Hamilton, ON – Did you know that the quality of air that individuals breathe at work can affect their health, comfort and productivity? The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) has collaborated with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) to develop a mobile app to help individuals find solutions to indoor air quality problems in their workplace.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has been fined $10,000 by Alberta's professional engineering society – the maximum allowed – following an investigation into an accident at an oilsands site that killed two and injured five.
The culture of safety at De Beers Canada continues to strengthen with the submission of the 25,000th near hit at Victor Mine, located in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario.
Ottawa – The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, along with the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada will move forward with a whole-of-government approach to fulfill its commitment to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018.
Paint and coating formulators, distributors, and end users must now ask if their chemical labels are GHS compliant – and if not, be prepared to document for OSHA their good faith efforts to become so, including an expected timeline for reaching compliance.
Red Lake, ON - Goldcorp Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty and has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured while removing a tire from a mining scoop tram.
Vale Canada Limited has been fined $1 million after a worker at its plant near Sudbury, Ont. was killed and another was injured while trying to clear a jam in a rock-crushing machine.
Calgary – Mark Salkeld, President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), released a copy of the letter that Enform, the industry’s Safety and Training arm funded by the six Canadian upstream oil and gas industry trade Associations, submitted to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization, Regulation and Restriction.
Mohawk Garnet Inc., operator of a mill in the City of Greater Sudbury, pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after two separate incidents in which workers were injured by moving conveyor belts.
Calgary – The Alberta Energy Regulator is urging pipeline operators to do a better job of developing and maintaining programs to discover leaks after it examined nearly two-dozen spills over the last three years.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour would like to bring attention to new requirements relating to the operation of rotary foundation drill rigs come into effect on July 1, 2016.
The Ministry of Labour is consulting on a proposal to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The amendments, if approved, would require employers to ensure that workers who perform work to which the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) applies complete a construction hazard awareness training program.
LearningSI, a provider of customized process and production-oriented training programs for industrial workers, announced a new series of e-learning modules designed to help companies get new workers up-to-speed faster, reduce downtime and improve their bottom lines.
This complimentary webinar considers the various ways energy savings can be measured directly or indirectly.
Can a lubricant influence safety performance?
REM - Resource Engineering and Maintenance magazine is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Oil & Lube webinar series.
Engineers Canada today launched EngScape, a new interactive online portal that addresses the labour market needs of the engineering profession in Canada.
Calgary – Shady Hashem travelled part way around the world to study as a mine engineer in Canada, at times paying triple the local tuition and working at a call centre to put himself through school, only to graduate in one of the worst job markets in recent memory.
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.
In booth 1315 at HOUSTEX 2017, RÖHM Products of America will showcase two very innovative chucks that optimize part clamping specifically for applications within the oil and gas industry. On display will be the HSFZ swivel chucks that permit machining of bushings, connectors and adaptors from both sides. RÖHM will also be displaying the LVE-V-AZ pneumatic 6-jaw front-end chucks that enable precise, centered and productive turning of large, long pipe ends. The LVE chuck provides safe complete threading operations without the need for shimming the pipe to center.
A significant investment in tooling and product engineering by a global leader in bulk material handling technology has produced a patented conveyor belt cleaner that is projected to reduce the cost of ownership by cleaning better and lasting longer. A lower purchase price was also one of the primary goals in designing the Martin QB1 Cleaner HD, achieved by adopting state-of-the-art roll forming equipment as part of Martin Engineering’s manufacturing capabilities. The move is part of an overall plan to deliver high-performance components at industry-best prices.
Caterpillar OEM Solutions is extending its large machine options to include frontless hydraulic shovels weighing more than 100 metric tons. To accommodate larger specialty front attachments with greater capabilities and flexibility, Caterpillar is now offering the Cat 6015B to 6090 Hydraulic Shovels in frontless configurations for mobile and pedestal-mounted applications. Power units for these machines range from 606 kW to 3360 kW (813 hp to 4,500 hp).
AtlasCopco introduces the Powerbit T51. This range of bits have all the same characteristics that have made Powerbit T45 so successful.
DuPont Kevlar fibre is helping to create solutions for lighter, stronger and longer-lasting conveyor belts to address the concerns and needs of the mining industry.
PHCo’s electric Lo-Density Unitized Asphalt Storage Tank Heaters, Hot-oil Circulation Heaters, Drop-in Underground Tank Heaters and Rigid Tubular Drywell Distributor Truck Tank Heaters offer asphalt producers, contractors and municipalities 100 per cent energy-efficient heating, when compared to the inefficient burning of fossil fuels.
