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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.
February 13, 2014 — The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration's proposal to postpone the compliance date for crane operator certification by three years was made official on Feb. 7, 2014, when it was published in the Federal Register. The industry has until March 12, 2014 to comment on the rulemaking. Until a decision is reached, the current compliance date remains in effect for Nov. 10, 2014.
February 6, 2014 – Each year, the last day of February is reserved for International Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, a day dedicated to RSI education and prevention. February 28, 2014 will mark the 15th Annual RSI Awareness Day.
January 31, 2014 - Proposed regulatory amendments to further improve the safety of the transportation of dangerous goods by rail have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I.
January 31, 2014 – A new employee safety orientation program has been released by CLMI and is now available through Electrolab Training Systems.
January 24, 2014 - Iron Mountain Canada Operations ULC, a document-shredding company, was fined $90,000 for a violation of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker at a Toronto plant lost an arm.
December 19, 2013 - Ontario is implementing a new workplace training standard to prevent falls and improve safety for workers who work at heights. The standard will initially be voluntary and will apply to workplaces in the construction sector, as well as to construction activity in other workplaces.
December 16, 2013 - Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has developed the province’s first integrated strategy to prevent injuries and improve the delivery of workplace health and safety.
December 13, 2013 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its report (A12O0074) today into the 28 May 2012, Boeing 777 engine failure and emergency landing. There were no injuries but there was some damage to private property resulting from falling debris.
December 10, 2013 - The Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) sub-group for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) has unanimously agreed to change the terminology used for additional equipment or devices that can be fitted to a MEWP in order to reduce the risk of overhead crushing injury, from “anti-entrapment” to “secondary guarding” devices.
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.
Partners in Training will be in Edmonton on April 15. New topics have been added to the agenda, including: “Make Your Enterprise Asset Management System Work For You.”
March 27, 2014 — ACM Facility Safety and the Institute of Hazard Prevention present the Inspire 2014 Conference on May 6-8, 2014 in Calgary. The conference covers process safety issues and technology and features workshops, papers, demonstrations and panel discussions covering safety topics including SIL, HAZOP, offshore safety, the safety culture and how to improve safety procedures in process plants.
March 25, 2014 — Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, plans to host two days of live training at Ontario’s Conestoga College. The company’s cutting experts will present sessions at the school’s Cambridge Campus on April 30 and May 1. The workshops will show people how to improve their system performance, material usage, and consumable life.
February 25, 2014 - Addressing the skills gap continues to be top of mind with Canadian workers, according to a new study by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada. In fact, more than nine-in-ten (91.2%) of working Canadians say they feel that the skills shortage/skills gap will continue to be an issue of importance in Canada in 2014.
February 21, 2014 - The author of Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management will present his solution when he returns to Partners in Training in Edmonton on April 15.
January 31, 2014 - While a host of factors will influence profitability, maximizing your plant’s production output potential is arguably one of its greatest opportunities. But how does one align this with bottom-line expectations?
January 31, 2014 — Conval, a global leader in valves for the world’s most demanding valve applications, offers a complete line of single and double bellows Clampseal valves. These valves allow for zero emissions, and are ideal for applications where packed valves may not reliably contain light gases or hazardous system fluids, due to leakage in the stem/packing seal area or stuffing box wall/packing seal area.
January  18, 2014 — The Harold C. Schott Foundation has made a significant commitment of $210,000 over three years, specifically designated for use by Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) to further its mission of building awareness of industrial distribution as an incredibly rewarding career choice. 
January 10, 2014 – The Hydraulic Institute entered a Training Partner Agreement with Grundfos USA , one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers, that allows both organizations to leverage high quality, co-branded educational and training programs designed for pump end-users, distributor and engineering consulting firms. 
January 6, 2014 – Maintenance professionals will get together for educational presentations in Edmonton when Partners in Training kicks off from April 15-17, 2014.
April 11, 2014 - A field-proven, right angle drive I.D. clamping pipe milling tool for performing welding end preps anywhere an air hose or electric cord is unavailable is being introduced by ESCO Tool of Holliston, Mass.
April 11, 2014 — Fluke Corp. introduces two single function calibrators for simulating process temperature sensors. For technicians who don’t want the complexity of multifunction test tools yet need highly accurate temperature calibration, the Fluke 712B RTD and 714B Thermocouple Temperature Calibrators allow instrument, process and plant maintenance technicians to quickly and easily test process temperature instrumentation.
April 10, 2014 – Industrial QA/QC laboratories that analyze the rheological properties of a wide variety of samples can now increase efficiency and reduce user error with an intelligent rheometer that adapts to an individual’s measurement routines and conditions.
Following an ongoing program of development and innovation, hoist and crane specialist J D Neuhaus has introduced new models into their EH range of air operated monorail hoists. These powerful, robust units provide reliable solutions for heavy duty lifting in the harshest environments including onshore and offshore, the cement industry, steelworks and shipbuilding.
The Spectroline OPTI-LUX 365 is a powerful yet compact leak detection flashlight that provides UV light for optimal fluorescent dye response. It’s ideal for all industrial fluid system applications.
Jet Edge’s EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet system with AquaVision Di Controller cuts precise taper-free parts from virtually any material. Capable of cutting sophisticated 3D parts such as impellers and bevels up to 50°, this workhorse waterjet system is designed to provide years of dependable service in harsh industrial environments.
March 27,2014 - Omega introduces its new six channel handheld temperature data logger. The RDXL6SD displays maximum, minimum, average and standard deviation and also displays temperature difference between any two channels.
