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Economy tops expectations, growing faster than expected in January

Statistics Canada said Friday gross domestic product increased 0.6 per cent in the first month of the year, with strength across both goods- and service-producing industries. Economists had expected a gain of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

Federal, Ontario governments to invest $200M into Ford’s Canadian operations

The federal and Ontario governments are each spending more than $100 million to help Canada’s auto sector. The money is meant to support a $1.2-billion partnership with Ford Canada to create 300 jobs and maintain 500 more in Ontario, and help create an advanced manufacturing program in Windsor and a research and engineering centre in Ottawa.

Artificial Intelligence Research Institute launched in Toronto

Vector Institute, a new independent research facility for artificial intelligence (AI), opened its doors at the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto. Vector will be dedicated to cutting-edge exploration of AI, specializing in the transformative fields of deep learning and machine learning.

Hydraulic Institute to bring Pump Systems Optimization Course to Canada

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) is partnering with Canadian Institute for Energy Training to bring their Pump System Optimization (PSO) course to Toronto.

Danfoss to establish U.S. operations for its Silicon Power business

Danfoss Silicon Power last week announced it is establishing production in the U.S. and entering into a collaboration with industrial giant General Electric (GE).
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Optimizing reliability centered maintenance

Reliability Centered Maintenance methods compliant with the SAE standard JA-1011 (“Evaluation Criteria for RCM Processes”) all have common features – they must, or they won’t comply with the standard. Those requirements are “minimum” requirements, as they are with any standard. RCM-R complies, says James Reyes-Picknell, co-author of Reliability Centered Maintenance – Reengineered: Practical Optimization of the RCM Process with RCM-R (Productivity Press, 2017). But what makes it different and why? » read more

ISA Calgary Show

Date: April 19, 2017
Location: Calgary
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Partners in Prevention 2017

Date: May 2–3, 2017
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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STLE 72nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Date: May 21-25, 2017
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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MainTrain 2017

Date: September 25 - 28, 2017
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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