Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

March 11, 2022

EIN Neilly Milwaukee 400By Blake Marchand

Brent Neilly is the Group Marketing Manager with Milwaukee, he has a background in business communications with a B.A. from Brock University, as well as experience working in the construction industry.

“When I joined TTI (Milwaukee’s parent company) it was kind of a perfect match, I had some marketing knowledge from my business degree and some industry experience from working in the trades.”

Neilly gained his experience covering an area from Orillia to Timmins, Ontario when he first joined the company as a Field Sales Rep, as well as on their Job Site Core Trade Specialists in the GTA where he found his niche working with utility clients. His success in that market led to him becoming the first utility specialist in Canada for Milwaukee Tool, where he developed a strategy to partner with utility customers in Ontario before being tasked with rolling out a national strategy for utility customers. Neilly now manages teams for six trade groups across Canada.

When it comes to cordless tool trends, he said, “Directly from the user its three things, innovations, sustainability, and productivity. On the innovation, from the Milwaukee perspective, the advancements we’ve made in the lithium battery technology have allowed users to truly cut the cord. Whereas before, battery technology really wasn’t a true replacement of corded or gas products.”

“Now with the more powerful cells we’ve acquired, the electronics packages inside the tools, and a more durable pack construction designed for the industrial user, we’re able to, like I said, cut that cord or remove that gas tank in certain situations.”

“The other piece to that is, we switched from brushed to brushless motors using electromagnetics,” which means less wear and tear on the tool and longer motor life, “motors that, proprietarily, we designed from the ground up for the task at hand.”

Neilly added that, they have an intelligent system within their tools, their battery and charger are “truly connected.”

On an 18-volt cordless drill, for example, Neilly explained, “it’s actually measuring the load on the end of the tool and adjusting the battery output based on that load. So, you have power on-demand, you’re not wasting battery power in lighter applications like driving a screw or something simple like that.”

From a smart technology/safety perspective, Neilly added that, ‘we have engineered controls within some of our tools, our rotary hammers for example, we have a gyroscope in the tool that recognizes a bind-up situation. If you’re drilling a hole into a concrete wall and it catches on some rebar, instead of twisting and taking the user for a ride, it will actually measure once the tool gets 15 degrees out of alignment and shut the tool down so the user doesn’t get injured when using the tool.”

They also have overload protection to prevent the tool. If the tool is being over-used it will shut down to give it an opportunity to cool down, “instead of ending up in the service centre and the user being without a tool.”

AnglerAs Neilly mentioned, Milwaukee will consult end-users to assess what they are looking for in tools and implement that in their R&D process to address issues they run into on the job. An example of that is their M18™ Angler, which launched in 2021.

“Our engineers went out into the field, and they noticed electricians specifically we’re pulling wire through long runs through multiple bends of conduit. It’s all hand and repetitive motion, so imagine pulling 200 feet of wire, it can be pretty exhausting. You compound that over 30-40 years in the trade it’s going to lead to some long-term stress injuries.”

The M18™ Angler automates that process, feeding fish tape and pull wiring with a forward and reverse button.

“It’s probably been our most requested item in the last 6-8 months,” he noted. “It’s just one of those things where you show it to someone on a safety committee or someone who works in standards, they immediately see the value of it because of the safety aspect, as well as the time savings and labour savings that are associated with that.”

Neilly said their main focus is developing products that are innovative and getting people home safer, as well as the end of their career.

Cable Stripper

The M12™ and M18™ Cable Strippers are another example of a tool designed to improve safety. “A lot of users today are still using an exposed blade skinning knife in order to strip cable. We automated that process in creating a battery-operated solution.”

Looking at technology from a broader perspective, Neilly explained their One Key inventory system that allows users to track tools and assets they have in their inventory.

“Essentially you log the asset into our system, and you have the ability to assign values to them, assign them to people, trucks, and jobs and track those tools.”

Milwaukee has One-Key enabled tools that have Bluetooth embedded into them to track the tools and shut them down if they are stolen. Its compatible with all inventory management methods, keeping track of tools and equipment is easy with One-Key. From asset ID tagging and equipment trackers to barcode scanning and geofencing, get complete visibility across jobs and cost-saving alerts.

Milwaukee One Key“Theft is a major concern on jobsite today and with the increased cost of going cordless, people want those assets protected. Now we can say as a manufacturer we’re providing a solution that can potentially reduce the potential for theft.”

“On top of that, if there’s large scale jobsites or tool cribs, you can actually geofence that area and if a tool walks off that site and if a tool walks off that site it’ll automatically shutdown and notify the user.”

Another aspect is being able to forecast what a particular job might cost based on previous jobs.

“As I mentioned before, you can assign values to all your assets. So, when you complete a job, you can forecast what a similar job would be based off of your spends from a previous job.”

“With our crimping and termination tools in the electrical space, you can take all of the crimp data off of a tool, which means all of crimps that were completed the PSI output of all of those crimps and a time stamp with that – and hand it to the general contractor that’s owning the site or the electrical authority that needs to check the work after the fact.”

 

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Vivi WhiteVivi White has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) by the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

“As Chair, I am pleased that the Ontario Government recently appointed Vivi White to the Board,” said Annette Bergeron. “The Electrical Safety Authority’s efforts over the years have greatly improved the safety of the people of Ontario. It’s an important mandate and requires a strong, talented and diverse board as we transform into a modern regulator.”

 

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

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FlukeElectrical distribution problems are not always immediately identified as issues with power quality. An example of this is a thermal-magnetic circuit breaker. When it trips, the indication is generally a short circuit, ground fault, or overload. At times this can be put down to an old breaker that needs replacing.

However, it’s important to investigate the types of loads on the system and monitor harmonics for a potential disturbance. This article explores common issues with power quality and how to troubleshoot those issues.

 

 

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EIN Romex 12 2 Recall 400This recall involves a yellow electrical wire, 12/2 NMD90 75M Romex SIMpull cable, sold by the spool. Products were also sold at Home Depot designated as article 108196.  Only cables with a time stamp between 12:41 and 18:02 are affected by this recall. 

The recalled product contains a neutral wire that is a smaller 14-gauge wire, contrary to the stamp on the wire identifying both the neutral and “hot” wires as 12-gauge (i.e., "12/2"). 

The recalled product contains a 14-gauge neutral wire instead of 12-gauge (as labelled), thus it may not perform as expected in 12-gauge applications, resulting in a risk of those applications having impaired performance and/or compliance with safety codes or standards.

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“Electricians are constantly trying to do work more efficiently. Anytime we can shave time off a job, it’s a win – and this product delivers that with easier set-up and portability. At the same time, we know that protecting equipment from theft is an issue for a lot of tradespeople. The new Greenlee Mobile Bending Table for the 881 Series Hydraulic Benders is our latest solution to help professionals safeguard their investments and increase productivity,” 

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Brent NeillyBy Blake Marchand

Brent Neilly is the Group Marketing Manager with Milwaukee, he has a background in business communications with a B.A. from Brock University, as well as experience working in the construction industry.

“When I joined TTI (Milwaukee’s parent company) it was kind of a perfect match, I had some marketing knowledge from my business degree and some industry experience from working in the trades.” Neilly gained his experience covering an area from Orillia to Timmins, Ontario when he first joined the company as a Field Sales Rep, as well as on their Job Site Core Trade Specialists in the GTA where he found his niche working with utility clients. 

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