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IPAF has issued the one millionth ever PAL Card (Powered Access License or Powered Access Licensed- Registration in North America) under its voluntary, industry-led operator training program which is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.
Colortech Inc., a manufacturer of colour concentrated plastic additives, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was severely burned and suffered permanent injuries.
Swing N Scaff Inc., the Ottawa-based company that supplied the swing stage platform that collapsed on December 24, 2009, resulting in the deaths of four workers and significant injuries to another, has been fined $350,000 in Old City Hall court. A company director, Patrick Deschamps, has been fined $50,000.
WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approves amendments to Occupational Health and Safety High Risk Policy D12-196-2, effective December 1, 2014
All PAL Cards (Powered Access Licensed-Registrations and Powered Access Licenses) issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) for training on or after January 1st, 2015 will be machine-readable, i.e. Smart PAL Cards. This move aims to improve site safety as Smart PAL Cards may be used to ensure that only trained operators can use aerial work platforms (AWPs) and mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) on site.
The preventive maintenance inspection included in Konecranes MAINMAN Assessment has now been expanded to more closely match Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements for compliance.
Employment and Social Development Canada reported that workers in manufacturing, transport, storage and communications were among the top five industries with the highest injury rates in 2008. Although this statistic dates back a few years now, safety in these types of facilities continues to be a top concern. To help improve worker safety, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professionals should consider whether they need an Enhanced Visibility workwear program.
The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Awards Program recognizes the achievements of both individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to safety in the workplace.
In its report released on October 22, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) identified lack of direct supervision and misapplication of safety critical operating procedures as contributing factors to a November 2013 fatal rail accident in Saskatchewan.
Konecranes, a leading global manufacturer of lifting technology, offers overhead crane safety management training courses, including proper operations, requirements and regulations, good management practices, and special concerns in nuclear environments.
WorkSafeBC officers arrived on site at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet mill in Burns Lake on October 9, 2014, following the incident earlier that day in which three workers were injured. The mill is located 16 kilometers east of Burns Lake.
CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and a leading standards development organization, opened its new hazardous locations laboratory in Plano, Texas, continuing CSA Group’s global leadership in hazardous locations testing and certification.
With 91 per cent of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data, suggests a report released today by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA).
A college education in engineering and applied science technology opens the door to an average salary of more than $75,000 annually, for a typical engineering technology professional in Ontario.
Engineers Canada is honoured to announce the recipients of its 2014 scholarships who demonstrate great potential as they build on their engineering background by pursuing advanced degrees. The six annual scholarships are provided through the generous support of Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.
Doc Palmer's Planning & Scheduling Training Days comes back to Sudbury, Ont., October 15 - 16 at the Holiday Inn. Maintenance planning and scheduling should dramatically improve the productivity of maintenance.
Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. has announced the schedule for its 2014-2015 Lube Basics Seminars. Scheduled cities in Ontario will include Kitchener, Mississauga, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
July 25, 2014 - At the Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto (June 5-6, 2014), Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills/Compétences Canada, said that the competition is a great opportunity for young people to learn about skilled trades and technology careers through hands-on activities.
Maintenance and asset management disciplines are dominated by highly trained and often very experienced engineering and technical people. There is a saying that to engineers, change is an event but for everyone else, it is a process. Many changes to physical assets will impact how people work. Once the engineering project is over, operations and maintenance must live with it. Management must manage processes in a new way and different results can be measured, monitored and expected. Changes must be managed from top to bottom in any organization. Without good change management and good management of change (we’ll explore the differences) any new initiative, hardware, software, process, procedure, etc., will be at risk. We will explore considerations for any program of change in the technical and non-technical realms and arm participants with ideas on what to watch for and to ensure success with any new change.
The thrust of Susan Lubell's presentation, "Developing a Business Case For Asset Management & Reliability," at Partners in Training in Edmonton (April 15, 2014) revolved around "knowing where you are and where you need to be."
July 2, 2014 - Learn all the basics of IR camera operation, from controls and user interface to report creation and analysis software, in this self-paced online course. Regardless of what camera brand or model you own, or even if you're just interested in purchasing a camera, this course will enable you to successfully operate an IR camera to capture and save meaningful images.
