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WorkSafeBC officers arrived on site at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet mill in Burns Lake on October 9, 2014, following the incident earlier that day in which three workers were injured. The mill is located 16 kilometers east of Burns Lake.
CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and a leading standards development organization, opened its new hazardous locations laboratory in Plano, Texas, continuing CSA Group’s global leadership in hazardous locations testing and certification.
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing as Canadians prepare to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). To help educate workers about the upcoming changes, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new e-course, in partnership with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau of Health Canada (formerly the National Office of WHMIS) and funded by Health Canada. It is offered free of charge to the first 100,000 participants, for up to one year, and is available in English and French.
Autoneum Canada Ltd., a company that manufactures noise reduction and heat shield components for vehicles, has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured by an unguarded mechanism.
Cordelia Clarke Julien, Director, Training and Safety Programs, Prevention Office, Ontario Ministry of Labour, will speak at the IPAF North American Convention that will be held on October 1 - 2, in Toronto. Clarke Julien will discuss what all responsible parties – employers, supervisors and workers – can do to make the workplace safer and prevent illness and injury.
Ontario is launching a workplace safety blitz that will focus on hazards involving material handling to ensure workers are safe on the job.
The Ministry of Labour is pleased to announce the first call for proposals for its Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP).
September 4, 2014 - The AEM/AEMP Draft Telematics API (Application Programming Interface) Standard is now available to end-users, including contractors, fleet managers, rental managers and dealers/distributors, as well as OEMs, systems management firms and other interested construction/industrial and related industry professionals.  
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.
Engineers Canada is honoured to announce the recipients of its 2014 scholarships who demonstrate great potential as they build on their engineering background by pursuing advanced degrees. The six annual scholarships are provided through the generous support of Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.
Doc Palmer's Planning & Scheduling Training Days comes back to Sudbury, Ont., October 15 - 16 at the Holiday Inn. Maintenance planning and scheduling should dramatically improve the productivity of maintenance.
Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. has announced the schedule for its 2014-2015 Lube Basics Seminars. Scheduled cities in Ontario will include Kitchener, Mississauga, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
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.
October 15, 2014 - The Sensor Connection a division of Harold G. Schaevitz Industries LLC, has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model PMD-MXT series of temperature scanner indicators. This 32 Channel microprocessor-based temperature scanner provides continuous monitoring of up to 32 channels of thermocouple or RTD sensors. The large 14 mm tall digit red LED display is easy to read, even at a distance. Rows of LED annunciators warn of specific channel alarm conditions. The scanner has two user-selectable HI/LO, HI/HI, or LO/LO alarm set points, configured through the front panel push buttons. During an alarm condition a front panel LED annunciator is enabled and an internal 2 Amp relay contact output is engaged. The scanner's display will auto cycle through all input channels at a user determined rate of 0.5 to 10 seconds per channel. •    Input: Up to (32) Thermocouple or RTD sensors •    Temperature units field selectable for °C or °F•    Auto or Manual scanning•    Adjustable Auto scan rate •    Limit Alarm trip points adjustable per channel•    Dual 2 Amp alarm relays•    Powered by 20 to 28 VDC•    Case Size only 6.3" x 3" x 7"For more information, visit http://thesensorconnection.com.
October 15, 2014 - SKF introduces a new capability to customize super-precision bearings in small quantities for delivery in just days throughout North America to meet the most demanding lead-time, performance, and/or productivity requirements.
October 10, 2014 - Baldor Electric Company introduces a new adjustable speed direct drive cooling tower system that improves reliability, reduces maintenance, runs quieter and saves energy. By combining the technologies of the field-proven, laminated finned frame Baldor Reliance RPM AC motor with a high-performance permanent magnet rotor design, this power-dense motor and power-matched adjustable speed drive replaces the right-angle gearbox and jack shaft installation found in many conventional industrial process cooling towers.
American Sensor Technologies, Inc. has released explosion proof and non-incendive versions of its differential pressure transducer model AST5400. This addition complements AST's other products in the hazardous location market. AST added CSA certifications for Class I Division 1 and Class I Division 2 to the product series in order to satisfy market demands for differential pressure measurement. The product is capable of measuring line pressures up to 5,000 PSI (350 bar), providing an output signal of analog voltage or 4-20mA. Bi-directional calibration is available. Sensor material options include 316L stainless steel, Inconel 718, and Hastelloy C276.
October 9, 2014 – Atlas Copco Portable Energy announced the release of its new QAS 25 generator, which is equipped with an Isuzu 4LE engine and a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) to achieve Tier 4 Final emission levels.
September 29, 2014 - BBA Pumps recently launched the new PT150 piston pump for wellpoint dewatering applications. By applying the company’s “lowest cost of ownership” philosophy, and combining this with the global environmental demands, BBA Pumps has succeeded in creating a pump that will set the new standard on fewer emissions and significantly lower operational costs.
Sept. 29, 2014 — Honeywell introduces its new TNV Series of cold conditions fire retardant (FR) apparel for workers in extreme work environments.
September 29, 2014 – FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today the release of its TG165 Imaging IR Thermometer, a powerful, affordable, compact tool that lets you see invisible heat patterns, measure temperatures accurately, and conveniently store images and measurement data for reporting.
September 29, 2014 - The new “Hygienic Series” Internal Gear Pumps available from Viking Pump Inc. are the easy-maintenance solution for pumping food, pharma and personal care products.
September 23, 2014 – FLIR Systems, Inc. launched its new AX8 fixed-mount temperature sensor. Combining thermal and visible cameras along with FLIR’s proprietary MSX technology in a small, affordable package, the AX8 is easy to install in space-constrained areas for automated and uninterrupted condition monitoring of critical electrical and mechanical equipment.
September 23, 2014 - www.boschrexroth.ca/GoTo Bosch Rexroth has just released its GoTo Products app, a convenient mobile app for customers to access Rexroth’s GoTo Focused Delivery Program. The App is available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, with specific pricing and sales contact information.
ACM Facility Safety published a white paper, “Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance,” which shows how safety monitoring software and smart field devices can improve safety system performance and operation.
September 4, 2014 - A decade ago the Computerized Maintenance Management Systems was an ROI (return on investment), equipment safety and performance optimization tool reserved for large, capital-intensive companies. This was because expensive power generating turbines, for example, were required to run for as long as they could in a safe manner and at the peak of their performance. In this type of company, it is widely accepted that the effort in time and money that goes into configuring and using a CMMS system results in large overall savings because the equipment does run better and for a longer time with gains that vastly offset the global CMMS investment.
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.
Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, the Canadian Nuclear Association said today.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is now accepting applications from a wider range of Ontario industries for incentives to invest in new facilities or expand existing ones under Stream 3 of the Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program.
September 05, 2014 - Hipower Systems, a manufacturer of power-generation and power distribution equipment in the U.S. and Canada, today announced that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has certified two of its natural gas generator lines for the CSA-C22.2 No. 14-13 and No. 100-04 (R2013) standards in Class 4215 01―Electric Generating Plants. With this certification, all Hipower Systems backup natural gas generators in the 20 to 400 Kw range, as well as its prime power/rental natural gas generators from 20 Kva up to 430 Kva, are fully CSA certified. The certified natural gas generators join the Hipower Systems diesel generator line, the majority of which were already certified by the CSA.
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).
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.

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