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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, 21, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Video revolution goes Underground I Seaway freighter sinks KUMONTON (CP) The "video which has spread to many Alberta schools, businesses and social agencies, may be going un- derground Techno Audio-Video Serv- ices Ltd. has designed a video camera which could be pulled through sewer and water mains to examine the pipes, says John de Vries, president The custom-made camera was designed in response to a request by the city of Edmon- ton for tenders on an in- spection system for the under- ground lines, and is the latest of the four-year-old com- pany's video innovations. Video cameras and video tape include a camera and an audio unit to record pictures and sound for projection through a tele- vision caught on in almost every sector of Ca- nadian society. Techno Audio-Video, which has taken advantage of the trend, has a small staff of two technicians and four sales- persons, but it brings in 000 to a month selling, servicing and renting equip- ment throughout Alberta, Sas- katchewan and the Northwest Territories. CAN PLAY BACK While filming is a photo- graphic process, video taping is a magnetic process, ex- plained Mr. de Vries Whereas film must be processed before it can be seen, videotape can be played back immediately. The single largest user of video tape equipment is the educational sector, he said. Of about half-mch-tape video tape recorders (VTR) in the province, about are found in the schools. Canada's first video tape dubbing centre was estab- lished in Edmonton four years ago by the provincial educa- tion department. Since then, the centre has distributed countless copies of videotaped programs from Canadian, American and British tele- vision sources, educational in- Calgary professor develops new oxygen extraction method CALGARY (CP) Five years ago. Dr. Robert A. Rit- ter, then dean of engineering at the University of Calgary, was trying to develop a chem- ical process with commercial applications and stumbled upon a simple method of pro- ducing near-pure oxygen from ordinary air. Dr. Ritter. now president of Ritter Engineering Ltd., and his long-time assistant, David G. Turnbull, were studying a process called adsorption chromatography as a possible method of producing poly- styrene, a common plastic used in the manufacture of a wide variety of products. They decided by sheer chance to test the process, which uses the ability of cer- tain molecules to attract and hold other molecules, on air before trying it on ethyl ben- zene, the raw material from which styrene was to be ex- tracted. After a few tests they dis- covered they had found some- thing they weren't looking easy way to produce an almost pure oxygen. They developed an adsor- bant or molecular sieve to hold nitrogen, which con- stitutes 78 per cent of atmos- pheric air, while permitting oxygen to pass through. 95 95 PER CENT PURE The adsorbant, consisting of aluminum silicate and cal- cium cations, is capable of producing oxygen of up to 95- per-cent purity. To provide a continuous flow of oxygen, two sieves are used in each separator unit, with one producing oxygen while the other, under the in- fluence of a vacuum, cleans itself of nitrogen. The sieves alternate their functions at two-minute intervals. With the exception of pre- cision metal-cutting, which requires 100-per-cent pure oxygen. Dr. Ritter said the oxygen produced by the separation process can replace bottled oxygen produced by conventional methods in almost all medical, commercial and in- dustrial applications. Confident that they had an invention of commercial sig- nificance, Dr. Ritter and Mr Turnbull resigned from the university last summer to de- vote full time to Ritter Engi- neering, which holds the pat- ent rights for the process. Mr. Turnbull is vice-president of Ritter Engineering. The first Ritter Engineering model is the Reox 2500 sys- tem, designed for m-home use by patients who need to breathe oxygen due to dis- eases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis and cystic fibr- osis. AIDED BY GOVERNMENT The Alberta government, which helped Dr. Ritter start his company through a grant and loans, placed the first or- der for 30 Reox 2500 models. The health department loans the units to patients for use at home on a trial basis. One of the patients using the unit is Irene Kettner. 