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Powerline Plus Limited, an overhead and underground utility contractor, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered burns while working on electrical equipment that had not been properly shut off.
Faurecia Automotive Seating Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was injured by a storage bin that collapsed while it was being pushed.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour and its health and safety partners are participating in Global Ergonomics Month – a month-long initiative held annually in October to raise awareness of ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) hazards in workplaces.
The Ministry of Labour is pleased to announce the 2016-17 call for proposals for its Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP).
The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary of helping keep Canadian infrastructure safer and more resilient.
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.
A facility that operates without a reliable lubrication program is susceptible to machine wear control, oil mix-ups and reactive maintenance. Setting up an effective program improves reliability and helps overall maintenance cost control. In this free webinar series focused on oil & lubrication, James Reyes-Picknell, in conversation with a select panel of subject matter experts, will help you brush up on the basics.
Lincoln Electric recently launched U/LINC, a complete curriculum of lesson plans, videos, student handouts, assessment tests, presentations and more designed to streamline the teaching experience and free welding school instructors from curriculum development.
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).
This free webinar provides maintenance tactics that can be deployed to ensure failure events that affect safety are managed effectively. The presentation covers the current understanding of how equipment behaves and will discuss age/life-related failures versus random failure.
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:
October 8, 2015 - Universal Flow Monitors, Inc. now offers a HART protocol option on all of its variable area and piston style flowmeters designed to perform in challenging lubrication environments. These meters are optimized for specific lubrication fluids. There is an additional option of a mechanical switch to back up the transmitted signal.
October 8, 2015 – Remote Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of innovative solutions for remote racking of utility, industrial and commercial circuit breakers, has introduced the Rotary Hot Stick Operator (RHSO) for use by field technicians in remotely opening or closing electrical load break switches.
October 8, 2015 - Hansford Sensors, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of industrial accelerometers, has achieved new certification for a range of accelerometers that meet intrinsically safe standards in North America and Canada. This certification confirms the accelerometers as safe for use in hazardous areas.
October 8, 2015 – Singer Valve, a leading manufacturer of control valves has launched MetroH2O, a first in online education for control valves.
October 9, 2015 - FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced the release of two test & measurement instruments featuring FLIR's exclusive Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology, the CM174 Imaging Clamp Meter and the MR176 Imaging Moisture Meter Plus. Powered by FLIR's Lepton(R) thermal camera core, both instruments help professionals quickly locate hidden problems by visualizing temperature differences.
October 5, 2015 - It is essential when welding critical metallic joints in titanium and zirconium that the welding zone is purged of oxygen to a level as low as 10 parts per million (ppm).
October 2, 2015 – Workers will experience more comfort, less fatigue and improved productivity with the design features incorporated into the Allegro line of Supplied Air Shields and Welding Helmets.
October 2, 2015 – Etaline R pumps from KSB combine the reliable, low-maintenance features of the company’s Eta family of single-stage centrifugal pumps with an inline design that makes these models ideal for pressure boosting duties in HVAC systems, cooling circuits, water supply and industrial heat recovery systems.
September 28, 2015 - Caster Concepts Inc., a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters, wheels and rigs, unveils the Swivel on Swivel (SoS) Caster, which significantly reduces operator fatigue through the unique design that features two kingpinless, maintenance free swivel section rigs.
September 28, 2015 – Harting’s rugged new Han F&B connector series brings modular, user-configurable connectivity with IP69K protection to the splash zone (Zone 2) in food and beverage production.
September 28, 2015 - Badger Meter introduces RCT1000 Coriolis Mass Flow Meters, the latest addition to an extensive line of flow instrumentation products. The RCT1000 provides the ability to simultaneously measure mass, volume, density, and temperature, providing control options to synchronize precision processes.
September 19, 2015 - The SKF SensorMount indicator TMEM 1500 monitors the mounting of SensorMount bearings.
At a recent training session we discussed the topic of insulated bearings used on electric motors controlled with variable frequency drives (VFDs). The generation of a voltage across the shaft and housing of the motor is inherent to VFD-controlled motors. But this causes current leakage through the bearing and damages the bearing.
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.
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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