Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Simple questions are not always so easy to answer, even when the answer seems obvious

Some answers seem so obvious that we sometimes hesitate to ask the question for fear of appearing ignorant. This is especially why we are proud of our series of articles on the Canadian Electrical Code. On the eve of the release of an updated code, it is essential more than ever to know what it contains and what it applies to, even if the answers sometime seem obvious. Get it wrong, and the consequences can be fatal. LEDs have revolutionized how we light our planet so quickly that it's almost easier to talk about lighting control technologies than the simple lightbulb and, even smaller, the lamp's base. We present you with a simple and quick guide to visualize lamp bases and choose them well. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

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Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 27

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 54 — Community Antenna Distribution and Radio and Television Installations. Section 54 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to community antenna distribution, equipment for the reception of radio and television broadcast transmission, and equipment employed in the normal operation of a radio station licensed by the Government of Canada as an experimental amateur radio station. Read More


Lamp Bases in All Shapes and Sizes

Lighting On an incandescent light bulb, the component that supplies electrical current is called a "base." There are several types of lamp base, and each has a specific application. It is therefore vital to select the light bulb that corresponds to your needs. In point of fact, many lamps have their own unique base; this prevents their use in a luminaire that may have a higher wattage, distribute intense heat, and even become a fire hazard. Read More

Power over Ethernet

Mike Byam, Northern/Eastern Ontario Account Manager at Hammond Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

By Owen Hurst
Mike Byam I first met Mike Byam at the 2017 Ideal Supply northern trade show in Barrie, Ontario, and have since had the pleasure of bumping into him at a few other industry events. He is an incredibly open and welcoming individual who is always wearing a smile, happy to talk shop, and has a great memory, recalling me by name after only one brief meeting. Read More


New Housing Investment YOY Rises 4.1% in May

Economy New housing construction investment totalled $4.4 billion in May, up 4.1% from May 2016. This increase was mostly explained by higher investment in Ontario and, to a lesser extent, in British Columbia and Manitoba. Of the four provinces that posted a decline, Quebec's decrease was the largest. The 11.2% drop in Quebec was due primarily to a strike in the construction industry in the last week of the month. All types of housing construction declined in this province except row housing, which saw a slight increase. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Contractor Bonuses by Years of Experience

Contractors with 20+ years earn by far the largest bonus, but more years doesn't always mean a bigger bonus.

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New Products and Solutions


Wieland Electric Revos Basic M Housing for Harsh Applications

The connector housing can withstand the harshest environmental conditions, making them ideal for use in numerous applications, such as industrial machinery, construction machinery and wind turbines. The Revos Basic M is not susceptible to such stresses as vibration, penetrating moisture or corrosion. The housing seals are extremely robust thanks to the use of Viton. The improved seals now provide NEMA 4X environmental protection. Read More
Rice Power Converter

RIC Electronics MX Industrial DC to AC Sinewave Inverter

RIC Electronics' MX "hot swappable" inverter system can provide up to 20KW (1PH), 40KW (bi-phase) and 60KW (3PH, 208VAC). Because of its modular design, MX is easily expandable and can provide N+1 redundancy to ensure an unforeseen failure does not take down the critical load. Features include 1000-watt power modules, a redundant N+1 configuration, over and under voltage circuitry protection, and more. Read More
Lighting Manager

Schneider Square D IPaCS Lighting Manager-Z10

Schneider's Square D IPaCS Lighting Manager-Z10 product line provides automatic lighting controls in a single integrated, space saving system to save energy, reduce electrical costs, and maximize the efficient operation of lighting loads in the facility. The device provides standardized automatic lighting control capabilities based on time of day schedules and/or ambient light level measurements. It is expandable up to 16 inputs and 10 outputs, adjusts automatically to Daylight Savings Time, and has a hard override for each controlled output with visual indication. Read More
Leviton Meter

Leviton VerifEye Series 4100 Bidirectional ModBus RTU and BACnet MS/TP Meter Kits

These Leviton meter kits feature bidirectional monitoring specifically designed for renewable energy applications. The Series 4100 meter kits measure power imported from the utility grid and power exported from renewable energy sources, such as solar panels. The Series 4100 meters are available in standalone DIN rail mount or a NEMA 4X enclosure, and come with either split core or flexible rope-style Rogowski current transformers for compact or irregularly shaped conductors. Read More

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    Ubisoft's 400 video game creators located in Quebec City have been settling in to their new workspaces since last May. An ambitious relocation project, the design of this new studio was done in an integrated way under the direction of the firm Coarchitecture, mandated by Ubisoft Quebec for this architectural challenge.

  • IoT and Its Application in Electrical Power Systems, Part 2
    IoT in the electrical power industry is transforming the way things are done. IoT increases the use of wireless technology to connect power industry assets and infrastructure in order to lower the power consumption and cost.

  • Effect of Next Generation 100 W Power over Ethernet on RJ45 Connectivity
    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is currently writing the 802.3bt standard, which will double the amount of power delivered to end devices. The current 25.5 W will increase to approximately 71 W, which is an increase of a factor of approximately 3.

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

ECAO: A Foreman's Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce
September 28, 2017
Toronto, ON

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

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

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