June 13, 2014 – The Hydraulic Institute, in collaboration with Henri Azibert, Technical Director of the Fluid Sealing Association and associated HI committee members, has developed a new webinar session focused on how dual gas seals improve pump system reliability and performance.
ABB’s Automation and Power World (APW) announces a new online education series. The first SmartStream Digital Conference, "Optimizing Technology for the Changing Face of Industry," will take place on June 4. The conference will grant exclusive access to ABB’s industry-leading global experts, known as the Smart Squad and will be presented in a virtual format, making it available around the world in real time.
Without accurate information that is available and easily accessible repairs will take longer and the risks of making a mistake go up substantially. Information must be managed so that the same and current information is available to all who must use it.
December 12, 2014 - Offering a complete line of NIOSH-approved respirator masks, hoods, helmets, air-source equipment, and accessories, Allegro Industries has pioneered the concept of supplied air systems. Low-pressure systems are manufactured with a continuous-flow supplied-air mask, hood, helmet, or air shield in addition to a supplied air source and 50- or 100 feet of breathing air hose. These systems are good for one to three workers. Low- and high-pressure systems are available with a variety of useful accessories, including flow test kits, CO monitors, and airline cascade kits.
December 9, 2014 - A lightweight, insulated blower hose that is highly compressible, energy efficient and easy to handle for onsite construction, fracking, oil & gas, and utilities applications has been introduced by FLEXAUST.
December 9, 2014 - BJM Pumps announces the release of the new XP-KZN heavy duty submersible explosion proof pumps. The XP-KZN Heavy Duty Submersible Slurry Pumps are specifically designed for tough conditions where explosion-proof, FM, C/US approved (Class I, Division 1, Group C & D) are needed. The XP-KZN features a top discharge, slim-line design with agitator to suspend heavy slurries containing coal, ash, sand, gravel or other abrasive materials.
December 10, 2014 - The new 8D-QS Quad Square Lineman’s Wrench from Lowell Corporation packs a number of features to make work easier and safer for high line workers.
December 5, 2014 - It's a known fact — all rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment. If you're still using rulers and dial indicators to ensure your rotating machinery is properly aligned, you could be losing thousands of dollars per year in replacement bearing costs, hours of unnecessary repair time, and crippling unplanned downtime, not to mention taking years off your machine's useful life.
December 4,  2014 - SKF ConRo caster roll line units are uniquely engineered to increase roll service life and cut operating costs for steel mills in the most extreme slab casting conditions. These robust, self-contained, fully sealed, and modular roll units integrate bearings, a patented sealing system, housings, grease, roll bodies, and water connections to serve as complete packages eliminating any need over their lifetime for re-lubrication and the costs associated with grease and frequent maintenance. Ultimately, the units can help mills realize optimized performance, uptime, output, and productivity.
December 4, 2014 - TriStar, LTD. introduced its new EDG-trac Knife Advance System for Pre-Coat Rotary Vacuum Drum Filters (RVDF). The Encoded Digital Guidance (EDG) system is designed to improve filtration performance and reduce energy costs. TriStar states that it will rebuild or remanufacture existing RVDF units at its facility or retrofit the EDG-trac system to an RVDF at the customer’s plant. TriStar systems are operating at facilities throughout North America, and the company is represented in Canada by Lycath Technical Sales, Kitchener, Ontario.
Now even stronger, more efficient and with yet more combination options: There are new additions to the maxon family of X drive products.  Several long versions of brushed DC motors, with higher torques and more power, are being added to the product range, together with matching planetary gearheads. Each of the 3-stage versions can now be combined with the next smaller motor. This saves space, weight and costs.
ISO 50002:2014 is a new International Standard providing useful information on energy audits for all types of facilities and organizations. To cut high energy costs, businesses and organizations are installing energy management systems and performing energy audits to reduce energy consumption and improve performance over the long term. For affordable energy auditing and verification CAS DataLoggers offers the EC-7VAR Three-phase Power & Energy Datalogger Kit, which includes the datalogger, voltage leads, transducers, Rogowski coils, carry case, software and a USB lead for quick connectivity.
