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Ultra Manufacturing Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier of automotive interior mechanisms and decorative components, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after workers were exposed to formaldehyde gas in the workplace.
The recent death of two Ontario workers who were on a mast-climbing work platform when it collapsed prompted Ministry of Labour Inspectors and Engineers to undertake a review of similar mast-climbing platforms. Any serious defects in the structural elements of mast-climbing work platforms could, if not addressed, significantly increase the likelihood of failure.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) today announced easy online access for Canadians to provide input into the development of international standards. By participating, Canadians gain insight into the latest business and technical developments and play a role in supporting key sectors of the economy. Comments submitted are provided to the Canadian committee responsible for developing Canada's official position on the proposed standard.
Many are not eager to talk about safety until something goes wrong. Obviously, by then it’s too late. The set-up, operation and maintenance of roll forming equipment requires a keen safety awareness for anyone working in the same facility. Manufacturers like Samco Machinery can be an effective resource for customers with expectations of providing a safe working environment for their employees.
Ontario is providing $2.7 million to support research projects that will help reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
Bluewater Power Distribution Corporation, the utility providing electricity distribution and related services in the Sarnia-Lambton, area in Ontario, has been fined $120,000 in the 2012 death of a worker who was performing repair work following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., a processor and manufacturer of steel products, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $130,000 after two separate incidents, four days apart, in which workers were injured.
Magna Exteriors & Interiors Corporation, a manufacturer of various plastic automotive parts using plastic injection moulding machines, has been found guilty and fined $80,000 after a worker suffered burns on the job.
How many times do we need to send a safety message before everyone remembers it? In a sales and marketing context, it takes five face-to-face meetings before you might buy something. With that in mind I sat down with our Health and Safety person and asked, “Is there a similar statistic for selling safety?” Guess what: the answer is no.
Because of increased demand for safety practitioners, a free guide to help employers has been released by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.
Between May 1 and August 31, 2015, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit industrial sector workplaces across Ontario, focusing on the safety of new and young workers. Their goal will be to prevent injuries and deaths.
Following a fire at a construction project in Kingston, Ont. that led to a crane operator being rescued by military helicopter, the company that employed the worker and the company's owner have been found guilty in court and fined.
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Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. has announced the 2015-2016 schedule for its Lube Basics Seminars in Ontario. Scheduled cities will include Kitchener, Mississauga, Timmins and Thunder Bay.
Every year, electrical workers are seriously injured or killed by contacting energized parts or being subjected to an electrical arc flash. To prevent these types of incidents, these workers and the organizations for which they work must understand and follow up-to-date safety-related work practices, maintenance requirements and administrative controls.
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) announced the launch of its Approved Provider Education Program, established to recognize industry partners who provide training aligned with physical asset management and/or SMRP's current Body of Knowledge (BoK).
It has become wholly unacceptable for companies to allow or tolerate equipment deterioration that results in failures with serious health, safety or environmental consequences. While this has been publicly adopted by major corporations throughout most of the world, events continue to occur that have catastrophic results. These are often found to be a combination of human error and equipment failure. This combination, along with failures of complex protective systems (machines monitoring machines) has been the root cause of some of the world’s most devastating accidents. A quick google search will instantly return events like the Texas City Refinery Explosion, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Chernobyl, Aloha Flight 243, 3 Mile Island and many others.
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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.
July 3, 2015 - CBS ArcSafe, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces its remote switch actuator for QA/CBC Pringle Switches. The new CBS ArcSafe RSA-135A actuator allows technicians to remotely close, and open/trip the Pringle switch from a safe distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.
July 3, 2015 - The RevX-E Mach III is the newest offering in the extensive line of state-of-the-art Eccentric Eddy Current Separators Eriez offers to the recycling industry. The Mach III features a new cantilevered frame design which enables maintenance staff to change the ECS belt in 10 minutes.
Recent advancements in electronics and flexibility of package designs have made Linear Variable Inductance Transducers or LVIT variable inductance sensors cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications. This contactless technology offers many significant advantages regarding product life and long-term reliability over some competitive technologies, and competes very favourably in performance with all competitors for specifications such as non-linearity, resolution, and frequency response, but at a significantly lower cost. Equally important is the fact that LVIT sensors can typically withstand greater shocks and vibration, such as those commonly found in heavy industrial and mobile equipment applications for cylinders.
June 29, 2015 - Conval offers a wide range of automated globe, gate and ball valve packages in 1/2" through 4" sizes that automate processes, improve efficiency, assure precise closing, extend product life, reduce labor costs, and allow for integrated remote monitoring and control.
J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 350.5 and GN 350.5-NI Steel and Stainless Steel Levelling Sets, with Spherical Washer, with Locknut, in metric sizes.
A new blade holder for the Prepzilla Millhog pipe bevelling tool that permits bevelling, facing, and boring simultaneously to assure high weld quality is being introduced by Esco Tool of Holliston, Mass.
June 18, 2015 - Anderson Power Products (APP) introduces the Saf-D-Grid 300, designed specifically for single-phase AC applications requiring higher voltages, smaller size, and expanded current carrying capability. Saf-D-Grid 300 builds upon the performance of the 400V DC Saf-D-Grid connector, using the same silver-plated, pure copper contact system and durable thermoplastic insulators. Configurations allow up to 30A and 300V within the same panel cutout as IEC 60320 C13 / C14 connectors.
