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Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 3 • Issue 42

Message From The Editor

The importance of preserving your company’s accumulated knowledge, and don't be on social media just to be on social media

Everyone talks about social media, for and against, but each social media platform serves a distinct purpose. If your brand or company doesn't fit onto a specific platform, that's okay. Don't force it. Everyone can spot the posers, and that could create negative associations with your brand or company. Canada’s changing workforce and demographics pose both opportunity and risk for workplaces. Risk takes the form of knowledge loss unique to your company. When it comes to unique and essential business knowledge, start thinking about how to preserve your corporate memory. It’s better to avoid having to relearn everything, or worse — repeating the same mistakes. Learn about knowledge management in this issue and which social media is doing what. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Webcasts Schneider Electric Canada to Host Three Residential Surge Protection Webcasts
Schneider Electric Canada is hosting three webcasts that will help you increase margins by selling residential surge protection…
E.B Horsman E.B. Horsman Appoints New Manager for 2 Branches
E.B. Horsman & Son has promoted Clint Shuman to the position of Branch Manager for the Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson Branches…
Solar Farm Alberta Seeks Solar Farm Proposals
The Alberta government has posted a request for information (RFI) to provide advice on the potential cost and best approach for procuring solar power for half of government operations….
Manitoba Hydro Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board to Hold Public Info Sessions
The sessions will provide details of a recent decision to move ahead with the Bipole III Transmission Line project, financial challenges facing the utility, and steps being taken to strengthen Manitoba Hydro for the future…

A sleek linear LED style within your budget
Philips Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED suspended and wall mount luminaires offer great performance in a sporty, low-profile design. FloatPlane's sleek minimalism (only 1.2"h x 8"w) blends seamlessly into your unique layout, and the distribution options of 70% up, 75% down and 100% down give you further flexibility. FloatPlane's astounding performance offers outputs up to 129 LPW. Now you can have the distinct energy savings of LED, with the affordability of fluorescent luminaries. Read More


Six Ways to Troubleshoot in Local Area Networks

Ideal "Network transmission media can be copper, fibre or wireless so network technicians need to be armed with troubleshooting tools that can tackle any problem they encounter," explains Tim Widdershoven, Global Marketing Manager at IDEAL Networks. "This makes it more challenging for technicians — if errors occur, they could be located in a wide range of different media and layers of the network." Here are six ways that technicians can use a tester to troubleshoot errors. Read More

Evolving Workforce

How to Relate to "Millennials" (#spoileralertitsnotwithhashtags)

By Julie Kerr
Young Professionals Whether we are trying to engage them with relevant and interesting content, attract them to our workforce, or just understand what they want, the term "Millennial'" is everywhere. As a former account manager at an ad agency, the word Millennial is certainly not foreign to me. It appeared in almost every brief, strategy presentation, case study video, and pitch deck. In my new position at Kerrwil, it stills come up every day. I completely understand the obsession, so it's about time we learn how to communicate with this portion of the population  in a relevant, meaningful and engaging way. Read More


Who Holds the Knowledge in Your Organization?

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan The demographics and changing dynamics of the Canadian workforce pose both opportunity and risk for organizations. Risk comes in the form of the loss of knowledge that is unique to the business — legacy systems, innovations, trouble shooting, etc. — the loss of which could have significant implications for business competitiveness, productivity, and even health and safety. This highlights more than ever the need for companies to look at how they manage the knowledge in their organization. Read More


Building Permits Jump 10.4% in August

Chart Municipalities issued $7.3 billion worth of building permits in August, up 10.4% from July and the second consecutive monthly increase. The gain was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The value of residential building permits was up 9.6% to $4.5 billion. Six provinces posted increases, led by Ontario and British Columbia. In the non-residential sector, municipalities issued $2.9 billion worth of permits, up 11.6%. Gains were reported in five provinces, led by Quebec, followed distantly by Manitoba. Read More

