Toronto – Norcat, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services, is excited to unveil multiple learning technologies that are poised to transform how the global mining industry trains and educates its workforce.
Fort McMurray, AB - The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction on random drug and alcohol testing of Suncor employees in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit workplaces, from February 1, 2018 until March 31, 2018, to enforce compliance on personal protective equipment and high visibility clothing.
Hamilton, ON – To help employers better understand the value of workplace wellness programs, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched the e-course, Business Case for Workplace Wellness.
Edson, AB – Canadians value clean air and a sustainable environment. Environment and Climate Change Canada's enforcement officers work tirelessly to protect our environment through the enforcement of our federal environmental laws.
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) today announced the addition of two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to contribute to global efforts in preventing the use of child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed to demonstrate the responsible sourcing of minerals and metals.
Sudbury, Ont. – Glencore Canada Corporation, owner-operator of the Nickel Rim South Mine, pleaded guilty and has been fined $200,000 in the death of a worker who was run over by a vehicle.
Sudbury, Ont. – R.M. Belanger Limited pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000, and a supervisor pleaded guilty and was fined $5,000 after a worker was injured.
Timmins, ON - Following a trial, Orbit Garant Drilling Services Inc., a diamond drilling company operating in northeastern Ontario, was found guilty and fined $200,000 after a worker was killed by a falling tree while exiting a bulldozer.
Vancouver – Taseko Mines Limited is updating the operating status of Gibraltar.
Atlas Copco claims to develop some of the most fuel-efficient drill rigs in the industry. To put its premium SmartROC drill rigs to the test, an experiment was designed. Could a SmartROC T40 set a new industry record in its class and drill 100 metres in less than two hours with a fuel consumption of less than 40 litres?
The Ontario Ministry of Labour schedules inspection blitzes and initiatives to protect workers' rights and to enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities. These safeguards align with both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act.
LearningSI, a provider of customized process and production-oriented training programs for industrial workers, announced a new series of e-learning modules designed to help companies get new workers up-to-speed faster, reduce downtime and improve their bottom lines.
This complimentary webinar considers the various ways energy savings can be measured directly or indirectly.
Can a lubricant influence safety performance?
REM - Resource Engineering and Maintenance magazine is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Oil & Lube webinar series.
Engineers Canada today launched EngScape, a new interactive online portal that addresses the labour market needs of the engineering profession in Canada.
A facility that operates without a reliable lubrication program is susceptible to machine wear control, oil mix-ups and reactive maintenance. Setting up an effective program improves reliability and helps overall maintenance cost control. In this free webinar series focused on oil & lubrication, James Reyes-Picknell, in conversation with a select panel of subject matter experts, will help you brush up on the basics and take away new tactics of the trade.
This free webinar provides maintenance tactics that can be deployed to ensure failure events that affect safety are managed effectively. The presentation will cover the current understanding of how equipment behaves and will discuss age/life-related failures versus random failure.
This newly updated two-day course provides an in-depth review of the requirements for process piping systems, including overviews and applications of both the CSA B51-14 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code and the ASME-B31.3-2012 Process Piping Code. It includes content on two new CSA B51 clauses and covers topics on both codes from initial design to in-service management.
The projected environmental impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are driving many organizations to reduce their GHG emissions, using independent, third-party verifiers to measure and verify their GHG emissions as part of an overall strategy that could lead to becoming net carbon neutral.
This course provides a background and introduction to greenhouse gas projects – projects that reduce emissions (such as alternative energy projects) or enhance emissions removal (such as forestry projects). The course reviews the requirements of ISO 14064-2, including principles and requirements for: determining project baselines, monitoring, quantifying and reporting project performance, validation and verification requirements.
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.
Fairfield - A new 12-page, full color catalog from Force Control Industries details Posistop brakes for demanding industrial applications. Oil Shear Technology ensures long service life with no maintenance or adjustment.  Ideal for high cycle count applications (up to 250+ CPM), from 2 lb/ft to 4,152 lb/ft torque ratings, they are available with air or hydraulic actuation.  Spring set or pressure set, Posistop brakes are available in foot mounted, c-face and motor mounted designs.  They fit NEMA frame 56 to 440 motor frames, with IEC and custom frames available.
Brokk, manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, has launched four new machines. They include: the Brokk 170, Brokk 200, Brokk 300 and the green diesel Brokk 520D machines. Each of the four models comes equipped with Brokk’s SmartConcept technology. Brokk also introduced new attachments, including BHB hydraulic breakers and three Darda concrete crushers.
  Thordon Bearings, a Canadian manufacturer of water-lubricated non-polluting marine shaft bearings and seals, offers Thor-Flex seals in pneumatic cylinder applications. Recently, it saw the replacement of conventional rubber seals on 28 pneumatic cylinders, which had been sent for refurbishment to RMH Industries, Thordon’s authorized distributor in Quebec, Canada. 
Klüber Lubrication now offers Klüberplex EM 91-151 & 91-152, lubricating greases for applications in the mining, cement and quarry industries.
The Dodge Hydraulic ISAF (HISAF) mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented built-in hydraulic mounting system that makes this bearing simple to mount and dismount.
The Estigia type series pump extends the KSB SE & Co. KGaA, Frankenthal, product portfolio for the chemical and petrochemical industries and other applications. The low-pressure suspended pumps are designed for vertical wet installation in a closed tank under atmospheric pressure. For the installation depth, various lengths ranging from a minimum of 852 mm to a maximum of 6402 mm are available and three discharge pipe diameters can be selected for each pump size.
