Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 9, 2018

CustomThis month the focus of EIN’s company profile is on a well-established and respected electrical contractor. The firm has been in business for nearly half a century and provides an expanding range of services to meet the growing demands of the electrical industry.

Custom Electric Ltd. has been in business for over 45 years serving Western Canada. Located in Calgary, Alberta, the company serves residential, commercial and industrial clients. Custom Electric also recognizes that the industry is changing and is working to progress alongside the industry by offering services such as solar and electric vehicle charging installations.

It has a unique ownership model, as it is completely employee owned and operated. Every employee works to ensure the company succeeds and maintains the highest standard of operation.

The team is made up of dedicated professionals focused on quality and safety. New employees always undergo safety training and any time someone new arrives on an existing job they receive safety a safety orientation specific to that project. Further, the company holds weekly toolbox talkss that reinforce the safety culture. The meetings are led by a companywide safety committee that meets each month to discuss safety policies and review field staff reports. The entire safety program is overseen by two certified on-staff safety professionals, and the team has earned a certificate of recognition from COR, an occupational safety and health accreditation program.

Custom Electric operates a 24/7 emergency service operation, an aerial bucket truck for hard to access areas, and a team of experts who can work in any industry operating in Western Canada.

One final primary service option offered by Custom Electric is a focus on preventative maintenance. As facility infrastructure continues to age, it’s increasing important to ensure systems are running optimally and not heading towards a costly failure that can result in substantial downtime. Custom Electric notes that as much as two-thirds of electrical failures can be eliminated through routine maintenance, and offers a program that will assess your system and develop a plan that ensures critical infrastructure is maintained and optimized.

To ensure that they maintain on the leading edge of the industry they have developed a wide range of affiliations and certifications, including a Gold Seal Certification from the Canadian Construction Association. They continue to strive for successful and positive future company results.

To see a range of completed projects conducted by Custom Electric, including sites such as Canada’s second largest mall (Horizon mall) and Telus Spark building, visit https://customelectric.com/our-work.html.

Find out more about Custom Electric Ltd: https://customelectric.com/about/who-we-are.html.

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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is 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. Cloud computing means that 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. 

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Jean-Marc Myette

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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.

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