Friday March 11, 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Although the facility withstood the 9.0 magnitude earthquake as per its design, a tsunami washed out the back-up generators at the facility, challenging the facility and leading to a nuclear event that was widely publicized.
At the Canadian Gas Association, 2016 Operations Conference five SAFE (Safety Award for Excellence) Awards were presented to Enbridge Gas Distribution, Heritage Gas, TransCanada, and Union Gas, recognizing their leadership and important contributions to public and worker safety.
New Ministry of Labour (MOL) training standards for Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification take effect on March 1, 2016 and Ontario companies with 20 or more employees are impacted.
Nexen continues to respond to the accident which occurred at its Long Lake oil sands facility south of Fort McMurray. The explosion resulted in the death of one employees, while another employee sustained serious injuries.
Consistent with the government’s commitment to the health and safety of Ontario’s miners, a number of amendments to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act have been approved. These amendments were either requested by the Mining Legislative Review Committee (MLRC), support the Mining Prevention, Health and Safety Review and/or reflect certain administrative changes.
The Iron Ore Company of Canada was ordered to pay $30,000 on June 15, 2015, in Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Court after pleading guilty to offences under the Fisheries Act related to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER).
Ontario is providing $2.7 million to support research projects that will help reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has produced new mining guidelines on providing safe and reliable braking systems on vehicles; on requirements and hazards involving tire and wheel assemblies, and on the sampling of diesel particulate matter.
Shell Canada Limited/Shell Canada Limitée and CEDA International Corporation pleaded guilty and were fined a total of $90,000 after two workers collapsed.
BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has released its 2014 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA’s activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities. 
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.
A facility that operates without a reliable lubrication program is susceptible to machine wear control, oil mix-ups and reactive maintenance. Setting up an effective program improves reliability and helps overall maintenance cost control. In this free webinar series focused on oil & lubrication, James Reyes-Picknell, in conversation with a select panel of subject matter experts, will help you brush up on the basics and take away new tactics of the trade.
This free webinar provides maintenance tactics that can be deployed to ensure failure events that affect safety are managed effectively. The presentation will cover the current understanding of how equipment behaves and will discuss age/life-related failures versus random failure.
This newly updated two-day course provides an in-depth review of the requirements for process piping systems, including overviews and applications of both the CSA B51-14 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code and the ASME-B31.3-2012 Process Piping Code. It includes content on two new CSA B51 clauses and covers topics on both codes from initial design to in-service management.
The projected environmental impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are driving many organizations to reduce their GHG emissions, using independent, third-party verifiers to measure and verify their GHG emissions as part of an overall strategy that could lead to becoming net carbon neutral.
This course provides a background and introduction to greenhouse gas projects – projects that reduce emissions (such as alternative energy projects) or enhance emissions removal (such as forestry projects). The course reviews the requirements of ISO 14064-2, including principles and requirements for: determining project baselines, monitoring, quantifying and reporting project performance, validation and verification requirements.
It has become wholly unacceptable for companies to allow or tolerate equipment deterioration that results in failures with serious health, safety or environmental consequences. While this has been publicly adopted by major corporations throughout most of the world, events continue to occur that have catastrophic results. These are often found to be a combination of human error and equipment failure. This combination, along with failures of complex protective systems (machines monitoring machines) has been the root cause of some of the world’s most devastating accidents. A quick google search will instantly return events like the Texas City Refinery Explosion, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Chernobyl, Aloha Flight 243, 3 Mile Island and many others.
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.
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.
Cummins Turbo Technologies, a global engineering leader in turbocharger technology, introduced its HE250WG turbocharger.
A Cynergy Ergonomics vacuum lifter allows an operator to lift a variety of electric boilers, with weights to 200-pounds, and rotate them for palletizing and packaging.
This month, the number of components in the EPLAN Data Portal will exceed 600,000 from over 125 component manufacturers, including several leading North American companies. The EPLAN Data Portal is a fast and easily searchable, cloud-based platform, accessible from within EPLAN engineering software, via a web browser or the EPLAN Data Portal App.
Atlas Copco’s easy-to-use intelligent compaction system gives contractors real-time material stiffness readings to ensure superior soil and asphalt compaction.
KSB Pumps has introduced a new generation of its Amarex KRT family of heavy-duty submersible pumps for water and wastewater applications. The new pumps are available with power ratings of up to 850 kW, the highest standard motor power in the industry. Standard models feature outputs of up to 10,080 cubic metres per hour and heads as high as 120 metres.
Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, features the updated Brokk 60 II, now with 10 per cent more power than the original Brokk 60. The new model is the smallest unit in the world and has an upgraded hydraulic system, which increases the machine’s power.
The new E8500 PLUS emissions analyzer is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing. This model has been upgraded to measure up to 50% CO2 using an NDIR sensor. The E8500 PLUS is ideal for regulatory & maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace, and other combustion applications.
