Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

September 17, 2020

Nexans Canada has launched a service providing cable reel tracking via connected devices. The “Connected Drum” Internet of Things (IoT) service allows customers to benefit from real-time location, theft and loss detection and management of residual cable lengths on reels. 

By tracking and monitoring a fleet of cable reels that are off-site or at subcontractor locations, significant savings can be realized. The service includes an online and mobile software platform for efficient and convenient management. This innovation provides customers with the real-time location of each reel as well as an alert system for monitoring on-site events including deliveries and pick-ups. The current pilot with a utility customer includes residual cable length monitoring and management. 

Reel Losses are a Real Industry Problem

Utlities can easily lose thousands of dollars a year due to the lack of visibility or theft of their reels scattered across construction sites. This is because complex supply chain processes can involve multiple teams, construction sites and subcontractors; as a result, expensive cable reels are frequently lost, stolen or left idle on sites. It is also challenging for utilities to monitor their stock across multiple remote storage sites.

Device options available for connection to the software platform include 3G, 4G and 5G devices. These devices, with temperature and rotation sensors, are integrated into each reel and connect wirelessly to a cloud-based management platform. Real-time geolocation is used to identify the cable reels’ locations. The service also allows for an alert notification if a customer’s reel is moved outside of normal working hours.  With artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing, the solution identifies how much cable is left on each reel after cuts are made. A real-time interface between the connected drums platform and Nexans Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution ensures customers can monitor their reels and access business information such as cable type and remaining lengths, site locations, stock levels and other important details. Multiple KPIs can also be visualized on dynamic dashboards.  The service may be used with both wood and steel reels.

Nexans Services & Solutions Manager for North America, Nada Filipovic said, “Most customers do not have a way to know how much cable is on a specific reel and where the reel is—whether in a warehouse or out on a project site. We spoke to customers during the development of our service and included their requirements to include the monitoring of residual cable lengths on the reels.”

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      Salex Welcomes New Partner: Senso by Lumini                    

LDS Salex Spotlight 400Salex is pleased to announce a new partnership with Senso by Luminii – a Canadian manufacturer of locally made LED fixtures. As of August 6, Salex will represent their lighting products in the Southwestern Ontario region.

With every product, Senso Lighting pursues a vision of providing flexible and environmentally conscious lighting solutions to upgrade the typical fluorescent office. For over ten years, the Canadian manufacturer has specialized in LED technology and embarks on a mission to illuminate commercial spaces with custom solutions that are beautiful, economical and sustainable.


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#IDEALTruckinIDEAL has a long history of offering collectible toy trucks, which have always been a popular item with electricians and contractors, So they are very excited to announce our 2020 promotion, Keep on Truckin’ with IDEAL.

This fall, participating distributors will receive two 1:24 scale, diecast Dodge RAM® 1500 pickup trucks, complete with IDEAL branding, to raffle to their customers. The toy trucks will also be available as a premium to end-users who make a qualifying purchase of a barrel of Can-Twist™ Wire Connectors during the promo period.

 

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Connected Drum Internet of Things Nexans Canada has launched a service providing cable reel tracking via connected devices. The “Connected Drum” Internet of Things (IoT) service allows customers to benefit from real-time location, theft and loss detection and management of residual cable lengths on reels. 

By tracking and monitoring a fleet of cable reels that are off-site or at subcontractor locations, significant savings can be realized. The service includes an online and mobile software platform for efficient and convenient management. This innovation provides customers with the real-time location of each reel as well as an alert system for monitoring on-site events including deliveries and pick-ups.

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ManitobaThe Manitoba government has expanded its Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program as part of its continued commitment to safely restarting the provincial economy.

“The Back to Work wage subsidy is benefiting hundreds of Manitoba businesses that are bringing back employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring more staff to boost their operations and provide valued services to Manitobans,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. “Manitoba has designed some of Canada’s strongest support programs to help relieve small businesses of unexpected financial burdens...

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