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.
Amendments to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act establish one set of occupational health and safety rules for offshore oil and gas workers, with mirror amendments adopted federally in the Offshore Health and Safety Act and in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Enform, the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, has chosen its Safety Stand Down 2015 theme to be: Safety is a Journey, not a Destination!
Injuries to workers in the oil sands are on the decline, but using data analysis tools and making some cultural shifts can help make workers even safer, says a new report released today from Visser Deloitte.
WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to Occupational Health and Safety High Risk Policy D12-196-2, effective December 1, 2014
Ontario Ministry of Labour reported its plans for improving the health and safety of workers in underground mines by acting on its advisory group's early work.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour PPE guidelines for mining are available online.
Ontario will target hazards that could lead to the collapse of excavated rock in underground and surface mines during a province-wide blitz this fall.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing as Canadians prepare to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). To help educate workers about the upcoming changes, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new e-course, in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada (formerly the National Office of WHMIS) and funded by Health Canada. It is offered free of charge to the first 100,000 participants, for up to one year, and is available in English and French.
A status update has been presented to Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, regarding the progress of the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review, a report that was commissioned to deliver a comprehensive review of the health, safety and prevention issues related to underground mining in the Province of Ontario.
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.
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.
January 26, 2015 – With the introduction of the new M18 Redlithium XC5.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack, Milwaukee will deliver up to 2.5X more run-time, 20 per cent more power and 2X more life than standard lithium-ion batteries.
January 21, 2015 - Emerson Process Management has introduced a new high-performance electric actuator, the EIM Model 500 with TEC2 Electronics. The Model 500 builds on decades of electric actuator innovation while adding state-of-the-art electronic control technology for use in rotary and linear valve applications. The TEC2 electronics provide the visibility, insight and reliable control needed for effective plant operations.
GAM’s new Sizing Tool makes it easy to find the right gear reducer, coupling, or linear mount product compatible with your motor. Simply select your motor, adjust the ratings based on the application, and narrow down the products that match.
January 20, 2015 – Harting has unveiled a major expansion of its M8, M12 and 7/8” overmolded cable assembly lineup for data and signal applications, providing customers with the convenience of one-stop shopping for reliable, robust connectivity.
January 19, 2015 – Atlas Copco has upgraded and reintroduced its Dynapac road construction equipment line. Dynapac has been a pioneer in paving products since its inception in 1934, and as part of Atlas Copco it continues to lead the industry in innovation for compaction, paving and milling equipment.
January 6, 2015 – KIRK Eagle series valve interlocking products provide process safety control in hydrogen cooled generator purging operations. The company’s Eagle series trapped key valve interlocking systems ensure that users follow a pre-determined sequence of operation for startup and maintenance on generators in power stations, refineries, chemical plants, and other industrial applications. KIRK Eagle series valve interlocks integrate with its mechanical and electromechanical trapped key interlock series to form a comprehensive process safety scheme.
January 6, 2015 - Kurt Hydraulics offers Push-On Hose and Push-Loc Hose Couplings for low pressure applications. The product combination allows the Push-On fittings to be easily and quickly inserted into the hose for a tight fit. No special crimping tools are needed.
January 5, 2015 – American Sensor Technologies has received SIL2 certification for its 4-20mA pressure transmitters with hazardous location ratings including explosion-proof, intrinsically safe and non-incendive areas. The SIL (Safety Integrity Level) certification was conducted through Exida and meets IEC 61508 standards.
December 15, 2014 - Offering a complete line of NIOSH-approved respirator masks, hoods, helmets, air-source equipment, and accessories, Allegro Industries has pioneered the concept of supplied air systems. Low-pressure systems are manufactured with a continuous-flow supplied-air mask, hood, helmet, or air shield in addition to a supplied air source and 50- or 100 feet of breathing air hose.
December 15, 2014 - BJM Pumps announces the release of the new XP-KZN heavy duty submersible explosion proof pumps. The XP-KZN Heavy Duty Submersible Slurry Pumps are specifically designed for tough conditions where explosion-proof, FM, C/US approved (Class I, Division 1, Group C & D) are needed. The XP-KZN features a top discharge, slim-line design with agitator to suspend heavy slurries containing coal, ash, sand, gravel or other abrasive materials.
A newly introduced SKF sensor bearing equipped with an electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) filter offers ideal protection against potential damage to the bearing’s sensitive electronics from power surges or electric discharges, most notably in AC electric motor applications. The EMC filter is integrated in-line with the sensor bearing’s cable to protect the Hall sensor and other electronics used in the bearing and ultimately can help improve bearing reliability and service life.
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.
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.
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.