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Improving performance, structure and strength with advanced textiles

March 21, 2020

By Joe Melcher, Patty Berghardt and Shawn Benfield, Bally Ribbon Mills The advanced technical textile industry uses science, information technology, and specialized materials to provide material solutions to a broad range of niche markets. The industry distinguishes itself from the standard

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Mobile robots help Ontario manufacturer become more flexible, efficient

March 9, 2020

A few years ago, Ontario-based manufacturer Sunview Patio Doors was facing threats from market shifts. Customers were increasingly looking for faster delivery times and customized products. Windows and patio doors were being produced in more varying sizes and materials, and

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How Suncor is transforming its advanced analytics capability

February 19, 2020

The Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit in Calgary, Alta. in June will examine some of the latest technologies being used in the oil sands. OPEX organizers sat down with Mike Krayacich, vice president of digital technology and

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How expansion barrels reduced downtime at oil sands mine

February 5, 2020

Rubber-lined expansion barrels that are now being used at one of the largest integrated combined oil sands mining and refinery facilities in Fort McMurray, Alta., has significantly increased productivity, while reducing downtime. Due to the size of the mine, oil

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Canadian innovation is ready to take on the world

January 15, 2020

By Jamie Zachary Experts point to Western Canada becoming a hot bed of innovation as players in several key resource-based industries explore new technologies to remain competitive on a global stage. From improved resource recovery to improved I/O modules, these

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Going upstream for resource energy solutions

December 16, 2019

By Trent Marx, CEO, Resource Energy Solutions It took us decades to master the extraction of oil and gas from below the ground, and liquid gold was the name given to it. From Edwin Drake along the banks of Oil

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Pacific Coast Terminals expands operations with remote ship loading

November 29, 2019

By Pete Morell Sulfur is a resource so versatile it can be used to make rubber, paint, insecticides – even medicine. Getting this commodity from Alberta where it’s a major byproduct of the region’s oil-sands mines, to markets around the

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Water treatment cannot focus on single toxin: USask researcher

November 18, 2019

As blue-green algae proliferates around the world, a University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher cautions that current municipal drinking water monitoring that focuses on a single toxin associated with the cyanobacteria blooms is likely to miss the true public health risks.

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New technologies are overcoming challenges in irrigation

October 24, 2019

By Mark Trapolino As the world’s population continues to increase at a fast pace, more food and water will be needed to sustain humanity. In the past 50 years, we have tripled our need for water and food, and there

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Is hydrogen still the fuel of the future?

October 2, 2019

By Ernest Granson With companies like Tesla Inc. hogging the headlines when it comes to alternative energy transportation, you could be forgiven if you had forgotten about that other alternative energy: the hydrogen fuel cell. The first consumer hydrogen fuel