• Manage your spare parts better

    October 14, 2009 by

    A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) will improve stores and parts efficiency. Ben Stevens, president of Optimized Maintenance Decisions (OMDEC), a Grodfrey Ont.-based maintenance software development company that specializes in optimizing maintenance decision-making, offers the following list of spare parts

  • Upgrading industrial fans extends service life

    October 14, 2009 by Steve Gahbauer, Contributing Editor

    Reducing the operating temperature of bearings leads to increased reliability, extended service life and lower maintenance costs for fans and blowers. Photo: Big Ass Fans Industrial fans and blowers are a critical part of many industrial processes and as productivity

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    Nederman in position for growth

    October 14, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    As the world moves out of the recession, Nederman Canada is strategically positioning itself for growth. The global supplier of products and systems to safeguard people from harmful particles, fibres, dust, gas, smoke, oil and mist, celebrated the grand opening

  • Think Lean: Do you look, see and observe?

    October 14, 2009 by Richard Kunst

    Let’s face it, business has changed. The current economic situation has forced leaders to do more with less and really focus on the “game.” But have you taken the time to observe and recognize if you are truly optimizing time

  • Siemens’ Tiastar comes to Burlington

    October 14, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    Cutting the ribbon to launch the production of Tiastar Motor Control Centre products at Siemens Canada’s Burlington plant are: (L-R) president and CEO Roland Aurich, Burlington mayor Cam Jackson and Joris Myny, vice-president of the Industry Automation and Drive Technologies

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    Manufacturing inputs: Ottawa cutting tariffs

    October 8, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    OTTAWA: The federal government’s plan to eliminate all remaining tariffs on imported machinery, equipment and other inputs is good news for many manufacturers, but it could cause problems for others. Public consultations will be held until Nov. 6. Ottawa eliminated

  • Increasing industry efficiency through powder metallurgy

    October 8, 2009 by Jack Jeswiet

    Powder Metallurgy (P/M) is a well developed industry in Canada that plays an important role in the automotive sector. The process has been around for ages – it was first used by the Egyptians to make iron tools and by

  • R&D collaboration designs a lighter automotive front end

    October 8, 2009 by Kumar Sadayappan

    Lightweight materials technologies play a crucial role in efforts worldwide to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions from automobiles. Most experts agree for every 10% in weight reduction, there is a 7% improvement in fuel efficiency for vehicles powered by

  • Paint line project cuts energy costs

    October 8, 2009 by James Stone

    Energy efficiency in the automotive industry extends beyond making cars that will travel farther on a tank of gas. Central Motor Wheel of America Inc. (CMWA), a manufacturer of steel and aluminum wheels for the automotive industry, focused on its

  • Polyscope Polymers to fill global SMA gap

    October 8, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    A view of Polyscope Polymer’s plant in Galeen. Photo: Polyscope Although styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) resin producer Nova Chemicals is discontinuing production of this stiff and versatile thermoplastic widely used in automotive components and other items, a Dutch company intends

  • Sustainable cost control and reduction

    October 8, 2009 by Mark Walters and Calum Semple

    Canada’s automotive industry is in the midst of a major change. The economic downturn, legacy costs and a rapid decline in sales has pushed many parts suppliers and manufacturers to reduce costs. Companies are looking to adapt to the ever-changing

  • Scientists urge pursuit of carbon sequestration

    September 22, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    A simplified overview of the geo-sequestration process. Photo: CO2CRC REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: Scientists are urging government leaders heading to Copenhagen for climate talks later this year to pursue carbon capture and sequestration (technology that harnesses emissions and pumps them deep into

  • Bison bonanza for Carmen Creek

    September 20, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Pieter Spinder, Dean Andres and Kelly Long are the three co-founders of Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats. Photo: Carmen Creek Gourmet Meats Growing a business is challenging at the best of times, but during a recession? Unlikely for many, but not

  • Coal: no longer a four-letter word

    September 20, 2009 by Kim Laudrum

    A Siemens expert investigates the exact composition of synthesis gas.Photo: Siemens. Alberta’s Capital Power Corp. and partner Enbridge Inc. plan to build a 270-megawatt energy facility using clean-coal technology with carbon capture and storage, making it one of the first

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    TMT: Keeping an eye on the universe

    September 20, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Astronomers will soon have a powerful new instrument to help them unlock the mysteries of the universe. The world’s largest telescope—roughly the same size as a hockey arena, 22 storeys high and weighing in at 2,000 tons—will be built in