3
    In this third entry in a three-part series of articles, Legrand identifies five more examples of Canadian Electrical Code changes involving wiring devices and cable management. Among them: pumps required to be protected by a Class A GFCI, receptacles for electric vehicle supply equipment, and more.

  • Illumination Project to Animate Calgary Underpass
    Calgary city councillors have approved a plan to illuminate a downtown underpass variously described as "scary" and "a space of fear." The project will feature interactive lighting that will change as pedestrians approach, offering a creative solution to an unsafe eyesore, and is part of a larger $6.7 million revitalization of the underpass. Created by Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative and artist Krzysztof Wodiezko, the project comprises three interrelated lighting components…

  • On the Job With Steve Del Guidice, 3E Power Services Ltd.
    For Steve Del Guidice of 3E Power Services Ltd., a successful career in the electrical industry was never a question. It was only a matter of when. Del Guidice has been in the trade for over 30 years, first as an electrical engineering technician and then later, as a 309D electrician. He has held his Master Electrician's license since 2006, and he currently specializes in construction and maintenance of high voltage installations and distribution systems.

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