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Techspan Industries is acquiring Fusetek

Malcolm Bird, general manager of Fusetek, and Frank Dunnigan, CEO of Techspan Industries, announced the sale of shares of Fusetek to Techspan, with an expected closing date of June 12, 2018.

Global battery energy storage research community unites under ICESI

Energy storage experts from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the U.S. recently joined forces with their international counterparts to forge a new organization called the International Coalition for Energy Storage & Innovation (ICESI).

Is bigger better? With Haliade-X 12MW offshore turbine, GE says “Yes”

GE Renewable Energy unveiled its plan to develop the Haliade-X, saying it will feature a 12-MW direct drive generator and produce 45% more energy “than any other offshore turbine available today”.

Industry players continue to make Canada’s Best Managed honorees list

For the 25th year, Deloitte announced the winners of its Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program (2018), recognizing best-in-class Canadian companies that are both privately owned and managed, with annual revenues over $15 million. And the list of honorees from Canada’s electrical industry continues to grow!

GoConex wire-free switch inventors recognized for innovation

Congratulations to James Keirstead and Jim Qualie, P.Eng., B.Sc. (Edmonton) who were recognized with a 2017 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award and $10,000-prize money for their GoConex wire-free switch.
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BC trades groups unite to demand prompt payment

A group of construction trade organizations in British Columbia—including the Electrical Contractors Association of BC—have united under the banner “Prompt Payment B.C.” to convince government to find a solution to payment delays in the construction sector. » Read full article

Nominate an industry trailblazer for new EFC award

The new award will recognize “exceptional leaders who have advanced the Canadian electrical industry over the past five years”. The award will be given to someone from an EFC member organization who has been a significant driver and/or catalyst for industry change. » Read full article

Auxiliary cooling of electric motors (and other equipment)

Today, we also have inverter-fed AC machines operating at wide speed ranges, so auxiliary cooling has become an aftermarket consideration. Service centres often can help end users select the best cooling method and correctly size it for a particular application. » Read full article

Code Conundrum March 2018 • Ray Yousef

Tackle March 2018's Code Conundrum...if you dare! » Read full article

Alectra donates $385,000 to United Way

Alectra Utilities recently presented United Way with a cheque for $385,180.50 in support of the communities the utility serves in Hamilton, Simcoe County, St. Catharines, Peel and York regions. » Read full article

NEMA white paper highlights surge susceptibility for electrical components

“The white paper helps the electrical community — engineers, consumers and technicians — understand the various transient conditions to which electrical and electronic equipment may be subjected,” said James Moellmann, chair of the NEMA 05VS “Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices” technical committee. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 

Back-costing... Your TIME MACHINE to Profit • MAY 2018

Want to make sure you always stay profitable and make more money? You’re about to discover the secret to improving job costing based on the past. That’s right... Back-costing is your very own Time Machine to Profit! Register for this webinar taking place May 16, 2018 at 2 pm EST. » Register

Noark Electric’s UL 489 B1NQ circuit breaker can replace the common MCB

The breaker is available in three curves (B, C and D), ranges from 0.5 to 63A and is compliant with UL/CSA/IEC standards for branch circuit protection in commercial and residential applications. » Read full article

Assess high-risk situations with the MSA Altair Grid

Tools such as real-time detection, real-time analysis, and seamless alert notification allow operators to assess and avoid high-risk situations, says MSA. The grid can monitor and interact with all connected detectors. » Read full article

Burndy adds new Patriot In-Line PATMDCUT98 Series of Pole Cutter Tools

The new PATMDCUT98 Series Pole Cutter has a 98-in. overall length, which Burndy says offers users increased flashover protection and extended reach for “live-line, hot-sticking” applications working from inside the aerial bucket or from solid ground. » Read full article

OEL Electrical Industry Conference 2018

Date & Location: April 25 - 28 • Windsor
Info: Pack your floral shirts and grass skirts and join the Ontario Electrical League at its Hawaiian-themed industry conference, being held April 25-28, 2018, now being held at the Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel, 277 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor. Sessions will cover topics such as changes in the supply chain, Construction Lien Act changes, cyber-risks and more, plus the Product Expo/Lunch-and-Learn, and awards dinner. Product expo tables and sponsorships are still available.
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Electrical Safety Innovation Summit 2018

Dates & Locations: April 26 • Vancouver
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 “Safety by design and engineered safety,” with panelist discussion. Network with the experts while you enjoy food and drinks.
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Partners in Prevention 2018

Date & Location: May 1 - 2 • Mississauga, Ont.
Info: Workplace Safety and Prevention Services is hosting the Partners in Prevention 2018 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show from May 1 -2, 2018 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. The theme this year is “Shifting Landscapes in Health & Safety.” The conference will feature a line-up of health and safety professionals from across North America, as well as over 400 exhibit booths on the tradeshow floor.
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MEET Show 2018 • Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic & Technology

Date & Location: May 2 - 3 • Moncton, N.B.
Info: The MEET Show (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic & Technology show) returns to the Moncton Coliseum Complex May 2-3, 2018, and EBMag will be there! MEET is the second-largest industry event of its type in Canada, say organizers, and the largest trade event east of Montreal. Held biennially, 2018 marks the 23rd edition of this event. MEET allows everyone in the industry to converge in one location, including contractors, developers, engineers, architects, tradespeople, building managers, distributors, utilities and virtually anybody involved in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. The event will also feature an Industry Dinner, a topical seminar series and the 5th biennial MEET Innovation Awards in recognition of innovative products in the industry.
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