• Tech Tip: Verifying chiller motor conditions

    July 6, 2010 by Steve Gahbauer

    This time of year many plants are starting up their chillers. Common testing for electric motors includes vibration analysis for mechanical components and insulation resistance (Meg-Ohm) testing for winding insulation.

  • Keeping hydraulic systems clean

    July 6, 2010 by Steve Gahbauer, contributing editor

    Common threats to manufacturing machinery are air, moisture, machine particles, process chemicals, heat, microbes and atmospheric particulates. Photo: iStockphoto Monitoring and controlling contaminants is key to the management of hydraulic fluids. Air, water, particulates and heat threaten hydraulic equipment in

  • Marport invests in growth

    July 6, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Marport president and CEO Karl Kenny and David Shea, lead engineer on the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) project, checking out a dismantled unit. Photo: Marport Life at sea is in Newfoundland native Karl Kenny’s blood: fishing the deep blue Atlantic

  • Protecting workers in tight spaces

    July 6, 2010 by NOELLE STAPINSKY

    A Canadian first, the CSA has defined confined environments in a new national standard as “a workspace that is fully or partially enclosed; not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy and has limited or restricted access.”

  • Harness 25 tons of lift with a C25,000

    July 6, 2010 by Joe Terrett, Editor

    A C25,000, big enough to move a pre-engineered modular data centre. Photo: Combilift In the manufacturing, forestry and construction sectors, there’s inevitably a lot of big stuff to move around. Combilift Ltd., the Irish long-load handling specialist, has rolled out

  • G-Plus gets more with flexible R&D

    July 5, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    G-Plus guards limit access to moving parts on conveyor belts. Photo: G-Plus Mining operations use a lot of steel for structural and other elements where the damp, subterranean work areas make weight and corrosion issues central to part and component

  • Need emergency back-up?

    July 5, 2010 by Uwe Manski

    Managing a business through continuing economic or market upheavals while contending with daily competitive pressures means few manufacturers are finding the time for contingency planning. Yet serious challenges arise unexpectedly such as declining profitability, difficulties securing financing, plunging cash flow

  • Kanban links with ERP

    July 5, 2010 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Checking inventory using RFID technology. Photo: iStockphoto Kanban has always been an integral part of lean manufacturing, streamlining production processes, shop-floor operations and inventory control. As the system evolved from the traditional, painfully manual, cards (or other objects) used to

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    Labour Relations: Government auto stake could leverage benefits

    July 5, 2010 by Ken Lewenza

    Ken Lewenza General Motors’ recent announcement that it has fully repaid the loans it received from the US, Canadian and Ontario governments years ahead of schedule and with interest, was another positive sign of the auto industry’s gradual recovery. And

  • Taking the lead in climate-friendly technology

    July 5, 2010 by Joe Terrett

    The massive oil eruption in the Gulf of Mexico is helping us to reflect more seriously on our insatiable need for fossil fuels. Having 116 million US gallons (and counting) of raw crude heading for a US coastline tends to

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    $20M nitrogen plant to supply BC natural gas production

    July 5, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    CALGARY: Ferus Inc. is constructing a liquid nitrogen plant in Dawson Creek, BC that will supply the gas for the production of natural gas from wells in the region.Ferus, a Calgary-based provider of industrial gases to the energy sector, said

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    Energy-efficiency program launched for Ontario's industrial sector

    June 30, 2010 by PLANT staff

    TORONTO: The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has officially launched a new energy-efficiency program to reduce electricity use and increase competitiveness for large industrial companies that are directly connected to the electricity transmission system. The Industrial Accelerator is a five-year program

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    Manufacturing needs to invest in talent and innovation

    June 29, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    TORONTO: Canada’s manufacturing sector continues to face serious competitive challenges from emerging economies and a Deloitte report points to the need for stepped up investments in talent-driven innovation and a more competitive policy infrastructure. Deloitte says access to talented workers

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    Global execs fret over sovereign debt: RBC study

    June 29, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    TORONTO: Business leaders and financial executives from around the world are concerned with rising sovereign debt in developed countries, according to a survey by RBC Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada. The following

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    MatrikonOPC joins Honeywell Process Solutions

    June 29, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    LONDON: Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has completed the acquisition of Edmonton industrial software developer MatrikonOPC for US$139 million. Matrikon’s open connectivity in process control business, MatrikonOPC, will operate as a separate business entity within HPS. “The Matrikon brands are outstanding