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May 16, 2019

Locked-out aluminum workers protest outside shareholders’ meeting

Some 200 locked-out members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9700 from the ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour, Que., drove more than 12 hours to demonstrate at Alcoa’s shareholders’ meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.

GM, Unifor put positive spin on Oshawa plant transformation

Hundreds of jobs have been saved at an Oshawa, Ont. General Motors plant as the company invests $170 million to transform the facility into a stamping and sub-assembly plant.

First Cobalt advances refinery commissioning study

First Cobalt Corp. has initiated a scoping-level capacity study to estimate the capital and operating requirements for various production scenarios using cobalt hydroxide as feedstock for the restart of its First Cobalt Refinery in Ontario.
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What Flow Technology Can I Use to Measure This?

Making the decision on what technology to use can be daunting; many experienced plant personnel either use what they are comfortable with or count on their supplier (salesperson) to help them out with different technologies. Consider some questions to ask yourself in the beginning of the decision making process that could lead you down the path to successfully choosing measurement devices.
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The brand new Accusense™ Model AXD pressure sensor from Setra Systems

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Why actuators for connected industry run on brushless DC motors

With no need for compressed air, early electric actuators could operate with less sound and less maintenance than the predominant pneumatic actuator. Of course, the standard pneumatic option offered its own apparent benefits – performance in extreme temperatures, for example, and an elegant simplicity. As a result, the flow control industry has stubbornly clung to pneumatic actuators, specifically in the American market, for decades. » Read More

Clean, conductive and high-performance carbon black beads

Orion Engineered Carbons has released its AROSPERSE 5-183A BEADS for wire and cable applications, in addition to its newest conductive Specialty Carbon Black XPB 633 BEADS and its high-performance, low-compound-moisture-absorption PRINTEX zeta A BEADS for pressure pipe. » Learn More

LVDT Signal Conditioner pairs with AC LVDT, RVDT or LVRT Half Bridge

The NTC-6000 LVDT Signal Conditioner from NewTek Sensor Solutions pairs with nearly any AC-operated LVDT, RVDT or LVRT half bridge to deliver reliable position feedback in 4-20mA, 0-5V, 0-10V or RS-485 formats for process control systems requiring digital output. » Learn More

SICK introduces world’s first outdoor safety laser scanner

SICK is launching its newest safety laser scanner, outdoorScan3. It is the first safety laser scanner certified to IEC 62998 for use in outdoor applications. » Learn More

Vibrating sensors measure levels in hazardous locations

The VR-90 and VF-95 are approved to ATEX, FM, CSA, and IEC standards for use in hazardous locations. Both the vibrating rod and fork are available with either an electropolished or precision-casted stainless-steel housing suitable for food or chemical processing environments. » Learn More

CPCA Annual General Meeting

Chateau Bromont
Eastern Townships, Que.
May 23-26, 2019
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47th BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Victoria Conference Centre / Fairmont Empress
Victoria, B.C.
May 26-28, 2019
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Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo

Toronto Congress Centre
Toronto, Ont.
June 4-6, 2019
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Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources

Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel
Calgary, Alta.
June 4-6, 2019
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Global Petroleum Show

Stampede Park
Calgary, Alta.
June 11-13, 2019
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