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Message From The Editor

Damage and costs associated with the absence of security measures

Safety measures may come with a cost, but at least they're positive costs compared to what could happen if you don't have the right measures in place. From a business perspective, safety is widely understood today to mean "an absence of risk of unacceptable damage." It allows us to classify situations as "safe" or "dangerous." The goals of planning and constructing low-voltage facilities are therefore to ensure safety by eliminating risks. Taking appropriate measures when planning and manufacturing equipment also ensures that any risks remaining after the application of protective measures are as low as possible. Arguments that could not be more convincing. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Webinar May 17: Free Rittal Webinar on Enclosures
Not all enclosures are created equal. Rittal understands that sifting through the information to make the right purchasing recommendations and decisions can be overwhelming…
Webinar Stanpro Continues Expanding: New GTA Office Location
Stanpro Lighting Systems continues to expand in the Greater Toronto Area with a new office location: 9078 Leslie St, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3L8. This location will house Stanpro's expanded sales team…
Omron Omron Canada Inc: Putting Technology in Students' Hands at Georgian College
For more than 20 years, Omron Canada Inc. has been helping Georgian College students to learn manufacturing processes on the latest industry equipment. The Barrie, Ontario college recently recognized its long-standing partner by naming one of its technology labs in honour of Omron…
Tools For The Trade

Don't sweat it! Keep enclosures & equipment cool, save big on energy & costs!
Rittal This summer, there's a perfect way to prevent those enclosures and sensitive equipment from over-heating. Get the special promo prices on Rittal's CSA-approved air conditioners and fans, backed by Rittal's industry-leading technology and innovation, and save on enclosure cooling costs and energy. Read More

Human Resources

Interviewing — Love it or Hate it? How to Do It Right

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan The need to hire can be a good or a bad thing. In some cases business is booming and there's a need to add to your team. Alternatively someone has left for a different job opportunity or has retired, and there's an urgency to fill the gap. Whatever the reason, the process of interviewing will either delight you or send you running for the headache pills. But hiring the wrong person for the job has many consequences. It's costly, both from a time and productivity perspective. And it can be demoralizing for those who are responsible for onboarding the new hire, and have participated in the knowledge sharing process to educate that individual about not only the job itself but organizational culture, processes and policies. Read More


The 10 Most Important Changes in the 2018 NFPA 70e Standard, Part 2

By James R. White
Safety Fluke With the recent release of the 2018 edition of the NFPA 70E standard, many users are finding it challenging to interpret what it says and prioritize where they should focus their attention. The short answer is that the entire 70E standard is important, not just one chapter, article or section. However, this 2-part article highlights 10 changes that the author believes are most important. Here in Part 2: changes 6-10, starting with approval of the first permanently-mounted absence-of-voltage test instrument. Read More


Safety and Risk in Electrical Low-Voltage Installations, Part 2

By Alfred Mörx
Safety Taking adequate measures when planning and making equipment (e.g., low‐voltage switchgear assemblies) ensures that any risk that remains after the application of protective measures is as low as possible. Part 1 explored the relationship between risk and safety, and seven reasons for implementing safety precautions. Here in Part 2 of 3: consequential damage and its costs. Read More

Trade Show Report

Industry Directions from Hannover Messe 2018

By EIN Editorial Team
Hannover Messe At the end of May Electrical Industry Canada attended Hannover Messe 2018, the world's largest automation and control trade show. This year had over 5000 vendors, 60% of which were international, and 210,000 visitors, 70,000 of whom were from outside Germany. The technology showcased was incredibly impressive, with robotic arms pouring and serving coffee as well as challenging visitors to games of ping pong and foosball. However, more important than some of the flashy innovations are the directions being presented that are changing the industrial side of the electrical industry. The theme of the show this year was Integrated Industry— Connect and Collaborate, and the show certainly showcased how various manufacturers, distributors and end-users are coming together to advance the industry. Read More

Electrician Forum Brought to You by Schneider Electric

Electrical Contractor Job Site Costing: A View of Canadian Costing Trends

Sponsored by Schneider Electric
Schneider Quite simply put if you feel that job site costing and quote development are a lot of work, you are right! To properly assess a job and estimate the required work time, product costs and various other expenses can take more time than is often feasible for a small company. You need to be spending your time completing projects, which can become difficult if you are spending your hours doing cost analysis. We learned this first hand in last month’s edition of the Electrician Forum when Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric discussed the balance required to own and operate an electrical contracting company. In fact, the day I met Steve he had reserved the entire day for undertaking job site costing, which he noted is necessary from time to time. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

I have a flat roof and my roof drains often freeze up in the winter, which results in damage to the roof. What can I do?

Britech Install heating cable on the roof around the drains covering an area about a metre in diameter, and drop some cable down the drains to where the drainpipe enters the heated area of the building. If the roof drains go to an external downspout, install heating cable inside the downspout to the point of discharge and/or below the frost line to prevent freezing and rupturing the downspout and drain lines. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Median Bonus by Province

On average electrical contractors' average bonuses in Saskatchewan — $4,880 — are almost $2,000 more than bonuses in any other province.

