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July 21, 2014 - Bonduelle Canada confirms that a fire was reported in its Ontario Tecumseh plant around 2:00 a.m. last Friday, July 18. There were no casualties registered.
July 21, 2014 - The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released new sector plans for the upcoming year. These sector-oriented plans focus on hazards specific to workplaces in various sectors of the economy.
The Ministry of Labour recently announced a new Certification Training Standard that will impact most Ontario workplaces with 20 or more employees. It is anticipated the new standard will come into effect in early 2015.
A new regulation that requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) came into force July 1, 2014.
June 15, 2014 - General Kinetics Engineering Corporation, a manufacturer of vehicle suspension systems, has been fined $50,000 after a worker fell from a ladder.
May 20, 2014  - Johnson Controls Automotive Canada LP, a manufacturer of foam seats for the automotive industry, has been fined $155,000 after a worker was killed when a hook holding open a metal lid broke.
OSHA is promoting a national Safety Stand-Down during the week of June 2-6, 2014 in an effort to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls. The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) fully supports the program and strongly encourages all of its member companies to participate in this awareness event.
May 5, 2014 – Workplaces across North America will be planning their activities and programs for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), May 4-10. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) provides resources and tools Canadian workplaces can use to create their own safety week program.
CSA Group, a leading global organization in standards development and testing and certification services, is an industry leader in Europe with its unique service that provides on-site and one-time verification of up to 500 units of equipment. The service was developed specifically to address the needs of companies who want to market electrical equipment to the North American market and either have single or low-quantity volumes of products, prototypes or have developed specialized made-to-order products for which no specific certification requirements exist. The service is called either “US Field Evaluation” for US market entry and “Special Inspection” Program for Canada.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed an e-course to help Ontario supervisors learn about Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and how it affects their role as a supervisor.
Partners in Prevention 2014, Canada's largest health and safety Conference and Trade Show taking place April 29 – 30, 2014 at The International Centre, will explore the building blocks needed to achieve positive change. On the heels of Ontario's new health and safety strategy which was released at the end of 2013, investing in employee safety not only brings big returns to a company's bottom line, but also helps to foster safety cultures across the province.
February 14,  2014 - The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has certified the 100th lift inspector through the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program, making it easier than ever for lift owners to find qualified individuals to perform mandated annual lift inspections.
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.
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.
Sean Miller is an ultrasound expert whose Partners in Training presentation is suitably named “Ultrasound 101: To Improve Asset Reliability.” Miller will present this highly effective, practical session at the upcoming Partners in Training in Winnipeg on May 22.
Risks come in a variety of forms and sizes and many cannot be eliminated. Physical assets used in production or the delivery of a service or product can all fail to do their jobs. Failures can result in safety, environmental, quality loss and public image hazards. Management strategies for risks also come in a variety of forms and levels of effectiveness. This webinar puts risk in a broader “asset management” context as outlined in the new international standards for Asset Management. It will explain what risk is, what to consider, when to consider them, what risk management actions can be considered and how well they will protect you and your company.
Partners in Training will be in Winnipeg on May 28, 2014. This one-day event is a must for every maintenance professional. Finger-on-the-pulse maintenance topics and veteran reliability and asset management professionals provide relevant knowledge based on their experience.
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario (MCAO) and the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC) officially announced its partnership with Skills/Compétences Canada today. Both organizations will be premier sponsors at the 2014 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) taking place June 4-7 at The International Centre in Toronto.
The theme of this year's Partners in Training is Asset Management & Reliability. The first of four educational events planned for this 2014 was held on April 15, at the Executive Royal Hotel West Edmonton.
Introducing PEM's webinar series. The series, themed "Asset Management & Reliability," highlights the practical implementation of maintenance solutions. Best-selling author and PEM columnist, James Reyes Picknell, leads the discussion.
July 21, 2014 - Tsubaki KabelSchlepp introduced the TKA Series Cable & Hose Carriers, which are especially tight to reliably protect cables against dirt, chips and circulating spray water while also preventing ingress of coolants and lubricants.
July 21, 2014 – Baldor Electric Company’s Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system delivers high torque, low maintenance and potential energy savings with less overhung load than V-belts. HT500 belts also offer longer life in wet/oily environments than rubber made products.
