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Volume 3 • Issue 49

Message From The Editor

Finally, several questions answered

Holiday season is coming and along with it get-togethers with colleagues, friends and family. If a doctor or other health professional is in the group, people spontaneously talk about their health. If it's a financial advisor, investment advice. Electrical experts — even electrical editors — are also asked technical questions. Everyone is talking about the coming revolution with the Internet of Things. Here are some other possible topics of conversation: the implications of IoT for electrical systems, why everyone campaigns on Twitter, including companies, and the benefits of an electric heating system. Good reading and follow us on Twitter!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

BC Trades Building at Okanogan College BC's Okanogan College to Construct New Trades Building
The federal and BC governments will provide more than $5 million in funding for the construction of a new 1,250 square-metre (13,450 square-foot) Trades Training Centre at Okanagan College's Vernon campus…
EV Infrastructure Ontario Building Code Amendments Propose to Mandate EV Infrastructure
Consultations are currently open on proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code. Among the proposals: requiring new homes and townhomes with garages to be constructed with a receptacle in the garage for charging an electric vehicle, and requiring newly-built commercial office buildings and workplaces to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure…
Queen's Park - TO Ontario Proposes Changes to College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act
The province is proposing amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 following a review of the act that was submitted to the government in November 2015. However, tradespeople are concerned the changes will erode scopes of practice and allow untrained, unskilled workers to do the work, and have protested at the Ontario legislature…

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

Best Practices

8 Ways Mobile Technology Helps Contractors on the Job

By Shawn McCadden
Shawn McCadden Contractors are joining the ranks of workers who bring their own devices to the workplace. A recent survey found that 72% of professional contractors now use smartphones at work, while 53.9% use laptops and 50.1% use tablets. Mobile devices are assisting contractors in virtually every phase of construction, from finding clients and managing projects to making estimates and bookkeeping. Here are some of the top ways mobile technology can help you on the job. Read More


Heating with Electrical Resistance, Part 2

Baseboard Heater Electric resistance heat (ERH) is a safe and simple solution for many heating needs, and frequently offers meaningful advantages over other sources of heating. In this second part of a two-part NEMA white paper, common attributes of electric resistance heat, including its comfort, efficiency, and flexibility of use. Also, a case study of electric heat used in "green" homes. Read More

Internet of Things

IoT and Its Application in Electrical Power Systems, Part 1

By Wasim Khan
Internet of Things Several recent digital and smart manufacturing technologies, as well as design innovations in internet connectivity, are leading the Internet of Things (IoT) to become a revolutionary technology in transforming modern day living. Though the inception of IoT began in the context of supply chain management, it is evolving into a wide range of applications such as transport, utilities, industrial automation, healthcare, building and home automation, etc. The smart connectivity with existing networks through IoT results in ubiquitous computing without the aid of human intervention. Read More


Contractors — How to Set Up a Twitter Profile for Your Business

Twitter Home Screen 500 million tweets are sent every day. Twitter has 316 million active users (at least once per month). Every VIP, celebrity, and brand is on Twitter. It's time for you to join the Twitterverse. Twitter is an excellent platform to network with other businesses while positioning yourself as an industry expert. Connect and interact with other businesses in your industry. Follow and engage with your customers and vendors. Show off your knowledge and position yourself and your brand as the experts in your industry. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Why Industrial Non OEMs Buy

Among six considerations, all are important, but price may be lower in the list than you think.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Hammond Power Heater

Hammond's High Power Heaters Keep Electrical Cabinet Condensation at Bay

In response to a continuing demand for larger cabinets, Hammond Manufacturing has added a high power 1300 Watt thermostatically controlled cabinet heater, available in 120 V 60 Hz and 230 V 50/60 Hz versions, to its FLH series. The new model extends the series to five different wattage alternatives, giving a good choice of outputs powered to match the volume of the enclosure. Heaters maintain temperature levels above equipment minimums as well as help prevent dangerous, corrosive condensation. Read More
Wieland High Amperage Connectors

Wieland Electric Adds High Amperage Inserts to Revos Power Industrial Connector Series

Wieland Electric Inc., has extended its offering of Revos Power hybrid contact inserts for its family of rectangular connectors. Designed specifically for the Revos Basic housings in sizes 16 and 24, the rugged contact inserts are available with power and control terminals in a variety of combinations. Read More
Ideal SignalTEK Network Tester

Ideal Networks Tester Helps Prove Performance Sooner

Ideal Networks' SignalTEK NT network transmission tester has helped client Granite Telecommunications reduce unnecessary costs and speed up testing time. Since equipping each of its 17 technicians with the tester, Granite has been able to deliver proof of performance reports accurately and instantly, reducing the previous delivery time by three days. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Federal Government Accelerates Investments in Clean Electricity
    Phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030 — an important part of the federal government's vision of a clean-growth economy — will attract new investments in clean power across the country, grow our economy, create middle-class jobs, and improve air quality for the health of Canadians, the government says. This and other regulatory actions announced last week will put Canada on a path to move from 80% towards 90% non-emitting sources by 2030. Building a smart, integrated, clean-electricity system will help deliver reliable and affordable power where it's needed.

  • Federal Government Powering Up to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025
    By 2025, says the federal government, 100% of electricity used in its buildings and operations will be from renewable energy sources. This target is in support of a goal to reduce the government's greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as early as 2025. Speaking from Calgary at a renewable energy industry conference, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, highlighted that this initiative will create significant new demand for renewable electricity across Canada including...

  • DX3 Enterprises Ltd. — Off-Grid Solar Lighting Solutions
    DX3 is an Alberta-based, Canadian-owned manufacturer of commercial electrical equipment. Specializing in outdoor solar light, DX3 provides "light anywhere, anytime." All of the firm's products can be installed without any utility grid connections, and it provides solutions for commercial and municipal users where existing lighting poles and infrastructure are not in place.

  • Investment in New Housing Construction Rises 5.9% YOY in September
    Investment in new residential construction totalled $5.1 billion in September, up 5.9% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the increase was led by higher spending on single-family dwellings, which rose 8.2% year over year to $2.6 billion in September. This marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year advances. Gains were also reported in spending on apartment buildings (+2.8% to $1.8 billion) and row houses (+8.7% to $484 million). At the provincial level, advances in new housing construction were reported in four provinces, led by British Columbia and Ontario.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Solar Canada
December 5-6
Toronto, ON

EHRC Awards of Excellence Luncheon
December 8
Toronto, ON

OEN Networking Luncheon, with OPG's Jeffrey Lyash
December 12
Toronto, ON

EDIST 2017
January 18-20
Markham, ON

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