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The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) expressed satisfaction with the federal government’s renewal of funding for key areas such as environmental assessment, the Major Projects Management Office, Aboriginal education and training, and geoscience.
The oil and gas industry now has access to a website dedicated to Atlas Copco industry-specific drill tooling. The site, www.atlascopco.com/oilgasdrilling, features market-leading innovations such as Atlas Copco rotary polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) drill bits with deep leach cutters.
Ritchie Bros., the world's largest industrial auctioneer, will conduct its largest Canadian auction ever in Edmonton, Alberta on April 28 – May 1. The four-day unreserved public auction already features more than 8,000 equipment items and trucks, including 225+ crawler tractors, 235+ excavators, 210+ compactors, 85+ wheel loaders, 95+ articulated dump trucks, 200+ truck tractors, 560 trailers, 50+ agricultural tractors, real estate and more. Day 4 of the auction (May 1) will feature oil and gas equipment. Every item will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price, without minimum bids or reserve prices. A full list of equipment can be found at rbauction.com/Edmonton.
From thermoelectric technology that provided power on the moon to more than 30,000 installations right here on Earth, a company started by oil and gas entrepreneurs 40 years ago has embarked on a new partnership and a new name, Gentherm Global Power Technologies (GPT). The unveiling was held on April 16th, 2015 at the Sheraton Eau Claire Barclay Parade SW. Calgary.
Plummeting oil prices are having a significant negative impact on the Canadian economy. Ahead of the federal budget on April 21, a new Conference Board of Canada report provides highlights of the current state of the economy and presents the forecast for the national economy.
The Alberta government’s 2015/16 budget will help keep the province’s oil and gas industry competitive in a turbulent global market, supporting jobs and investment at a challenging time, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers reports.
Canadian resource road networks, composed primarily of unpaved roads, provide year-round access for sectors such as energy, mining and forestry, as well as general public access for remote communities and recreation.
We're starting to see and feel the effects of the low price of oil. Our economy has slowed and various industries are tightening their belts. Many Albertans and others across the country are asking what will happen next.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has made practical workplace health and safety information, resources and tools easier to find and access with its newly redesigned website www.ccohs.ca.
Senior executives from more than 90 oil and natural gas companies, major pipeline and service companies, along with hundreds of institutional investors from across North America, Europe and Asia, will be in Toronto April 8 and 9 for the 2015 CAPP Scotiabank Investment Symposium to grow investment in Canada’s energy sector.
Pierre Lapointe has been appointed president and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P., effective March 1st, 2015. He also became Head of the Management Committee of ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada G.P. Lapointe reports to Kleber Silva, Executive Vice President of ArcelorMittal and Global Head of Iron Ore.
The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has announced investments totalling over $20.6 million for eight clean technology projects in Alberta, which will support jobs, economic growth and the environment. The projects announced today are benefitting from the Government of Canada's investment in SDTC's SD Tech Fund as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.
Ontario is improving the health and safety of underground mine workers by accepting and acting on all eighteen consensus recommendations made in the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's final report.
A new international standard on occupational health and safety management is currently under development with publication expected in October 2016. The second committee draft of ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management standard systems – requirements with guidance for use  is now open, with Canadian comments requested by 1 May 2015. This follows the re-drafting of the standard to reflect comments received from the September 2014 public consultation.
Teck Resources Limited reported that a flash fire occurred in the dryer complex at Teck’s Greenhills Operation near Elkford British Columbia on April 5 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. The fire was quickly extinguished. All employees, visitors and contractors at site have been accounted for. Three employees have received non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the incident is not known at this time. Appropriate regulatory authorities have been notified and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident. There is no major impact to the operation.
On April 28th each year, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), along with organizations all around the world use this day, the National Day of Mourning, as an annual observance to honour workers whose lives have been lost, or affected by workplace injuries, disabilities or disease.
FNX Mining Company Inc. and one of its supervisors have pleaded guilty to safety violations at the Craig Mine in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ont. and fined a total of $88,000.
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, announced that the Energy Safety and Security Act has received Royal Assent.
