• Consider a makeover for maintenance

    December 19, 2008 by Steve Gahbauer

    Having a strategy is key to maintenance improvement, but you need management buy-in, which hinges on performance and results. Keep it simple and focus on what’s important to the company’s success. Photo: Stock We have come a long way in

  • Lean Assessment : Making the most of time and space

    December 5, 2008 by Corinne Lynds, senior Editor

    An oil removal filter vessel used in heavy oil production is loaded onto a truck for shipment. Photo: Plains Fabrication & Supply Three years ago, Chester Nagy was facing a number of challenges. “Our factory was very old, with very

  • Bridging Alberta’s technology needs

    December 1, 2008 by Ron Richardson

    When a big-basket loader used in open-pit oil sands mining loses a tooth (similar to those above), it can cause serious damage to crushers or other equipment. ARC helped develop an early warning sensor to prevent trouble resulting from tooth

  • News General

    Labour: Hiring supply-chain workers: it’s not about the money

    December 1, 2008 by Tracy Clayson

    In 2007, Alberta’s unemployment rate was a minuscule 3.5 per cent. It’s currently at 3.8%, but that’s still the lowest rate in any province or territory. Yes, the employment picture appears to be rosy. There’s clearly an economic boom going

  • Industry looks for help through rough patch

    December 1, 2008 by Joe Terrett

    Prospects in 2009 look pretty grim, even for the commodity-rich Western Canada. The per-barrel price of oil is dropping, with some analysts predicting a dip to as low as $60 if economic conditions worsen. That would let some of the

  • IGRS turns waste into watts

    November 27, 2008 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Squeezed in amongst a Future Shop, Wal-Mart and Home Depot where suburbanites carry out everyday retail transactions there’s an inconspicuous gas recovery company sucking toxic gas out of a closed Mississauga, Ont. landfill site just 800 metres away. Indeed, Integrated

  • Clean at sonic speed

    November 27, 2008 by Corinne Lynds

    Tech Sonic Services Ltd.’s ultrasonic cleaning technology extends product life by removing heavy or light bitumen, tar, grease and other gas/oil products from any metal item. Photo: Tech Sonic Services Ltd Gunked-up, dirty old parts that fail give Alberta’s busy

  • News General

    2008-2009 Management Issues Survey

    November 10, 2008 by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

    Results of a survey of 1,260 Canadian manufacturers and exporters who provide insights into the critical issues affecting their businesses. Download it.

  • Making the most of time and space

    November 5, 2008 by Corinne Lynds

    An oil removal filter vessel used in heavy oil production is loaded onto a truck for shipment.Photo: Plains Fabrication & Supply Three years ago, Chester Nagy was facing a number of challenges. “Our factory was very old, with very old-school

  • Harnessing the voice of the customer

    November 5, 2008 by Joe Terrett, Editor, Plant Newspaper

    An overhead view of Cogent’s clean, organized and much leaner manufacturing operations in Burlington, Ont.Photo: Cogent Power A pillar of lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste, defined as anything that does not provide value to the customer. So naturally,

  • News Operations

    Safety first at John Deere

    November 5, 2008 by Ron Richardson

    The safety team at John Deere Welland Works includes Leo Walsh, Dawn Elliott and Shawn Finlay, director of health and safety and a member of the IAPA board of directors. Photo: Rodney Daw Achievement can bring recognition. Such is the

  • Saving through oil analysis

    November 5, 2008 by Plant Staff

    When equipment isn’t running, money isn’t flowing. Global competition and spiralling plant operating and maintenance costs make it imperative to do everything possible to maximize machine uptime and asset reliability. One way to achieve this is oil analysis and fluid

  • Keeping dust and fumes under control

    November 5, 2008 by Steve Gahbauer

    A Torit PowerCore baghouse dust collector. Photo: Donaldson Torit Almost every manufacturing process creates dust and debris. Steel and lumber mills are among the worst, while rock crushers, cement factories and co-generation plants burning peat create huge amounts of fine

  • Maximize your CMMS investment

    November 5, 2008 by Steve Gahbauer

    A CMMS will help you maximize plant assets, but getting there starts with a properly defined strategy.Photo: Stock Image Computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) are important contributors to asset, labour, supply chain and financial performance. Various tools optimize the maintenance

  • Monitor pipe corrosion in real time

    November 1, 2008 by Luke Miller

    A Pepperl+Fuchs CorrTran corrosion detection transmitter installed on a pipeline, providing general and local corrosion rates, as well as conductivity, via a two-wire loop powered 4-20 mA signal with HART protocol. Oil and gas recovery systems vary around the world,