Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Optimize your advertising budget

In this issue we talk about the importance of advertising and a company that has won a Consumer Choice Award. No doubt it's an effective form of advertising. Word of mouth remains one of the best marketing tools a company can use. In the world of social media, this tool is amplified by the power of the Internet, our marketing contributor tells us. But for those of us with a limited budget, he proposes a so-called guerrilla strategy. Also in this issue: more on electrical enclosures. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Skills Ontario ECAO-IBEW Takes the Stage at Ontario Skills Competition 2017
The Skills Ontario and Canada programs are designed to shed light on the prosperous career paths that can be pursued in the trades. For the past few years the ECAO-IBEW has sponsored the electrical competitions for secondary and post-secondary levels...
Greg Blackett Philips Lighting Names Greg Blackett as New Head of Marketing
Philips Lighting has announced the appointment of Greg Blackett as the Head of Marketing for Canada. Greg brings over 18 years of senior-level experience in strategic marketing, product management, business development and brand development...
Janet Small Janet Small Receives OEL's Hall of Fame Recognition Award
The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) presented Janet Small, The Communications Bridge, with its coveted Hall of Fame Recognition Award, during a ceremony held at the OEL Conference earlier this month...

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Best Practices

7 Ways to Use Mobile Technology for Construction

By Shawn McCadden
Shawn Mccadden Contractors tend to have a practical approach to their work, and in a competitive market with many moving pieces and complicated projects, investing in the latest technology can help good contractors do their work better. In fact, 75% of small to mid-sized construction firms in North America have used a mobile device for work. Like any good tool, using mobile technology can make construction more efficient, accurate and cost-effective. Here's how. Read More


The Practical Benefits of Modular Industrial Enclosures, Part 2

By Nathan Xavier
Enclosures Modular freestanding enclosures offer key advantages over traditional unibody enclosures. Many times these attributes are overlooked either out of a false perception of higher costs, reluctance to change, or a lack of awareness of modular solutions' possible benefits. Part 1 of this 2-part article compared modular and unibody enclosures, and common misperceptions. Here in Part 2: a comparison of costs. Read More

Company Profile: Houle

Houle Electric 2017 Consumer Choice Award Winner

Company Houle Houle Electric, one of the largest electrical contractors in British Columbia and a 2017 winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, is the focus of this month's Electrical Industry News Week company profile... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

National Hourly Rate Data

National hourly rate data reveals minor changes from 2015 to 2016.

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New Products and Solutions


B&R Automation Power Panel T50 Terminal

B&R has added an operator terminal with a glass screen and multi-touch technology to its Power Panel T-Series. The new Power Panel T50 is available in widescreen variants with a diagonal of up to 10.1" diagonal, and is equipped with a gigabit-capable Ethernet interface. The T50 offers a modern operator terminal with glass touch screen for web-based or VNC-based HMI. The multi-touch technology also makes it possible to integrate gestures like zooming and swiping. Integrated edge protection safeguards the glass front during harsh everyday operation. The shallow installation depth makes the devices easy to mount in either a control cabinet or swing arm system. Read More
Legrand Plugtail

Legrand PlugTail Commercial Specification Grade USB Charging Receptacles

The PlugTail commercial specification grade USB charging receptacles feature dual USB Type-A and Type-C ports to provide charging of mobile phones, tablets and other peripherals without the need for a AC adaptor. They are equipped with two UL Fed Spec AC receptacles and available in 15 and 20A configurations to meet the power requirements of any commercial application. Like other PlugTail solutions, the receptacles simply snap into the universal prewired pigtail connector. Since they install three times faster than traditional wiring devices, PlugTail wiring devices provide the electrical contractor with more efficient operation on the jobsite. Read More
Omron NJ

Omron NJ Automation Controller

The NJ machine controller offers speed, flexibility and scalability of software centric architecture without compromising on reliability and robustness. The machine controller meets extreme machine control requirements in terms of motion control speed and accuracy, communication, security and robust system. Features include up to 256 synchronized axes. Read More
ABB Controller

ABB AC 800M Controller

The AC 800M is a programmable automation controller designed to achieve availability for control applications in the process industry. The function block library includes several types of control loops, including advanced control and auto-tune capabilities as well as integration for ABB drives and motors. The controller communication by means of Ethernet includes on board RNRP redundancy along with a broad set of communication modules to connect to third-party devices. A redundancy concept allows for fast switch-over times and topologically separated CPU-modules. Several CPU modules are available, varying in terms of processing power, memory size and redundancy support. Priority controlled, time-based tasks allow the highest stability in even complex control tasks. Read More
Eaton Solar

Eaton Solar Disconnects

Eaton's line of solar disconnects provide a solution for switching solar photovoltaic (PV) circuits. PV modules directly convert the sun's light into electricity, providing power during daylight hours. Eaton's line of PV disconnects are available in various configurations — 1 to 6 circuits, fusible or non-fusible, grounded or ungrounded systems. All devices are tested and listed to the UL98 and UL98B standards and are suitable for NEC 690 PV applications up to 1000Vdc. Read More

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EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Taking the Heat (Load) Off (webinar)
June 13, 2017

Electrical Contractors Association of New Brunswick 2017 Conference
June 15-16, 2017
Morell, PE

NETCO Training Conference
August 19-20, 2017
Montreal, PQ

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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The Electrical Stock Market

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

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