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Okanagan College to roll back apprentices’ time away from work

A new “innovation pilot” at British Columbia’s Okanagan College seeks to improve training outcomes and employability for apprentices by reducing their time away from work from 10 weeks to five.

Montreal-based Luminis acquired by the Luminaires Group

The Luminaires Group (TLG) has acquired Luminis, a Montreal-based manufacturer of indoor and outdoor specification-grade LED lights.

Survey asks “What are the top issues affecting workplace health & safety?”

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey.
Buildings Show

GALLERY: Who did you see at the Buildings Show?

EBMag recently hounded the massive floor of The Buildings Show 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, scouring Construct Canada as well as PM Expo and IIDEXCanada. » Read full article
Unauthorized ETL

Unauthorized ETL mark on MP Global panels

Intertek has issued a warning about certain electric radiant heating panels bearing an unauthorized ETL certification mark for Canada. The products have only been evaluated by Intertek for the United States and it is not known if they comply with any safety requirements for Canada. » Read full article

Galil’s DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT motion controller

Galil Motion Control has introduced the DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT master, Galil’s first 32-axis motion controller. This addition is a “pure” EtherCAT controller with the ability to control up to 32 drives and 2 I/O modules, the company claims. » Read full article

Ridgid’s RE 6 electrical tool with Swiv-L-Punch

Ridgid says it is taking its RE 6 electrical tool to the next level—it is now available with the new Swiv-L-Punch knockout punch head, which will “not only make accessing tight spaces easier, but also increase efficiency and time-saving capabilities.” » Read full article

EDA’s EDIST 2017 Conference

Date & Location: Jan. 18-20 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The Electricity, Distribution, Information Systems and Technology (EDIST) 2017 Conference & Exhibition is an educational conference and exhibition addressing critical engineering, operational, IT and management issues faced by Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies. Suppliers, manufacturers and service providers will have the opportunity to network and showcase their products and services. » More Info

BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition

Date & Location: Jan. 22-26 • Tampa, Fla.
Info: Discover new technologies, network with peers and other ICT professionals, and hear presentations from industry leaders as well as keynotes by motivational speaker Jeff Havens and former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin at BICSI’s Winter Conference at the Tampa Convention Centre. » More Info

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW)

Date & Location: Jan. 31-Feb. 3 • Reno, Nev.
Info: The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) 2017—the Super Bowl of electrical safety—aims to “Change the Electrical Safety Culture” by targeting two areas: 1) advancing the application of state-of-the-art knowledge and practices, and 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of safe work practices, technology and managing systems. » More Info

NEMRA Annual Conference

Date & Location: Feb. 1-4 • Orlando, Fla.
Info: The National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) is hosting its 2017 annual conference at the Marriott World Center Orlando, which is also attended by members of CEMRA (Canadian Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association). » More Info

Saskatchewan Safety Council Industrial Safety Seminar

Date & Location: Feb. 6-8 • Regina, Sask.
Info: Known as “Saskatchewan’s Premier Safety event”, organizers say this seminar brings together hundreds of safety professionals from across North America to see the latest products, services, and information in over 100 safety and related display booths. » More Info