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Message From The Editor

Future connectivity will not be borrowed from radio frequencies

Before we head into fall, a brief pause to consider how light could soon equal connectivity, and move us from virtual reality to augmented reality. We now know that LED technology has been a real revolution, and not just for lighting. The future sits with lighting controls, as all market research shows, and research is always finding new applications for this technology. Now airplane cabins may help provide passengers with much desired connectivity thanks to the LEDs already installed in the cabin. While it is perhaps up to each of us to predict our future, see how our contributor Keith Sones is doing it. Good reading!

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Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Northern Cables Northern Cables Expands Manufacturing Capacity with 16,200 Sq. Ft. Addition
A 16,200 sq. ft. addition to Northern Cables Inc.'s Susan Street plant in Prescott, Ontario will link it with a Northern Cables building on Wood Street. The company is investing $2 million in the expansion, which will add 18 new jobs and ensure the company retains 163 positions…
OEL OEL Survey: Red Tape Prevents 73% of Ontario Electrical Employers from Hiring New Apprentices
"Entering the electrical trades in Ontario is increasingly difficult because of the apprentice to journeyperson ratio cap, which puts the education and development of the next generation of electricians at risk," says Stephen Sell, OEL President…
Brossard Black & McDonald Acquires Pierre Brossard (1981) Ltée, Expanding Operations in Quebec
Through combining operational expertise and skills under the leadership of Black & McDonald's Quebec Region, the two family-owned companies consolidate their respective positions in the regional market…


5 Ways to Prevent Tool Theft and Manage Loss Prevention

Security Stolen tools hurt your business. Tools are expensive to buy and expensive to replace. Worse yet, if a tool goes missing, you can't do any of the work you need it for. This means a loss in time and money as well. Learning the right tips for tool tracking and job site security can help prevent these losses and keep your business in business. The first step in securing your tools is keeping a record of what you have. A master record should exist and be kept on file at your facility's main location. Read More


How I Learned to Predict the Future

By Keith Sones
Sones I have a time machine. I kid you not. It's the kind of thing that allows me to get in and head to the future, take a look at what's happening, zip back to the present day and take some actions based on what I've learned. For those of you who don't know, I have been working in the high voltage electric industry for close to 30 years. For a good chunk of that time I worked directly for electric utilities and for the past several years I've been engaged in the construction and engineering contracting sector. Although it wasn't originally part of the plan in the mid 1980s, I started my utility career as a result of my training as a health and safety professional. To make more sense of what you are about to read, it's also important to understand that I hate not knowing things. Read More
Tools For The Trade


The Speed of Light: Li-Fi's Bright Future in the Aircraft Cabin

By Sarah Wray
LiFi Short for "light fidelity," Li-Fi technology uses visible light from LED bulbs to transmit data, compared to Wi-Fi which uses radio waves. Li-Fi is an emerging area of connectivity and a key market could be aircraft cabins. We talked to Harald Haas, known as the "Father of Li-Fi." Haas notes that Li-Fi will help to solve the "spectrum crunch." In 10 or 20 years, there will be a 20 times shortfall in spectrum to provide the connectivity required. Li-Fi could provide part of the answer because while radio spectrum may be scarce, what we do have is LEDs, and one place where there are hundreds of them already is in an aircraft cabin. Read More

Peers & Profiles

David Johns: A Teaching Perspective

By EIN's Editorial Team
David Johns David Johns is a dedicated husband and father, but when the work day starts David spends most of his time teaching a new wave of electricians. David is an electrical apprenticeship instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he provides industry training to students in all levels of their training. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

I have a flat roof and my roof drains often freeze up in the winter, that 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 meter in diameter, drop some cable down the drains to where the drain pipe enters the heated area of the building. Should 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

Smart Lighting

Eaton's Halo Home Smart Lighting System

David Johns HALO Home is a flexible new approach to smart home lighting. Our system offers a range of Bluetooth fixtures, controls and accessories that work seamlessly together. From a single light to an entire home, your smart lighting search starts and ends here. Halo Home provides Smart lighting solutions for the whole home. Today, homeowners expect lighting that fits their lifestyle. The HALO Home system lets you easily build a lighting plan that meets your needs by enhancing home Halo Home phone screen_group1.jpgsecurity, energy savings and aesthetics. No internet or hub required. Read More

Survey Says


Electrical Contractor Median Hourly Rate By Province

Alberta has the highest median hourly rate for electrical contractors at $30.52. Alberta's rate is followed closely by Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

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New Products and Solutions

Rockwell Field Controller

Rockwell Automation's New Field Controller Provides Simplified, Cost-Effective Solution for DC Retrofit Applications

