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$20 Million Irving Oil Refinery Turnaround Underway

Over the next eight weeks, 650 additional skilled tradespeople will join the refinery's 1,400 person workforce to complete the facility's annual fall turnaround. The $20 million maintenance project will enhance the safety and reliability of Canada's largest refinery, which produces high-quality energy products for customers in Eastern Canada and the US Northeast.

Electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, and other tradespeople will work 24/7, for a total of 450,000 workforce hours during the project, giving a boost to regional businesses in recreation, entertainment, food service and accommodation rentals.

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Acteon Acquires UTEC Survey, Enhancing Global Survey and Data Gathering Capabilities

Acteon has announced the acquisition of UTEC Survey, an independent survey services business with a global footprint. UTEC offers high quality and cost-effective technology solutions in order to gather, process and manage data that supports informed decision-making across the entire life of a subsea field. It generated revenues in excess of $84 million in 2013.

This acquisition further enhances Acteon’s ability to serve tier one contractors and oil companies which require comprehensive external support for their assets in terms of data gathering, analysis and interpretation, in order to operate competitively in the integrity and maintenance fields. Acteon will also engage UTEC’s geoscience capabilities in developing an extended suite of value-creating subsea services.

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Engines and Powertrains

Kubota Diesel Engines Between 56 and 130kW Receive Certification for CARB Tier 4 Final Emissions Regulations

Liquid cooled Diesel Engine V3800-TIEF4
Liquid cooled Diesel Engine V3800-TIEF4

The next emissions regulations for non-road diesel engines with an output range between 56 and 130 kW will come into effect in North America in January 2015. Kubota's non-road diesel engines between 56 and 130 kW are in compliance with the latest emission regulations. These engines have been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union (EU) and most recently by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). These engines will be installed in Kubota brand tractors and construction machinery. The engines for non-captive product will also be available for construction and industrial machinery. Mass production will start from October 2014.

Tier 4 Final and Stage IV are very stringent emission regulations. They require NOx (nitrogen oxide) reduction by about 90% in comparison with the current regulations. Kubota has adopted selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for NOx reduction. Together with the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), Kubota has developed the integrated technology and system to comply with the latest regulations. Kubota has maintained its compact design with these new engine models and in some cases has even increased the output compared to previous engine models.

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Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation Combine Strengths to Host Unique Training Summit for Customers

Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation combine strengths to deliver a unique learning opportunity for their customers through a joint Process Solutions Summit event at Endress+Hauser’s new $16M Customer Center located at its US headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana.

The Process Solutions Summit – hosted by Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation, and sponsored by George E. Booth and Company and Kirby Risk –provides customers with the ability to acquire hands-on training through sessions and labs, exchange innovative ideas, and learn best practices about complete process automation solutions amongst peers and industry leaders. Participation in the Process Solutions Summit is free for attendees.

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Multiquip Introduces New Light Tower

Multiquip, has launched the latest addition of its lighting solutions product line, the LT6-Series Light Tower. Versatile enough to handle a wide range of applications, it is ideal for everything from construction, mining and energy exploration to security and special event lighting.

Illumination is provided by four 1,000 Watt metal halide lights. The lights are mounted on a 30-foot mast capable of 360° rotation. Convenient receptacles are provided for the 6,000 Watt generator to power the lights as well as small tools and equipment on site. Models are available in both 60 Hertz and 50 Hertz configurations to meet international requirements.

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KSB Pumps Teams Up With Canadian Bearings

  • KSB’s Michael Blundell (left) with Farrokh Khalili, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Bearings
    KSB’s Michael Blundell (left) with Farrokh Khalili, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Bearings
  • Linda Saunders, Strategic Business Manager for Canadian Bearings and James Jette, Service Sales for KSB Pumps at Canadian Bearings office
    Linda Saunders, Strategic Business Manager for Canadian Bearings and James Jette, Service Sales for KSB Pumps at Canadian Bearings office

KSB Pumps Inc. has announced a new sales and distribution partnership with Canadian Bearings, a Mississauga-based supplier of industrial systems and products. Canadian Bearings will be an additional sales channel for KSB products, especially the “Movitec”, “Eta”, and “Amarex N” series pumps in addition to KSB’s pump service capabilities.