The B.C. government has introduced legislation to improve workplace health and safety as part of its commitment to implement key recommendations made by Gordon Macatee, WorkSafeBC special advisor, in his WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan report released in July 2014.
Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead to prevent cold-related health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
ABB announced that its operations in Canada have been certified by TÜV SÜD as having in place and applying a Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) for the design and engineering of safety instrumented system (SIS) projects in accordance with industry good practice safety standards. These standards include IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 for the integration and implementation of safety instrumented systems.
The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) appeared before the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), to present the health, economic and climate change benefits of uranium, and to highlight the exemplary safety performance of the uranium mining industry.
Amendments to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act establish one set of occupational health and safety rules for offshore oil and gas workers, with mirror amendments adopted federally in the Offshore Health and Safety Act and in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Enform, the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, has chosen its Safety Stand Down 2015 theme to be: Safety is a Journey, not a Destination!
January 21, 2015 - Starting this Fall, BCIT will offer a new Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering. This first-in-Canada degree builds on BCIT’s 50-year track-record of offering the Mineral Exploration and Mining Diploma as well as industry relevant engineering and trades programs.
The 2015 Partners in Training dates have been posted. Register today to secure your space at this year’s educational forums.
Indspire, the largest funder of indigenous education outside the federal government, launched Careers in Oil and Gas, a new Industry in the Classroom seminar for Indigenous high school students in Canada. The announcement was made today by Stephanie Sterling, General Manager, Venture Support Integration & Social Performance at Shell Canada, Founding Sponsor of the seminar, at Indspire's National Gathering for Indigenous Education in Toronto.
Industry support for the PTDA Foundation’s signature project, the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP), reached record heights in 2014, surpassing all expectations with a final total of nearly $310,000. This was more than 50 per cent higher than the funds raised in 2013, demonstrating an increasing commitment from the industry in reaching the future industrial distribution workforce. According to Brian Short, 2014 PTDA Foundation Fund Drive Chair (NSK Americas, Ann Arbor, Mich.), “We started off the year with a three-year commitment from the Harold C. Schott Foundation, and it just ramped up from there. Industrial distributors and the manufacturers they support clearly recognize the challenge in attracting the right people to the incredibly rewarding careers in industrial distribution. This funding is being put to use immediately in getting those right-fit employees to recognize the wonderful opportunities industrial distribution provides.” The momentum continues. The 2015 fund drive kicked off in October at PTDA’s 2014 Industry Summit. The Vanguard campaign, recognizing those who pledge to the 2015 Fund Drive before year-end 2014, is off to a record start.  Even before the end of the Industry Summit, the Vanguard campaign had received pledges in excess of $57,000.  Vanguard contributors enjoy a few special perks due to their early contribution, including immediate inclusion on the ICP website at www.industrialcareerspathway.org/Support. “The early contributors help set the tone for the fund drive, allowing ICP to make aggressive plans in 2015 for reaching our target audience of 16-34 year olds with a knack for applied technology,” said Short, who has held the role of Fund Drive chair since 2012. Fund Drive Highlights:     •    Contributors included 154 companies from within the power transmission/motion control industry—an increase of 32 per cent.    •    Twenty-two contributors increased their contributions in 2013 over 2014.    •    There were 69 new contributors in 2014—a 331 per cent increase! About Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP)The Foundation’s core initiative, the Industrial Careers Pathway, is a multifaceted North American workforce initiative. Addressing the need for a skilled industrial distribution, manufacturing sales and customer service workforce for today and tomorrow, ICP links students and job seekers through partnerships with local educators and employers. Through the collective support of Alliance Partners and their member companies, ICP is devoted to building awareness among the 16-34 year old audience about the incredibly rewarding careers available in industrial distribution.For more information, visit www.industrialcareerspathway.org.
Doc Palmer's Planning & Scheduling Training Days comes back to Sudbury, Ont., October 15 - 16 at the Holiday Inn. Maintenance planning and scheduling should dramatically improve the productivity of maintenance.