Offset couplings from Zero-Max reduce space requirements for parallel offset shafts in large system applications. These specialized couplings provide machine designers with an important option for reducing overall machine size and footprint.
November 20, 2014 - Aerodyne Environmental, an industrial dust collection and material handling solutions company, announces the 10" Vacu-Valve Trickle ValveSystem, one of the lowest-cost, lowest-maintenance dust collector valves available.
With the colder months approaching, it’s the ideal time to start preparing for winter and Goodway recommends performing proper maintenance and cleaning on chiller systems after shutdown to avoid future headaches.
Martin Engineering announced the design and manufacture of a custom moulding cell for its polyurethane conveyor belt cleaners. By mixing, forming and curing its own designs in the modular work station — rather than subcontracting the production as most suppliers do — the company is taking complete control of the entire process, allowing one-day turnaround on most orders and even same-day shipping in many cases.  As a result, customers from any region in the world can benefit from rapid deployment of belt cleaners meeting the highest standards for quality control. 
Question:  “Dear Ken, one of our Aquamaster 631 on board ship drive units is experiencing an ingress of seawater into the hydraulic gearbox unit while leaking lubricant into the sea, I believe this is due to the numerous drive shaft seal failures we have experienced in the past. I have included some photos of the oil and unit reservoir sight glass and would like some advice I can share with management to help resolve this occurring problem.
PEM visited the Siemens Calgary plant, which is one of eight repair facilities located across Canada. The facility specializes in maintenance technologies and focuses on electric motor repairs, turbomachinery, and mechanical and electrical engineering services.
Gelita has developed a new base substance for oil-free, biodegradable cooling lubricants. With its latest invention, Gelita AG is paving the way for the production of high-performance, oil-free cooling lubricants, which are completely free from allergens and toxic substances. Instead of conventional oil, functional proteins ensure that metal-processing can be carried out smoothly. A further advantage is that unwanted oily residues are avoided.
Schneider Electric is partnering with Simio to offer the industry’s leading Wonderware manufacturing operations management software. Simio 3-D simulation-based planning and scheduling software innovations help users meet production deadlines more often at less cost. With this partnership, Simio and Schneider Electric will help customers improve productivity, increase business agility and deepen quality management while reducing the cost of compliance.
Emerson Process Management has licensed royalty free patent rights for its PIDPlus wireless PID controller technology to improve real-time control performance, simplify tuning, and inherently protect against system failures across all control systems. The licenses will be provided through the HART Communication Foundation, the independent organization that provides global support for the application of HART technology.
ACM Facility Safety published a white paper, “Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance,” which shows how safety monitoring software and smart field devices can improve safety system performance and operation.
September 4, 2014 - A decade ago the Computerized Maintenance Management Systems was an ROI (return on investment), equipment safety and performance optimization tool reserved for large, capital-intensive companies. This was because expensive power generating turbines, for example, were required to run for as long as they could in a safe manner and at the peak of their performance. In this type of company, it is widely accepted that the effort in time and money that goes into configuring and using a CMMS system results in large overall savings because the equipment does run better and for a longer time with gains that vastly offset the global CMMS investment.
Aug. 27, 2014 - Advanced Control Systems (ACS) has been selected by Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro (CND) to deliver state-of-the-art outage management (OMS) and distribution management (DMS) systems to the utility. The OMS/DMS will integrate fully into the utility's existing PRISM supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system (also from ACS) to enable CND to operate more efficiently and provide better outage information and more reliable power to their 52,500 customers.
August 27, 2014 - The metalworking fluid industry is already playing an essential role in Resource-Efficient Manufacturing by providing smart, sustainable solutions towards resource efficiency. Quaker Chemical Corporation, a global leader in metalworking fluids, is putting sustainable chemistry into action by helping customers on issues of energy efficiency, waste reduction, safety and durability through new approaches to coolant and cleaner use.  
