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Wiring practices, solar, surges and more at AEA Learning Expo 2018

A freak snowstorm blew in on the day of Alberta Electrical Association’s (AEA) Learning Expo. Those of us exhibiting at the event (and, in my case, also covering) feared the worst: that people would simply not come. But we were pleasantly surprised.

The Ty-Rap cable tie celebrates 60 years and 28 billion units

What ubiquitous cable device is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has travelled as far as Mars, and possibly now numbers in 28 billion units produced? If you said the Ty-Rap cable tie, then well done!

PHOTOS from the ESTMP 2018 in Calgary

This distinctively Canadian and uniquely Albertan event continues to impress me with its educational track, learned speakers, and loyal supporters and delegates. This photo gallery contains shots from the technical presentations over several days, plus the exhibit hall.

RECALL: Shock hazard with various Schneider Electric Square D safety switches

Schneider Electric is voluntarily recalling Square D general duty 30A and 60A, 120V/240V, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches because the power can stay on when the handle is in the OFF position, posing a shock or electrocution hazard.

What does Philips Lighting’s name-change Signify?

Philips Lighting announced it is changing its name from Philips Lighting to Signify, saying the new name “originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning”.
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Southwire to invest $9 million into workforce following tax reform

In addition to one-time employee bonuses, the company said it is expanding its parental leave policy and strengthening its commitment to education, skilled trade development, STEM programs and diversity in the workplace. » Read full article

RECALL: Honeywell Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats

The hard hats can fail to protect users from impact, posing a risk of head injury. As of April 11, 2018, the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada or in the U.S., and no reports of injuries. » Read full article

Project delivery, IPD and procurement seminars from CCDC 2018

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) is launching a series of cross-country seminars—running from April to May 2018—that will introduce new and updated documents, with a particular focus on project delivery methods. » Read full article

Don't delay: deadline to apply for EFC Scholarship is May 31

This year, $156,250 will be awarded to deserving pupils across 62 scholarships through the 2018 EFC Scholarship Program. » Read full article

The economics of upsizing your conductors

Upsizing the cross-sectional area of current-carrying conductors in power electrical cables can reduce the I2R loss which, in certain cases, can offset the higher material and installation costs. » Read full article