August 20, 2014 - Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. has announced the schedule for its 2014-2015 Lube Basics Seminars. Scheduled cities in Ontario will include Kitchener, Mississauga, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
August 14,2014 - The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is proud to announce the release of their latest eBook, Be that Engineer: Inspiration and Insight from Accomplished Women Engineers. The eBook is a collection of stories and advice delivered by SWE's Corporate Partnership Council (CPC), 30 women leaders from storied backgrounds who have worked in numerous engineering fields.
July 21, 2014 - The thrust of Susan Lubell's presentation, "Developing a Business Case For Asset Management & Reliability," at Partners in Training in Edmonton (April 15, 2014) revolved around "knowing where you are and where you need to be."
Employees of organizations in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec that design, construct and maintain Canada’s pipeline systems must be properly trained to protect the environment, provide a safe workplace and stay compliant with the Z662 pipeline standard.
Risks come in a variety of forms and sizes and many cannot be eliminated. Physical assets used in production or the delivery of a service or product can all fail to do their jobs. Failures can result in safety, environmental, quality loss and public image hazards. Management strategies for risks also come in a variety of forms and levels of effectiveness. This webinar puts risk in a broader “asset management” context as outlined in the new international standards for Asset Management. It will explain what risk is, what to consider, when to consider them, what risk management actions can be considered and how well they will protect you and your company.
Maintenance and asset management disciplines are dominated by highly trained and often very experienced engineering and technical people. There is a saying that to engineers, change is an event but for everyone else, it is a process. Many changes to physical assets will impact how people work.
Sean Miller is an ultrasound expert whose Partners in Training presentation is suitably named “Ultrasound 101: To Improve Asset Reliability.” Miller will again present this highly effective, practical session at the upcoming Partners in Training in Sudbury in the fall.
April 23, 2015 - The SIMATIC WinCC Open Architecture forms part of the SIMATIC HMI range and is designed for use in applications requiring a high degree of client-specific adaptability, large and/or complex applications and projects that impose specific system requirements and functions.
April 21, 2015 – American Sensor Technologies offers multi-variable sensors that combine multiple sensing systems such as pressure, temperature, and even LVDT linear position sensors in one package to reduce the number of components in an installation, trim inventory stock and build times, and eliminate waste. Taking on the same features and shape of a traditional single mode sensor, multi-variable sensors can reduce power consumption requirements as well.
April 21, 2015 – Emerson Industrial Automation has designed a dependable yet highly versatile solution for customers to protect instrumentation, terminals and other electrical equipment with its Appleton JBEP polyester enclosures and junction boxes.
April 21, 2015 – American Sensor Technologies AST46DS Explosion Proof Pressure Transducer and AST54ED Explosion Proof Differential Transformer are now certified according to ATEX and IECEx Ex d IIC flame proof requirements. The certifications qualify pressure sensors for safe operation in explosive gas and dust environments, addressing both Europe (ATEX) and international (IECEx) standards.
The FLIR C2 is the world's first full-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed for a wide range of building and electrical/mechanical applications.
Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has introduced Klübersynth EM 94-102, a fully synthetic lubricating grease incorporating a special calcium complex soap thickener. The thickener enables formation of a resilient lubricating film that provides high resistance to mechanical-dynamic loads while enabling excellent wear protection.
Recyclable and non-toxic VpCI-126 EM UV Film combines high strength resins with ultraviolet light stabilizers (UV) and Vapour phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) Technology. This state-of-the-art film construction provides strong multi-metal protection for parts, equipment and vehicles for up to three years. It enables contact, barrier and vapour-phase protection even in very aggressive outdoor conditions. Unlike some preservation films that rely on white pigments to reflect UV light, VpCI-126 EM UV contains unique inhibitors that protect the polymer from UV exposure and prevents degradation.
W.S. Tyler, the processing arm of Haver & Boecker, introduces the Pulse vibration analysis program. This innovation in vibration analysis gives mining and aggregate customers a means to optimum vibrating screen performance.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has expanded its respiratory protection portfolio with the addition of two new products aimed at helping companies establish and maintain a safe, comfortable and compliant welding environment. The N95 disposable respirator and expanded LPR-100 half mask respirator options join the already strong line of Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) from Miller.
