The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to strengthen requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The proposal would apply to all buildings and structures where suspended access equipment may be used and where the Regulation applies. The proposal would not apply to activities subject to the Window Cleaning Regulation (Regulation 859).
The concept of workplace health and safety has changed dramatically since the Factory Act of 1884. In the early 1900’s, the most common causes of workplace injury were cuts, lacerations and punctures caused by machinery. Fast forward to today when the gamut of workplace injuries range from chemical spills to repetitive strain injuries to death. In fact, in 2013, Ontario recorded 266 workplace deaths and 54,430 (accepted lost time injuries) workplace injuries were documented. As Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference, Partners in Prevention is crucial in protecting Ontario’s 5,059,481 workers.
The B.C. government has introduced legislation to improve workplace health and safety as part of its commitment to implement key recommendations made by Gordon Macatee, WorkSafeBC special advisor, in his WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan report released in July 2014.
Massilly North America Inc./Massilly Amerique de Nord Inc., a producer of metal twist caps and closures for the food and beverage industry, pleaded guilty and was fined $170,000 after a worker was killed by a moving platform.
With the recent announcement of the changes to Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015), a website has been released to help Canadians transition from the old WHMIS system to WHMIS 2015 which implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
Ontario will target hazards involving slips, trips and falls at workplaces in the industrial sector during a six-week safety blitz this winter.
General Motors of Canada pleaded guilty and was fined $160,000 after a worker was hospitalized with injuries sustained from a 2,000-pound lift table falling and crushing the worker.
Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead to prevent cold-related health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
In its investigation report (A13P0163) released on January 7, 2015, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that a Kamov Ka-32 helicopter operated by VIH Helicopters Ltd. suffered an engine power loss due to anomalies in engine components that were not detected by quality control during engine manufacture and assembly.
New Mex Canada Inc., an importer and retailer of furniture and accessories, has been fined $250,000 and two of its directors, Baldev Purba and Rajinder Saini, have been jailed for 25 days each after pleading guilty to safety violations that led to the death of a warehouse worker.
January 19, 2015 - Hydro One Networks Inc. has pleaded guilty and has been fined $325,000 after a worker was killed while moving power equipment at the electricity transmission and distribution company's Hinchinbrooke Distribution Station.
ABB announced that its operations in Canada have been certified by TÜV SÜD as having in place and applying a Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) for the design and engineering of safety instrumented system (SIS) projects in accordance with industry good practice safety standards. These standards include IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 for the integration and implementation of safety instrumented systems.
Siemens Canada has signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Seneca College and Sheridan College. These MOU signings focus on Mechatronics programs and strengthens cooperation between Siemens and Canadian colleges and universities. The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is a comprehensive industry skills certification offered together with partner schools worldwide. A central theme is the System Approach, a special set of teaching and learning methods developed over 25 years in Siemens technical schools in Germany.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan, an important initiative that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan, an Economic Action Plan 2014 commitment that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training.The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan, an important initiative that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
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."
March 26, 2015 - Spectro Analytical Instruments’ Amecare M2M service offers the continuous remote monitoring of select Spectro ICP spectrometers to proactively ensure their integrity of operation and reduce the risk of downtime. The service is offered in combination with Spectro’s Amecare Preventative Maintenance programs.
March 26, 2015 - A patented portable tube fin removal tool that features a new aggressive rack-and-pinion feed mechanism and side ratchet to rapidly peel back HRSG tubes has been introduced by ESCO Tool.
March 26, 2015 - The Atlas Copco XATS 400 JD iT4 compressor tackles a wide range of projects with its dependable output and variable pressure capabilities. The compressor moves as much as 400 cubic feet per minute of air at operating pressures from 58 to 150 psi. This allows contractors to use one compressor for a variety of projects, including operating pneumatic tools, pipeline testing, sandblasting and many other applications. Rental centres also can serve a wide range of customers with the compressor, which contributes to its high utilization and ROI.
March 16, 2015 - A line of oil mist eliminators that fit onto the exhaust of a vacuum pump to create a cleaner and safer environment in small production and assembly areas is available from MV Products of North Billerica, Mass.
March 14, 2015 - Coxreels announced that the Stainless Steel T Series has been expanded and feature a total of nine models. Six new models have been included into this specialty Stainless Steel Series to complete the offering with a variety of hose sizes and hose length capacities and satisfy the high demand for heavy-duty industrial grade “Truck Mount” hose reels.
March 14, 2015 - Baldor Electric Company announces a new addition to our gear reducer product offering, the Baldor-Dodge Vertical Gear Motor. The Vertical Gear Motor offers a cost-effective alternative to the common low speed vertical pump drive technologies, which utilize large, high pole count vertical motors or a combination of horizontal motor with a right angle gear reducer. The Vertical Gear Motor is built on a standard low pole count induction motor platform utilizing proven, highly efficient Dodge planetary gearing. This results in a smaller, lighter, highly efficient drive package.
March 11, 2015 - Clampseal in-line serviceable Y, angle and T-pattern globe stop, check- and stop-check valves are ideal for severe service applications and offer proven, superior life cycle value when compared with many options on the market.
March 11, 2015 – The Amlok Hydraulic Series RCH Rod Clamp has been developed to provide power-off clamping of rods and shafts. The type RCH Rod Clamps are actuated by a spring/collet mechanism and unclamped by hydraulic pressure. These rod clamps are designed to clamp components after the motion has stopped and to hold the position securely as long as the forces do not exceed the table values.
