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Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales up 0.8 per cent in June

Statistics Canada said Tuesday manufacturing sales gained 0.8 per cent to $50.2 billion in June after losing 1.0 per cent in the prior month. Economists had expected a gain of 0.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters. >> Read full article

Info request reveals BC Hydro concerns over impact of fracking on dams

Officials at British Columbia's public power utility have been raising concerns as early as 2009 that earthquakes caused by a controversial gas-extraction method used in the mining industry may put the province's largest hydroelectric dams at risk, internal documents reveal. >> Read full article

Miner BHP Billiton suffers $6.4 billion loss for 2015

The world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, reported a $6.4 billion loss – the Anglo-Australian company's worst ever full-year result – resulting from weak commodity prices, a plunge in the value of its U.S. shale oil assets and a costly dam disaster in Brazil. >> Read full article

Manufacturing output expands at faster pace in July, PMI

Canadian manufacturers indicated improvement in business conditions during July, underpinned by modest rises in output, new orders and employment levels. However, there were signs of weaker demand from export markets, as highlighted by a renewed drop in new work from abroad. Meanwhile, exchange rate depreciation against the U.S. dollar continued to push up overall input costs in July, with survey respondents citing higher steel prices in particular. >> Read full article

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

Part of the pipeline involved in the Husky Energy oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River has been taken for testing. >> Read full article

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Cost concepts of planning and scheduling

Cost concepts of planning and scheduling

Most people are surprised to see maintenance costs go up as they first implement proper planning and scheduling. Maintenance planning and scheduling help an existing workforce complete more maintenance work so, of course, they will use more spare parts each month than they did in the past. Let’s discuss a few planning and scheduling concepts related to cost. These concepts include consideration of parts, contractors, staff levels, reactive work versus proactive work, the “hidden factory,” and both engineering and purchasing decisions… >> Learn More…

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Temporary power distribution with 480 Volt transformer

The Larson Electronics MGL25-8C-480-120V-GFI Temporary Power Distribution System converts 480 VAC three-phase electrical current to single-phase 120V AC and 240V AC 60hz. This system provides operators the ability to safely tap into and distribute 480VAC power from a variety of sources including generators and direct grid power. >> Read full article

Wet/dry electric drum top industrial VAC for metalworking

VAC-U-MAX announces its Model 55E11: the first wet/dry drum-top industrial vacuum designed for long-life in harsh metalworking environments for operation on 110V/1ph or 220V/1ph power. Besides the well-known VAC-U-MAX heavy-duty design, the brushless vacuum motor can operate continuously with a lifespan up to 10 times longer than common shop-type vacuum cleaners. >> Read full article

Cloud-based shaft alignment system

Cloud-based shaft alignment system

Rotalign touch is cloud-based shaft alignment system that combines precision measurement with mobile connectivity. New capabilities include the Live Trend functionality, vibration spot checks and intelligent uncoupled measurement modes. The system takes the guesswork out of the offline to running machine condition. Using Rotalign touch, users can monitor and measure the thermal expansion and operation-induced movement. Technicians are able to analyze the collected data identifying appropriate preset target values that will ensure accurate shaft alignment when the machine is in operating condition. >> Read full article

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MainTrain 2016

Date: September 19 – 22, 2016
Location: Toronto >> More Info

Mines and Money Americas

Date: September 26-28, 2016
Location: Toronto >> More Info

MINExpo 2016

Date: September 26-28, 2016
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada >> More Info

MEMO - Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability / Mine Operators Conference

Date: October 16 -18, 2016
Location: Sudbury, Ont. >> More Info