45. a Calgary housewife who was previously hooked to an oxy- gen bottle, spent a lot of time in hospital and was unable to do much exercise or work. Mrs. Kettner. an oil-com- pany librarian until two years ago when she developed a heart condition which com- plicated a breathing problem she has had since her left lung was removed when she was 17. is full of praise for the machine. "This unit gives me mobil- ity which I didn't have with the oxygen bottle." she said. "It's easy to operate, safer to MELROE BOBCAT Skid-steer Loader That "Puts It All Together C J EQUIPMENT Sales Service 1410 ZndAve.S. -Phone 327-2922 use and much cheaper It takes away the depression I had with the oxygen bottle Dr Ritter said the average cost of operating a Reox 2500 is a month, compared with more than for bottled ox- ygen. But the bigger savings are in hospital bills, about per patient day in Alberta. Other advantages of the ox- ygen separator include eliminates the pos- sibility of explosion of bottled security of sup- ply, as all the unit needs is household electric current and air. Dr. Ritter said it is econom- ically viable to produce Reox systems with a capacity of up to 10 tons of oxygen a day Above that capacity con- ventional methods are pre- ferred. There have been inquiries from hospitals and nursing homes about using Reox sys- tems as a central source of ox- ygen. Dr Ritter said the process promises wide applications in other fields, such as cutting and welding, on ships and air- planes, chemical manufac- turing and "whenever there is a need for a small quantity of oxygen." MAY PRODUCE HELIUM "It can be applied in the separation of other gases and liquids Dr. Ritter said one area he is seriously looking into is the production of helium from natural gas. Helium, a rare gaseous ele- ment which is lighter than air and does not burn, is irrepla- ceable because once it is lost it escapes to the upper atmos- phere. Used in balloons and other lighter-than-air appli- cations, helium is so ex- pensive to reclaim by known methods that it is being wasted Dr. Ritter estimates that about S25 million worth of he- lium is being lost in natural gas production in Alberta an- nually Dr Ritter. 43. was born in Regina and received his de- grees in chemical engineering from University of Saskatche- wan and University of Al- berta. He taught at University of Alberta and University of Calgary for 19 years Mr. Turnbull. 45. was born in England and came to Can- ada in 1952. Yukon recounts begin YT 'CP) Official recounts in the Yukon territorial elections began Wednesday. KJo Whyard. an indepcndrnl. won her Whilehorsc Wrst ndmg by 25 voles, dcfrating Liberal Alderman John Watt application for a judicial TorounJ was be rnadr in Supreme Court today follow- ing the official count of ballot? in the ndinp of Kluanc The count Wednesday gave incum- Hilda Wai50n. an indcprndcnl z 17-vnij- edge over former territorial coun- cil speaker John Livescj A recount is scheduled for 1odav in the Pelly River riding where- NDP Sttiart McCall has a 10-vote lead over Liberal Paul White A recount is scheduled for Nov 27 in Jhe Klondike nding NDP Fred Bergor has a three- vole lead over Liberal Willy ASP stitutions and government agencies The possibilities for localh- produced programs by stu- dents are limitless Students can record field trips, speeches of visiting officials time-consuming experiments and performances in music and drama "Almost every oil company is using video tape recorders for communication between head and branch offices, staff training and self-improve- ment." said Mr de Vries "They're electronic mirrors SHOW NEW FACILITIES Hudson Bay Oil and Gas made a tape of its Fox Creek plant to show head office An- other company wanted to re- lease information of a visual nature on a new piece of equipment being moved into the Arctic, and workers were informed via video tape be- fore the equipment arrived Oil companies have also used custom-built video cam- eras to detect smoke and heat emissions from smokestacks They used to have to run to the window." said Mr de Vries. Alberta Power and Calgary Power have installed cameras in their respective Forestburg and Sundance power plants to monitor flame patterns when firing up their furnaces A retail tire outlet has a camera and monitor watching its car bays. When someone asks if their car is ready, a clerk can respond without running a distance to the ser- vice area At Grierson Centre, a half- way house for paroled con- victs, a third VTR production is in the works, said Tom Gurgal, sales representative for Techno Audio-Video. The taped programs famil- iarize men still in