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On September 14, the Ministry of Labour will begin a six-week material handling inspection blitz. Get ahead of the ministry by conducting your own blitz now, advises WSPS consultant Sandy Ash.
Yarl Metal Fabrications Inc. has pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker lost fingers in an unguarded metal-cutting machine.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has released an improved Certification Training Part One e-course. In this online course, joint health & safety committee (JHSC) members acquire health and safety fundamentals at their own pace and with the online support of a WSPS consultant as well as an interactive discussion board.
“Everyone has a part to play” to help ensure underground utility safety and damage prevention. That’s the message of a new video and related online and print resources from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
Operating a processing plant or facility can require huge volumes of safety gear for workers on the frontline – often, these items are disposable or meant for single-use only. But a new partnership between recycling agency TerraCycle Canada and retailers such as Grand & Toy and Staples, allows plants to recycle items and keep them out of landfills.
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.
Plant and Engineering Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) plans to host a free online information session (in partnership with Northern Lakes College) on August 19 on its Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) and Asset Management Professional (AMP) Certificates.
Ten companies specializing in training for reliability and physical asset management are now confirmed as approved providers of professional education by the non-profit Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).
IDCON Inc. announced today that they have been accepted for the SMRP Approved Provider Education Program for July 2015 to June 2016.
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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.
Partners in Training will be in London, Ont. on October 20. Register today to secure your space at this year’s educational forums. Sessions will inlcude:
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.
August 27, 2015 – Victaulic, the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has introduced a line of stainless steel Advanced Groove System (AGS) fittings, allowing customers to create complete large-diameter grooved mechanical piping systems in stainless steel. As a component of the Victaulic Advanced Groove System, the fittings offer exceptional assembly speed and performance.
August 27, 2015 – Getting into tight spaces with enough power to do the job is tough for most grinders. But not the Bosch DG300LPD Die Grinder, which offers the combination of power and ergonomics to complete virtually any job in metal fabrication.
August 27, 2015 – A global leader in bulk material handling solutions offers a family of responsive conveyor belt tracking systems that mitigate misalignment, rather than correcting it after the fact – even on reversing belts – to promote conveyor efficiency and safety. A mistracking belt can contact the mainframe, seriously damaging both the belt and the structure, resulting in excessive spillage and even creating a potential fire hazard. Utilizing innovative multiple-pivot, torque-multiplying technology, the Martin Tracker detects slight misalignments initiated by unbalanced loads and fouled rollers, using the force of the belt to immediately adjust its position and realign the path. The trackers minimize risk and material loss, decreasing downtime and operating costs by reducing clean-up and equipment damage.
August 27, 2015 - Encoders often require a custom shaft collar to meet their size and performance requirements. Ruland has designed thin line shaft collars with a narrow profile and reduced weight to meet the requirements of encoder applications in a standard product line.
August 24, 2015 - EDT Corp, an industry leader in bearings for severe service environments, announced an expanded array of stainless ball bearings with three separate price levels, effectively offering customers more choices in the ball bearing lineup.
August 25, 2015 - Higher risk environments benefit from using EN safety cabinets with a longer fire resistance time, offering increased evacuation time in the event of a fire. These environments include remote locations without quick access to fire-fighting emergency services and high-occupancy sites where evacuation times could be compromised.
August 24, 2015 - When welding tubes and pipes such as stainless, duplex, chrome etc., it is important to purge the internal bore with an inert gas to prevent oxidation, discolouration and to ensure a good internal weld profile.
August 13,  2015 - There are some applications where every ounce or cubic inch counts. Warner Electric recognizes that in many of these situations the only solutions available are expensive permanent magnet brakes. As a result, it has developed a range of spring-set holding brakes which are the smallest on the market and offer the same performance at a competitive cost.
August 13, 2015 - BJM Pumps introduces the new patent pending SKG Series submersible pumps, designed and engineered for wipes and other difficult solids in wastewater. The SKG Series pumps can easily obliterate items once considered too difficult or near impossible to pump. The robust construction coupled with RAD-AX Dual Shredding Technology delivers solids handling technology never before available for 2, 3 & 5 HP submersible pumps. The SKG Series pumps are the leading choice for applications faced by the municipal and industrial wastewater industry. Flushable wipes - currently a multi-million dollar problem in the U.S. - may now be effectively handled through the innovative design of the SKG pump.
August 13, 2015 – KSB has introduced a new family of multi-stage water pumps designed to provide pressure boosts in building services, HVAC, irrigation systems and light industrial applications. The new Comeo pumps are based on the same hydraulic technologies as KSB’s proven Movitec series of inline pumps, but feature an intake nozzle that is oriented along the pump’s axis. This, combined with a very compact design makes these pumps easy to fit into crowded spaces. Comeo pumps can deliver heads as high as 79.5 m and flow rates of up to  10.8 m3/h.
Aug. 10, 2015 – Fluke Calibration introduces the 6270A Modular Pressure Controller/Calibrator, an easy-to-use calibrator with a modular design that can be quickly configured to meet a wide variety of pneumatic pressure calibration applications. It’s ideal for pressure sensor manufacturers who want to avoid downtime on the production line, and calibration labs and instrument shops that need precision and accuracy over a wide range.
The Situation: TWR Lighting, Inc., for 34 years has been a worldwide leader in specialized hazard and aviation obstruction lighting products and services. The company’s mission is to continually improve products and services, thereby allowing their customers to prosper by providing a reasonable return for their business. Developing long-term partnerships with vendors is essential for TWR Lighting.
A mine site had a host of questions about its conveyor belt, ranging from the life expectancy of the bearings, to contamination of the bearings upon installation and the optimal frequency recommended for pillow block inspections. Following are ten questions about conveyor belts that are applicable in many contexts:
July 27, 2015 – Konecranes South Louisiana operations group completed a simultaneous replacement of 24 hoists in a tightly scheduled two-week service outage at the CHS Myrtle Grove Terminal outside New Orleans.
For more than 50 years, maintenance managers have utilized oil analysis to detect and diagnose equipment and lubrication problems that can result in costly repairs or even shutdowns of an entire line of machinery. While oil sampling has remained relatively unchanged, the evolution of technology has increased the amount of information available, making it difficult for maintenance managers to monitor and compare trends over time.
I visited two pulp mills this past week and was asked: "How do I set the play of a pair of single row angular contact ball bearing pair (SRACBB)?"
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.
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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