Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Making sure we have the best talents among us

As employers seek to recruit and retain talent, they will have to be successful in presenting their organization as an excellent workplace that offers equitable compensation, while cultivating and fostering a positive and flexible work environment, and recognizing their employees. Sage advice from our contributor Michelle Branigan as the industry faces the renewal of its workforce. Much more in this issue. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

S&C Canada Business S&C's Canada Business Works 1 Million Hours Without a Lost-Time Injury
The 200,000-square-foot facility in Toronto employs more than 250 team members on the shop floor and an additional 100 team members in the offices…
BC Hydro BC Hydro's John Hart Project Nears Another Milestone
BC Hydro's project contractor, InPower BC, has successfully completed drilling and blasting for the tailrace tunnel, a channel that carries water away from turbines…
Westburne Westburne Symposium on Industrial Cyber Security
Westburne and partners are presenting a symposium on technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers and data from attack in the industrial space. The event takes place June 21 in Calgary…

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Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities, Part 1

Research In the previous issue of Electrical Industry Newsweek, we provided highlights from Electro-Federation Canada's recently released research report, Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities for the Canadian Electrical Channel. In this issue, the first in a 5-part series exploring specific aspects of the report and their implications for electrical contractors and other industry stakeholders. Read More

Human Resources

What Do Employees Value Most?

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan 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, and increased morale and productivity, resulting in a better customer experience, which impacts of course on bottom line and/or recognition for the company. I've spoken in this column about the things that employers can and should be doing to train their top talent, such as offering workplace flexibility and career development opportunities. In a recent Randstad study (April 2017) that surveyed more than 5,504 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 65, 64% of employees surveyed reported that… Read More


Electrical Fatalities Go Down, Nonfatal Injuries Go Up

By Brett Brenner
Safety The annual incidence of workplace electrical fatalities continues to decline, while nonfatal electrical injuries sharply increased in 2015, states a new report compiled and released by the Electrical Safety Foundation. The "Workplace Electrical Injuries and Fatalities Report" examines data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) from 2003 to 2015. Electrical fatalities occurring in 2015 resumed the long-term trend of annual reduced electrical fatalities after 2014's increase over 2013. Electrocutions made up the vast majority of electrical fatalities. Read More


April Building Permits: Value Declines 0.2% from March

Economy Canadian municipalities issued $7.1 billion worth of building permits in April, down 0.2% from March. Lower construction intentions for single-family dwellings were mainly responsible for the national decrease. The value of building permits declined in four provinces, led by Ontario and Alberta. The value of residential building permits fell 2.5% in April to $4.5 billion, marking a third consecutive monthly decrease. Lower construction intentions for single-family dwellings more than offset a moderate gain in the multi-family component. Multi-family dwelling construction intentions rose 5.6% to just under $2.0 billion. Read More

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New Products and Solutions


LEDs Light Up Rittal Industrial Enclosures

Rittal's innovative LED technology shines into every corner of industrial enclosures, from the roof to the floor. No other enclosure light on the market provides the lumen power — up to three times the luminous flux of the closest competitor. Rittal accomplishes this with intelligent lighting tailored to the geometry of the enclosure. Light is dispersed through a special optical cover with Fresnel structure, in two designs for precise lighting. The cover rotates easily, for adaptive light distribution. With enormous intensity, from 900 to 1200 lumens, the light provides brilliant illumination. Read More

Arlington Industries' Versatile Termination for Grounding

Arlington's GC50 grounding electrode connector delivers flexibility, convenience and savings, and provides strain relief for grounding conductors. It installs from inside or outside a metal panel or enclosure, through existing 1/2" knockouts. No need to modify and no need for lugs. Read More
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Phoenix Contact Varioface Cabling System

The Varioface system cabling is a wiring concept that has been specially developed to allow connection to the I/O modules of a wide range of automation devices. Plug-in components are used instead of the conventional costly and error-prone single wiring. This means that you benefit from fast, clear, and error-free wiring. Among the advantages: versatility (range of various functions such as relay, solid-state relay or direct link), individual structure thanks to interface modules with 1, 2 or 3-conductor connection technology, and flexibility (connect with screw, spring-cage or push-in connection technology). Read More
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Duncan Instruments Canada MD10KVx 10KV Digital Insulation Tester

Duncan Instrument's digital insulation tester has insulation resistances up to 10 TOhm. Among the features: automated testes absorption index, polarization index, capacitance; automated tests leakage current, AC/DC voltmeter; step voltage test; real time clock and calendar; 4,000 readings memory, and more. Read More
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Reed Instruments Capacitance Box CBOX-406

Reed Instruments' capacitance box is a reliable instrument designed for circuit development. The CBOX-406 has five different capacitance ranges from 100pF to 11,111 uF. Features include three binding posts permitting isolated substitutions, reading accuracy within ±1%, and resolution of 100 pF per step. Dimensions: 4.6 x 5.8 x 2.0" (117 x 147 x 52mm). Slide switches the allow user to simply add or subtract for desired value. Read More

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

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

SmartGrid Canada Conference
September 11-13, 2017
Toronto, ON

CSIA Federal Solar Summit
September 25-27, 2017
Ottawa, ON

CanWEA Annual Conference
October 3-5, 2017
Ottawa, ON

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