prison with the centre's facilities and vocational training programs. "They show individuals who have gone through the pro- gram and give testimonials WOMEN GET GRANT In Calgary, a group called Videowomen obtained a Local Initiatives Program grant to express themselves through taped productions. The group now has three films available for Birth of Leda. I Being A Woman, and Who Needs Day Care. "Video tape recorders are as easy to use as a vacuum cleaner but much more fun." said a spokesman for the group The Alberta Native Commu- nications Society has video- taped a series of programs on native history and current events, which have been aired by cable television com- panies. Video cameras have also been used extensively for sur- veillance by department vtores and police Six cam- eras were installed in the Yel- lowknile Correctional In- stitute to give guards a 24- hour view ol facilities, said Mr de Vnes He admits thai in Situation1. 'Ahere management-labor re- lations are poor, workers may tee! threatened by the cam- eras Techno Audio-Video in- stalled a system two years ago in an Edmonton railway van] U> watch the movement of boxcars and "the equip- ment has been blown up six times "There's obviously a cer- tain group that doesn't want that type ol equipment around The least expensive VTR costs about compared with 000 for the two-inch- tape machines used by broad- casters Portable VTRs. or portopaks. weigh less than 20 pounds and cost between 000 and VvKLLKSLKY ISLAND Y iCP) U S Coast 'iijard officials say Cana- 'lidn Great Lakes ore I fighter Hoy A Jodrey ran Around and sank eaily this 'i'ning off Welleslcy Island M Lawrence Seaway ol- i.Mcds in Montreal however confirmed that all 29 crew members reached shore MX hours the frcightei M-ction o1 (tie scuw.n off a ro'k Icdg'-and vank .i1- the in 150 to 2V) fr-ft of vater in a 'li-jKilchet The- suspension of U.ilix tin i, expected 10 tllliit" dliUi', UJSl Thev also said the seaway is blocked and will stay that way until the position on the floor can be deter- r .red' The ship was owned by Mgoma Central Railway The 640-foot freighter. carrying a cargo of iron ore from Quebec to Detroit, ran aground within 100 yards of the i" S Coast Guard station on this island in Alexandria The freighter immediately began taking in wr.ter. Coast Guard officials said Less than Train cars take to streets KDMOMO.X id'' Two Rail Bummer cars got tired of being railroaded i art: Wednesday and took to 'i' f) 11 r i rec e. ed an norr. mous call >a-. ing the two 'dr- r- iie'j off the ot tne trdf k> and cut a path across a They came to a stop Hi feet from a curb and 25 feet away from a building P Rail officials said the frfr- failed to couple properly during switching operations and unknown to the train TCV.. ran off the track which haa no metal retainers at its end should dnni li'Mglitei u ii'.nn'-d above v.ci Two andduin ship- ne .IN K-'breiiker and ;in Vrr.i IK ci.'i 'lugbodt dlSpi lied the M'( ne. but tho i'tight'-' sank belon1 armed the cxat t i r tri" d( t-idfit was TJ; n- i W.- reporte-i the frpigr 'a' into d running aground Although it v.as i when the i r e i g n t r i i n aground Coast Guard u'- ficials said weather were not a far-tor in the rm- hap At the time 01 'he in cident viMbihU was listed a1 four mile- and the wind v. is calm Three's company. THREE LANCERS DISTILLED. AGED AND BOHLED N w SUPERVISION OF THE CANADIAN GO-E5'''' The man who lifts freight engines. Jim Geddis is really not much stronger than the average person. Yet. each day. he lifts and moves huge d'esei- eng-nes capabip c' hau'ing 1C'5-car freight trains. He does it mCP Rail s System Operations Centre A kind of War Room in the fight for better freiqh' service of Transportation, ana the System Operations Cen're is his baby- He designed ana imple- mented it alter exhaustive of other systems The Svs'em beard c (where the ar-ion 151 ,s2e teet !org a: ri Eacn f-p ah; TIU! vf- is are run-1htrtigh caboos- s Uams. ano yard Svwitchp'c, 'O, ]1 4 "T'r.p'r. 1o n-Tr< board And hours a dav seven days a week, the board is busy digesting information from the experienced peop'e in ail four regions, it shows us how we're doing right now. over the entire CP Rail system, and. even more imoortantiy. it lets us plan to meet tomorrow's need power 's Since the System Ope-rattcns Centre was put oneration. reiiabi'i'y of service has significantly improved And vity means? "lor? erst- bj: n'i This is another 'ndica- tion rf 1h" tvpe of made us parl Trev Jones at 328-3373 'pw r ;3 I Zc niih C1 "337 CP Rail I I ;