June 18, 2015 – Allegro goggles provide comfort, added safety and optical vision options leading to greater accuracy and improved productivity for workers in general welding applications, grinding, cutting, brazing, machining as well as lab environments.
June 18, 2015 - Eriez Dry Vibrating Magnetic Filters are utilized in diverse industries to remove fine ferrous contamination from dry powder. These unique units incorporate vibrating filter elements to provide a high capacity material flow. As the material flows through the magnetized elements, the iron bearing contaminants are captured, resulting in an extremely high purity product.
June 15, 2015 - New SKF Enlight combines a powerful new mobile app with a special Bluetooth-enabled vibration sensor to allow non-expert staff to gather critical machinery data, effectively turning a standard mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet into a data-collection device. In the event of a parameter warning or alert, the user can then request an “On Demand Diagnostic,” whereby the data is sent wirelessly with the single push of a button to the SKF Remote Diagnostic Center (RDC) network for expert analysis and reporting.
June 12, 2015 - The VUVG valve series from Festo is the new value benchmark for direct wired directional control valves. Festo has maintained its high quality and added versatility to the VUVG family allowing customers to use one valve series for more applications.
June 12, 2015 - A new SKF Taconite Seal for bearings in split block housings ideally protects against extremely contaminated or wet operating conditions. Benefits of this multi-stage labyrinth cartridge seal include excellent exclusion of contaminants, improved prevention of water ingress (even during high-pressure washing), maximized bearing and seal service life, reduced grease consumption, reduced environmental impact, and optimized machine performance and uptime.  The seal provides an especially practical barrier solution for demanding applications such as conveyor pulleys, hoists and winches, pulverizers, fans, and similar equipment in the mining, cement, pulp and paper, steel, and marine industries, among many others.
Quite often a company will purchase a piece of automated equipment without doing their homework. Oh, they’ll look at throughput, cycle time and the continuous quality automation can provide. They already know an operator can be much faster and thorough at the start of a shift than at the end, and that inconsistency can cost them. That said, there are other important considerations when making the case for automation.
In a recent investigation in frequency failures of an electric motor that was directly coupled to a fan, the fan assembly utilized a two-bearing housing (such as an SKF PD unit). This type of arrangement is uncommon in North American industry and creates a very stiff fan arrangement.


The 5S principles of lean – sort, straighten, shine, standardize and sustain – ought to be complemented by a sixth S, namely safety. Without it, none of the other five matters.
I was asked to come on site to a petrochemical facility to investigate problems with a fan. It was a pretty standard design fan. They had a recent rash of failures and the problem was brought to the attention of the global maintenance group.
Siemens is building an open cloud platform for analyzing large datasets in industry. This will provide a platform for data-based services such as Siemens offers for predictive maintenance, asset and energy data management. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can also create their own applications to exploit the open infrastructure for data analytics. For example, data can be analyzed to optimize operation of the OEM's machinery fleets (Platform as a Service). It is intended that the new cloud platform will utilize the technologies of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Based on SAP's in-memory technology, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform is an open platform that enables customers and developers to develop, extend and operate apps in the cloud.
Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts has released a new Tom’s Toolbox video that highlights the importance of proper handling and storage of bearings. Tom’s Toolbox videos are available for viewing on Motion Industries’ MiHow2 YouTube channel, which was established in 2012. 
Applying a lean program successfully in any maintenance operation requires a toolset. This set is labelled 5S and is filled with principles designed to turn a wide variety of tasks performed by different people in different ways into standard work output. Before 1997, many at Parker Canada’s cylinder facility thought implementing that toolset would be a waste of time, but when Parker Canada Division implemented it as a way of life, the culture it created proved its wisdom.
A newsprint mill contacted me the other day. They had a single-stage gearbox that had been noisy from the first day of operation after it had come back from refurbishment at a local shop. Due to the unusual noise, they were taking weekly vibration analysis measures looking for something wrong with the gearbox.
Choosing a flowmeter can be difficult because there are many technologies, kinds of flow and operating conditions. Universal Flow Monitors’ upgraded website (www.flowmeters.com) helps users make better flowmeter decisions, according to Erik Rosaen, vice-president of marketing.
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.
Emerson’s “Combined Heat and Power” Symposium held at Lakeside Process Controls, Mississauga, Ont. on June 4 brought together industrial and institutional facilities with thermal requirements and looking to become competitive through power generation.
Emerson Process Management has unveiled Energy Advisor​, a real-time energy management information system that automates the process of monitoring and managing energy consumption across mills, plants, and refineries. With real-time, meaningful information about a site’s energy performance, process manufacturers can identify inefficiencies and irregularities and take corrective action, saving on average 5 to 10 percent in energy costs annually.
Electricity Distributors Association President and CEO Charlie Macaluso has made the following statement, in response to today's announcement of the successful province-wide removal of a specific electrical meter deemed by provincial authorities to represent a potential safety hazard:
Motor drives, which act exactly like an accelerator pedal that speeds up or slows down a vehicle in exact proportion to driving conditions, are the unsung heroes of the energy world. Because they regulate motors so precisely, and because motors are the major consumers of energy produced for industry, the installed base of drives save energy and keep CO2 emissions out of our Earth's atmosphere in dramatic proportions.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy today announced the official opening of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research and train employees.
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.

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