IROCK Crushers, a leader in global sales of mobile crushing and screening equipment, has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. The portable unit gives mines and quarries the convenience to screen and wash materials, such as aggregates, simultaneously for end-use applications, including concrete and asphalt production.
Eaton’s PowerXL Series Power management company Eaton has expanded its line of PowerXL Series DG1 variable frequency drives to include a more powerful Frame 6 option. Designed for global commercial, industrial and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, the Eaton engineered drive increases available power from 150 to 250 horsepower (hp), affording customers greater agility, reliability and safety for their applications.
IROCK’s TS-512 tracked screening plant gives small- to medium-sized producers a dependable and easy-to-use machine for sizing and sorting a wide range of materials, including aggregates, coal, concrete, gravel, limestone, sand and topsoil. IROCK Crushers, a leader in global sales of mobile crushing and screening equipment, designed the unit for fast and easy setup as well as hassle-free onsite mobility.
SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces an expansion of its popular Marley MD line of factory-assembled counterflow cooling towers, which require less plan area and offer greater site placement flexibility. New to the MD line is model 5017, a 12-foot by 14-foot box size offering 324 to 554 nominal tons of cooling per cell. The expanded line also includes 2-cell back-to-back configurations, and factory-assembled mechanical access platform options for all models.
An industry leader in open area dust and odour control has introduced a technology that allows the delivery of atomized mist solutions in customizable shapes and sizes, giving manufacturers and bulk handlers virtually unlimited options in dust and odour suppression. Dust Control Technology (DCT) is complementing its existing line of stationary dust suppression rings with the ability to produce geometric shapes, bars or other configurations, customized to the needs of the specific application. Each design is specially-engineered for the application and equipment of the individual customer for superior dust management.
Atlas Copco’s intelligent telematics system, FleetLink, provides road construction contractors with a convenient and efficient tool to monitor and manage their equipment fleet. The system allows users to optimize fleet usage, reduce maintenance costs and save time and money.
Caterpillar is working on bringing augmented reality and virtual reality to the field to create an optimized reality.
Equipment and systems are designed to perform some function at pre-determined levels. The design of the system is such that its components are not overloaded in normal operation, so it should operate long and successfully. However, there are times when something goes wrong. That might happen after a certain amount of use or time has elapsed or it might happen at any time (that is, randomly).
Preparing your aerial lifts or boom truck cranes for cold weather operation is an important step in ensuring a long equipment life and optimum performance on the job site. Without the proper parts and service work, slow hydraulic operation and other cold-weather issues can put a serious damper on performance.
Effective field service is about proactively managing your workforce and inventory in order to meet the constantly sliding scale of customer expectations. As a result, field service organizations are constantly looking to improve on the key metrics to better serve customers: first-time fix rate (FTF), mean time to service (MTTS) and mean time to repair (MTTR).
Most people are surprised to see maintenance costs go up (!) as they first implement proper planning and scheduling. Maintenance planning and scheduling help an existing workforce complete more maintenance work so, of course, they will use more spare parts each month than they did in the past. Let’s discuss a few planning and scheduling concepts related to cost. These concepts include consideration of parts, contractors, staff levels, reactive work versus proactive work, the “hidden factory,” and both engineering and purchasing decisions.
The power generation sector, like many others, is under constant pressure to minimize downtime and maximize productivity. This means pump equipment is expected to run for longer periods with reduced maintenance intervals.
If you can’t sell all you can produce, then reducing costs is often the only way to improve margins, but that simplistic accounting perspective is not always the case. Cost control is often thought to be key to attaining profitability but in the case of maintenance it can get you into trouble. Cost control can have a big opportunity cost if you don’t take advantage of the opportunities you have.
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.
Using energy more efficiently offers economic benefits because saving fuels and energy is a lot cheaper than buying them. A strategic approach to energy management allows a plant or organization to gain a better understanding of energy use and implement technologies, processes and practices that will decrease costs, improve profitability and reduce carbon emissions and wastes.
Maintenance of your electrical system during a shutdown, turnaround or outage is crucial for much of your electrical equipment, especially your circuit breakers. This is the only time to do fault finding and determine their operating characteristics. It is important for both a reliable and safe system to properly plan and schedule these outages so that they become an important part of your shutdown scope.
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.
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.