Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

The founding technologies of today's tools

If you're a parent you may have already asked your children to come down from the clouds and listen to you. This introduction serves to present two articles of this issue. The cloud may be in the process of being rehabilitated since it now hosts your data and allows you to control your remote lighting systems, so you might as well be able to attend. This remote control is often done with a smart phone. We forget sometimes its first role, which is person to person communication. Have you forgotten how to use this business feature? If yes, a primer on basic rules. From Ty-Rap to robotization: this sums up the story of Thomas & Betts as well as the career of Jean-Marc Myette. While the name T&B will soon disappear from the landscape, some people like Jean-Marc say they have tattooed it in their genes, and this is beyond all doubt the case for many generations of people in our industry. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Horsman E.B. Horsman & Son's Parksville, BC Branch Moves to New Location
The brand new 8,500 square foot building, at 1023 Herring Gull Way, replaces the current 5,000 square foot location on 425 E. Stanford Avenue that has served the Parksville area since 1993…
Westburne Westburne Welcomes New Divisional Automation Sales Manager, Central Ontario
Jozo Vidovic has assumed the position of Divisional Automation Sales Manager for Westburne Ontario, responsible for leading the strategic direction, revenue growth and talent development of Westburne's Automation business in the province…
Brady Brady Earns 2018 Canadian Occupational Safety Reader's Choice Awards
For the third time, Brady's lockout tagout and machine guarding products and signage and Identification products have won Reader's Choice Awards from Canadian Occupational Safety magazine in their respective categories…
Tools For The Trade


Test Your Telephone Effectiveness: Are Your Phone Practices Winning or Losing Customers?

By Jeff Mowatt
Jeff Mowatt If your customers aren't impressed by you or your co-workers on the telephone, they can switch businesses by merely hanging up and dialing the competition. So, your telephone skills can have a significant impact on your business and your career. To find out how you and your co-workers are perceived, take this telephone test. While you're at it, have a friend make a "mystery call" to see how your fellow employees measure up. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Jean-Marc Myette: from Ty-Rap to Robotics, an insider's Look at the Electrical Industry

By Line Goyette
Jean-Marc Myette Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB's Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada's Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life. Read More


What You Need to Know About Cloud, SaaS, and Lighting Systems

Cloud Computing Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company's network, it's provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. Today, most lighting control software is offered as an on premise offering via a server in your building. In the future, we can expect to see lighting controls software offered using a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Read More

Q & A With Britech Electric Cable Heating Systems

Do I need to insulate pipes after installing heat tracing cables?

Britech Considering the extreme temperatures of the Canadian climate, all traced pipes should be insulated. Pipe trace cables are only secured to a very small cross section of the pipe and in extreme cold would not supply sufficient heat to keep the pipe from freezing. Pipe tracing charts specify the amount of heat required according to the pipe diameter and the thickness of insulation required, as well as the ambient temperature of the area where the pipe is installed. Read More

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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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Mini Reflector

LED Mini-Reflector from Philips

Philips' LED mini reflectors provide a dimmable soft white light, an exceptionally long life, and significant energy savings. This LED MR16 flood light is ideal for residential use in kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, and for commercial use in restaurants and hospitality applications. This bulb is the perfect replacement for the standard incandescent MR16 bulb, and immediately provides the full level of brightness when switched on. Read More
Standard Temprary Highbay

Temporary LED High Bay from Standard

Replacing 400 W metal halide HID lamps and fixtures with Standard's 150 W temporary LED high bay fixture is a cost-saving and energy-efficient solution. The temporary high bay provides 360° illumination and will ensure that the work area is safe and fully illuminated. Moreover, its high efficacy will help reduce the number of luminaires needed, and the daisy chain feature will enable the use of a single outlet to power up to four luminaires. Standard's new line of temporary worklights include string lights, a trouble light, LED flood lights, an LED temporary high bay and a wide variety of accessories. Read More
Viscor LED Cleanroom

CRIF-4223 LED Cleanroom Recessed Flanged Inset Door Tig Welded

The CRIF series by Certolux is a specification-grade, LED IC-rated recessed flanged inset door luminaire for ISO Class 5 - 8 Cleanrooms. Suitable for 2500psi pressure spray down, the series is a completely sealed unit to minimize insect and vermin infiltration. For use in insulated ceilings. Read More
Stanpro L1OVA