March 11, 2015 - In many packaged goods plants, static in the air can cause contaminants to adhere to packages (cans, bottles, trays, etc.); static can even cause packaging material flow problems.
March 6, 2015 - Winters industrial pressure switches offer a wide variety of ranges from Vacuum to 10,000 PSI with wetted parts material options to fit multiple applications such as HVAC, gas compressors and oil & gas. Their rugged construction meets NEMA 4, 4X, 7 or 9 ratings for the harshest environments and they have a high tolerance to shock and vibration. Winters industrial pressure switches meet NACE standards for sour gas service and are CRN registered for Canada.
March 6, 2015 - Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. introduces its new iP60-30 60,000 psi (4100 bar), 30hp (22 kw) hydraulic waterjet intensifier pump.
RtTech is proud to announce the release of a new, cloud-based version of its award-winning real-time KPI Calculator software, RtDuet. Offered on a monthly subscription basis, RtDuet Cloud is primarily directed towards small to medium manufacturers.
Siemens is building an open cloud platform for analyzing large datasets in industry. This will provide a platform for data-based services such as Siemens offers for predictive maintenance, asset and energy data management. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can also create their own applications to exploit the open infrastructure for data analytics. For example, data can be analyzed to optimize operation of the OEM's machinery fleets (Platform as a Service). It is intended that the new cloud platform will utilize the technologies of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Based on SAP's in-memory technology, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform is an open platform that enables customers and developers to develop, extend and operate apps in the cloud.
Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts has released a new Tom’s Toolbox video that highlights the importance of proper handling and storage of bearings. Tom’s Toolbox videos are available for viewing on Motion Industries’ MiHow2 YouTube channel, which was established in 2012.
Applying a lean program successfully in any maintenance operation requires a toolset. This set is labelled 5S and is filled with principles designed to turn a wide variety of tasks performed by different people in different ways into standard work output. Before 1997, many at Parker Canada’s cylinder facility thought implementing that toolset would be a waste of time, but when Parker Canada Division implemented it as a way of life, the culture it created proved its wisdom.
A newsprint mill contacted me the other day. They had a single-stage gearbox that had been noisy from the first day of operation after it had come back from refurbishment at a local shop. Due to the unusual noise, they were taking weekly vibration analysis measures looking for something wrong with the gearbox.
Choosing a flowmeter can be difficult because there are many technologies, kinds of flow and operating conditions. Universal Flow Monitors’ upgraded website (www.flowmeters.com) helps users make better flowmeter decisions, according to Erik Rosaen, vice-president of marketing.
Richmond, BC, a dynamic and rapidly growing municipality near Vancouver, faces serious challenge from flooding. Built on several low-lying islands in the Fraser Delta, the city has an average elevation of just one metre above sea level. In order to keep Lulu Island, the main population centre, from being inundated by high levels of ocean and river water, the City has constructed a system of dikes and pumping stations. This system is being extended through a combination of dike extensions and pump upgrades that feature KSB Amacan P axial-flow submersible motor pumps.
Fluke Connect will be presented with the top honour in the Innovation Awards software category this week at AHR Expo held at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is the fifth honour for Fluke Connect since its launch in May 2014.
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, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the launch of Performance Analytics, a new suite of functionality within its award-winning StruxureWare Resource Advisor software platform. Helping more than 4,500 clients with over 20,000 users across 130 countries manage more than $30 billion of energy spend, Resource Advisor is the industry's leading energy and sustainability platform. This functionality builds on Resource Advisor's already powerful set of capabilities, which includes the ability to monitor energy and carbon markets, manage key sustainability metrics and report results to stakeholders on more than 400 types of resource streams, including utility and facility data, weather data, and water and energy usage.
Motor drives, which act exactly like an accelerator pedal that speeds up or slows down a vehicle in exact proportion to driving conditions, are the unsung heroes of the energy world. Because they regulate motors so precisely, and because motors are the major consumers of energy produced for industry, the installed base of drives save energy and keep CO2 emissions out of our Earth's atmosphere in dramatic proportions.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy today announced the official opening of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research and train employees.
Facilities can quickly identify inefficiencies and energy waste with a new web-based solution offered by Hydro Ottawa's subsidiary Energy Ottawa Inc. The EnergyFlow Monitor tracks a building's energy and water use in real-time, providing valuable data to identify inefficiencies or adjust settings based on occupancy patterns. Electricity generation, such as solar PV, can also be monitored and graphically presented.
Legend Power Systems Inc. is pleased to announce that its energy saving product, the Harmonizer, has helped OCAD University lower the greenhouse emissions of their Toronto campus while saving over $20,000 per year, with a payback period of 2.6 years. The Harmonizer, a device which saves energy by regulating incoming voltage levels, has reduced the university's greenhouse gas emissions by 31 metric tons, saving 171,000 kWh per year.
January 2, 2015 – Atlas Copco Portable Energy gave tradeshow attendees an exclusive preview of its Tier 4 Final QAS 275 generator before it hits the market in the second quarter of 2015. The new generator meets Tier 4 emission standards without a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and features the latest technology that simplifies maintenance. The new generator was on display December 8-11 during the 2014 POWER-GEN International tradeshow in Orlando, Florida.
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.
Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) is a greenhouse gas that is widely used as an insulator and breaker medium within switches, circuit-breakers, and other MV and HV electrical transmission and distribution equipment.
Most organizations have gaps in their electrical infrastructure maintenance practices.