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.
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 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.”
Milwaukee Tool continues to expand storage solutions within its Hand Tool offering with the introduction of a new jobsite backpack (48-22-8200) that will redefine durability and organization expectations for the professional tradesman.
The SAT110 is a portable RTU / Alarm Dialer Unit featuring built-in battery, vibration sensor, I/O, magnetic mount and C1D2 hazardous location certification that can be rapidly deployed for monitoring Run / No Run condition of compressors and generators.
Winters new line of Explosion Proof (LXP) and Intrinsically Safe (LIS) Pressure Transmitters are designed for harsh environments with their rugged stainless steel construction, NEMA 4X, 6P, 7 or 9 enclosure ratings and high resistance to shock and vibration. Typical applications include oil & gas installations, pipelines and power plants.
September 2, 2014 ─ FluidSafe fluorescent additive from Alerton International quickly detects hydraulic leaks in fluid power system hoses, fittings, seals and other components. This saves money by reducing operating costs.
August 27, 2014 — Bee Valve Inc. manufactures a complete line of versatile PVDF camcouplers/adapters. This material is partially applicable where ultra high purity orUL94-VO listing is required.
August 27, 2014 – Milwaukee Tool continues to bridge the gap between corded and cordless expectations with the introduction of the new M18 FUEL 7-1/4” Circular Saw. Delivering the best of both worlds, the new unit cuts faster than its corded counterparts while being 40 per cent lighter, offers a 2-1/2” cut capacity and features the same right hand blade design that corded users prefer.
August 20, 2014 - The new RPN4009, a self-rotating water jet nozzle from NLB Corp., cleans pipes and tubes at pressures up to 40,000 psi (2,760 bar). Designed for a minimum pipe diameter of 0.75 inches (1.91 cm), it is the first nozzle in the Typhoon 10 series to operate at ultra-high pressure.
August 20, 2014 – Harting has introduced complementary M12 X-Code components – straight and angled PCB receptacles and M12-to-RJ45 panel adaptors as well as an M12 gender changer – that expand the deployment capabilities of its har-speed M12 X-Code connectors.
August 20, 2014 – Emerson Process Management’s new CSI 9360 vibration/position transmitter offers an economical solution for extending basic protection to compressor, pump and fan assets. Developed using OEM-supplied specifications, the transmitter detects emerging sleeve bearing issues by capturing vibration or position data and translating it into a 4-20mA signal for monitoring. This advanced warning allows customers to shut down these assets before significant equipment damage occurs or production is impacted.
August 14, 2014 – Emerson Process Management has released the OpenEnterprise v3 SCADA platform for the upstream production and distribution market. The new OpenEnterprise release offers ease-of-use and expanded device connectivity for communication protocols. User-friendly tools in OpenEnterprise v3 alleviate the pain of operating and managing large installations of RTUs and flow computers.
August 14, 2014 — Conval, a global leader in high-performance valves for the world’s most demanding applications, offers custom-designed, low-cost Whisperjets for gas or liquid pressure reduction, for new or retrofit installations. These simple, practical, long-lasting devices reduce gas or liquid pressure through a series of multi-stage pressure reductions. As a result, there is virtually no part erosion. With gas applications, noise is significantly reduced because orifices on each stage are sized to keep the flow of the gas below critical velocity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.