July 21, 2014 - The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released new sector plans for the upcoming year. These sector-oriented plans focus on hazards specific to workplaces in various sectors of the economy. They describe the industrial, health care, construction and mining sectors, as well as the ministry’s specialized and professional services office, and outline what inspectors will be looking for during an inspection. They also detail program priorities, enforcement initiatives, blitz activities and regional initiatives planned for the year.
Learn about what an Ontario Ministry of Labour inspector looks for during a ground control inspection at an underground mine.
July 16, 2014 - The death of another employee at an Ontario mining company Thursday — the seventh this year — further illustrates the importance of the comprehensive Mining Health Safety and Prevention Review, says a Sudbury union leader.
July 8, 2014 - Ontario has launched a two-month, province-wide safety blitz targeting the use of explosives in mines.
June 18, 2014 - Vale Canada Ltd., a mining and refinery company, has been fined $150,000 after an explosion at a Port Colborne, Ont. refinery resulted in injuries to five workers.
June 3, 2014 - North American Construction Group regretfully reports that there has been an employee fatality at the company's designated work area within Suncor's oil sands site.
May 8, 2014 - Suncor Energy regretfully reports an employee was the victim of a bear attack on May 7 at its Oil Sands base plant approximately 25 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. The employee was pronounced deceased on the scene.
May 7, 2014 - First Nickel Inc. has provided a statement from Thomas M. Boehlert, president and CEO of First Nickel Inc. on the accident at the Lockerby Mine on May 6, after two workers were killed while working underground.
April 21, 2014 - Suncor Energy regretfully reports there has been an employee fatality at its Oil Sands site on Sunday, April 20. Suncor emergency service personnel responded at approximately 11:30 a.m. when an employee was severely injured while working. The employee was immediately transported to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre where he was pronounced deceased. Suncor is working with the appropriate authorities and will complete a full investigation into the cause of the incident. "This is devastating news and a tragic loss for family, friends and co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to loved ones during this extremely difficult time," said Mark Little, Suncor executive vice president, Upstream. The name of the individual is not being released. Suncor Energy is Canada's leading integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio. For more information about Suncor Energy please visit our web site at www.suncor.com.
April 9, 2014 - The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is pleased to launch The Regulatory Roadmap, the latest component of its about pipelines program aimed at improving literacy regarding the transmission pipeline industry among Canadians.
April 7, 2014 - Vale regretfully announced on Monday morning that an employee was fatally injured Sunday evening while working at the Casting/Crushing Plant at the Copper Cliff Smelter.
February 27, 2014 — The new Tweco auto-darkening welding helmet features four sensors for enhanced performance.
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 28, 2014 – Today, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario (MCAO) and the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC) officially announced its partnership with Skills/Compétences Canada. Both organizations will be premier sponsors at the 2014 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) taking place June 4-7 at The International Centre in Toronto.
April 16, 2014 - Vancouver-based gold producer Goldcorp is donating $300,000 to Dalhousie University’s Mineral Resource Engineering program to establish a new professorship that will increase teaching capacity, expand program breadth and provide more opportunities for students.
April 8, 2014 - This new webinar series is produced by REM and PEM magazines. Themed "Asset Management & Reliability," the educational event is tailored for physical asset management and reliability professionals, and highlights the practical implementation of maintenance solutions. Veteran maintenance & reliability consultant and best-selling author, James Reyes Picknell, leads the discussion.
Partners in Training will be in Edmonton on April 15. New topics have been added to the agenda, including: “Make Your Enterprise Asset Management System Work For You.”
March 18, 2014 – According to the 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey, released by Seminars for Engineers, lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today. Twenty seven per cent of respondents cited lack of training, 20% cited outmoded equipment, 16% cited poor quality control and 14% cited company morale. While 89% said their company offers opportunities to attend technical or engineering-related seminars/workshops, 81% said they wished their companies offered more opportunities to attend technical seminars/workshops.
February 19, 2014 - You've requested a third party assessment of your operation because there is room for improvement. In a short time, someone who knows little about your operation comes in, asks questions, presents findings and creates angst and resistance to change.
