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New edition of CSA Z462 “Workplace Electrical Safety” now available

Based on the latest edition of NFPA 70E “Standard for electrical safety in the workplace” and built in conjunction with the 2018 CE Code, Part I, the new CSA Z462 is updated to help workers install, operate and maintain electrical equipment safely.

Larry Cantelo now leads Electrical Inspectors Assoc. of Alberta

Larry has been an independent electrical trainer for about the past five years, dealing with topics such as the CE Code, energy storage, Red Seal preparation, troubleshooting, electrical theory, blueprint reading and more.

EASA’s electric motor repair accreditation program reaches milestone

There are now 105 locations worldwide that have been approved as Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) accredited service centres.

RECALL: Flos Inc. pendant light fixtures

The lamps have an internal glass diffuser covered by a flared glass or crystal shade that suspends from the ceiling by steel wires. The glass diffuser can detach and fall, posing an impact injury hazard.

Schadenfreude... and you thought you had it bad!

The Germans have a word that may help explain exactly what you may be feeling by the end of this column: schadenfreude, which is the pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune. A quick look at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) construction project should help get you thinking that—whatever your situation—it could be a lot, lot worse.

Meter technician Adam Dixon to lead sledge hockey team in Pyeongchang

Adam Dixon, a meter technician at Alectra Utilities, is headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea, as a member of the Canadian sledge hockey team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Congratulations! » WATCH

Energy storage projects selected to provide grid-balancing service in Ontario

The storage facilities, Hecate Energy Ontario Storage VII, LP and Saturn Power Inc., will provide a combined 55 MW of regulation service, a grid-balancing function that corrects for short-term changes in electricity use that might affect the power system’s reliability. » Read full article

SNC-Lavalin and Highview collaborating on LAES deployment

The partners will focus on developing and executing projects that satisfy “long duration” storage requirements for utilities, independent power producers and other energy companies. » Read full article

Electric vehicle energy management systems • Code File, January 2018

With the steady increase of electric vehicles on our roads, the 2018 CE Code includes new Rules that recognize EV energy management systems (EVEMS), which address evolving EV technology and issues associated with future loading on electrical infrastructure. » Read full article

Caterpillar purchases outstanding share of Intelligent Switchgear Organization

“Through this purchase, we can streamline our supply chain and other key processes so Caterpillar and the Cat dealer network are able to deliver even more value for the customer by providing complete solutions,” said Tom Frake, VP, Caterpillar’s Global Power Solutions Division. » Read full article

BJ Take partners with Gavex Sales

The agency’s territory will be all of southwestern Ontario including Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and the Niagara region. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 

Hubbell launches PowerHUBB to “help make buildings smarter”

PowerHUBB is an enterprise-level PoE lighting and control platform that integrates luminaires, sensors, user interfaces and software for a scalable intelligent building control solution. » Read full article

Arlington fan/fixture pan box for drywall

Arlington’s 14.4 cu. inch fan/fixture pan box mounts to a joist in new construction and is UL/CSA listed with a two-hour fire rating. » Read full article

2018 ProMaster City is “built for business”

The City offers “professional appeal in a small, capable package”, sporting a fuel economy of 28 mpg, 178-hp and 174 lb-ft of torque mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. » Read full article

Work Truck Show & Green Truck Summit 2018

Date & Location: March 6 - 9 • Indianapolis, Ind.
Info: The National Truck Equipment Association is hosting the 2018 edition of The Work Truck Show—along with the Green Truck Summit—at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, March 6-9, 2018. The show features the latest vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components and truck equipment on an exhibit floor covering more than 500,000 sf. The event includes an educational conference with sessions designed to help attendees improve their operations.
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Electrical Safety Innovation Summit 2018 • Toronto

Date & Location: March 7 • Toronto
Info: Hosted by Schneider Electric Canada, the half-day Electrical Safety Innovation Summit brings together experts from different industries to present and discuss the latest trends in electrical safety. Join the electrical safety experts and learn about: CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety,” the new class of MV switchgear using shielded solid insulation system technology and more.
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State of the Industry & Outlook Conference 2018

Dates & Locations: March 8 • Toronto
Info: The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) will host its 18th annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on Thursday March 8, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. The theme this year is “Technology and Innovation” and its impact on construction process and productivity. The OCS says industry experts unravel the economic indicators and assess their impact on Ontario’s construction industry during the half-day conference.
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