August 11, 2014 – The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA), formerly the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA), a leading waste-to-energy facility in Hartford, CT has had substantial success using Centritec Seal technology on one of their combustion air supply fans. The non-contact, centrifugal pressure design offered by Centritec Seal resulted in less maintenance and less plant downtime, while providing longer bearing lifespan and increased operating efficiency.
Following a worldwide competitive process, Alberta PowerLine, a partnership between ATCO and Quanta Services, has been selected by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to design, build, own, operate and finance the Fort McMurray West 500-kilovolt (kV) Transmission Project. Alberta PowerLine is 80 per cent owned by Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company, and 20 per cent owned by Quanta Services. Valued at $1.43 billion, the project was awarded through Alberta's recently instituted competitive process.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced new features for its Building Analytics services portfolio, which includes the addition of a scaled-back version, Building Analytics Lite. Both offers assist building owners and facility managers in optimizing operations by making fact-based improvements that are proven to lower energy costs, extend equipment life, improve occupant comfort and make a positive impact on the bottom line. Building Analytics and Building Analytics Lite are part of Schneider Electric’s suite of advanced life cycle services that combine expert guidance and services with advanced data analytics and cloud-based storage.
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will reinforce its power systems business in North America by merging three current businesses into a new company: the thermal and hydro power business operated by Toshiba International Corporation (TIC); the steam turbine and generator (STG) business for nuclear power systems operated by Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE); and the STG business for nuclear power systems operated by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC (WEC), the U.S.-based group company of Toshiba Corporation that is the world’s leading commercial nuclear energy company. The new company, Toshiba America Energy Systems Corporation (TAES), will start operation on April 1, 2015. For nuclear energy applications, TAES will work closely with WEC.
Power management company Eaton is helping utility and industrial customers optimize equipment performance and reduce downtime with an interactive digital educational tool designed to simplify circuit breaker maintenance. Created by Eaton equipment life extension and modernization experts, the Visual Instruction Book Essentials supplements traditional instruction manual information by providing visual, step-by-step training for circuit breaker maintenance and testing processes.
Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, the Canadian Nuclear Association said today.
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.
September 05, 2014 - Hipower Systems, a manufacturer of power-generation and power distribution equipment in the U.S. and Canada, today announced that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has certified two of its natural gas generator lines for the CSA-C22.2 No. 14-13 and No. 100-04 (R2013) standards in Class 4215 01―Electric Generating Plants. With this certification, all Hipower Systems backup natural gas generators in the 20 to 400 Kw range, as well as its prime power/rental natural gas generators from 20 Kva up to 430 Kva, are fully CSA certified. The certified natural gas generators join the Hipower Systems diesel generator line, the majority of which were already certified by the CSA.
August 22, 2014 — The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recently joined the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) as ICP’s sixth Alliance Partner, marking the second trade association to join the ICP initiative in the past two months. Alliance Partner associations are committed to working with ICP to fulfill its mission to meet the need for a skilled industrial distribution workforce.
August 11, 2014 - There are many documented instances of damage to critical electrical equipment caused by wildlife activity. For example, $300,000 of damage was caused by a squirrel to the electrical equipment at a community center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, causing a power surge that impacted the heating and air conditioning system and some parts of a boiler system.
July 11, 2014 – CBS ArcSafe, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces its remote switch actuator for the ABB/Sace Tmax T7M low-voltage moulded case circuit breakers with current ratings of 1,000A and 1,200A. The new CBS ArcSafe RSA-174E actuators are designed for Tmax T7M breakers equipped with optional stored-energy mechanisms (SEMs) and allow technicians to safely close and/or trip breakers outside of the arc-flash hazard boundary without any modification to the breaker. In many installations, the Tmax T7M circuit breakers are recessed into a cabinet, and the new remote switch actuators are designed to mount directly on to the breaker inside these cabinets.
July 2, 2014 – Bill Stephens, National Sales and Marketing Manager for Ideal Industries (Canada), Corp., is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Callahan to the position of Regional Sales Manager, Western Canada, effective June 30th.
July 2, 2014 - In plant retrofit and expansion projects, it's not just a matter of saving on capital equipment and laboUr costs, but also getting the job done quicker so the plant can get back to full productivity.

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