Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Ready for tomorrow's challenges?

Everyone wants a lighting system for the future, but not everyone wants to invest in it or is convinced of the value of these investments. We also want data that will be accessible through connected systems, but is the timing right? Often our misconceptions can impose obstacles to the sustainability of lighting systems. You have to identify and get around them if you are moving toward the Internet of Things. Also in this issue, we continue our journey to the heart of the CE Code. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Tim Macdonald Ideal Supply's Timothy MacDonald Appointed to the Order of Canada
MacDonald earned the honour for his leadership in business and community initiatives in Southwestern Ontario, which have contributed to the economic and social vitality of the region…
Trades Training Federal Government Funds Trades Training in Alberta, BC, NWT
In late June the federal government signed agreements with Alberta, BC and the Northwest Territories that will top up existing investment plans by $754 million, for a total federal investment in jobs and skills training of $4.25 billion over six years…
Queens Park Changes to Ontario's Construction Lien Amendment Act Now in Effect
Amendments to the act include new prompt payment rules that will ensure Ontario construction businesses and workers get paid on time for the work they do. Late payment is a common problem in the construction industry. Between 2002 and 2013, the average collection period went up from 57 to 71 days…
  • Eaton Products, Expertise Support Skills Canada Competitions
    Aspiring skilled trades participants recently descended on annual Skills Canada competitions that were recently held in Toronto and Edmonton. Eaton has been a corporate supporter of Skills Ontario for the past several years, providing competition products for the Skills committee and its contestants…

  • Philips Real Pros Contest Ramping Up
    Since its launch mid-March, engagement in the Philips Real Pros Real Quality contest has been gaining momentum. Prize packs valued at more than $700 are now on their way out the door to the first batch of six winners…

  • New Online Quoting Tool for Manitoba Contractors
    QuoteToMe is a new online tool that simplifies the quoting process for equipment and general tools by streamlining contractor communications with rental companies, and centralizing quote requests and quotes received…

  • October 2-4: First Annual Work Proud Summit
    This fall Women Building Futures will host its inaugural Work Proud Summit in Edmonton, Alberta. This event will assemble leaders, influencers, and change-makers who will share best practices for creating workplaces that meet the challenges of the next generation…

  • Last Chance to Apply for ECAO Scholarship Award Program
    The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario's scholarship program is open to children or wards of salaried employees of association member companies. Application deadline: July 20, 2018…

  • ABB Completes Acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
    The US$2.6 billion transaction, announced last September, offers substantial value creation potential within ABB, including growth opportunities from coupling ABB's digital offering, ABB Ability, with the extensive GEIS installed base…

  • Siemens Enhances Its Digital Portfolio by Acquiring Building Robotics Inc.'s Workplace App Comfy
    Building Robotics Inc. is a market leader in the fast growing digital workplace experience app domain. Headquartered in Oakland, California, the start-up's simple to use app enables people to take control of their environment. The company is best known by the name of its core product, Comfy…
Tools For The Trade

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 39

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 78 — Marine Wharves, Docking Facilities, Fixed and Floating Piers, and Boathouses. Rule 78-000 notes that notes that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of electric equipment and wiring methods on marine wharves, fixed or floating piers, docking facilities, and boathouses that are used for the construction, repair, storage, launching, berthing, and fuelling of watercraft. Appendix B and the CEC Handbook provide additional information. Rule 78-002 contains definitions for special terminology used in this section for Boathouse, Docking facility, Fixed pier, Floating pier, and Marine wharf. It is important to understand these terms because of the specific applications for each situation. Read More

Company Profile

Custom Electric Ltd.

Custom This month the focus of EIN's company profile is on a well-established and respected electrical contractor serving Western Canada. The Calgary-based firm has been in business for nearly half a century and provides an expanding range of services to meet the growing demands of residential, commercial and industrial clients. Custom Electric also recognizes that the industry is changing and is working to progress alongside the industry by offering services such as solar and electric vehicle charging installations. It has a unique ownership model, as it is completely employee owned and operated. Every employee works to ensure the company succeeds and maintains the highest standard of operation. Read More

Lighting Systems

A Business Case for Future-proofing Building Lighting Systems, Part 2

Future Proofing This business case lays out a rationale for future-proofing buildings and provides tools that will enable building owners to think more strategically about how they are looking at their building management systems and make initial investments upfront for long-term benefit. Previously published in Part 1: four arguments to make in your business case, starting with why do it now. Here in Part 2: common misconceptions about future-proofing and what to consider before you start the process. Read More


Human-Centric Lighting Takes LED Technology to the Next Level

LED Tech HCL design aims to implement systems using a science-based approach, considering both visual and non-visual effects of light from a physiological and psychological perspective. HCL extends the scope of lighting beyond the traditional architectural design approach, which focuses on aesthetics, visibility and safety, and considers additional lighting attributes in order to improve occupant productivity, health and wellness. With HCL, lights are adjusted for brightness, colour temperature, and/or colour to improve mood and concentration. HCL is being embraced by various industry segments where building occupants often have access to little or no daylight, such as healthcare, commercial real estate and education. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

What precautions should be taken when sizing heating cables on non-metallic piping?

