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EDMONTON-MainTrain 2008 headed to Alberta in late September and the conference was an overwhelming success. More than 100 total participants attended the event. The Alberta Chapter of the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) organized the Edmonton conference. Training day presenters included: Benchmark Maintenance Services, Condition Monitoring International LLC (CMI), UE Systems, Henkel Canada (Loctite), Bosch Rexroth Canada and Fluke Electronics Canada.
To improve site navigation and offer visitors enhanced product information, Hobart Welding Products launched a re-design of its Web site. Among the new features is an easy-to-use navigation menu with process specific icons that direct visitors to welding, cutting and accessory product pages.
MISSISSAUGA, ON-NSK Canada (NSK) announced the launch of a brand campaign, which is designed to stimulate customers' knowledge and understanding of NSK. The plan includes campaign activities centered on the new tagline: "Think NSK." According to the company, the brand concept addresses each NSK customer's individual requirements and promotes top-of-mind recognition for each.
MISSISSAUGA, ON-Fluke Electronics Canada introduced two new models to its range of Fluke Colour ScopeMeter Test Tools with automated test capability for Fieldbus, Profi Bus and other industrial communication protocols. The new models, the Fluke ScopeMeter 225C (200 MHz, 2.5 GS/s) and 215C (100 MHz, 1 GS/s), include all the features of the Fluke 199C and 196C ColourScopeMeters.
CANTON, OH-The Timken Company released Bearing Selection Guide Version 3.0 for users. The new electronic guide contains engineering calculations and a database of more than 5,000 bearings, including tapered, spherical, cylindrical and needle roller bearings, as well as ball bearings. The software program is an interactive tool that enables users to select the most appropriate Timken bearings for a given application.
Oils and chemicals can damage beltsWhen oil or chemicals come in contact with a belt, they reduce the life span and operational characteristics. It then gets a bit more complicated. The concentration of the chemical or oil involved, the length and type of exposure, the belt type used and environmental conditions, such as heat and humidity, all contribute to the degree and speed of performance deterioration.
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour, announced July 7 that the Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) is now in force. The program will protect workers' wages in the event that their employer is declared bankrupt.
Despite the current skilled labour shortage in Alberta, companies can still differentiate themselves by providing ongoing training, support, and guidance.
Despite a steady increase in workforce resulting in nearly two million workers covered by workers’ compensation, Alberta’s injury rates show signs of dropping. 
Lincoln Electrical Co. welding equipment is featured in the hit movie Iron Man.

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