Being safe and healthy at work was the theme of the day at Partners in Prevention 2019 conference and trade show at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The show is billed as “the largest and longest-running health and safety conference and trade show in Canada,” and this year it put a special focus on ‘safety superheroes.’
Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced its operations at a wood pellet production facility in Entwistle, Alberta have been temporarily suspended. A fire occurred at the facility, causing damage.
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.
Humber College and DMG MORI Canada Inc. are entering into a five-year partnership agreement to address skills needs for advanced manufacturing tooling processes and engage in applied research. Collaboration will focus initially on industry 4.0 enabled 5 axis CNC technology, and broaden to support outreach initiatives related to education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the course of the agreement.
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.
Larson Electronics, released a 65-watt LED tripod mount work light, featuring LED65WRE-CPR LED spotlights. It produces 4,355 lumens of high-intensity light with 50,000 hours of use and comes with a low-voltage power cord.
BriskHeat released ATEX-certified bulk storage container heaters. The heaters protect contents of bulk containers such as drums, IBC tanks and gas bottles from damage due to cold temperatures and can be used in hazardous areas. They can also be used for warming.
NORD Gear Corporation recently unveiled its MAXXDRIVE XT series of industrial gear units, expanding its line of IGU production. The new units achieve very high thermal ratings as result of a new and optimized housing design. Together with the increased surface design and optimized fan design, MAXXDRIVE XT gear units are ideal for continuous industrial conveying and bulk material handling applications. 
Schneider Electric, introduced EcoStruxure IT Advisor.  Which offer a simplified way to deploy data center management, accessible anywhere and at anytime.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced a high-definition (HD), handheld optical gas imaging camera, FLIR GF620. Designed for oil and gas industry professionals, GF620 detects and visualizes invisible leaks of hydrocarbons, such as methane, and common volatile organic compounds.
The sub-base mounted EV03 electro-pneumatic (E/P) pressure regulating valve from Aventics features extremely low energy consumption and can guarantee pressure control during a power loss.
AutomationDirect has introduced new hybrid PVC/rubber hose suitable for air and water use.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT have introduced the PurgEye Nano Weld Purge Monitor. It is a low-cost monitor measuring accurately to 10 ppm, ensuring that oxygen levels can be measured where only lower budgets are available.
Gardner Denver new 250CDL750 blower can be used for a wide range of applications, including wastewater treatment, pneumatic conveying, plastic molding and handling, and chemical, industrial and food processing.
Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Pak Plant Secure, a plant management service that delivers profitability improvements for customers.
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.
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.
CanWEA recently held its two-day Spring Forum at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta. Over 170 professionals from the wind energy industry were on hand to discuss the state of the industry, Alberta election results, new technology, and much more.
Over 250 industry professionals attended the CanWEA Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Summit recently at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.
Petro-Canada, is building a network of over 50 electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across Canada. They will be located on the Trans-Canada highway at Petro-Canada stations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
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. 
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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