Britech Pipe tracing on non-metallic pipes such as PVC, PEX or CPVC that are used for water supply, waste and storms piping should be sized according to the diameter of the pipe, the lowest ambient temperature at which it will operate, and the amount of insulation installed to keep it from freezing. Heating cables on plastic pipes should never exceed 5 watts per foot (15 watts per meter) to avoid damaging these pipes due to excessive heat from the cable. On larger pipes where you may need in excess of 5 watts per foot install two or more runs of heating cable. The cables should have one run of aluminum high temperature tape installed directly on the pipe and then the cable is attached with another layer of tape over the cable and the first layer of aluminum tape. This aids in heat distribution. Pipe tracing charts are available from Britech. You can reach us at www.britech.ca and we will send you a catalogue. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Median Hourly Rate By Employer Type

Employer types vary greatly in Canada. However, the "other" category (dominated by corporations, governmental, institutional...) has the highest median hourly rate, followed closely by contract and self-employed workers.

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New Products and Solutions


Schneider Electric Brings Big Data and IoT to Data Centres with EcoStruxure IT

EcoStruxure IT, the next generation cloud-based data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) as a service architecture, helps customers optimize infrastructure performance and mitigate risk by providing visibility across the entire data centre ecosystem, in the cloud and at the edge, delivering insights with data-driven recommendations to improve availability, and enabling third-party integration in an IoT-enabled open architecture and platform. Read More
Pioneer Grid Fixture

Pioneer Lighting — Specializing in 5ft. Grid Fixtures

Pioneer Lighting offers a complete line of recessed LED and fluorescent fixtures designed for 5ft. T-bar grids. The fixtures are available in standard imperial (20" x 60" or 20" X 48") and metric sizes (500mm x 1500mm or 500mm x 1200mm) with a wide variety of options. All components are now standard inventory, thus allowing a typical lead time of 3-4 weeks. Read More
Legrand Mounting Clip

Legrand's Cablofil Box Mounting Clip for CWTBB Slider Bracket

From the floor to the ceiling, Cablofil has the box bracket for your next electrical project. Electrical box brackets for walls that are easy to install to telescoping brackets for off-width studs and infinite box positions are available in multiple box combinations and sizes. These brackets are ideal for pre-fab assemblies. Save installation time with self-locking spring steel clips, reducing the need for additional hardware. These brackets make it possible to easily make adjustments after installation. Cablofil's hanger product line attaches to suspended ceiling grids and hangs from threaded rod and wire, and is designed to install quickly and securely. The line also includes box brackets for concrete walls and floor brackets. Read More
Hubbel Light

Hubbell Dual-Lite Adds EasyID Option to EVHC Series

The EVHC series from Dual-Lite is a high lumen output emergency lighting unit designed for high mounting height applications. Dual-Lite recently added an EasyID option that improves visibility to fault status and detection while increasing and making life safety compliance easier for the customer. The EasyID option includes a battery compartment and foolproof alert system that communicates two failure modes: "Replace Battery," or "Replace Unit." The system works in coordination with the Spectron Self-Test/Self-Diagnostic functionality. The standard model offers 51′ spacing on a 10′ mounting height and the high lumen option offers 75′ for even greater emergency lighting coverage. Read More

Eaton Issues Recall for Heavy Duty 30A And 60A Safety Switches

These safety switches can potentially supply power when the handle is in the "off" position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death. This issue affects various configurations of 30A and 60A Heavy Duty safety switches manufactured between November 19, 2015 and January 23, 2018. Distributors in the U.S. and Canada are being informed about the recall and advised on how to identify suspect switches and what corresponding actions to take. Eaton is not aware of any injuries at this time resulting from this issue. Read More

New Flexible Mode SmartLight Delivers Never-Before-Seen Applications from Balluff

Balluff's new flexible mode SmartLight provides two never-before-seen applications: user defined segments and point-of-use indication. Flexible mode allows every LED segment to be controlled individually, delivering new capabilities and expanded value of the SmartLight tower light. "The flexible mode of the SmartLight is a game changer in two ways," says Tom Rosenberg, VP of Marketing and Engineering at Balluff Inc. "First, you have infinite programmability for a tower light. Users are no longer constrained by the number of segments that we decide someone needs. Second, along with that, you can define segments by intended user, using a larger element for workers who need visual data from a distance and smaller elements for those in the work envelope. That's never been done before. No one can do that on the market." Read More

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