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    Wind O&M Canada 2017

  • Aug 08, 2017
    Monday, December 4, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (All day)
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hyatt Regency Toronto

    New Energy Update (formerly Wind Energy Update) invites you to join 300-plus wind power experts at the fourth annual Wind O&M conference in Toronto in December. This event is a platform for owner/operators, ISPs, OEMs and other suppliers to network and discover new ways to maximize wind farm profitability. Profit maximization is crucial to the modern Canadian wind power market. In its early days, owner/operators’ main concern was how to cut construction and development costs. Now that the industry has an installed base of 11 GW, the need to also examine operational expenditure has become ever more pressing. The reason for this is a margin squeeze caused by the 60% fall in the cost of Canadian wind energy over the past five years, coupled with the expiration of OEM warranties, a rise in opex caused by the ageing of turbine fleets, and the advent of new technology that can minimize that rise.

    Practically every company can benefit significantly from leaner, more sophisticated methods of handling asset management and O&M. Owner/operators that fail to get ahead of the curve will be increasingly disadvantaged in relation to their competitors.

    To help the industry to understand the threats and opportunities of this new phase in the industry’s development, Wind O&M Canada’s comprehensive two-day program will provide answers to current issues, such as:

    Deciding which contracts to sign:
    What kind of commercial relationships should you get into with your suppliers and service providers? What are the pros and cons of extending an OEM warranty, signing up an independent maintenance contractor or taking on the risk yourself? If you go down the self-performance route, how do you set up your supply chain to support you? What are the best ways to introduce competition in procurement? How do you split services between suppliers to get the best possible deal? And if you are an OEM or an independent service provider, how can you convince operators that you offer the best value?

    Optimizing data management:
    How can owner/operators use data to make informed O&M and asset management decisions that reduce the bottom line? How can SCADA data best help you to forecast production? What kind of real-time condition monitoring systems and analytics tools are possible today? Which approach has the biggest impact on profitability? How close are we to developing algorithms that will allow true predictive maintenance?

    Optimizing maintenance plans:
    When should you consider retrofitting turbines with new technology? How can you save money by keeping your own spare parts inventory? What are the main issues in balance-of-plant maintenance? How can you empower your field engineers to make them as productive and effective as possible?

    These and many other questions will be addressed by our expert speakers, who will include all the major players in Canada’s wind O&M market, including Algonquin, Capstone, EDF, Enbridge and Leeward. They will be joined by the experts from the country’s top ISP’s and specialist O&M suppliers and services.

    The conference runs from 4th to the 5th of December, and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Toronto Hotel. You can reserve your place at this landmark event by visiting

  • Industry News

    Arlington Industries, Inc. and Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. today announced that they have reached an agreement that settles all litigation currently pending between the companies. In connection with this settlement, Arlington has received payment of $1.37 million for the judgment in case No. 3:06-cv-1105 in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Bridgeport’s 3838ASP and 3838SP Whipper-Snap Duplex connectors. Bridgeport has dismissed its appeal from that judgment and Arlington has dismissed its cross-appeal seeking attorney’s fees.

    FortWhyte Alive is unveiling the largest solar installation in the City of Winnipeg. The 60 kilowatt (kW) installation is made possible thanks to support from Bullfrog Power, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro's Solar Energy Program.

  • Keeping Current

    MAGIC LITE LTD., an innovator and leader in architectural and specialty lighting products, welcomes the following employees: Allan Langvee has taken on the Sales & Customer Service Manager position; Shelley Hussey is the new Assistant Bookkeeper; Samantha Bortolotti appointed to the Customer Service Representative/Order Entry position; and Adrian Andronic the new Product Manager. Kara Wenner will assume the role of Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Representative.

    RITTAL SYSTEMS LTD., a world leading manufacturer of enclosure solutions, welcomes Franklin Empire to its distribution/partner network in Canada. With a rich family history dating back to the 1940’s and an extensive distribution network in Ontario and Quebec, Franklin Empire Inc. is the largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada.

    Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., said, “Franklin Empire is known for their expertise in the electrical distribution industry, as well as in manufacturing and processing automation. Rittal Systems is confident that partnering with Franklin will expand our reach to new areas and industries, and will be a win-win for our customers.”

    BROCKWAY ENTERPRISES Owner and President, Thomas Brockway, annnounces the appointment of Troy Sampson as its New Brunswick Sales Representative. Troy has spent the past several years in various capacities with Siemens Canada in Moncton. He has an Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma from NSCC, NSIT in 1999 and is a member of the NB Society of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists.

    "We look forward to Troy working as an integral part of Team Brockway and contributing to our continuous efforts in growing our sales and market share for you, our Manufacturers," said Thomas.

    Troy can be reached at 506.850.9192 or e-mail

  • Product Showcase

    BENDER LifeGuard series ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) extend the capabilities of standard GFCIs to the detection of ground leakage currents in all stages of power conversion equipment, from simple rectifiers to sophisticated variable frequency drives. LifeGuard series GFCIs can detect both AC and DC ground leakage current. A wide range of voltages, load amperages, and options are available. LifeGuard GFCIs are simple to install and require a minimal amount of connections.

    Magic Lite 2013 Ltd. announces its new selection of decorative lighting options for a multitude of applications, providing designer quality light solutions while maintaining tremendous energy saving. The ever expanding selection of LED lighting solutions now includes brand-new Vanity Lights, Wall Sconces and Ceiling lights for a variety of uses including residential, commercial and the hospitality industry.

    LSI Industries will proudly unveil its newest gas station canopy fixture in the Scottsdale® family – the Scottsdale® Vertex™ – at the upcoming NACS/PEI tradeshow from October 18th - 20th. LSI established its reputation over 40 years ago based largely on the strengths of its lighting innovations for gas stations and convenience stores. The new, best-in-class Scottsdale Vertex LED canopy fixture further demonstrates how LSI continues to pioneer innovations for gas stations to this day. It features advanced silicone optics, multiple lumen packages, and an attractive, low-profile design.

    The new WAGO smartCUTTER automates cutting of marking material on the WAGO smartPRINTER. WAGO’s thermal transfer printer, already the fastest terminal block labeling system in the industry, is now even faster with automatic cutting.

    The compact smartPRINTER (Version 1.1) prints and cuts a wide range of marking materials for terminal blocks, cables or conductors and devices. Download the smartDATA brochure for information, and for more on the latest from WAGO, visit

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