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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.
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.
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."
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.
January 23, 2015 – The new Stallion Hybrid trunnions allow faceplates and chucks to be installed without removal of the trunnion table for faster part setups, increased productivity and higher quality parts. The versatile workholding workhorses accommodate a variety of vises, fixtures, 3- and 4-jaw chucks and collet chucks for flexible job shop workholding. Two models are available, the Stallion Hybrid 9/20 (9 in. x 20 in.) designed to hold a 6-in. vise and the 9/23 (9 in. x 23 in.) designed for double or single station 6-in. vises. 
January 23, 2015 - Morgan announces the availability of its slips rings for the rotary transmission of power and signals. Sold under its Rekofa brand, and with over 50 years’ production experience they feature reliable performance in constantly rotating equipment. Trusted by some of the world’s leading wine turbine producers, the products have already been installed in thousands of wind turbines worldwide.
January 23, 2015 – Browning introduces an upgrade to its popular Toolbox Technician mobile app with a new HVAC Drive Kit Management module, along with new content for the existing V-belt and bearing modules.
January 16, 2015 –  Designed especially for cost-conscious shops with limited floor space, Jet Edge’s 3-axis BOSS-CUTTER waterjet system cuts parts up to 6” thick from virtually any material.
J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 129.2 Steel and Stainless Steel Hinges, in metric sizes.
January 15, 2015 – Aerodyne Environmental, the industry's leading manufacturer of industrial cyclonic dust collectors and dust collection valves, announces the StopTight Knife Gate Valve. This dry material handling valve is the easiest and most economical way to control flow in a bulk-material handling system.
January 12, 2015 — ODE Valve Canada has introduced an extensive series of two-way and three-way high quality affordable solenoid valves, manifolds and pressure transducers that have been designed for a wide variety of industrial and OEM applications.
January 12, 2015 — Intertec has launched a large cube-shaped sunshade for process instrumentation. It provides plant engineers with a highly cost-effective means of shielding equipment such as electronic monitoring systems, explosion-proof junction boxes or analyzer installations from solar radiation. Dubbed CubeShade, the protective cover measures 600 x 550 x 500 mm (HxWxD). This provides a massive 165 liter capacity shaded environment that makes it easy to accommodate and protect large or multiple instruments, as well as simplifying maintenance access.
Anderson Power Products (APP) Mini PL SPEC Pak is a series of compact, environmentally sealed connectors. Mini PL SPEC Pak connectors are touch safe on both sides and feature a latching shell. Power handling capabilities up to 23 amps and 600 volts AC/DC per pole allow more power in a smaller waterproof (IP68) shell than competing solutions.
Aalborg Instruments’ upgraded Mass Flow GFM Meters and GFC Controllers, designed respectively to read or set gas flow rates, now include upgraded features that enhance the products’ performance without impacting the cost.
January 2, 2015 - Alliance Sensors Group a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop pitch and brakes, chute or gate positioners on off-road or agri-vehicles, robotic arm position feedback, and packaging equipment. With their compact yet robust design, superior performance, and excellent stroke-to-length ratio, LR-27 sensors are ideal for both industrial and OEM position sensing applications. 
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.  
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.

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