July 11, 2014 – Lincoln Electric has enhanced its next-generation Miniflex weld fume control system. Created for the welder on the go, the Miniflex removes and filters welding fumes wherever welding operators go, including confined and other hard-to-reach spaces.
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 11, 2014 - These auto prime pumps have a capacity of 100 m3/hour to a maximum of 6500 m3/hour. The BA diesel-driven pumps have been actively used on the market for many years. Now, with the development of a new standard norm block construction (NMC) BBA Pumps offers a modular and compact electrically driven pump design that is fully in sync with the company's “lowest cost of ownership” philosophy.
July 11, 2014 - SKF has launched the SKF @ptitude Analyst 2013 version 8.1 software upgrade, which further enhances the capability of this analysis and reporting software, as well as an upgrade to the online protection system - Multilog IMx-M. When used in combination to monitor plant semi critical and critical rotating assets these two products offer both machinery protection and improved maintenance efficiency.
July 2, 2014 – Baldor Electric Company announced a new line of energy efficient electric motors. The Large AC – GPM induction motor is available up to 1,500 HP. Large AC – GPM motors are available in stock ratings of 250 – 1,000 HP, 2300/4000 Volt, Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC), foot mounted designs. Custom motors are available in 250 – 1,500 HP, 460, 575, 2300/400 Volt, TEFC, in foot mounted designs. The GPM product line of Large AC motors fits various industrial applications including pumps, fan, conveyors and compressors requiring high torque.
July 2, 2014 – Process Heating Company offers Flanged Immersion Heaters, which can be built into any tank, large vat or reservoir ranging from 100 to 1 million gallons to provide precise, controlled heat that prevents coking or damaging of temperature-sensitive material. The flange-mounted heater is unique in the industry because it features a drywell-style element that resides inside a pipe or tube, allowing the element to be accessed and removed from outside the tank for maintenance, eliminating the need to drain the tank to service the elements. The Flanged Immersion Heater consists of a standard ANSI 150- or 300-pound flange for mounting, with Process Heating Company’s exclusive Lo-Density (low-watt density) heating elements that spread heat out over a large surface. The flanges are available in sizes ranging from 3 inches to 36 inches.
July 2, 2014 - FANUC America Corporation introduces CNC innovations that improve machining performance, ease of use and maintenance. These include: introduction of the new Series 0i-F CNC with new commonality of design and 15" display option, a new CNC platform with built in Bluetooth technology and digital servo adapter with new EtherCAT interface.
June 20, 2014 – KSB’s new AmaDS3 pump station offers a reliable, low-maintenance solution for wastewater lift station systems that require pumps to deliver wastewater from a collection point to a treatment facility.
June 20, 2014 – Jet Edge, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet technology, has a 5-axis precision waterjet cutting system. The EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet cuts precise taper-free parts from virtually any material.
June 20, 2014 — Des-Case Corporation, a manufacturer of contamination control products that improve equipment reliability, announced its recent purchase of the visual oil analysis product line of ESCO, an oil sight glass and level monitor manufacturer, Copaltite distributor, and Dow Corning product distributor. Products acquired include ESCO's popular 3-D BullsEye Viewport, as well as its oil sight glasses, indicators, and oil level monitors.
June 9, 2014 – Every plant has a process on site for performing and managing calibrations, but there can be many different types of calibration processes and they vary in terms of quality, efficiency and productiveness.
While there are any number of reasons why facilities have differing approaches to developing a maintenance budget, a new white paper developed by Management Resources Group, Inc. reports that maintenance managers can take better control of their budgets if they enhance their efforts on specific practices that impact the business in a positive or negative way.
June 2, 2014 - Bombardier confirmed that there was an engine-related incident during stationary ground maintenance testing involving the CSeries FTV1 aircraft at its facility in Mirabel, Qué. on May 29.
Emerson announced that it has acquired Management Resources Group, Inc. (MRG), a leading reliability consulting services firm. The acquisition adds the deep asset-reliability consulting expertise of MRG to Emerson Process Management's existing asset management capabilities to help customers who face growing needs to improve safety, increase plant uptime and reduce maintenance costs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has been awarded a five year contract by Public Works and Government Services Canada for operations and maintenance of the North Warning System (NWS). The contract also includes two options totalling an additional five years.
The Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM) held its ninth face-to-face meeting from May 3-9 in conjunction with the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS) in Helsinki, Finland.