H.K. Porter, a leading hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, known for professional cutting tools that deliver maximum performance and long life, today announced the launch of its new Pivot Handle Cable Cutter.
Atlas Copco’s new, easy-to-use intelligent compaction system gives contractors real-time material stiffness readings to ensure superior soil and asphalt compaction. This maximizes operator productivity, which results in saving contractors significant time and money. And, its touch screen capability makes the system user friendly and convenient. 
March 14, 2015 – A global innovator in dust suppression technology has engineered a smaller version of its low-turbulence atomized mist unit for applications that require precision particle control without the disturbance of a fan-driven design.  Developed for applications such as conveyor unloading points and other limited-space dust-producing areas, the DustBoss DB-M Mini is built to provide effective suppression without material disruption or saturation. 
Siemens is building an open cloud platform for analyzing large datasets in industry. This will provide a platform for data-based services such as Siemens offers for predictive maintenance, asset and energy data management. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can also create their own applications to exploit the open infrastructure for data analytics. For example, data can be analyzed to optimize operation of the OEM's machinery fleets (Platform as a Service). It is intended that the new cloud platform will utilize the technologies of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Based on SAP's in-memory technology, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform is an open platform that enables customers and developers to develop, extend and operate apps in the cloud.
Choosing a flowmeter can be difficult because there are many technologies, kinds of flow and operating conditions. Universal Flow Monitors’ upgraded website (www.flowmeters.com) helps users make better flowmeter decisions, according to Erik Rosaen, vice-president of marketing.
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has announced the release of four updated publications: Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps for Nomenclature and Definitions (ANSI/HI 1.1-1.2-2014), Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps of Radial, Mixed, and Axial Flow Types for Nomenclature and Definitions (ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2-2014), Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance (ANSI/HI 1.4-2014) and Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and maintenance (ANSI/HI 2.4-2014).  These updated Standards are immediately available for interested users from the Hydraulic Institute’s redesigned eStore.
Suncor Energy reports that it has begun planned maintenance at its Edmonton, Sarnia and Fort McMurray refineries.The maintenance work is part of ongoing maintenance programs designed to support safe, reliable operations.
August 20, 2014 - Schneider Electric launched its Integrated Planning and Optimization Solution at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) 2014 Convention in Vancouver (May 11 - 14). The technology is designed to provide mining companies with an integrated software solution that manages the entire mining operation from resource to market, said James Balzary, Schneider Electric's GLobal Sales Director - SolveIT Software.
July 24, 2014 – Imperial Oil Limited recently completed a major maintenance turnaround at its Cold Lake Mahihkan facilities. The turnaround was executed in five weeks as scheduled and within budget with 200,000 total hours worked.
June 12, 2014 - Honeywell Process Solutions was selected by Suncor Energy to provide automation systems for a new multi-billion dollar Fort Hills Oil Sands project in Alberta. Honeywell will supply technology to integrate the site's control and safety systems, manage alarms, and provide advanced simulation software that enables critical operations planning and operator training.
Asset Performance Canada, ULC ("AP-Canada") has the results of its consortium-sponsored "Oil Sands Turnaround Cost Performance Benchmarking Study." Study sponsors included Suncor, Shell Albian Sands, Shell Scotford Upgrader, and CNRL. Analyzing turnaround data from sponsor sites, the study examined the unique cost drivers affecting Oil Sands turnarounds and uncovered opportunities for cost savings. As Oil Sands facilities have matured, a new focus on operational excellence has arisen. In pursuit of this goal, turnaround costs represent one of the key factors driving competitive performance.
May 21, 2014 - KSB has been contracted by Fort Hills Energy LP (consortium with Suncor Energy, Total E&P Canada and Teck Resources Ltd) to supply large RDLO water transport pumps for their mega mineable oil sands project estimated at $13.5 billion, located 90 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta. The order is for 12 pump sets that will be used in the oil sands mine’s process water recycling system. Current plans call for first oil from the project in 2017, with production ramping up to 180,000 barrels of liquefied bitumen per day.
