Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Reminders to better deal with winter and changes that await us

This is the time of year when training is taking place everywhere. We take note of new developments, technological advances, and new solutions, and we train end-users to better meet the demands of their customers. A short break is needed before starting new projects in the new year. New requirements will soon be in effect; we'll remind you of a few. Global warming certainly, but it is also the time when our vehicles must be made winter ready. We've got a list so you won't forget anything. Also industry news and new solutions in this issue. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

WIRE Woman Plug'n Drive Founder and CEO Receives WiRE Woman of the Year Award
This award recognizes a Canadian woman in the energy sector "who has served the industry with distinction, gone above and beyond the call of duty…"
North Bay North Bay Hydro Breaks Ground on Microgrid Project
North Bay Hydro's Community Energy Park microgrid, located between the YMCA and Memorial Gardens, will combine the electricity and heat of a cogenerator with solar power to supply 87% of electricity…
Rittal New Rittal Enhances Its Sales Leadership Team
Kyle Sheppard joins Rittal as Regional Sales Director for the Central Region. Sheppard has over 13 years experience in sales and sales management, and expertise in…

Did You Know?

Did you know?

The Canadian Electrical Code — New PoE Requirements

CSA Logo PoE (Power over Ethernet) has existed for many years however, recent revisions to IEEE standards for communications cables have opened the door to higher power applications for POE, such as room lighting. Through these cables, power levels approaching 100 W are possible, along with simultaneously communications between devices and systems. POE is typically implemented as a “structured” cable system, wherein cables are bundled together for extended lengths. Cable heating is a function of the power it carries and as such, installation and layout become critical factors in ensuring safe operation. New requirements for POE have been added to the code in the form of new Rules 16-300 through 16-350, and Table 60. Read More

Company Profile

Innovative Automation, Growing Locally and Globally

OPUS Automation companies are drivers of innovation, and have penetrated near every industry and geographic region across Canada, be it big cities or small towns. And they continue to grow in terms of the technological advancements they drive and the within the communities they support. In Barrie, Ontario Innovative Automation represents this perfectly. As an automation expert they are pushing the boundaries of technology while maintaining a family and community oriented philosophy both in the shop and the wider community… Read More

Winter Safety

7 Unusual Tips to Winterize Your Car or Truck

Unusual Tips You see a lot of articles this time of year recommending some common sense things you should do to protect your vehicle and yourself in the bitter cold winter weather. Things such as keeping an emergency kit in your car along with blankets, a shovel and cat litter or sand to help give traction if you get stuck. We recently came across some other tips that are simple, very inexpensive and so unusual we just had to pass them along. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

Britech Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on Electric Floor Heating

Britech Q. Why does the manufacturer always ask for type of piping, PVC, stainless, steel, etc., when I ask for heating cables for even a small job?

A. One reason for this request is to provide the right type of fastening tape for the piping. On PVC lines high temperature aluminum tape should be used to fasten the heating cable directly and securely along the entire pipe and cable length, high temperature fibreglass tapes should be used on steel or copper piping and special glass tapes are required for stainless steel piping. Tie wraps should not be used, they tend to dry out and over time the heating cables will not be fastened directly to the piping.

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Survey Says


Average Power Distribution Salaries by City

Edmonton and Calgary have the highest annual salary for power distribution workers, at about $90,000. Halifax comes in last at $58,958.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Ideals Drills

Ideal Industries New Line of Drill Taps with SmoothStart Tip

Combining the tasks of drilling, tapping and deburring into one, Ideal drill taps feature a tri-flute design, and split point Smoothstart tip, similar to the popular Ideal TKO carbide tipped hole cutters. Read More

Eiko LED Area Site Lighter

Eiko has a unique offering in their LED area site lighter with rotatable optics and 100W-10,000LM. The site lighter is available in two outputs: 10,000lm (replaces 250W HID) and 15,000lm (replaces 400W HID), offering 60% energy savings and three times the lifetime of HID area light fixtures. Rotatable glass optics provide flexibility of Type III or Type V beam distribution. Choose 4000K or 5000K colour temperature. Read More

Southwire 3-in-1 Pocket Pro Multimeter CAT IV

The 3-in-1 Pocket Pro multimeter offers the convenience of a built-in flashlight and non-contact AC voltage detector. The rugged double moulded housing and CAT IV safety rating make this the ideal compact meter for the professional electrician. Read More
Eaton Arena Pro

Eaton Arena Pro

The Arena Pro LED lighting solution by Ephesus takes sports lighting to a whole new level. The innovative optics and advanced colour-tuning technology can create a warmer, richer light ideal for basketball and other court sports, or a cooler light more desirable for hockey. The tunable CRI reduces need for filtering for HDTV broadcasts, and provides the clearest possible picture while maintaining delivered foot candles. Precise optics reduce stray light, allowing for a dramatic lighting cutoff. Read More

Greenlee Circuit Tracer Kit

Greenlee's Circuit Tracer kit provides fast, simple energized circuit tracing. It finds shorts to ground and supports transmitter to receiver up to 6.5kms away. Features include a high voltage adapter, 9 V battery, and more. Read More

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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