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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.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing as Canadians prepare to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). To help educate workers about the upcoming changes, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new e-course, in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada (formerly the National Office of WHMIS) and funded by Health Canada. It is offered free of charge to the first 100,000 participants, for up to one year, and is available in English and French.
Autoneum Canada Ltd., a company that manufactures noise reduction and heat shield components for vehicles, has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured by an unguarded mechanism.
Cordelia Clarke Julien, Director, Training and Safety Programs, Prevention Office, Ontario Ministry of Labour, will speak at the IPAF North American Convention that will be held on October 1 - 2, in Toronto. Clarke Julien will discuss what all responsible parties – employers, supervisors and workers – can do to make the workplace safer and prevent illness and injury.
Ontario is launching a workplace safety blitz that will focus on hazards involving material handling to ensure workers are safe on the job.
The Ministry of Labour is pleased to announce the first call for proposals for its Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP).
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.
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.
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.
Gray Tools Canada Inc. launched its newest line of hand tools designed to protect maintenance professionals, such as electricians and linesmen, who work in proximity to live electrical current. The new assortment of 1000V insulated tools consists of over 250 tools including a complete offering of sockets, wrenches, hex keys, ratchets, pliers, screwdrivers, cutting tools and other vital hand tools.
Fluke Corporation has launched its highest resolution infrared camera ever: the Fluke TiX Series Infrared Cameras. The TiX1000 (with 1024 x 768 resolution), TiX660, and TiX640 (both 640 x 480) feature up to ten times the on-camera pixels as are available on standard 320 x 240 cameras and a large 5.6-inch articulating display to help quickly identify issues while still in the field. The TiX Expert Series delivers highly detailed image quality, the most advanced focusing options available on one infrared camera, and the versatility to capture accurate measurements from targets that are challenging, dangerous, or moving too fast.
November 13, 2014 – Harting’s new Han High Temp connectors are designed to circumvent the limitations of deploying connectors in hot manufacturing applications up to 200ºC like mould machines and casting equipment. Conventional connector solutions involve locating the connectors well away from high temp areas of the machinery, requiring additional cabling. The Han High Temp can be located right at the machine, saving on cabling and potentially simplifying machine design and wiring. The connector can be mated and unmated at temperatures up to 200ºC due to a special non-adhesive seal Harting implemented in the connector.
H. G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group has released its LV-45 series linear position sensor. The LV-45 linear position sensors are specifically designed for measuring applications requiring rugged devices, whether measuring position of steam turbine valves, mounted in a paper mill head box or calendar roll stand, or outdoors fastened to a building, bridge or structure. The LV-45 series was designed after identifying the wants and needs of engineers in the industrial world, so LV-45 Series linear position sensors can withstand the high vibration and severe shock environment found in steel, aluminum, and paper mills, as well as extremes of temperature and humidity found in most outdoor applications where many other types of linear position sensors cannot survive.
Alerton International has introduced the SafetyBlu SB-450 Blue Light Inspection Kit, featuring a portable, high-intensity blue light (450 nm) LED flashlight. Used in conjunction with the company’s revolutionary FluidSafe fluorescent additive, the SB-450 kit locates hydraulic fluid leaks early on. This can help prevent injection injuries to mine workers, and also reduces fluid consumption by 5 per cent to 7 per cent annually.When added to the reservoirs of hydraulic machinery, FluidSafe aids in the detection and surgical removal of hydraulic fluid in the event of an accidental fluid injection that penetrates the skin. When viewed under the SafetyBlu lamp’s high-intensity blue light, the additive’s bright green fluorescent glow pinpoints the injection track quickly and accurately. This makes it easy for medical personnel to confirm whether a penetration actually occurred, and if so, to precisely determine the extent of the injury.The SafetyBlu flashlight is also very effective in detecting fluid leaks in hydraulic system hoses, fittings, seals and other components. This allows small leaks to be repaired before they lead to catastrophic failures. It also lowers operating costs by reducing the loss of hydraulic fluid.The lamp features a rugged, anodized aluminum body, which reduces corrosion and stands up to years of heavy use. Powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery, it provides 90 minutes of continuous inspection between charges. The LED is rated at a 100,000-hour service life.In addition to the SafetyBlu flashlight, the SB-450 kit comes complete with smart AC and DC chargers, yellow fluorescence-enhancing glasses and a belt holster. All components are packed in a padded carrying case.For more information, visit www.alertoninternational.com.
The Lincoln Electric Company has provided a new solution for the first-time buyer in welding automation – the Auto-Mate pre-engineered robotic welding cell. These affordable cells enable the new buyers to quickly and easily implement automated welding.
Milwaukee Tool continues to expand its M18 LITHIUM-ION system with the introduction of the new M18 1/4” Hex Right Angle Impact Driver and 3/8” Right Angle Impact Wrench. Offering ultimate speed and control in hard to reach fastening applications, the new products feature a 43mm (1.7”) head profile to deliver access to areas where a pistol-grip impact cannot reach, and are the only tools in the category to offer multiple speed/torque modes through proprietary 2-Mode Drive Control.
Holmatro is introducing a new series of innovative hand pumps suitable for all industrial applications.
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.
July 22, 2014 - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has renewed the company’s operations and maintenance contract for the GTAA cogeneration and central utilities plant for another five years, with the possibility of one two-year extension. SNC-Lavalin has operated the power plant since it successfully completed the design and construction of the facility in 2005.
July 14, 2014 - Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance introduces SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Asset Mapping) for use throughout Canada. SkyBEAM uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with high-resolution thermographic (infrared) and video cameras to help Tremco Roofing's customers locate where their facilities may be leaking energy through gaps in the roof, facade or elsewhere, or may have wet insulation; and to find and photograph other potential problems on the site.
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.
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.
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.
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.