May 15, 2014 - Schneider Electric has launched its Integrated Planning and Optimization Solution designed to provide mining companies with an integrated software solution that manages their entire mining operation from resource to market.
May 7, 2014 - Life Cycle Engineering, Inc., has a partnership with OSIsoft to offer predictive analytics and intelligent asset management solutions for the oil and gas industry. The partnership was established to develop a customized risk-based asset management system that is based on algorithmic prediction analytics for real-time asset health monitoring.
April 8, 2014 — Suncor Energy has begun planned maintenance at the Edmonton refinery. The maintenance work is part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance program designed to support safe, reliable operations.
Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, the Canadian Nuclear Association said today.
GE has launched a new 16.5 megawatt (MW) gas turbine (NovaLT16) for mechanical drive and power generation applications in the oil and gas industry. Developed by GE Oil & Gas to meet the industry’s evolving challenges, NovaLT16 combines the best technology from industry-proven GE turbines and benefits from the industry insights of TransCanada Corporation, a major North American energy infrastructure company.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is now accepting applications from a wider range of Ontario industries for incentives to invest in new facilities or expand existing ones under Stream 3 of the Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program.
July 31, 2014 - Maximizing battery life can be a decisive factor to many mission-critical systems where longevity of the equipment can affect the outcome. For example, in battery operated, remotely piloted military vehicles, the ability to last 13 minutes instead of 10, can make a significant difference. Increasing the life of any battery-operated system has become a key initiative for equipment manufacturers. 
July 30, 2014 - Altra Industrial Motion Corp., a global manufacturer and marketer of electromechanical power transmission and motion control products, announced the acquisition of Guardian Industries, Inc.
June 19, 2014 – Schneider Electric announced today that it has obtained all required regulatory approvals and subsequently finalized the sale of the Invensys Appliance division, which will be renamed Robertshaw Controls Company, to an affiliate of Sun European Partners, LLP. The transaction is worth £150 million ($277 million).
Face-to-face outreach is the key to networking success. That’s according to Ann Arnott, Vice President and CEO of PTDA, who recently promoted her organization at IFPE, the international exposition and technical conference, which integrates fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. In this video Arnott offers support for PTDA members and promotes the upcoming PTDA Canadian forum for power transmission/motion control distributors in Quebec City (June 5 – 7).
February 19, 2014 — Registration is now open for the PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference, to be held June 5 – 7, 2014, at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Québec. This thirteenth annual business conclave unites the key decision makers of the Canadian Power Transmission/Motion Control (PT/MC) industry — an industry that represents $6.4 billion of the Canadian economy according to PTDA’s recently released PT/MC Market Size Report.   
February 13, 2014 — The PTDA Business Index reading for 4Q2013 came in at 60, which is higher than the 52 reading of the 3Q13 index. The survey participants were more positive in their outlook for 2014. When surveyed in mid-2013 about the 2014 outlook, participants anticipated 5 per cent growth. In the 4Q2013 survey conducted in January 2014, survey participants now anticipate 7 per cent growth in 2014.
November 13, 2013 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned four low-speed dual pinion drive systems at the Detour Lake gold mine in Ontario.
October 8, 2013 - Siemens Canada has received an order from Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) for the Grand Renewable Wind Project.
August 15, 2013 - Genalta Power Inc. has signed a multi-year power purchase agreement with Harvest Operations Corp. to convert fuel into electricity.
We all know that hard-to-reach lubrication fittings can present a major maintenance problem for the proper care of all types of machinery. Hidden or guarded lubrication fittings can lead to production downtime, higher operating and maintenance costs and the risk of personal injury to operators and employees.
In industrial maintenance, utilities and other asset-intensive industries, plant managers are telling maintenance managers they want them to implement the RCM (reliability-centered maintenance) processes they keep reading about in trade magazines. But many don’t really understand what RCM means or what level of organizational commitment and development are necessary to achieve it.

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