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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.
SGS Canada Inc., a company that provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $55,000 after a worker lost part of a finger in a machine.
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.
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."
February 18, 2015 — Power management company Eaton has a range of stacklight solutions designed to improve control over key processes and enhance machine availability in industrial applications. With the ability to display up to five processes at once and configure a range of audible notifications, the new Eaton SL series stacklights are engineered to enable safe and convenient oversight of machine processes.
February 18, 2015 - A new, compact Rotary Drum Screen from Munson Machinery removes solids from industrial and municipal waste streams, and recovers solid product from process streams, at rates from 2,270 to 10,560 litre/min without blinding or clogging the screen, while reducing floor space and headroom requirements compared with non-rotating equipment of equivalent capacity, according to the company.
February 17, 2015 - Introducing a new family of motors from Kollmorgen - the KBM Series Frameless Brushless Motors. Its inherent features and resulting performance attributes make the KBM a perfect fit for applications that demand a flexible, highly optimized motion solution.
February 13, 2015 – Sullair announced the launch of the newly enhanced Sullube air compressor lubricant, produced by The Dow Chemical Company.
A wireless Bluetooth crane scale that is ideal for weighing I-Beams prior to shipment, as well as other construction materials, with optimum operator safety is available from Alliance Scale, Inc. of Canton, Mass.
February 12, 2015 – For service plumbers who need a versatile video inspection system, Ridgid introduces the D2B Drum, the latest addition to the SeeSnake D2 Drum Series for the rM200 Camera System.
February 12, 2015 – Many industrial applications for dust collection require equipment able to fit in tight, compact areas, a challenge for many traditional dust collection cyclones. Aerodyne, the industry's leader in industrial dust collection and material handling valves, has developed a series of compact high-efficiency solutions to industries with demanding dust collection applications, and it has developed an infographic to highlight the space-saving capabilities of its cyclone dust collection solutions. The Aerodyne GPC dust collector is one of the most space-saving products that Aerodyne provides to companies in the pharmaceutical, mining, food processing, and numerous other industries.
Allegro Industries’ extensive family of safety equipment and accessories for the industrial workplace includes everything you need to effectively clean and care for your eyewear helping workers perform safely and efficiently. Allegro manufactures two Disposable Cleaning Stations constructed from heavy-duty, recyclable cardboard and the Plastic Disposable Cleaning Station. All 3 units can be wall mounted or tabletop. The stations come with an anti-fog, anti-static solution and lint-free tissues, and all are available in refill sizes.
The PSW8 series of compact modular pressure switches feature easy field setting with hex 5 allen screw.
In an effort to simplify and improve Rittal’s JB platform enclosure series, Rittal Systems is now including the appropriate zinc-plated mounting panel with all junction box enclosures. This change aligns with Rittal’s WM offerings that include the mounting panel. At this time, the price of the Rittal JB enclosure with mounting plate will remain at current enclosure only prices.
February 2, 2015 - Kurt Hydraulics offers Push-On Hose and Push-Loc Hose Couplings for low pressure applications. The product combination allows the Push-On fittings to be easily and quickly inserted into the hose for a tight fit. No special crimping tools are needed.
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 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.
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.
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.

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