March 26, 2014 - Nett Technologies Inc. (Nett) of Mississauga, Ont., is pleased to announce that its VorTEQ 100 Active Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) System has received conditional verification from the California Air Resources Board.
March 25, 2014 — Benko Products, Inc. produces a line of Sahara Hot Box Zero ground clearance ovens that can be conveniently accessed with a pallet jack.
Dakota Instruments’ 6A03 line of acrylic flow meters are now offered with interchangeable direct reading scales for Air, Water, Argon, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen, Helium and Hydrogen.
March 20, 2014 – American Sensor Technologies offers its AST4300 and AST43LP Class I Division 2 Non-Incendive Pressure Transmitters with a Turck Mini-Fast electrical connection, eliminating conduit requirements from installation. With a Mini-Fast electrical connection integrated into its housing, the Pressure Sensors also make installation fast and simple.
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.
April 1- 2014 - Stephen White, food & beverage segment manager, North America Region, SKF Canada, tells PEM about extreme temperature bearings that are suitable for the stringent hygiene and environmental requirements of the food and beverage industry.
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.
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.
March 14, 2014 - UE Systems is proud to announce its latest offering, Reliable Asset World. The conference, which will be held May 13-16, 2014 in Clearwater, Flo., will bring together reliability professionals from around the globe to discuss best practices in Asset Reliability. Knowing that safe and successful organizations are grown from a strong and unwavering Reliability program this conference aims to enhance current efforts while providing new and innovative ways to increase production, decrease downtime, and take a program one step closer to achieving world class results!
Updated March 7, 2014 - The advantages of CMMS software are well documented in thousands maintenance books and Internet articles, however, the benefits of cloud-based CMMS over traditional on premise CMMS are less well known. Cloud or hosted software means the software is available over the Internet whereas on premises is downloaded and installed on local computers or servers.
February 24, 2014 - Teras Offshore, along with Global Maritime and ASL Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia completed their full-height jacking trials of the Teras Sunrise. The trials were completed on February 7 and mark a successful milestone in the Teras Sunrise reactivation project.
February 21, 2014 - Last September, James Reyes-Picknell had a captive audience with his pointers on Shutdowns & Turnarounds. This year, he will share insights on "starting your improvement initiative with a positive approach." The author of Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management will present his solution when he returns to Partners in Training in Edmonton on April 15.
Boris Bulatovic, manufacturing operations manager, Tsubaki of Canada Limited, says that his facility's maintenance processes are attuned to the high-mix, low-volume nature of the facility.
January 17, 2014 - Substation expansions can become extremely complicated when space is limited. That’s when use of high voltage underground cable comes into its own as a viable option. What makes the option even more favorable is a turnkey approach, in which the high voltage underground cable provider provides the cable, terminations, and testing and documentation.
January 10, 2014 - A sudden wheel or axle failure caused a freight train to derail in northwestern New Brunswick, leading to a large fire of crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas that continues to burn, a CN spokesman said.
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.
February 21, 2014 — To honour the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, one of the power transmission/motion control industry's true pioneers, the PTDA Foundation has established the Wendy B. McDonald Award.
February 13, 2014 — The PTDA Business Index reading for 4Q2013 came in at 60, which is higher than the 52 reading of the 3Q13 index. The survey participants were more positive in their outlook for 2014. When surveyed in mid-2013 about the 2014 outlook, participants anticipated 5 per cent growth. In the 4Q2013 survey conducted in January 2014, survey participants now anticipate 7 per cent growth in 2014.
January 24, 2014 - The new high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph is an important first step toward building North America's first city-wide district energy network.
December 5, 2013 - KACO new energy and RESCo Energy Inc. are working together to advance the delivery of new solar products and services with the announcement today of a new, non-exclusive service partnership in the Ontario market.
August 19, 2013 - Bosch Rexroth Canada has formed a cooperative relationship with Germany-based Atlanta Drive Systems to distribute the company’s products exclusively throughout the Canadian marketplace.
August 15, 2013 - SKF says its capabilities to repair, rebuild, and/or upgrade machine tool spindles have expanded with dedicated in-house spindle service facilities and engineering support equipped to handle virtually any spindle brand and type. All spindle repair, rebuild, and upgrade services are executed in fully outfitted machine shops in Highland Heights, Ohio, and Houston, Texas, with the goal to return machine tools to enhanced levels of productivity and efficiency. The portfolio of SKF spindle remanufacturing capabilities includes advanced spindle analysis and testing, engineering, precision grinding, machining, parts repair and manufacture, motor design and manufacture, custom modifications, balancing and vibration analysis of complete assemblies, and spindle component balancing.
July 31, 2013 - Thordon Bearings Inc. has added ThorPlas-Blue to its grease-free polymer lineup, saying the lifetime-lubricated polymer is capable of operating pressures to 45MPa (6527 psi). ThorPlas-Blue not only has a lower density and less weight in comparison to metal bearings, adds the company, but it also is self-lubricating, meaning no grease nor corrosion concerns. Typical industrial bearing and wear component applications where ThorPlas-Blue would be ideal are found in vertical pumps, hydro-turbines, sewage and wastewater treatment, pulp & paper, agriculture, slaughterhouse, forestry, sugar cane, mining, automotive manufacturing and the steel industry. Products can include grapple bearings, pump bearings, lock and dam gate bushings, screw conveyor bearings, wire rope sheaves and wear components.
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.