Miller announced that it has expanded its ArcReach remote control technology to three additional machines for portable welding applications found in the construction, fabrication and shipbuilding markets: the XMT 350 CC/CV, XMT 450 CC/CV and Dimension 650 multiprocess welding power sources.
VersaDrill Canada decided to make the most of the PDAC Convention (March 7, 2016) by launching its brand new multifunctional drill: the GT8. All of the mining industry was gathered at the company's booth to attend the launching of what's promising to be the torque of the town.The Best of Both WorldsCulminating over three years of research and product development, the VersaDrill GT8 positions itself on the market as a powerful, versatile, robust and reliable piece of equipment that will ultimately allow customers to optimize their drilling programs. Dedicated to environmental and geotechnical drilling, the new rig has the required specifications to perform core mineral drilling.VersaDrill Canada's president Mario Rouillier explains: "Our industry is going through a tough time, yet companies have to deliver results! VersaDrill's management team consists of drillers who know this reality too well. The GT8 was designed to be a perfect fit to get around the ups and downs of both the geotechnical and mineral fields. With that much versatility, the GT8 will be the best ally for any drilling companies."Give Your Drillers Something to Torque AboutEntirely designed and manufactured in Canada, the GT8 is a compact and sturdy rig strong enough to perform mining drilling, yet versatile enough to be utilized in geotechnical applications. Whether used for geotechnical projects, environmental works, diamond drilling or RC and DTH drilling, the GT8 delivers results and solves the need many companies have, which is to remain active and productive in a more difficult economic context.Thanks to VersaDrill's world-known signature drill head, the powerful and multifunctional GT8 has a drilling capacity of up to 1 970 feet with a maximum torque of 8 270 feet-pound. It is built with reliable and simple components for affordable maintenance and continued operation under any conditions.At the PDAC Convention, the VersaDrill GT8 was mounted on a PRINOTH tracked vehicle, a solution that allows drillers to get access to restricted areas in no time. "The 'one-two punch' combination of the GT8 and the PRINOTH truck is a sure value to get to the core faster, while saving money and reducing your environmental footprint," says Amine Khimjee of PRINOTH Ltd.VersaDrill Canada manufactures multi-purpose, high-quality diamond drills.  SOURCE VersaDrill Canada
Exair’s 1/4 NPT internal mix 360 degree hollow circular pattern atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays away from the nozzle in all directions. These nozzles are ideal where a smooth, even coating is needed on the inside diameter of a pipe or similar ductwork.
Regal Power Transmission Solutions introduces its new Durst modular hydraulic pump drive, which uses a patented modular design featuring pump pads and spline adapters that allow rapid build of units to fit almost any input shaft or SAE pump connection.
Kurt Hydraulics introduces a new line of hose and couplings designed for pressure wash applications and equipment. This line of hose and couplings feature an operating temperature range from -40 degrees to +300 degrees to handle a wide variety of applications including industrial pressure washing, industrial cleaning, car wash systems, carpet cleaning systems and more.
Wrench time is an important score, but we do not need to measure it. Schedule compliance is not such an important score, but we should measure it.
Provide weekly schedules to crew supervisors, but give them free rein to work with operations on a daily basis to move things around and break the weekly schedule as appropriate.
Call schedule compliance “Schedule Success.” Schedule compliance sounds like a control tool over the maintenance crew supervisors, which it is not.
Dude Solutions, Inc., the leading cloud-based provider of operations management solutions, today shared critical maintenance operations insights for increasing manufacturing agility and effectiveness.
Load weekly maintenance schedules up to 100 per cent of the available labour hours for the next week, but only require 40 per cent to 90 per cent schedule attainment. Then let managers be aware of what happened to hinder fuller schedule attainment.
The concept of wrench time is important because most good plants with good maintenance forces are only at 35 per cent.
Protect your planners. Planners usually have great technical, data, and people skills making them great candidates for a variety of duties other than planning.
A mine site had a host of questions about its conveyor belt, ranging from the life expectancy of the bearings, to contamination of the bearings upon installation and the optimal frequency recommended for pillow block inspections. Following are ten questions about conveyor belts that are applicable in many contexts:   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.rem-mag.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=2#sigProGalleriafa551412e4
COGEP Inc. announced that Dumas Contracting, Ont., has selected COGEP’s maintenance software Guide Ti.
Abanaki Corporation, a manufacturer of oil skimming technologies, has created "The 7 Pitfalls of Oil Skimming," a white paper designed to help customers avoid common mistakes when it comes to purchasing or using an oil skimmer. Oil in wastewater can cause a multitude of problems in manufacturing processes. When the proper guidelines are followed, oil skimming can be a simple, cost-effective and environmentally sound method for removing unwanted oils from water.
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.
Bird poop was the likely cause of a December shutdown at a nuclear power plant outside New York City, according to the operator.
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.
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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