January 31, 2014 - While a host of factors will influence profitability, maximizing your plant’s production output potential is arguably one of the facility’s greatest opportunities. But how does one align this with bottom-line expectations?
July 24, 2014 - Emerson Process Management has introduced the Fisher FIELDVUE DVC6200p series of digital valve controllers. The DVC6200p series is an ideal solution for applications in which accessibility, extreme temperatures (up to 120°C/250°F), extreme vibration or confined space make integral mounting difficult or impractical.
July 23, 2014 - To protect industrial equipment from wear and corrosion, Prolong Super Lubricants offers EP-2 Multi-Purpose Grease formulated with the company's exclusive AFMT (Anti-Friction Metal Treatment) technology, which reduces heat and friction in harsh, demanding environments.
July 21, 2014 – Baldor Electric Company’s Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system delivers high torque, low maintenance and potential energy savings with less overhung load than V-belts. HT500 belts also offer longer life in wet/oily environments than rubber made products.
July 21, 2014 - With the new insulation monitoring device iso685-D, Bender is focusing on a new innovative series of insulation monitoring devices that are state-of-the-art in relation to reliability, measuring technique, operability and design.
July 9, 2014 – With the introduction of the SeekTech SR-24 Line Locator, RIDGID is proud to continue its tradition of combining advanced technology with innovation to create products that assist in making locating jobs easier. The SR-24 Line Locator is a locating receiver that streamlines creating accurate maps of underground utilities in order to protect critical assets.
July 9, 2014 — The new SubArc Digital Series of power sources, interface controls and accessories from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. include digital control and communication electronics designed to improve weld performance and simplify the integration of the equipment in more advanced applications.
July 9, 2014 - Nett Technologies Inc. of Mississauga, Ont. is pleased to announce yet another verification from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency for their MD 300 Diesel Oxidation Catalyst.
June 25, 2014 – J.W. Winco Canada, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, offers DIN 580-NI Stainless Steel Lifting Eye Bolts, in metric sizes.
June 18, 2014 – KSB’s new AmaDS3 pump station offers a reliable, low-maintenance solution for wastewater lift station systems that require pumps to deliver wastewater from a collection point to a treatment facility.
June 18, 2014 — Addressing common industry concerns with weld cracking, Hobart Brothers Company has introduced new seamless flux-cored and metal-cored wires designed to offer extreme resistance to moisture pickup and minimize this costly defect. The new Hobart Megafil wires also have less than 4 ml of diffusible hydrogen per 100 g of weldment, which further mitigates cracking risks.
June 13, 2014 – Camesa, a WireCo WorldGroup brand, launched EcoSeal, a new environment-friendly wireline for the oil and gas industry. The cable eliminates the need for grease injection systems and allows for faster rig-up time at the wellsite. The “double-seal” technology features an inner sleeve and a specially designed outer jacket, which will reduce the need for additional equipment and provide for a cleaner jobsite.
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.
April 1, 2014 - CAS DataLoggers provided the dataTaker "smart" temperature monitoring system for a manufacturing plant looking for a way to reduce the amount of time and money lost on wasted solder and scrapped products.
Boris Bulatovic, manufacturing operations manager, Tsubaki of Canada Limited, says that his machine shop's maintenance processes are attuned to the high-mix, low-volume nature of the Canadian facility.
February 4, 2014 - Tom Johnstone, president and CEO, SKF Group, announces the opening of its 24th Solution Factory at a press conference in Scarborough, Ont. and provides a forecast of upcoming innovations.
January 7, 2014 - In industrial operations the world over, lubrication remains a vexing challenge. Indeed, when machine bearings fail, there’s a better than 70 per cent chance that faulty or insufficient lubrication practices are ultimately to blame. Lubrication-specific key performance indicators (KPIs) can go a long way to addressing this costly problem.
January 1, 2013 - Manufacturers, such as Siemens, ABB and Alstom are developing one-stop solutions for power generators and attached control systems, such as skid-mounted turbine-generators.
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.
July 29, 2013 - Cool Energy Inc. says it has been awarded a $1-million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will help it build and test its 20kW prototype Stirling engine—the GeoHeart—to generate electricity from co-produced liquids at oil and gas wells (CHECK OUT video below).