Survey Says


What Products Consulting Engineers Specify

Few specify boxes and enclosures (17%), whereas more than 75% specify five other product types. See which ones.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Rugged Fluke Laser

Rugged Fluke Laser Levels Perform Layout Tasks Simply, Accurately and Quickly

Fluke Corp's laser levels are a new line of professional grade, precision tools that provide precise reference points while surviving rough handling on the job. The laser levels are designed to survive a one metre drop and keep working. They feature a fast settling, self-levelling gimbal that quickly delivers accurate reference points, expediting electrical and HVAC layouts. All models include magnetic wall brackets for easy, stable mounting. Read More
Hammond HJ-H Wall Mount

Hammond HJ-H Wall Mount Sealed Enclosures

Hammond Manufacturing's HJ-H series is a cost effective family of compact wall mounted sealed general purpose enclosures, ideal for use as instrument enclosures, electric, hydraulic or pneumatic control housings, electrical junction boxes, or terminal wiring enclosures. Despite carrying UL 508/CSA Type 4 and IEC 60529 IP66 approvals, the product's lower price point is competitive even against less protective designs. Read More
BradyJet J5000 Colour Label Printer

BradyJet J5000 Colour Label Printer Creates High-Res, High-Speed Labels in Every Colour

Brady's BradyJet J5000 colour label printer creates photo-quality colour labels for indoor use in a single pass, while reducing label supply inventory and waste. "The BradyJet J5000 printer is an ideal on-demand labelling solution when you need impactful, full colour labels that include photos, graphics, logos, text, barcodes and more," says Lori Aeschbacher, Brady's global product manager for benchtop printers. Read More
Wieland Electric Compact

Wieland Electric Compact Universal Safety Relay

Wieland Electric Inc.'s SNO4083 Series intelligent relays accept a wide range of sensor inputs for machine safety. The compact DIN rail mounted universal safety relay monitors a wide range of machine safety functions, including emergency stops, elevator access control, and heating/burner installations, providing reliable monitoring for emergency stop and non-contact protection systems in harsh industrial environments. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 18
    Section 30 - Installation of Lighting 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. The series 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.

  • LEDVANCE in Canada — Building on a Legacy of Innovation and the SYLVANIA Brand
    LEDVANCE GmbH, a new legally independent lamp manufacturing company born out of the former Osram Lamps business division, aims to bring forward "an almost incomparable depth of experience in terms of light, successful products with strong brands, and high-impact sales team." With its newly found independence, the company will be flexible enough to adapt and respond to the ever-changing market landscape, while continuing to pursue new business options, such as intelligent, networked products.

  • Canadian Lighting Project Wins Prestigious International Award
    Lighting for Eglise Sainte-Agnès in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec has won a 2016 darc award in the category Structures — Best Exterior Lighting Scheme, High Budget. Organized by mondo*arc / darc magazine, the darc awards are the first ever peer-to-peer system for a lighting design awards. Winners are determined by Independent architectural lighting designers and light artists. The Eglise Sainte-Agnès project was one of seven Canadian entries. The lighting was designed by Ombrages, using lighting products supplied by Lumenpulse.

  • 12 Myths Surrounding Industrial LED Lighting, Part 2
    Unlike high-intensity fluorescents (HIF), high-intensity discharge (HID), high-pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halides, LEDs are semiconductors, not light bulbs. This fundamental difference is the cause of many misconceptions surrounding LEDs. The challenge now is that the outdated evaluation criteria, which were applicable to legacy lighting, are still in use. In this second of two articles, let's continue delving into LED myths and look at the underlying facts.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

Thomas & Betts Electrical Engineering Showcase
October 18
Saskatoon, SK"

Thomas & Betts Electrical Engineering Showcase
October 26
Winnipeg, NB"

BCEA Emerging Markets Breakfast Meeting
November 1
Burnaby, BC"

Thomas & Betts Electrical Engineering Showcase
November 1
Sudbury, ON

CanWEA 32nd Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016
November 1-3
Calgary, AB"

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Current Copper Prices

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Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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