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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.
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.
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.
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.
November 18, 2014  -- Alliance Sensors Group announced the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile, or subsea applications.
November 18, 2014 – Griffco Valve Inc., Amherst, New York, announces the introduction of its new leak-free Unibody valve for use in chemical-feed, metering, and dosing pump systems.
November 5, 2014 - KSB Pumps Inc. has announced a new family of valves for power plants and similar applications that are designed and manufactured to comply with ANSI/ASME standards. The newly available valves, called “SICCA” and “ZTS”, include gate valves, globe valves and check valves.  “This announcement is of particular significance to KSB Canada”, remarks Dirk Ruppert, National Business Development Manager for KSB Pumps. “While valves have been an important part of KSB’s international product portfolio, the DIN-standard valves have not been distributed in Canada. With the introduction of ANSI/ASMI standard valves, we can now offer this important product line to our Canadian customers.” The valves are available in pressure classes up to ANSI Class 4500. Built from forged and cast steels that meet ASTM standards, these valves are designed for controlling the flow of boiler feed water, steam and condensate. Their nominal diameters range from ½ to 32 inches. Operating temperatures, depending on the material, can be as high as 650 °C (1,200 °F) and they are rated for pressures of up to 600 bar (8,700 psi). ANSI/ASME standards are used in the United States, Canada, India, China and many other countries in the construction of power plants and other large boiler installations. KSB’s new products join the company’s established range of DIN-compliant valves. The valves are manufactured at KSB sites in Germany and India to uniform quality standards. Products and support services are available worldwide.For more information, visit www.ksb.com.
The Fluke 830 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool is the ideal test tool to precision-align rotating shafts in your facility.
November 3, 2014 – Atlas Copco’s B7-41/1000 Hurricane boosters help drill and service crews achieve high penetration rates with small equipment footprints. The boosters’ small footprints also make them easy to transport between drilling and service sites. Atlas Copco featured the B7-41 Hurricane boosters during the Permian Basin International Oil Show in Odessa, Texas, October 21-23.
November 3, 2014 - Built for light fabrication, maintenance and repair, auto body and farm and home applications, the new MIG and Flux-Cored-capable Millermatic 190 and Millermatic 141 MIG welders (replacing the Millermatic 180 Auto-Set and Millermatic 140 Auto-Set MIG welder models) offer personal users improved portability, ease-of-use and arc performance.
CBS ArcSafe, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces its remote switch actuator for General Electric “E Line” (150 A frame size) low-voltage molded case circuit breakers. The new CBS ArcSafe RSA-187A actuators allow personnel to operate the molded case circuit breakers from a safe distance stationed outside the arc-flash perimeter without having to make any modifications to the breaker. When accompanied by a CBS ArcSafe remote switch operator (RSO) control unit, the RSA-187A reduces the need for arc-flash suits and eliminates all hazardous manual contact with gear during operation by providing open and close operation from up to 300 feet away. The actuator is lightweight, portable, easy to install and set up, and provides technicians with a simple solution for hard-to-access breaker locations. The RSA-187A requires no modifications to be installed and operated and can be moved easily and quickly from one breaker to another. For more information, visit CBSArcSafe.com.
October 20, 2014 – The RIDGID SeeSnake CS65 Digital Reporting Monitor provides a complete reporting solution with a 6.5-inch daylight display, one-touch recording, 1 TB internal hard drive and an integrated keyboard. The CS65 provides fast, efficient documentation of inspection jobs, providing professional multimedia reports that are automatically generated for every inspection.
October 21, 2014 - The Oldham clutch-coupling from Huco Dynatork provides system protection and misalignment compensation in one, compact device. It combines two, time-served Huco Dynatork designs, the first of which is the Oldham coupling that has been an important part of the company’s range since the mid-80s.
October 20, 2014 – Atlas Copco’s new, Essential (ES) breaker attachments give rental centres and contractors a fast ROI by simplifying maintenance and operation.
September 29, 2014 – FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today the release of its TG165 Imaging IR Thermometer, a powerful, affordable, compact tool that lets you see invisible heat patterns, measure temperatures accurately, and conveniently store images and measurement data for reporting.
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.
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.
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.