July 17, 2013 - The University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines says it has developed a new approach that will save energy and reduce ventilation costs in mines.
Since the creation of the first industrial electric motors, manufacturers have been developing technology to produce better motors that use the least amount of energy possible.
Most businesses typically put their energy, resources and investment into things like product design, sales and marketing, production efficiency, process control, IT and supply-chain management. With so many important priorities vying for attention, managing a company’s MRO supply chain has typically been neglected. Capital equipment downtime costs huge dollar losses per day, especially in asset-intensive industries like mining and oil & gas companies. One of the challenges this sector faces is the complexity and diverse configurations of the equipment. Often, the technical information needed to complete a repair of equipment (especially unscheduled services) is spread across multiple manuals and databases, resulting in longer downtimes, which impacts maintenance efficiency and in turn profits. Maintenance management details procedures that define manpower scheduling, equipment and tool control, quality control, reporting, cost control, inventory control, training, loss prevention and inspection/work status. The maintenance team holds the key to maximizing assets, minimizing downtime and controlling costs. CMMS software provides the foundation to deliver efficient, effective maintenance regardless of the size and complexity of a maintenance team. Sometimes knowing what not to do is helpful, so the following are seven don’t-dos in MRO master data management (MDM). 1. Free-for-all MRO text descriptions: Unleashing peoples’ inner Shakespeare by letting each one choose their own words and styles to describe MRO items results in item descriptions that are cryptic, differently abbreviated and often unintelligible to anyone other than the person who created them (and even to them if enough time passes). For example, is a ball bearing a “ball bearing,” a “brg,” a “ball brg,” a “bb,” a “b bear,” etc. 2. Taxonomy-free MRO: Having no discernible taxonomy forces search and analysis activities into labour intensity and failure. Simple, high-level taxonomies may help somewhat with search but leave detailed drill-down-type analyses virtually impossible to accomplish without ad hoc manual or external classification exercises. Solution for 1 & 2: Deploy an MDM solution layer for MRO that automatically generates standardized short and long item descriptions from key item attribute fields. UNSPSC taxonomy has become the standard for classifying spending data and B2B e-commerce transactions; adopting the same standard for MRO item master classification enables transaction, inventory and consumption data to be viewed through a single, powerful lens. 3. No ownership: Giving people direct access to create item and supplier masters in ERP without a master data management solution layer primed for data validation is just asking for incomplete, inconsistent and inaccurate data. 4. No workflow for MRO: Workflow makes certain the right people pay attention and participate in the process. Most importantly, though, workflow makes it as easy as possible for a person to comply with policy. Solution for 3 & 4: Establish clear owners of MRO item master data. There is no getting around the fact that enterprises need people with responsibility for item master stewardship and policies to support them. Niche MDM solutions for MRO enable just a few data stewards to manage and enforce policies easily even in large, complex organizations. 5. Improper cash management: Cash tied up in inventory or spent on non- or negative-value-adding work is not earning returns, hampering investment in innovation, capital expansion, future business and growth. It also forces enterprises to finance more working capital for longer periods than necessary. Solution for 5: Create clean, enterprise-level views of MRO stockpiles for better visibility and inventory optimization, thus ensuring better cash management and liquidity scenario. 6. Unknown PM parameters: While preventative maintenance is typically triggered by testing, visual inspection, electronic sensors or OEM recommendations for scheduling, dirty MRO master data makes such a scenario impossible to contemplate. 7. Tying poor MDM to performance: Systematic problems like poor MRO master data management can affect many people’s job-performance metrics negatively — in ways that are not under their direct control. This corrupts the company’s performance management system, leading to great personal frustration and low morale. Solution for 6 & 7: Insight into real parts consumption as it relates to particular machines might go a long way to making preventative maintenance more science than art. This would also go a long way in reducing breakdowns. These failures provide a picture of the vast duplication, misclassification, inconsistency and inaccuracy that permeates typical industrial enterprises’ ERP ecosystems related to MRO. Nupur Agrawal is the analyst and public relations lead with Zynapse. For more information, visit www.zynapse.com.
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.