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August 22, 2014 - Cintas Corporation announced that three of its locations in Canada have received Certificates of Recognition (COR) under the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) and the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (ISHA). COR is a volunteer management system for the reduction of human and financial costs of workplace incidents, injuries, and illnesses. The program is recognized across Canada as the standard high performance in health and safety, providing employers with an effective way to assess their health and safety management programs and systems.
August 22, 2014 - QBD Cooling Systems Inc., a Brampton, Ont.-based manufacturing facility for commercial refrigerators, has been fined $65,000 after a worker was injured by machinery.
August 11, 2014 – Two new programs have been released to educate employees on two important safety topics.
July 30, 2014 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has produced a new Directional Drilling safety manual and updated its Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment safety manual to reflect the latest industry best practices for drilling safely. Keyholing and cross boring are prominently featured in the safety procedures for underground utility damage prevention.
July 30, 2014 - The IPAF International Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) Committee has been restructured to strengthen its promotion of the safe and effective use of MCWPs around the world.
July 21, 2014 - Bonduelle Canada confirms that a fire was reported in its Ontario Tecumseh plant around 2:00 a.m. last Friday, July 18. There were no casualties registered.
July 21, 2014 - The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released new sector plans for the upcoming year. These sector-oriented plans focus on hazards specific to workplaces in various sectors of the economy.
The Ministry of Labour recently announced a new Certification Training Standard that will impact most Ontario workplaces with 20 or more employees. It is anticipated the new standard will come into effect in early 2015.
A new regulation that requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) came into force July 1, 2014.
June 15, 2014 - General Kinetics Engineering Corporation, a manufacturer of vehicle suspension systems, has been fined $50,000 after a worker fell from a ladder.
May 20, 2014  - Johnson Controls Automotive Canada LP, a manufacturer of foam seats for the automotive industry, has been fined $155,000 after a worker was killed when a hook holding open a metal lid broke.
OSHA is promoting a national Safety Stand-Down during the week of June 2-6, 2014 in an effort to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls. The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) fully supports the program and strongly encourages all of its member companies to participate in this awareness event.
August 22, 2014 – The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has announced the dates of the upcoming Variable Speed Drives 4-part webinar series. Webinar participants will be led by leading industry experts. The opening session will be held September 9, 2014. Participants who complete the full series earn 4 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits directly from HI.
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.
Risks come in a variety of forms and sizes and many cannot be eliminated. Physical assets used in production or the delivery of a service or product can all fail to do their jobs. Failures can result in safety, environmental, quality loss and public image hazards. Management strategies for risks also come in a variety of forms and levels of effectiveness. This webinar puts risk in a broader “asset management” context as outlined in the new international standards for Asset Management. It will explain what risk is, what to consider, when to consider them, what risk management actions can be considered and how well they will protect you and your company.
Partners in Training will be in Winnipeg on May 28, 2014. This one-day event is a must for every maintenance professional. Finger-on-the-pulse maintenance topics and veteran reliability and asset management professionals provide relevant knowledge based on their experience.
August 27, 2014 – RIDGID MegaPress Kits will now feature a new, blow-moulded carrying case and are up to 21 pounds lighter than previous models. This makes the kits easier to carry on and off the jobsite.
August 27, 2014 — Bee Valve Inc. manufactures a complete line of versatile PVDF cam couplers/adapters. This material is partially applicable where ultra high purity or UL94-VO listing is required. PVDF is also resistant to chemicals such as halogens and strong acids, even at higher temperatures.
August 22, 2014 – According to the CNIB, every day 700 Canadian workers sustain eye injuries on the job, often resulting in lost time and, in some cases, either temporary or permanent vision loss. As noted by the CNIB, many of these injuries could be avoided with proper eyewear. Canadian companies need to provide safety eyewear while managing the associated costs effectively.
August 22, 2014 - Working in atmospheres that are likely to contain dangerous particulates require reliable, constant air monitoring. Meeting OSHA and AHERA standards, Allegro Industries offers a complete line of Sampling Pumps. This broad selection delivers dependable area monitoring of mould, lead, asbestos and other dangerous particulates.
August 22, 2014 - A line of pipe bevelling tools featuring cutter blades that incorporate a radical chip breaker to draw heat away from the surface and don’t need cutting oils is available from ESCO Tool.
August 14, 2014 - J.W. Winco Canada, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, now offers GN 340.5 Stainless Steel Levelling Mounts with Tapped Socket and Rubber Pad, in inch and metric sizes.
August 14, 2014 – Emerson Process Management has released the Fisher P700 rotary style actuator for use with Fisher C series internal valves in LP-Gas services. These actuators offer a reliable method to remotely operate internal valves on storage tanks, bobtail route trucks, and bulk transports.
August 14, 2014 — Conval, a global leader in high-performance valves for the world’s most demanding applications, offers custom-designed, low-cost Whisperjets for gas or liquid pressure reduction, for new or retrofit installations. These simple, practical, long-lasting devices reduce gas or liquid pressure through a series of multi-stage pressure reductions. As a result, there is virtually no part erosion. With gas applications, noise is significantly reduced because orifices on each stage are sized to keep the flow of the gas below critical velocity.         
August 11, 2014 - SKF Spherical Washers optimize bolt mounting of machinery and bolted equipment by integrating unique design features promoting ideal performance in industrial, marine and all other heavy-duty bolted joint applications. The all-spherical two-piece washer automatically adjusts under compression to compensate for up to four degrees of angular deviations. This creates an exact parallel plane between the inner face of the bolt head and inner face of the nut to distribute the load evenly over the entire inner contact surface areas. Any need for on–site machining (spot facing) to achieve parallelism is eliminated.
August 11, 2014 — At 100 in. (254 cm) in diameter, Kason's model "K100-2(IRC)-SS" is the world's largest Round Vibratory Screener, according to Henry Alamzad, president. With a screening area in excess of 75 ft2 (7 m2), it can separate oversize particles from bulk material at rates up to 150 tons per hour.
August 11, 2014 – J.W. Winco Canada, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, now offers GN 227.4 A4 Stainless Steel Spoked Handwheels, in inch and metric sizes, with and without revolving handle.
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.
While there are any number of reasons why facilities have differing approaches to developing a maintenance budget, a new white paper developed by Management Resources Group, Inc. reports that maintenance managers can take better control of their budgets if they enhance their efforts on specific practices that impact the business in a positive or negative way.
June 2, 2014 - Bombardier confirmed that there was an engine-related incident during stationary ground maintenance testing involving the CSeries FTV1 aircraft at its facility in Mirabel, Qué. on May 29.
Emerson announced that it has acquired Management Resources Group, Inc. (MRG), a leading reliability consulting services firm. The acquisition adds the deep asset-reliability consulting expertise of MRG to Emerson Process Management's existing asset management capabilities to help customers who face growing needs to improve safety, increase plant uptime and reduce maintenance costs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has been awarded a five year contract by Public Works and Government Services Canada for operations and maintenance of the North Warning System (NWS). The contract also includes two options totalling an additional five years.
The Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM) held its ninth face-to-face meeting from May 3-9 in conjunction with the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS) in Helsinki, Finland.
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.
Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT), a Siemens company, and Bluewater Energy Services B.V. (Bluewater) have agreed to jointly develop a 2 megawatt floating tidal current turbine, called SeaGen F. This turbine will be the first of its kind to be installed in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, in cooperation with Nova Scotian project developer Minas Energy. The turbines will produce enough clean and reliable energy to supply up to 1,800 Nova Scotian households. Plans are under development to build-out a commercial multi- megawatt array at the tidal energy facilities of Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).
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. 
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.