Oval - L1OVA from Stanpro

The Oval fixture is a linear LED suspended luminaire that offers direct or direct/indirect lighting solutions. The unique characteristic of the direct/indirect feature is its ability to independently select different lumen packages for uplight and downlight distribution. It can be used as a single fixture or can be joined to create a continuous row system providing linear illumination. The luminaire is made of rugged steel with anti-rust protection and comes standard with an opal linear lens diffuser Read More
SGI LED Flex Lights

The Ultimate in Lighting Flexibility: SGI's LED Flex Lights

Because of its flexible design, SGi's LED Flex Light brightens even the most challenging locations. Commonly known as ribbon or tape light, these LED lights are often used to achieve uniform display lighting or discreet under cabinet lighting, or to accent curved edges. LED Flex lights offer an energy efficient solution that is easy to install. Furthermore their durable weatherproof design makes them a first choice for indoor, outdoor and underwater applications. These lights stay running, even in harsh North American winters, due to a rugged silicone housing. Select from a dazzling array of Kelvin colour temperatures. Use in LED commercial, landscape, architectural and residential lighting applications. Read More
Hubbel AAL Pursuit

Hubbell AAL Pursuit - Outdoor Linear

This IP 65 rated, low profile linear form factor luminaire seamlessly blends with the architecture, day or night. Individual housing lengths can be connected with external lens for seamless and continuous runs up to 150'. Hubbell offers multiple mounting methods and three low profile housing options: direct (down light), indirect (up light), and bidirectional (up & down light) Read More

Halo Home Flood light from Eaton

The HALO Home smart LED floodlight incorporates Bluetooth® Mesh technology into a durable, twin head design for an advanced outdoor lighting solution built for high performance. Featuring a multitude of configurable settings including grouping, scheduling, dimming and white color tuning, the FTS20C does not require a hub and can be wirelessly controlled directly from any compatible smart device utilizing the Halo Home app, or any Halo Home wireless switch or dimmer. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Where Are the Millions of Citizens Screaming from the Mountaintops?
    Every article I've written in this series has been based on a life story that ultimately helped me understand the world better and has hopefully provided some insight for people that have read the commentary. The learnings for me have typically led to greater emotional strength and, on occasion, a smidgeon more wisdom. So, given the history of the column, I have no intention of changing the format. I will, however, alter the timeline since many of the influencing events were either in my childhood or early in my career. The experience that informs this article is a bit more contemporary. In fact, it's quite recent.

  • Faulty Wiring Energizes Houseboat, Exposes Swimmers to Electric Shock
    Two young swimmers became incapacitated due to electric shock while swimming in BC's Lake Cowichan, but were saved by bystanders. According to an alert published by Technical Safety BC, it appears that the houseboat became energized due to faulty wiring, a situation exacerbated by a lack of GFCI protection. This in turn energized the water and leaked current to a steel cable situated on a nearby dock. When the swimmers jumped into the lake from the houseboat, they inadvertently jumped directly into the path of the leaking current and sustained a debilitating shock.

  • 7 Keys to a Successful Drug & Alcohol Policy
    Your drug and alcohol policy sets the stage for a successful fit-for-duty program. Having a well-documented policy provides a framework for dealing with the difficult, and often times sensitive, issues surrounding substance abuse, medical conditions, and related stress and fatigue. So what makes a good policy? CannAmm Occupational Testing Services has over 20 years of experience partnering with companies from many industries across Canada. We have witnessed 7 keys that our partners with successful policies share. They include…

  • Shedding Light on Radiant Heating
    Radiant heating is one of the many heating methods available on the market. Yet how do radiant heaters really work? Do they offer a great degree of comfort? No one can deny that comfort in our living environment is important. Whether at work or at home, being comfortable in these spaces is a state we seek. Nevertheless, to be comfortable, several elements must be combined to form a complete whole. We can list a few, such as auditory, thermal and visual factors. Indeed, it is possible to be comfortably seated in your living room in the middle of winter, but have a noisy heating system.

  • We are involved in a high-profile project where the architect is demanding that the roof de-icing cables be hidden under the roofing material. What's your opinion?
    I asked two highly regarded consultants about this one and consulted Section 62 of the electrical code. Both consultants agree that hiding heating cables under combustible materials was a very bad idea. They could overheat or be damaged by personnel traffic or equipment being rolled over the roof. Section 62 of the code says, "The heating portion of heating cable sets and heating panel sets shall not penetrate or pass through walls, partitions, floors or similar structures."

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