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New Products and Solutions


Megger PQA1000 Power Quality Analysis System

This IP65 series of testers is intended for use on public networks and so offers CAT IV safety. It is available in three versions which can easily be upgraded via a license. There are different versions of the PQA 1000 available: PQA 1000 Basic, suitable for load analysis, data logging and online analysis of the network; PQA 1000 Standard, which records about 2,000 additional parameters (harmonics and inter-harmonics) and generates automatic power reports according to EN 50160, IEC 61000-2-2 or IEC 61000-2-4 standards; PQA 1000 Professional, which adds fast oscilloscope traces and 10 msr.m.s. recordings with advanced trigger functions. The automatic trigger function automatically adjusts all triggers to the network disturbances. Read More
May Blue Ocean Strip

Blue Ocean Lighting FS28 Indoor Strip

Blue Ocean's BOLFS28 Indoor LED strip light series brings a bright and comfortable visual experience to display cases lighting, cabinet decorating, cove lighting, back lighting, accent lighting, etc. The series is IP20 rated for indoor dry location or IP65 rating for indoor damp location. LM80 approved LED2835 chips ensure high energy efficiency, excellent colour consistency and low lumen depreciation. Product is ecologically friendly with no UV or IR radiation and little heat produced, reaching an exceptionally long lifetime of 50,000 hours. Read More
AEMC Analyzer

AEMC Instruments 8220 W/MN193-BK: Power Analyzer, Current, Energy, Frequency, Harmonics, Power, Voltage…

The 8220 W/MN193-BK from AEMC is a model 8220 single phase power quality meter with black colour 6A/120A MN193 current probe. The Model 8220 is a single-phase AC + DC power meter with an electroluminescent backlit digital display and is rated to 600V CAT III. It is a measurement tool for electrical parameters and distribution network disturbances, enabling the user to obtain instant measurements of the main characteristics of a single-phase network (voltage, current, power, voltage and current harmonics, etc.) and to monitor machinery in operation (temperature, inrush current and duration of operation, distance of windings and rotational speed). Read More
May Mission

Mills Architectural Lighting Mission 2400

Inspired by the early mission builders, this four-sided lantern has an all metal frame with textured white glass panels. Pendant sizes range from 6" to 36" in height and are also available as a low ceiling fixture or wall bracket. The lanterns is welded and fabricated from rust resistant steel. All panels are textured white glass. A custom glass panel can be specified. The lantern is suitable for surface or recessed outlet boxes complete with heavy gauge mounting bar. A canopy attachment is equipped for flat or angled ceilings. Seven standard finishes are available: white, black, bronze tone, gold tone, brass tone, copper and silver. Custom finishes can be specified. Read More

Kyoritsu 8035 Non-Contact Safety Phase Indicator

New technology permits safe testing without the need of direct contact between probes and live wires. The insulated crocodile clips can clip insulated cables from ø2.4 to 30mm. Among the features: phase rotation is indicated by the rotary illumination of LEDs and logical audible tones; the instrument can be fixed to a metal panel via the magnet on the back side; it has a wide measuring range for 3 phase installations from 70V to 1000V AC, and a super brightness function permits clear LED indication in sunshine. Read More

SGI Lighting1 Watt StarBurst LED Step Light

SGi's 1 watt dimmable StarBurst LED step light promotes equal amounts of beauty and safety. Use these lights as LED stair lighting, LED walkway lighting or LED pathway lighting. This compact LED accent light has a star burst pattern that can turn a plain surface into an accent gallery wall. Install as cluster LED lights, single LED lights or as mini LED wall sconces at any height for an interesting light cast. Can be installed with dimmable LED power supplies on single or multiple LED transformers. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 37
    In this article: Section 74 — Airport installations. These installations are series-type circuits that differ from other multiple-type circuits in that the regulator supplying them provides a constant current, variable voltage supply regardless of the load. The regulator does not respond to ground faults in a normal fashion. A single ground fault does not affect the whole system. Two or more ground faults affect only a portion of the system or a reduction in lighting intensity. A ground counterpoise is provided to protect service personnel from touch voltages when repairing or replacing broken luminaires.

  • Fundamentals of Harmonic Distortion in a World of Rising Non-Linear Loads
    With a focus this month of power quality, test and measurement, it seems prudent to take a minute to return to the basics for understanding harmonic distortion, particularly as the use of items with non-linear loads continues to increase. Harmonics have been around since the first AC generator was turned on over 100 years ago. However, harmonics were initially not an issue as they very minor over linear loads. It wasn't until the 1960s that the impact of harmonic distortion became apparent.

  • What Are PIR Sensors and Why Do I Need Them?
    Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors are widely used in smart lighting systems and save money by dramatically reducing lighting usage and energy consumption. They are employed in offices and classrooms as well as in spaces with intermittent and unpredictable lighting usage, such as corridors, stairwells, storage areas, and parking garages. Lights can be programmed to either "dim" or "switch" in response to an occupancy status signal from a sensor. The strategy also improves comfort for occupants as they never have to enter a dark area or manually turn lights on or off.

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