January 9, 2014 - While manufacturing has been struggling to recoup job losses, Canada's tradable services sectors have been expanding, providing an increased number of well-paying jobs in Canada in the midst of tough economic times, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute.
November 14, 2013 - TekSo Corporation has launched a 20-course eTraining Program on Electrical and Motor Controls (EMC) and a 17-course on Programmable Controllers (PLC). The EMC and PLC Training Program covers the most critical and fundamental skills that everyone in a manufacturing plant, production and maintenance department needs to know.
October 21, 2013 – ERI Safety Videos has released two new safety awareness programs that deal with two important safety awareness topics.
August 30, 2013 – Starting September 2013, Abbott Point of Care, an Ottawa-based manufacturer of critical handheld medical diagnostic and data management products, will offer an instrumentation and control technician apprenticeship program for its manufacturing employees.
August 6, 2013 - Fluke has developed a series of predictive maintenance application notes that focus on helping maintenance professionals implement proactive techniques that promise to save them time and money. Each application note is presented as a free downloadable PDF, and Fluke says to check back regularly as the PdM library continues to grow. Current notes include:
PdM Part 1: Predictive maintenance overview - This overview explains the different kinds of methods, terms, standards and cost equations, and provides basic process steps and an equipment list.
PdM Part 2: Applying hand-held test tools to predictive maintenance - Basic strategy, cost analysis, tool advice, key indicators and measurement guidelines for using DMMs (digital multimeters), clamp meters, insulation resistance testers and infrared thermometers.
PdM Part 3: Applying infrared thermography to predictive maintenance - Guidelines for integrating thermography into a cost-effective PdM program; includes cost analysis and measurement guidelines.
PdM Part 4: Six simple ways to reduce costs with a Fluke 434 power quality analyzer - Straightforward descriptions, cost calculations and How-Tos for six power quality measurements: voltage imbalance, THD, phase current, voltage sags, peak demand and power factor.
PdM Part 5: Insulation resistance testing on lighting circuit wiring - This case study describes the methodology used by Minneapolis Airport technicians to check leakage to ground along their lighting wiring paths. Step-by-step instructions and preventive maintenance scheduling examples included.
July 27, 2013 – Magnatag’s magnetic cross-training whiteboard system organizes and displays employee training, qualification and skill levels. “Our customers tell us the cross-training board system serves as a scoreboard and a motivator for their employee training program. It organizes and displays a matrix of people, skills and qualifications,” explained Magnatag’s Christian Krapf. “Placed where everyone can see it, workers are silently encouraged to learn and qualify in as many skills as they can.” The board arrives ready to use with magnets and everything needed to operate it. Lines and lettering are heat-fused printed, and can be customized as you order online.
July 12, 2013 - Aurora Pictures has recently released two new safety awareness programs, Ladder Safety and Combustible Dust Awareness. The first is a 17-minute video, which details the hazards of working on a ladder and discusses how to select the right ladder for the job, inspect the ladder before use, how to transport and set up a ladder, and more. Combustible Dust Awareness is an 8-minute video that provides a general awareness of how combustible dust explosions are caused and what users can do to recognize and mitigate the possible hazards before it is too late. It includes a detailed explanation of what combustible dust is and what makes dust such a highly combustible fuel source. Both of these programs are available in DVD and streaming media formats.
June 20, 2013 - Ideal Industries wants to provide maintenance workers, facility managers and others with The Control of Hazardous Energy—a lockout/tagout (LOTO) program with video, presentation materials, leader’s guide, employee quiz and certification. Proper LOTO practices help safeguard workers from the dangers of electrocution, shock or crushing. The program consists of a 14-minute video demonstrating the major steps required for an effective LOTO program, along with support materials, such as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, Leader’s Guide, attendance log and certificates, employee quiz and a copy of OSHA LOTO regulation 1910.147.