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  • EarthRenew unleashes cow power

    May 21, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Capturing gas from biological waste to create energy has been experimented with for centuries. In fact, one of the first noted anaerobic digestion systems—a process that breaks down biodegradable materials to create methane and carbon dioxide biogas as a replacement

  • Editorial: Industry needs a uniform standard

    May 21, 2009 by Joe Terrett

    Let’s not presume the abundant supply of oil deposited in Alberta’s oil sands—a supply second only to Saudi Arabia’s reserves—will continue to be an easy sell in the energy hungry US. The Canadian and Alberta governments must heed the flashing

  • CSI analysis is cleaning up groundwater

    May 13, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Barbara Sherwood Lollar, who initiated the concept and goals for the EPA report and is one of the five international authors, in her University of Toronto research laboratory. Photo: Noelle Stapinsky A technique developed at the University of Toronto (U

  • Tough economic conditions lead to injury

    April 21, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Employers tend to focus on injuries resulting from posture and repetition while overlooking psychosocial stressors. Photo: Istockphoto As production cutbacks, excess inventories and increasingly unstable supply chains aren’t worrying enough, plant managers can add the increased potential for physical and

  • CATT to develop aerospace innovations

    April 21, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Red River College and Standard Aero’s customized laser equipment will perform precise cutting and cladding techniques to repair engine components.Photo: Standard Aero A partnership between a Winnipeg college and a leading aerospace engine repair company will bring technological firsts to

  • Alberta bites back in beetle war

    April 21, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    ARC’s technology uses a computer analysis system to adjust the pulping process for beetle-killed wood.Photo: AAET If a beetle-killed tree falls in a mountain pine forest, does it make a sound? It sure does if you’re part of the $80-billion

  • McCoy gets leaner and doubles productivity

    April 21, 2009 by Kim Laundrum

    McCoy has cut production time for one trailer from 27 to 2.2 days.Photo: Grant Waddell Jim Rakievich didn’t really know anything about lean manufacturing back in 2003. The president and CEO of McCoy Corp., an Edmonton-based manufacturer of truck trailer

  • Measuring the value of asset management

    April 15, 2009 by Steve Gahbauer, Contributing Editor

    Establishing metrics for production processes helps justify current activities and supports new initiatives. Photo: Stock Machinery and other production equipment are a manufacturer’s greatest capital investment, but many plants don’t have a consistent method of measuring the value of activities

  • Test-Centric Assembly

    April 3, 2009 by Jacques Hoffmann

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  • News General

    The new world of manufacturing—is your company ready?

    April 1, 2009 by Microsoft and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Webcast

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  • Alberta bites back in beetle war

    March 23, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    ARC’s sensor technology uses a computer analysis system to automatically adjust the pulping process for beetle-killed wood.Photo: AAET If a beetle-killed tree falls in a mountain pine forest, does it make a sound? it sure does if you’re part of

  • Alberta’s oil sands are still open for business

    March 23, 2009 by Joe Terrett, Editor

    The 797B Caterpillar mining trucks used at Shell’s Athabasca oil sands carry 400 tonnes of bitumen.Photo: Shell The global economy may be in meltdown, oil prices are at record lows and some massive development projects have been put on hold,

  • Synergize lean with technology

    March 23, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    When it comes to mixing automation with lean processes, many manufacturers question whether the two should go together on the plant floor. Indeed some industry professionals think of automation as high through-put and production-capacity driven, not demand driven, according to

  • Sales Tool streamlines production

    March 23, 2009 by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Evans Console manufactures roughly 90 custom console projects per month. And project values range from $10,000 to $4 million.Photo: Evans Console Evans Console Corp. is on a mission to increase manufacturing capacity and accuracy. That’s why it teamed up with

  • Metal Surfraces get a blast of efficency

    March 23, 2009 by By: Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor

    Bjorn Tranebo, vice-president and general manager, and Doug LoFranco, vice-president of OEM sales for the Americas at the Burlington, Ont. Wheelabrator manufacturing facility.Photo: Stephen Uhraney Economic conditions being what they are, manufacturers are looking for any advantage that will streamline