Strong recovery in US and Canada to continue says OECD
Paris, France – Amid a modest global outlook, the recovery in the United States and Canada will continue with growth of 3.1% and 2.5% respectively in 2015, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.
Firm fined $80,000 after worker burned, permanently injured, following equipment repair
Brampton, ON – Colortech Inc., a manufacturer of colour concentrated plastic additives, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was severely burned and suffered permanent injuries.
Suncor Energy completes planned maintenance on oil sands upgrader
Fort McMurray, AB – Suncor Energy reports that planned maintenance has been completed on one of the two oil sands upgraders (U1) at its oil sands operations near Fort McMurray, AB.
Lower energy costs affected industrial product prices in October
Ottawa – Statistics Canada’s Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) decreased 0.5% in October 2014, mainly because of lower prices for energy and petroleum products. Also, the Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) declined 4.3% in October…
Overhead crane inspection and preventive maintenance program expanded to meet CSA standards
Springfield, OH – The preventive maintenance inspection included in Konecranes Mainman Assessment has now been expanded to more closely match Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements for compliance.
Plant Visit: Siemens Calgary
PEM visited the Siemens Calgary plant, which is one of eight repair facilities located across Canada. The facility specializes in maintenance technologies and focuses on electric motor repairs, turbomachinery, and mechanical and electrical engineering services.
10 companies receive honours at inaugural Ontario Export Awards
Mississauga, ON – The 2014 Ontario Export Awards gala on Nov. 25, 2014, brought nearly 200 manufacturing, government, association and corporate leaders together to celebrate the province’s top exporters.
Economic prospects for provinces looks bright, bolstered by resource sectors in the main
Ottawa – The economic prospects for all of Canada’s provinces look more positive for the months ahead and into next year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Provincial Outlook: Autumn 2014.
Demand for industrial fasteners to grow 5.4% annually to 2018
Cleveland, OH – Worldwide demand for industrial fasteners is forecast to climb 5.4% annually through 2018 to $93.8 billion, accelerating from the 2008-2013 pace, according to a new study, World Industrial Fasteners, from The Freedonia…
Tips help deal with counterfeit products in the electrical supply chain
Pittsburgh, PA – Power management company Eaton has released several tips aimed at helping industry professionals properly report counterfeit electrical products. The tips are intended to provide professionals throughout the electrical supply…
New DCX motors and GPX gearboxes from maxon
Now even stronger, more efficient and with yet more combination options: There are new additions to the maxon family of X drive products. Several long versions of brushed DC motors, with higher torques and more power, are being added to the product range, together with matching planetary gearheads. Each of the 3-stage versions can now be combined with the next smaller motor. This saves space, weight and costs.
Energy Audit Kit identifies savings areas and verifies performance
ISO 50002:2014 is a new International Standard providing useful information on energy audits for all types of facilities and organizations. To cut high energy costs, businesses and organizations are installing energy management systems and performing energy audits to reduce energy consumption and improve performance over the long term. For affordable energy auditing and verification CAS DataLoggers offers the EC-7VAR Three-phase Power & Energy Datalogger Kit, which includes the datalogger, voltage leads, transducers, Rogowski coils, carry case, software and a USB lead for quick connectivity.
Offset couplings from Zero-Max reduce space requirements
Offset couplings from Zero-Max reduce space requirements for parallel offset shafts in large system applications. These specialized couplings provide machine designers with an important option for reducing overall machine size and footprint.
Schneider Electric introduces QuoteFAST in Canada
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, announced the Canadian launch of QuoteFAST, an online tool designed to help contractors and distributors increase their profits and productivity. QuoteFAST is a free, cloud-based application that gives contractors faster quotes and drawings, accurate bills of materials, and access to Schneider Electric product and pricing information at the click of a button.
National Manufacturing Consortium partners with BMO to launch industry banking program
Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), has announced a new initiative with BMO Bank of Montreal, providing a high-value manufacturing resource for industry throughout Ontario.
Manufacturers are increasingly faced with “hyper competition” where global interests are often able to quote on business with significantly lower costs. The only way for manufacturers to remain viable here at home is to level the playing field. Helping manufacturers become more productive, reduce enterprise-wide costs and access the best financial information possible to grow their businesses into new markets and sectors.
New award will recognize outstanding projects by Ontario engineers
Toronto – A new award to recognize engineering projects and achievements was announced at the 2014 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) gala in November. The inaugural award will be presented in November 2015 with nominations…
Feds to invest $29 million in training and technology programs to aid southern Ontario’s manufacturing industries
Mississauga, ON – The federal government has unveiled a $9-million program to help manufacturers in southern Ontario innovate, grow, create jobs and compete globally.
Cutting tools and fluids supplier adds tech rep
Toronto – Edward Das has been hired by Toronto-based Rotem Industrial Products Inc. to serve southwestern Ontario as a technical sales representative. He replaces Alex Balazsy, who has moved on to ChemArrow, one of Rotem’s suppliers….
Assessing visibility workwear needs in facilities
Employment and Social Development Canada reported that workers in manufacturing, transport, storage and communications were among the top five industries with the highest injury rates in 2008. Although this statistic dates back a few years now, safety in these types of facilities continues to be a top concern. To help improve worker safety, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professionals should consider whether they need an Enhanced Visibility workwear program.
Ontario manufacturing industries team up to address critical skills shortage
Four manufacturing organizations have banded together to actively hire and train unemployed/underemployed youth to help their industry address a critical shortage of CNC Machinists. Facing an immediate need for 270 CNC machinists now and for 700 in the next two years, they formed the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) and launched an industry-led hiring and training initiative called the CNC Machinist (Level 1) Selection and Learning Program. The Ontario government has selected this program for funding under the Youth Skills Connections Program.