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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • Predicting the pine beetle’s next move

    November 1, 2008 by Kim Laudrum

    Researchers are taking samples of healthy trees in an effort to understand what makes them resistant to pine beetles. Photos: Jack Scott/University Of Alberta No one thought the mountain pine beetle could cross the Rockies. In the past decade, the

  • Eight reasons to consider pulsed MIG welding

    November 1, 2008 by Jeff Herb

    The newest generation of pulsed MIG welders is user-friendly and compact. As an added benefit, they use energy very efficiently, draw much less amperage than older welders and use single- or three-phase power ranging from 190 to 630 VAC. Photo:

  • Eight reasons to consider pulsed mig welding

    October 6, 2008 by Jeff Herb

    The newest generation of pulsed MIG welders is user-friendly and compact. As an added benefit, they use energy very efficiently, draw much less amperage than older welders and use single- or three-phase power ranging from 190 to 630 VAC. Photo:

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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