The new Allen-Bradley PowerFlex DC field controller from Rockwell Automation enables customers to upgrade their DC motor application to a modern system without the need for complex external devices. An up-to-date digital networked control system helps customers gather and leverage vital information throughout their enterprise. The DC field controller provides three-phase, four-quadrant (reversing) DC motor or generator field control. The field controller can be used on its own or with a PowerFlex DC digital drive. In stand-alone mode, it provides power to a DC motor field with a fixed reference by using fixed I/O. The field controller can also control electromagnets and other non-motor loads. Read More
Luminus Products

Luminis Introduces Improved Interior LED Pendants

Luminis' next-generation Prisma and Kronos pendants retain the fundamental design elements of their predecessors while improving performance and modernizing the product's aesthetic. The Prisma family consists of 14 pendants available in 12", 16" and 22" diameters, while two Kronos models are available with 12" diameters. Various mounting and suspension options are available, along with diffuser or reflector options and various accessories. Light output for the second generation Prisma ranges from 1,000 delivered lumens up to 19,000 delivered lumens. The new Kronos can deliver up to 6,000 lumens. All models come with a standard 4000K colour temperature and 2700K, 3000K and 3500K options. Read More

The Green Cable Surface XL from Flextherm

With its constant diameter at every length, the Green Cable Surface XL is the perfect complement to uncoupling membrane installation systems. It can be installed with traditional gauges, or with Flextherm's Universal Snap-in Gauge and FLexSnap+ installation system, and is compatible with ceramic and natural stone floor coverings. The robust sheath has a constant diameter. Read More
Signage Lighting

GVA's Low Voltage and Low Wattage LED Signage Lighting Module

Features include 36lm per module, 8 modules per meter or 3 modules per foot, maximum module spacing, centre to centre, of 124mm, minimum module spacing, centre to centre, of 64mm, IP65 rated for indoor and outdoor applications, and a projected lifetime of 50,000 hours at 30°C (86°F). Read More
Fluke Probe

Fluke Networks PRO3000F50 - Kit

The Pro3000F filtered probe with tone generator kit features innovative filter technology that obstructs signal interferences of 50 Hz to make tracking your cable easy. The probe's one-button operation allows you to switch between filtered and unfiltered modes. A loudspeaker enables use in noisy locations and for tracing cable through drywall, wood and other enclosures. Includes a tone generator with SmartTone capability. Read More

Canada GL Lighting Technology's Slim LED Area Light

Features include a modular lens design suitable for parking lots, roadway and area lighting distribution, a hollow heat sink design with aluminum alloy and PC optics lens, various installation methods that make it suitable for different applications, a simple and attractive appearance, optional dimming and motion sensors, and more. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Interviewing — Love It or Hate it? How to Do It Right
    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 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.

  • Legalizing Marijuana and Workplace Safety
    Recreational use of marijuana becomes legal on October 17. This has potentially serious implications for workplace health and safety. In this article, contributor Heather Hettiarachchi reviews a recent human rights decision considering whether who dismissed a worker for using medical marijuana on the job was discriminating on the basis of disability. Heather concludes her article with useful takeaways for employers.

  • Alert: Electrical Lockout Using Manual Motor Controllers
    Workers in industrial workplaces such as office buildings, factories, arenas, shops or offices who are required to work on manual motor controllers (MMCs) or other electrical equipment may be at risk of serious injury or death if the electrical equipment is not stopped, de-energized and locked out and tagged before work starts. Manual motor controllers are typically used to control motor driven equipment such as commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. They also serve as a motor starter/controller, and sometimes as a motor disconnect. Typically, MMCs should be marked with the words "suitable as a motor disconnect."

  • Value of June Building Permits Drops 2.3% from May
    Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in June, down 2.3% from the previous month. The decline was the result of lower construction intentions for residential buildings, following a strong May. In the residential sector, municipalities issued $5.2 billion worth of building permits in June, down 5.7% from May. New Brunswick was the only province to post an increase. The value of multi-family dwelling permits dropped 8.0% to $2.8 billion. This followed a record high of $3.1 billion the previous month. The decrease was led by Alberta, where municipalities issued permits for 865 fewer units in June than they did in May. British Columbia (+2.1%) was the only province to register an increase.

  • I've meagered out the self-regulating cable and it is clear, but the beaker keeps tripping
    Often the cable lengths can be too long and place to high a load on the breaker. Load and length charts from the manufacturer should always be consulted when sizing circuits. For instance, the manufacturers chart for a 5 watt per foot cable installed on a 20-amp208-volt circuit may only allow for a 375-foot-long length of cable. If the cable exceeds the 374' it will trip the breaker.

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