• Poly-Pacific digs for nylon treasure

    September 16, 2008 by Kim Laudrum

    Municipal landfills like this one could yield valuable, reclaimable commodities, such as nylon. Poly-Pacific International Inc. is awaiting results of a feasibility study and approvals from authorities, but if everything is a go, it’s poised to commence open-pit mining of

  • Aerospace Outlook: High fuel prices drive jet orders

    September 15, 2008 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features editor

    Bombardier’s CSeries regional jet was launched at the Farnborough International Airshow in July.Photo: Bombardier While our neighbours to the south whine in protest over how rising fuel prices are causing cancelled or postponed orders for US jet makers, Canada is

  • Cinde/Mohawk address NDT technicians shortage

    September 15, 2008 by Steve Gahbauer

    Ultrasonic testing at Mohawk College’s non-destructive testing lab. Mohawk and CINDE have created a program to address an anticipated shortage of NDT technicians. Photo: CINDE Non-destructive testing (NDT) and evaluation (NDE) plays a critical role in manufacturing and maintenance. Highly

  • News General

    Hedging helps against soaring loonie

    September 10, 2008 by Mike Ouellette

    Developing a crafty hedging strategy can help manufacturers offset fluctuations in currency values. The rollercoaster Canadian dollar has pummelled manufacturing and it’s likely to continue for some time. The TD Bank quarterly economic forecast published in June paints anything but

  • Diffusing a ticking time bomb

    September 10, 2008 by Plant Staff

    One area that’s woefully underestimated and urgently needs attention is deferred maintenance. Joel Leonard, who leads the growth and advancement of the MPACT Learning Center in Greensboro, NC, a technical skills training initiative for maintenance professionals, calls deferred maintenance “a

  • Simbotics takes first

    September 10, 2008 by Corinne Lynds

    An inspired team of students from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ont. can claim international bragging rights for robotics innovation. Future engineers on team 1114, also known as Simbotics, finished the year with a record of three regional

  • Sigmabond explodes cladding parameters

    September 10, 2008 by Plant Staff

    Sigmabond president Harry Sildva and Vahid Safavi, a University of Toronto researcher, look over some testing at the ultraasmic bondstructive lab. Photo: Rodney Daw Tucked away in a sandpit near North Bay, Ont., Sigmabond Technologies Corp. has been tinkering with

  • Making it to the next generation and beyond

    September 1, 2008 by Eddie Pal

    The buzz of the lathes penetrates the office walls. Within those walls, the company’s president and founder argue over their company’s future. It’s a heated discussion, and it’s between father and son. “If we outsource to China, the quality will

  • Editorial: Let the market lead emissions reductions

    September 1, 2008 by Joe Terrett

    Business continues to boom in Alberta as energy development drives the Canadian economy’s growth, such as it is; yet the sector is under siege. Environmental groups complain of the escalating greenhouse gas emissions coming from the oil sands and want

  • Made in Canada: Not so much…

    August 8, 2008 by Julian Beltrame

    Canadian manufacturers are increasingly turning to Cheap Labour factories in Asia or Latin America to be more competitive. Photo: Joe Terrett Hugh Thompson knows he’s part of a dying breed, a Canadian manufacturer who still makes products that come with

  • PACsecure raises food packaging safety standards

    August 8, 2008 by Ron Richardson

    Pressure sensitive roll labels in production at Jones Packaging in London, Ont.Photo by Stephen Uhraney Canadians can be pretty picky about their food quality, and rightly so; but how about the way it’s delivered to them in the marketplace? That’s not