“We are very pleased to be working with Canadian Bearings,” says Michael Blundell, President of KSB Pumps. “At KSB Pumps, we have been largely focussed on large-scale industrial and municipal projects that have required significant engineering input in the development of specialized pump solutions. With Canadian Bearings’ strong connections with industries across Canada, we will be able to offer KSB’s exceptional quality and performance to more customers, especially those who are more interested in standardized off-the-shelf pump products.”

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Top Canadian and International Companies Announced as Exhibitors of the 2014 Unconventional Resources Conference—Canada

The Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) are proud to announce the list of exhibitors for the Unconventional Resources Conference—Canada. This much anticipated conference and exhibition will be held 30 September–2 October at the BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The exhibition will showcase ground-breaking innovations and solutions. These vary from the latest software to real-time qualitative and quantitative wellbore conditions analysis to forecast services of both conventional and unconventional decline methods.

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2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Wins Vincentric Best Value in Canada Award

The 2014 Ram 2500
The 2014 Ram 2500

The 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty has won the Vincentric Best Value in Canada Award. This is the third year of its Best Value in Canada awards. To pick its “Best Value in Class,” Vincentric fastidiously scrutinizes objective data on vehicles in each segment of the market, factoring in everything from the cost of insurance and repair, to fuel consumption, maintenance and depreciation.

“Once Vincentric crunched the numbers for the full-size ¾-ton heavy duty pickup truck segment, the 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty was the pickup that scored furthest below the expected ownership costs,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Chrysler Canada. “We are excited to share those results because we recognize that a low cost of ownership is as important to our demanding Ram customers as our reputation for having the longest-lasting full line of pickup trucks in Canada.”

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Canadian Standards Association Certifies HIPOWER SYSTEMS Diesel and Natural Gas Generator Lines for Compliance

HIPOWER SYSTEMS, a manufacturer of power-generation and power distribution equipment has announced that the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has certified two of its natural gas generator lines for the CSA-C22.2 No. 14-13 and No. 100-04 (R2013) standards in Class 4215 01Electric Generating Plants. With this certification, all HIPOWER SYSTEMS backup natural gas generators in the 20 to 400 Kw range, as well as its prime power/rental natural gas generators from 20 Kva up to 430 Kva, are fully CSA certified. The certified natural gas generators join the HIPOWER SYSTEMS diesel generator line, the majority of which were already certified by the CSA.

“HIPOWER SYSTEMS builds quality into every product it manufactures, and the CSA has recognized this fact by certifying the majority of our generators―more than any other manufacturer in North America,” said HIPOWER SYSTEMS President Rafael Acosta. “It is very gratifying to have our dedication and hard work recognized by being able to place these marks upon our products.”

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Chromalox extends its explosion-proof electric blower heater line

Chromalox, has announced the availability of a new extreme duty model of its blower heater line. Called the CXH-XD blower heater, the new unit withstands corrosive and wet environments and is ATEX certified. It extends the capabilities of the company's CXH-A/EP models, which heat areas classified as hazardous locations to provide primary or supplementary heating for comfort or freeze protection.

CXH-XD enhancements include a corrosion-resistant coated heat exchanger, optional 316 stainless steel and epoxy-coated frames. Chromalox is also proud to announce that the CXH-XD will include the industry's first IP66, corrosion resistant and washdown rated fan motor. Chromalox expects the enhancements to make the blower heater suitable for extreme environments in industrial settings such as onshore and offshore drilling platforms, pump houses, power generating stations, water and waste water plants, chemical storage facilities and pipeline metering stations, among others.

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