Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Added value for your business — training

The 24th edition of the Canadian Electrical Code has more than 260 updates and revisions. These changes come at a time when industrial and commercial construction is growing, where governments and businesses are installing renewable energy systems, where entrepreneurs are increasingly adopting green building techniques, and where the world of work is experiencing the effects of an aging workforce and labour mobility. The code is a document that adapts to new realities and new technologies. The workforce is on the verge of renewal, ensuring employee training is more beneficial than ever. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

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Changing Scene

John Sencich John Sencich is Retiring, Eric Deschenes Named as his Successor
John Sencich will be retiring on February 23, 2018. John has been an esteemed member of Thomas & Betts/ABB for many years, and ABB remains certain customers have all had valuable business partnerships with him in this time…
ABB Toronto ABB Helps Toronto Railway Cut Emissions to Zero with Key Power Distribution Components
ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, to ensure safe, reliable operation with almost zero emissions…
Schneider Smart Technology Leads the Way for Energy Efficiency at Electric Utilities
How are you maximizing grid efficiency? Reducing electricity network losses requires smart strategies that improve active and passive energy efficiency…

Codes and Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 31

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr Section 62 — Fixed electric heating systems. 62-000 Scope states that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of electric heating systems for space heating, surface heating and other electric heating system applications. Appendix B and the CE Code Handbook provide additional information. Read More


Unlocking the Value of the Canadian Electrical Code With Training

CSA Group The Canadian Electrical Code, Part I is a key component of Canada's electrical safety system. Its value comes from its ability to facilitate innovation and create economic opportunities while helping to ensure public and worker safety. Although the code is updated every three years to reflect advances in technology and other major developments, the frequency of these updates and the sheer number of changes in each edition can make it challenging for you to keep up on the job. Choosing the right training program helps you to quickly understand the new requirements so you can unlock the value of the code. Read More

Lighting and Art

Six Works Produced by Montreal Partnership Program Have Toured 20 Cities in a Year

Light & Art After its first full year, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnerships program for the export of its public art installations is a clear success: to date, six works produced and premiered in Montreal have been presented in 20 cities at 25 cultural events and festivals, and have been seen by millions of people in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Their export helps extend the life of the works, raises their creators' profile, and serves as an exceptional platform for showcasing Montreal, UNESCO City of Design, contributing to the city's emergence as a global capital of digital art and creativity. Read More


Q3 Residential Construction Up 9.1% YOY

Economy Res Construction Investment in residential construction totalled $35.8 billion in the third quarter, up 9.1% compared with the same period in 2016 and the largest increase since the fourth quarter of 2012. For the first time in five years, residential construction investment rose on a year-over-year basis in every province. Ontario, Quebec and Alberta posted the highest increases in the third quarter. All components contributed to the year-over-year increase, led by spending on renovation, up 8.1% to $15.5 billion, followed by construction of single-family homes, up 11.0% to $8.4 billion. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

Britech Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on Electric Floor Heating

Britech Q. I installed a floor warming cable recently and when I fastened it to the floor on 3" centres it was too small for the job. Why didn't it fit?

A. Heating cable manufacturers produce cables that vary from one manufacturer to another in heat output. Heating cable outputs vary from 2 to 6 watts per foot. Therefore, they need to be spaced according to the manufacturer's instructions. Another reason may be that the room as estimated is larger than the original square foot requirement that the cable was ordered for. Some cable manufacturers provide a formula to assist the installer in determining the correct on centre spacing of the cable in the floor to provide consistent heat coverage across the area. Most manufacturers recommend a minimum 10 watts per square foot for floor warming and radiant heating. NEVER install a cable that will not give sufficient heat, consult the manufacturers charts of their technical assistance by phone or online. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Average Hourly Rates for Power Distribution Workers by Gender

Men are still receiving a substantially higher hourly rate than women in Canada's power distributon sector.

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New Products and Solutions

Klein Tester

Klein Tools Broad Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester

The Klein non-contact voltage tester is ideal for checking for the presence of voltage in overhead conductors or to find faults in cables. It detects voltage up to 230kV AC in overhead conductors, indicating the presence of voltage with both audible and visual signals. the overall length is 10-25/64'' (260.4 mm), and comes with a carrying case and universal/shotgun adapter. Read More
Lutron Tu Wire

Lutron Tu-Wire Dimming Ballasts

Retrofit and small-space applications can benefit from the ease of installation offered by Lutron Tu-Wire dimming ballasts. Tu-Wire ballasts offer high performance 100% to 5% dimming for linear and compact fluorescent lamps. The ballasts require only two wires (hot and neutral) for power and control, and Lutron offers a wide range of compatible controls. Lamps turn on at any dimmed level without flashing to full brightness. Read More

Duncan Instruments MD10KVx Digital Insulation Tester

Duncan Instruments' digital insulation tester is ideal for a wide range of testing of insulation with resistance up to 10 TOhm. Readings are displayed digitally and in a bar graph. The MegaLogg2 Software offers graphics, tabular views, and an automatic report generator. Read More
Eurofase Dipper

Eurofase Lighting Dipper LED Track Light

Eurofase Lighting's Dipper 1LT LED track, 30W, delivers an architecturally pleasing design that is ideal for commercial use, and is available in black or white. The track is 11.75" long, 2.5" wide, and 6.75" high, weighs 3.99lbs, and has an IP rating of 20. Read More

Yokogawa PX8000 Precision Power Scope

The PX8000 is the world's first precision power scope, bringing oscilloscope-style time-based measurement to the world of power analyzers. With up to four channels, it can perform standard multi-phase power measurements. These measurements exist alongside oscilloscope-specific features, such as cursor-based specific time period measurements, to enable analysis of waveforms with transient components. Read More

Kichler Lighting Bridge Point Outdoor Wall Mount

Kichler Lighting's Bridge Point 2700K On Light extra large outdoor wall mount has a vintage look that goes great with rustic or modern decor. This aluminum fixture weighs 1.89lbs, and has a height of 13.25", diameter of 7", and depth of 8.25". Read More

Current Copper Prices

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