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How Canadian companies measure growth

Ottawa - Canadian enterprises use various performance indicators to monitor their long-term strategic objectives. In 2012, sales and income growth was the most common performance indicator, with 76.7% of enterprises using it, followed by gross...
Sep 2, 2014


Not even a four-alarm fire stops this distributor

Ottawa – It was 5:45 a.m. on the Victoria Day holiday, May 19, 2014, when General Bearing Service (GBS) president Pierre Bouchard received a disturbing phone call. The voice on the phone told him that an electrical fire was taking place...
Jul 16, 2014


Real minimum wage in Canada nearly identical in 1975 and 2013

Ottawa - In 2013, the average minimum wage in Canada amounted to $10.14 per hour. The 1975 minimum wage translated into 2013 dollars (that is, the real minimum wage) was almost identical at $10.13.
Jul 16, 2014


How maintaining agility in manufacturing leads to success

Mississauga, ON — Canada has always been a country with a proud industrial heritage and a global reputation as a manufacturing nation. But that reputation has recently been put to the test. The fluctuating Canadian dollar combined with...
Jul 14, 2014


Prevent premature tool failures with a routine maintenance plan

Like an automobile, torque tools require periodic servicing and calibration. When you purchase a tool for your manufacturing facility, it is an investment. You are accepting ownership of that equipment and are responsible to keep it operating...
Jun 26, 2014


Businesses owned by recent immigrants more likely to export to the US and beyond

Ottawa – Canada's diverse pool of immigrants is seen as a source of strength for Canadian firms in expanding into fast-growing emerging markets. A new study from The Conference Board of Canada looking at the experience of Canada's...
Jun 24, 2014


OECD offers advice on how Canada can sustain inclusive growth

Paris, France - Canada has experienced solid economic growth since the most recent global economic crisis, allowing it to reverse recession-induced job losses and put federal public finances on a sound footing, says the Organization for...
Jun 16, 2014


Understanding ball screw lubrication

Ball screws – mechanical devices that convert rotational motion to linear motion with a minimal amount of friction – are used in an array of industrial applications and particularly in machine tools. However, they must be lubricated...
Jun 1, 2014


The importance of support systems in maintenance

This month’s column continues an ongoing report about our experiences, assessment and recommendations to improve maintenance and operations at an Ontario food processing plant.
Jun 1, 2014


Sealing solutions for industrial bearings

To perform properly and last, bearings must be protected from loss of lubrication and external contamination. Yet traditional contact oil seals can severely damage equipment. This conundrum can be solved by using non-contact isolators that...
Jun 1, 2014


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