Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Chicken or egg — a recurring debate

Want to sell your business? Is this the best or only solution? If you really must do it, then you might as well achieve the best outcome out of the transaction. Here in this issue: when big projects are in motion as soon as REM in Montreal the issue of local sourcing resurfaces. If everything happens locally and we save jobs, does everyone win? If we pay less on the outside and the money is reinvested locally, does everyone win? We return to the chicken and egg debate. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

LCC Philips Opens New Lighting Concept Centre in Markham, Ontario
On June 20, 2017 Philips held the grand opening of its new Lighting Concept Centre (LCC), designed to demonstrate the fundamental principles of lighting and design…
Diverse Electronics Diverse Electronics Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification
To become ISO 9001:2015 certified, Diverse underwent an evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial assessment, and clearance of non-conformances…
Hesquaiht Hesquiaht First Nation Proposes Hot Springs Cove, BC Hydro Power Project
The Hesquiaht First Nation on BC's Vancouver Island hopes to reduce Hot Springs Cove's dependence on diesel fuel through a hydro power project…

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Case Study: Hybrid Power Solution

Sourcing Products

By Zachary Smith
Sourcing It's no secret that many of today's businesses maintain global supply chains. However, what may be a secret is just how much procurement professionals would prefer to source locally instead. According to a recent buyer survey conducted by ThomasNet, 72% of buyers "always or generally" prefer to source locally. In comparison, just 10.8% of respondents "always or generally" prefer to source globally. In fact, nearly half of suppliers (46.7%) actually "rarely or never" prefer to source globally at all. Clearly, most buyers prefer to keep the supply chain as close to home as possible. Here's why… Read More


Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities, Part 2

EFC Research In the previous issue of Electrical Industry Newsweek, we began our coverage of Electro-Federation Canada's recently released research report, Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities for the Canadian Electrical Channel. The article looked at who's driving the shift toward low-voltage DC, what's behind it, and the outlook for Canada's electrical channel. In this issue, the second in a 5-part series:an end-to-end overview of low voltage, including DC power, low-voltage DC, Power over Ethernet, PoE partnerships, DC microgrids, and distributed low-voltage power. Read More


New Housing Investment Rises 8.4% in April YOY

Economy Investment New housing construction investment totalled $4.6 billion in April, up 8.4% compared with April 2016. Investment increased for every dwelling type, but resulted mostly from spending on single-family dwellings, up $251.8 million to $2.4 billion. Six provinces posted higher investments in single-family dwelling construction. Ontario was well ahead of the other provinces, with $203.7 million in increased spending, a 22.9% increase over April 2016. Investment in apartment building construction rose 1.9% in April, mainly attributable to higher spending in British Columbia (+$61.4 million), followed by Quebec (+$29.5 million). The biggest declines for this type of dwelling were in Alberta (-$58.2 million) and Ontario (-$14.1 million). Read More

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New Products and Solutions

Crompton 1530

Crompton 1530 Digital Metering System

Multi function Integra 1530 digital metering systems provide high accuracy <0.2% measurement, display and communication of all major electrical and power quality parameters, including true RMS system values, power quality data and total harmonic distortion (THD) measurement up to the 31st harmonic. This DIN 96 panel mounted enclosure offers simple programming and display of up to 34 power measurement parameters via a menu driven user interface on the front panel. Read More
Omega XL

Omega XL Series — Operator Control Station

Omega's XLe and XLt operator control stations are more than just a PLC, they include a graphical operator interface (HMI), built-in I/O, networking, and removable mass data storage. OCS is a robust, reliable control product that combines a traditional controller (programmed with ladder logic) with an operator interface, I/O and networking into an integrated, all-in-one unit using a single industry-recognized software package called Cscape. Read More
Caron Measurement

Caron Measurement and Control Economizer Flare Purge Station

With Caron Controls Eliminator set points and adjustments clearly marked, operations staff can easily and quickly maintain accurate purge volumes to maximize safety and minimize excessive fuel gas use. Meters are sized to order and the entire system is designed to meet customer specifications. The meter is mounted on an aluminum panel that includes a metering valve, regulator, gauge and fade resistance lamacoids. Carbon steel supports are added for easy mounting to structural supports. Read More

GE DPI 620 Genii — Multifunction Calibrator

GE DPI 620 Genii is an easy to use and accurate multifunction instrument for calibrating and maintaining process instrumentation. Its modular design and functionality means it can be expanded over time and tailored to applications as needs change. It's available with ATEX and IECEx approval for use in zone 1 and zone 2 classified hazardous areas. Among the features: 3 tools in 1 (calibrator, test meter and HART/Fieldbus/Profibus communicator), large colour screen and one-touch menus, and ATEX and IECEx approval for hazardous use. Read More

Arlington Industries' Fan/Fixture Pan Box for Drywall with Furring Strips or Hat Channel

Arlington's fan/fixture pan box offers secure, joist-mount installation.The box works with 1/2", and single or double 5/8" drywall — on furring strips or hat channel in new construction. For added convenience, the fan bracket installation screws in this 14.4 cu. inch pan box ship captive until ready to use. Read More

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

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

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

Maritimes Energy Association Core Energy Conference
October 4-5, 2017
Halifax, NS

BCEA Women's Network Stress & Organization Management
October 17, 2017
Burnaby, BC

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