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Prairie provinces watch sales of drilling rights go from boom to bust

Five years after Alberta raised a record-setting $3.5 billion at auctions of provincially owned oil and gas drilling rights, sales are on pace this year to set a historic low, part of a downward trend seen across Western Canada. » Read full article

Part of pipeline in Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan sent for testing

Laurie Pushor, deputy minister of the economy in Saskatchewan, says provincial officials supervised as part of the pipeline was purged, cut and capped and the segment in question removed. It has been taken to a third-party lab for analysis, he said. » Read full article

Ontario Energy Board updates consultation requirements for Energy East pipeline

The Ontario Energy Board is issuing new guidelines to better define obligations to consult First Nations communities about “hydrocarbon pipelines,” just days after the National Energy Board opened hearings into the $15.7 billion Energy East project. » Read full article

Funding for joint additive manufacturing/3D-printing product R&D efforts

Lincoln Electric is part of a team that has received funding through America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in conjunction with the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), for pursuing its patented laser hot wire technology for additive manufacturing (AM). » Read full article

U.S. Steel Canada says Essar Global restructuring proposal won’t be considered

Hamilton, Ont.-based U.S. Steel Canada Inc. is rejecting advances from the Essar Global fund, saying it isn’t qualified to purchase the company formerly known as Stelco, which has been seeking a buyer under a lengthy court-supervised process. » Read full article
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MRO Inventory 101

Effective MRO parts management is crucial to maintenance productivity and reliability. If equipment is down and a required part is unavailable, that breakdown could cost you a tremendous amount of money because until the equipment is fixed, revenue is lost. Properly managing MRO inventory has proven time after time to save 10 – 30 per cent of annual inventory dollars, writes contributor Kris Bagadia, president of PEAK Industrial Solutions, LLC. » read more

PEMAC GTA Chapter Meeting

Date: August 25, 2016
Location: Milton, ON » more info

Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit

Date: September 12 - 17, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL » more info

IMTS 2016 – International Manufacturing Technology Show

Date: September 12 - 17, 2016
Location: Chicago IL » more info

Mines and Money Americas

Date: September 26 - 28, 2016
Location: The Ritz Carlton, Toronto » more info