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Message From The Editor

Best practices not to be neglected

Your business is expanding? Great! The advent of new technologies allows your company to meet new challenges. It's exciting. But these new realities also require new skills for managing your business. Just as when you do business with your preferred suppliers, you want your relationship with them to be reflected in the service they offer you. It is essential to preserve the connections you have your own customers, and as our contributor Jeff Mowatt reminds us it's important that employees who have direct contact with clients be trained and able to answer their questions. Among the best practices not to neglect: safety. We will talk more about this over the next few weeks. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


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2018 CE Code Essentials — Did You Know?

Installation of Identified Conductor at Control Locations

CSA 2015 Code — Two wire simple switch loop acceptable. 2018 Code — Identified conductor required at every control location. Control devices are increasingly used as an essential part of energy management systems. Many of these devices require power to operate, and where used in a simple switch loop create a small current through the bonding conductor. As the number of devices increases, the cumulative current through the bonding system will become unacceptable. New Subrule 4-028(2) now mandates that an identified conductor be installed at each manual or automatic control location. This requirement applies to all occupancy types. The term "neutral" has been replaced with the more accurate term "identified conductor". Read More


Shock Risk Assessment and the Detailed Warning Label "Electrical Safety Zone"

By Len Cicero
Safety Does this detailed warning label look familiar? Perhaps you have seen one, or at least one that resembles this in a commercial or industrial facility. With all of the hype and conversation in recent years revolving around "arc flash," it is likely due-time that we all start talking about shock, shock hazard and shock risk assessment. Depending on how you break it down, there are about seven steps in the Canadian Electrical Code for completing a good shock risk assessment. Specific details are in the standard (2015 edition) but in Clause "Shock risk assessment," you will find three basic determinations. Read More


Six Everyday Excuses that Bruise Your Brand

By Jeff Mowatt
Jeff Mowatt Working with organizations for over 25 years to transform customer service culture, I've discovered that some employees — who would describe themselves as solid performers — actually have a habit of delivering more excuses than results. Unfortunately, your customers don't buy excuses — literally. The more your team members rationalize poor service, the more they'll cost your organization in trust equity. See if your employees use any of these six common customer service excuses. We'll start with the worst offenders. Read More

Company Profile

Panduit: Helping to Make Workplaces Safe Since 1955

By Owen Hurst
Panduit Marty Kronz Panduit is all about connectivity and has been a driving force behind this for over 60 years. Working within the manufacturing, education, healthcare, transportation, and energy sectors, to name a few, Panduit is working to ensure each of the sectors has comprehensive, stable infrastructure solutions. These solutions have a strong focus on developing connected safety options that protect equipment and workers. Electrical Industry Canada recently had an opportunity to speak with Marty Kronz, Manager of Business Development at Panduit Corp. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

My boss has asked me to monitor our heat tracing cables to determine the amount of power they use for freeze prevention and process requirements. How can I do this?

Britech I suspect this is an industrial application and you may have multiple systems operating under various applications. Heat tracing controllers that monitor power usage and control each circuit are available. These are sophisticated controls that monitor GFCI trip, high temperature, low temperature, RTD failure, loss of power, and loss of conductivity, they can be connected directly to the building's operations centre through an RS 485 port for monitoring and control. They also should have a current monitoring function for each circuit to determine power usage and possibly help to determine whether the proper cable has been installed on the pipe or tank. We have found many instances where cut in the field, constant wattage cables are a better application than self-regulating cables for long life, energy saving and reduced hydro demand charges. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Market Mix by Product Sales

The commercial and industrial sectors continue to dominate the electrical industry, representing a combined 83% of electrical product sales. The residential sector accounted for only 12% of sales. However, market trends will likely show this number growing throughout 2018.

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New Products and Solutions


Flir Infrared Inspection Windows

Flir's IRW-Series inspection windows add a barrier between you and energized equipment, protecting you from arc flash incidents. Choose the anodized aluminum frame, or opt for durable stainless steel to prevent mixed metal issues. Both are easy to install, easy to use, and will help you work with greater confidence. Drill one hole and attach the single PIRma-Lock ring to hold the window in place. The simple hinged cover flips open and stays put, so no need to worry about losing, dropping or mixing up covers. Flir's broadband crystal lenses allow cameras to capture crisp visible and thermal images without distortions. The lenses transmit short, mid, and longwave IR, and allow laser pointers and illumination to shine through. 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 starburst 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

Arlington's New Non-Metallic Concrete Box

The heavy-duty FLBC4502 4.5" non-metallic concrete floor box has six conduit hubs, four plugs and three options for positioning the low voltage divider in the box. Add the new FLBC4502LR levelling ring for even easier installation of any 6-inch cover on any 4.5" concrete box, including Arlington's FLBC4500 and the new FLBC4502. It's reversible. Side A fits any 6" round cover with a 3-1/2" screw hole pattern. Side B has a second set of holes for 6" covers with a 3-3/8" screw hole pattern. Read More

Rebelle Architectural Lighting Tessera 3403

The Tessera family of luminaires features a quiet aesthetic that can adapt to any architectural setting. The Tessera 3403 is a mid-scale luminaire for exterior locations that is ideally suited for lighting entrances and pathways on the building perimeter. This addition to the Tessera family uses the same compact 4-inch housing but scaled to add length. The Tessera 3403 is a flush mounted luminaire, available with or without accent plates. For ADA compliance the luminaire must be specified without accent plates. The Tessera 3403 luminaire is listed for use in wet locations to UL and CSA standards. Rebelle's full range of eight polyester powder coat finishes are available. RAL and custom finishes are also offered. Read More
Eaton Arc Quencher

Eaton Arc Quenching Switchgear: A New Standard for Safety and Equipment Protection

Eaton's Arc Quenching Magnum DS switchgear is designed to advance safety and reduce downtime in oil and gas, utility, healthcare, water, wastewater and other industrial applications. By extinguishing an arc flash in less than 4 milliseconds, Eaton's new Arc Quenching Magnum DS switchgear dramatically reduces the incident energy available while minimizing equipment damage and improving safety. As a result, the switchgear can be quickly returned to service after an arc flash event to minimize downtime and repair costs. Arc quenching switchgear also employs current-limiting technology when it quenches an arc fault to protect upstream equipment. 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

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue New CSA Test Method for Horticultural LEDs
An evaluation of the energy and economic performance of LED horticultural luminaires compared with high-pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) horticultural luminaires has found that the LEDs cannot replace HPS luminaires on a one-for-one basis while still maintaining the original photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD). The evaluation was conducted by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and funded in part by Natural Resources Canada.

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