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Welcome to the second edition of the REM Resource Engineering and Maintenance e-newsletter. It may only be June right now, but MainTrain Edmonton is fast approaching. Watch for updated information on the show on the REM website and at

I welcome your comments on what you read here or in the magazine. You can contact me at


Rob Colman
Online Editor, REM


Alberta's electrical apprentices showcase skills - winner advances, seizes gold at nationals
Edmonton, AB — Alberta's top electrician apprentices converged at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic (SAIT) for the 2009 Alberta Skills Competition in May. Focusing on industrial automation and motor control, contestants used WAGO TOPJOBS EX E terminal blocks to demonstrate electrical knowledge, construction skills and programming abilities. more...

Spotlight shines on next gen skilled labour force as 15th Canadian Skills Competition concludes
Gatineau, QC — Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, in late May announced the results of the 15th Canadian Skills Competition, which took place May 20-23, 2009 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The national Competition brought together over 500 competitors, 4,000 attendees and over 50 industry Sponsors and Partners. more...

White Paper — Direct drive technology trends and its impact on gearmotor business
Energy savings, high efficiency and recycling are becoming increasingly important. However, with the current economic situation, businesses must weigh their options with gear drives that are typically used in most industrial applications — or opt for direct drive technology that has started to penetrate some markets. A new white paper from Sumitomo Drive Technologies discusses direct drive technology trends and investigates their potential impact on the gearmotor business. Click here to view a PDF of the paper.

Get set for MainTrain 2009 in Edmonton
Mark your calendars for September 28-30, 2009, as the MainTrain conference will once again be held in Edmonton at the Marriott at River Cree Resort. The Alberta Chapter of the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) is planning another tremendous event. With Canada's resource sector facing new economic challenges, asset management and maintenance will play an even larger role this year. And by attending the conference, you'll gain new knowledge to help your company improve its bottom line and competitive position. more...



Predictive analytic technology provides innovative early detection of equipment and process problems

Improve your skills at MainTrain 2009

Equipment for big jobs in the field

Bearing repair for critical mining applications


Oil Sands Tradeshow and Conference, September 22-23, 2009, Northlands Edmonton, Alberta

Athabasca Oil Sands Conference, September 22-23, Northlands Edmonton, Alberta

Global Petroleum Career Exposition, September 22-23, Northlands, Edmonton, Alberta

MainTrain 2009, September 28-30, Edmonton, Alberta

Check out the Calendar of Events on the REM website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

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