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Rehana Begg, Editor, REM - Resource Engineering & Maintenance, shares highlights of the Spring 2015 issue.
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, joined Lou Eccleston, CEO, TMX Group, to open the market to celebrate the 2015 National Mining Week, which was celebrated May 3-9, 2015. This year's theme is "Innovation in Canada's Mineral Development Model,” and highlights the importance of innovation in today's marketplace. Now in its 19th year, the event is an opportunity to recognize Canada's international leadership in the mining sector and to underscore the importance of mining to communities across the country.
Larry Novachis, Chief Executive Officer at FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Corp., announced the award of a two year camp utilities operations and maintenance contract for a major Canadian oil and gas producer. The camp is located in Fort McMurray, Alta.
The dramatic drop in oil and gas prices will lead to a 17 per cent fall in Alberta's export earnings in 2015, but partial price recovery and volume gains will help overall exports rebound in 2016 to the tune of 19 per cent growth.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced on May 15 that Canada plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
New contracts offered under the Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) Program will help companies across Ontario reduce electricity costs, increase competitiveness and better manage their electricity use.
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) honoured over 50 individuals and organizations for their achievements in various fields of mining at the CIM Awards Gala that took place the evening of Monday, May 11 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
Growth in the global economy is expected to pick up slightly this year, mainly due to the stimulus provided by lower oil prices and strength in the U.S. economy. Overall, the global economy is expected to expand by close to 3 per cent this year, up from 2.6 per cent in 2014, according to The Conference Board of Canada's World Outlook: Spring 2015.
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) announces the launch of its Approved Provider Education Program, established to recognize industry partners who provide training aligned with physical asset management and/or SMRP's current Body of Knowledge (BoK).
Harber Coatings Inc. officially opened its new facility May 1, 2015. The exclusive manufacturer of InnoGUARD Flakeless Electroless Nickel Coating (ENC) is focused on significantly reducing replacement costs of parts, tools, and downtime in the oilfield for customers. Their proprietary, high phosphorous-nickel coating protects raw metal parts and tools from corrosion, abrasion and salvages worn or mis-machined parts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 20, 2015 - The new bridge block now makes potential multiplication in the connector possible. This started with the Han-Yellock − and is now available for use in other Han series connectors. This reduces wiring time and saves space.
May 20, 2015 - Conval, a global leader in high-performance valves, offers Clampseal Blowdown Service Valves to provide necessary control for continuous or tandem boiler or turbine blowdown and bottom blow-off service.
May 20, 2015 – Atlas Copco’s SMB7-44 Hurricane booster gives seismic exploration crews powerful air pressure while minimizing space consumption. The 13-by-7-foot booster generates as much as 2,500 psi to power air guns for gathering seismic data needed to locate oil and gas basins under the seabed.
May 5, 2015 - Neptec Technologies Corporation launched a 3DRi Stockpile software application for automated stockpile monitoring for the mining industry.
May 1 2015 – KSB has extended the range of its Multitec family of pumps with new high-capacity models that deliver flow rates of up to 850 cubic metres per hour and delivered heads as high as 390 m. The new models have outlet diameters of 200 mm.
May 3, 2015 – GGB Bearing Technology, formerly Glacier Garlock Bearings, has expanded its line of lead-free, bimetal bearings with the addition of its GGB-SZ material. Developed in anticipation of future customer requirements, the material is a lead-free alternative to GGB´s well-known SY lead-bronze bimetal bearings.
Coxreels Little Giant LG series is specifically designed for tubing and air/water applications and is perfect for commercial and industrial settings where space is limited.
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.
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.
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.
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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