Canadian Consulting Engineer

What’s New… (March 01, 2004)

March 1, 2004
By Canadian Consulting Engineer



A rechargeable, battery operated MAX Re-bar Tying System has been launched in Canada by Canadian Industrial Distributors. The RB650 uses 16 gauge wire to tie up to #10 x #8 rebars in approximately one second — five times faster than manual tying. The equipment weighs 7.7 lbs. and has a powerful twisting motor and regulates the wire usage to match the tie. Two smaller models weigh 4.6 lbs. and use four types of 21 gauge wire.


Schneider Electric has new Square D products for HVAC and building automation. They include the Vigirex Ground-fault Relay to protect equipment against low-level ground faults, the Powerpact circuit breakers, and the Altivar 58 TRX AC drive that gives greater Ethernet connectivity and ratings up to 500 HP for building automation.

Reliable Controls of Victoria, B.C. has released the MACH-Vision LCD User Interface Controller. The BAC-Net compliant DDC controller is for single and multiple zone applications.

Novar Controls has released a Multi-Site Manager system to capture data from building management systems or plant equipment.


Lennox Industries has upgraded its L Series packaged rooftop units. The enhancements give improved cooling efficiencies in the 13, 15, 17.5 and 20 ton high efficiency models. They have factory-installed MERV 11 air filters, scroll compressors, and a direct driver blower option in high efficiency 3-5 ton models. R-410A refrigerant can now be factory installed in select units from 5 to 30 tons. visit

American Power Conversion has a new portable PA4000 unit providing up to 4kW of air conditioning. It also has the NetworkAIR FM floor-mounted precision air-conditioning system for data environments.

DriSteem’s Vapor-Logic3 humidifier control is now interoperable with any network using the LonTalk protocol. www.

DuctSox’s fabric duct and air dispersion systems have been listed as a “GreenSpec” product by


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