The new Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples, replacing the GSH15B Series grapples, are designed for a wide range of applications, including handling shredded scrap, such as long structural beams; handling rocks at construction sites; and waste at recycling and transfer stations. The performance and efficiency of the new Cat grapples help waste-handling operations, in particular, meet the challenges of increased environmental regulation, growing pressure to recycle a mix of materials, and stringent budgets.
Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc., introduces FTA drum handling units designed for loading, unloading, palletizing and storage of steel drums in nearly any size or configuration, including 30 gallon, 55 gallon and 85 gallon.
SKF's QuickCollect handheld instrument monitors both vibration and temperature.
Cleveland, OH – Parker Hannifin, a global leader in motion and control technology, showcased an new version of its innovative Parker Tracking System (PTS) Mobile application during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas (April 30 – May 3).
Cummins unveiled its lithium-ion battery portfolio at the Battery Show Europe in Hannover, Germany, May 15 to 17. The portfolio includes battery packs and battery modules that can be integrated expertly with Cummins’ new electric and hybrid powertrain portfolio, providing customers with a broad range of flexible, scalable power solutions for small and large commercial applications.
Peoria, IL – Caterpillar Inc. today announced the release of the new Cat CG132B, the first natural gas generator set in its class engineered to meet an electrical efficiency of 43.5 per cent. Rated for continuous power at 400, 600 and 800 kW for both 50 and 60 Hz, this generator set is now available for public utility, agricultural biogas, landfill, sewage plant, and mining applications, along with industrial and/or commercial facilities.
We take for granted that access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right. Yet, for the millions of people of Tanzania who face conflict and are internally displaced, this basic need is denied.
Volvo Construction Equipment will be among the first in the world to trial 5G mobile technology as part of a unique collaboration with mobile operator Telia Company.
Maintenance crews typically do not complete nearly as much work as they could simply because they are not given enough work. Instead, they complete enough work to ensure everyone is kept busy completing the reactive work plus PMs that are due. There is a big difference in work completion because of Parkinson’s Law.
The ultimate criteria for how much detail planners should put into a job plan is simply that they must plan nearly all the work in time. The goal of planning is to have very helpful plans for experienced and new craftspersons doing frequent and infrequent work well and to a high consistent standard.
In these days of heightened eco awareness, the search for an “environmentally friendly lubricant” or EFL has become a common quest.
Snow plowing a Fernie, B.C. driveway on five acres, located 15 minutes from a major ski hill is not a minor task.
Most people are surprised to see maintenance costs go up (!) as they first implement proper planning and scheduling. Maintenance planning and scheduling help an existing workforce complete more maintenance work so, of course, they will use more spare parts each month than they did in the past. Let’s discuss a few planning and scheduling concepts related to cost. These concepts include consideration of parts, contractors, staff levels, reactive work versus proactive work, the “hidden factory,” and both engineering and purchasing decisions.
Maintenance Connection, the industry’s leading computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) provider, has released the 2017 State of CMMS Report, an analysis of how maintenance software delivers value and benefits operations across industries that conduct maintenance on a daily basis.
Petroleum refinery flare stacks require regular inspections for regulatory, safety and operational purposes. Traditionally, these types of assets are inspected only after the asset and related systems are shut down, allowed to cool and prepared for inspection — a costly endeavour.
In the following case study, Exxon Mobil explains how a particular gear oil was used to extend lubricant and component life, reducing environmental impact and generating a company-estimated annual savings of US$518,000.
SKF remanufacturing services for industrial gearboxes provide cost-effective solutions to refurbish and/or upgrade obsolete or damaged systems and quickly return them to service. 
For engineers, meeting part design challenges can be exceedingly difficult when traditional materials like plastic, steel, and rubber do not possess the required specialized characteristics, lack the versatility to be adapted, cannot be economically produced, or do not readily bond with other materials or system components.
Toronto – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has completed the production, delivery and commissioning of 46 SWT-3.2-113 wind turbines at the Mont Sainte-Marguerite (MSM) project located in the municipalities of Saint-Sylvestre, Saint-Séverin, and Sacré-Coeur-de-Jésus, in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region of Québec. This 147 MW project – developed and owned by Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) – is the first in Québec for both companies. Combined, the companies have partnered for nearly 1.1 GW of installations in Canada.
Santa Clara, Calif. – A recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, The Global Wind Power Market, Forecast to 2025, finds that the global wind market has witnessed tremendous growth, with an addition of more than half of the world's wind power capacity over the past five years. The global wind market, onshore and offshore, is driven by various governments' initiatives to improve energy security and, in particular, reduce coal consumption due to growing concerns about climate change and air pollution. By the end of 2016, more than 80 countries had installed wind farms and about 26 countries, representing every region, had more than 1 gigawatt (GW) in operation.
Using energy more efficiently offers economic benefits because saving fuels and energy is a lot cheaper than buying them. A strategic approach to energy management allows a plant or organization to gain a better understanding of energy use and implement technologies, processes and practices that will decrease costs, improve profitability and reduce carbon emissions and wastes.
Maintenance of your electrical system during a shutdown, turnaround or outage is crucial for much of your electrical equipment, especially your circuit breakers. This is the only time to do fault finding and determine their operating characteristics. It is important for both a reliable and safe system to properly plan and schedule these outages so that they become an important part of your shutdown scope.
Bird poop was the likely cause of a December shutdown at a nuclear power plant outside New York City, according to the operator.
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).
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.

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