Sean Miller is an ultrasound expert whose Partners in Training presentation is suitably named “Ultrasound 101: To Improve Asset Reliability.” Miller will present this highly effective, practical session at the upcoming Partners in Training in Sudbury on September 23.
A global leader in bulk material handling technology is helping conveyor users reduce operating costs and improve safety with inspection and maintenance programs designed specifically for each individual system. The Walk the Belt program from Martin Engineering provides regularly scheduled reviews of belts, cleaners, tracking, chutes, dust control and other components from experienced specialists with the training and expertise to maximize productivity and reduce downtime.
Waste Services, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement North America, announced today that the City of Edmonton has awarded it a five-year contract worth up to $45 million to operate and maintain the 64,000-square-foot Materials Recovery Facility at the mammoth Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
Throughout this week (March 17 – 21), review video clips from our 2013 Partners in Training sessions, themed “Shutdowns & Turnarounds." Then, register for the event in your vicinity (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Ont., and Burlington, Ont.). This year’s theme, "Asset Management and Reliability," will feature industry leaders who will emphasize the practical implementation of their solutions.
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.
June 20, 2014 – KSB Pumps Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of global pump manufacturer KSB Group, celebrates its 25th anniversary in Canada this year.
June 19, 2014 – Schneider Electric announced today that it has obtained all required regulatory approvals and subsequently finalized the sale of the Invensys Appliance division, which will be renamed Robertshaw Controls Company, to an affiliate of Sun European Partners, LLP. The transaction is worth £150 million ($277 million).
June 13, 2014 - Electricians use Ideal fish tapes on a daily basis to snake electrical wires and communications cables through conduit, finished walls, and hard-to-reach spaces above ceilings and below flooring.
Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT), a Siemens company, and Bluewater Energy Services B.V. (Bluewater) have agreed to jointly develop a 2 megawatt floating tidal current turbine, called SeaGen F. This turbine will be the first of its kind to be installed in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, in cooperation with Nova Scotian project developer Minas Energy. The turbines will produce enough clean and reliable energy to supply up to 1,800 Nova Scotian households. Plans are under development to build-out a commercial multi- megawatt array at the tidal energy facilities of Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is pleased to launch The Regulatory Roadmap, the latest component of its about pipelines program aimed at improving literacy regarding the transmission pipeline industry among Canadians. Now available on the CEPA website, The Regulatory Roadmap is an interactive, multi-media program that sheds light on the complexities of pipeline regulation in Canada.
Face-to-face outreach is the key to networking success. That’s according to Ann Arnott, Vice President and CEO of PTDA, who recently promoted her organization at IFPE, the international exposition and technical conference, which integrates fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications. In this video Arnott offers support for PTDA members and promotes the upcoming PTDA Canadian forum for power transmission/motion control distributors in Quebec City (June 5 – 7).
March 14, 2014 – Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) replacement parts, has released a new video on their “MiHow2” series of product/application solutions. The instructive video shares practical industrial applications that can be adapted to facilities. 
March 14, 2014 - Power management company Eaton today announced the release of the latest version of Power Xpert Insight software. The power and energy monitoring software provides a dashboard view into real-time energy usage, efficiency and power quality for facility, energy, information technology and health care managers. The upgrade builds on the robust platform by providing users with enhanced alarm notification, advanced building integration capabilities, and simplified setup and commissioning.
March 7, 2014 - “This year, we are excited to demonstrate how our Cat Connect portfolio of integrated technologies can help our customers get the most out of their current machines and our newest construction products,” said Caterpillar chairman and chief executive officer, Doug Oberhelman, at the IFPE/CONEXPO press briefing.
We all know that hard-to-reach lubrication fittings can present a major maintenance problem for the proper care of all types of machinery. Hidden or guarded lubrication fittings can lead to production downtime, higher operating and maintenance costs and the risk of personal injury to operators and employees.   By: Mike Deckert, Vice-President with Gabriel Lopez, Marketing Specialist, FLO Components Ltd.
In industrial maintenance, utilities and other asset-intensive industries, plant managers are telling maintenance managers they want them to implement the RCM (reliability-centered maintenance) processes they keep reading about in trade magazines. But many don’t really understand what RCM means or what level of organizational commitment and development are necessary to achieve it.