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The organization of Canadian industry


For more than 80 years, US electrical equipment manufacturers have been associated through the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, or NEMA. Canadian manufacturers were similarly organized at one time within the Canadian Electrical Manufacturers Association, or CEMA. That organization has now become the Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC) consisting of 80 member companies. EEMAC maintains "close connections" with NEMA and with the Council for the Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas (CANENA). Today, Canadian standards -- more than 3,000 of them -- are issued by Canadian Standards Association, the 9,000-member CSA, established in 1919. A non-profit independent organization, the CSA has strengthened its ties to Asian technology by opening two offices in India and one in China. As electricians in the States have become concerned about the hazards of servicing fluorescent lighting equipment at 277 volts (480/1.73), Canadians are even more concerned about 600/1.73, or 347 volts.

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