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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the November 2nd REM Resource Engineering and Maintenance e-newsletter.

There has been much talk recently about how the economy is turning around and moving in a better direction. Both the mining and metals and oil and gas sectors are reacting to this, making investments for change and working to move operations in a positive direction. According to two new studies highlighted in this newsletter, the future does look promising.

As always, we welcome your feedback on what you read here. You can contact me at


Rob Colman
Online Editor, REM


Mining and metals industry continues to react to a challenging environment
The growth trend in the mining and metals industry that spurred demand for automation, instrumentation, and operational software came to a halt in the last quarter of 2008, however according to new research from Arc Advisory Group, growth will return. more...

Case study: Knife Gate Valve meets rigorous oil sands mining challenge
In the oil sands of Fort McMurray, Alberta, the most challenging aspect of the mining process is the initial extraction of bitumen. Locked in a sand, rock and shale base near the surface of the earth, bitumen is a tar-like substance that is refined and upgraded to become a commercial petroleum product. more...

RSC Equipment Rental introduces equipment emission tracking
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — RSC Equipment Rental, the operating company of RSC Holdings Inc., recently launched an equipment emission tracking service that automatically calculates greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions from diesel powered equipment. The data regarding these emissions are critical for regulatory compliance, voluntary reporting, and carbon footprint reduction. The Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University independently verified the methodology, the formulas and the data collected. more...

PRODUCTS: Special Hand Tools Focus


Toolbox Tips

Women in Mining

Lean Shutdowns

Satellite Messaging Protects Workers

Profile: NLC's Cindy Snedden


FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show 2009, November 15-18, Chicago, IL

MainTrain 2009, Toronto, ON, November 23-26

CIM Conference and Exhibition, May 9-12, 2010, Vancouver, B.C.

Global Petroleum Show, June 8-10, 2010, Calgary, Alberta

MEMO 2010 — Maintenance Engineering / Mine Operators Conference, October 25-27, 2010, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

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

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