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MRO Magazine nominated for three more editorial awards

Toronto, ON -- Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine senior contributing editor, Carroll McCormick, along with editor-...


April 21, 2008
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine senior contributing editor, Carroll McCormick, along with editor-in-chief Bill Roebuck, have received three nominations for a major editorial award sponsored by the Canadian Business Press.

The three nominations are for the 2008 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in the Best Industrial/Manufacturing Article category for articles that ran in the magazine in 2007.

The nominated articles include: Perfect Ride; Survival of the Fittest; and Shaking out the Bad Pennies.

The Kenneth R. Wilson Awards recognize outstanding achievement in trade and business magazine publishing in Canada.


In previous years, Machinery & Equipment MRO has received many nominations for various editorial and graphics categories, and has been presented with several Gold, Silver and Top Five awards in the Wilson Awards competition.

McCormick, who has previously received several nominations and two years ago won a Gold Award with Machinery & Equipment MRO in this competition, has written more than 60 case histories, profiles and feature articles for the magazine since 1998.

Roebuck is the founding editor of the magazine, which was launched to serve the machinery and equipment maintenance, repair and operations segment of industry in 1985. He is the recipient of more than a dozen editorial awards. He now also holds the additional title of associate publisher of the magazine.

“Hundreds of entries poured into the Canadian Business Press office this year and your work was up against the best in the business,” said Alison Wood, KRW Awards Coordinator, in a note announcing the nominations. “In recognition, your work will be displayed, along with the other finalists, at the 2008 Magazines University trade show. Your entry information will also appear in the KRW brochure, listing all of the Top Ten Finalists and Gold and Silver winners.”

The awards will be presented on June 4, 2008, at the Old Mill in Toronto, at the KRW Awards Dinner.

Descriptions of Machinery & Equipment MRO’s nominated articles follow. The complete articles can be found online in the print archives at All were written by Carroll McCormick.

Survival of the Fittest, a case history of the Minas Basis Pulp & Power facility, tells the story of a mill operating in a challenging economic environment that uses preventive maintenance (PM) to cut costs by 35%. Our story delves into the nitty-gritty of how this impressive result was achieved, so readers will be able to benefit from applying similar techniques and methods to their own operations. One interview subject surprisingly reveals how little he knew about PM when he began, and he guides readers through the process of achieving maintenance success.

Shaking Out the Bad Pennies describes in detail the transition of maintenance operations at a brewery from time-consuming weekly equipment breakdowns to having the opportunity to work on new production projects instead of continually doing fixes and repairs. Readers learn of the patience required in using a computerized system to reduce equipment downtime. Details of the lengthy process are provided and readers are guided through the plant’s evolution so they can follow through with similar procedures in their own operations and achieve comparable success.

Anyone speeding along in a roller coaster is likely oblivious to the fact that ordinary maintenance workers play a critical role in keeping riders safe and ensuring the reliability of the equipment. Perfect Ride examines strategic procedures followed “by the book” that reflect LaRonde’s intolerance for failure. As we know, a roller coaster gone bad can result in serious injuries and even death. Our correspondent puts himself in the passenger seat so he can better appreciate coaster maintenance and relate its details to our readers. It’s an opportunity many readers would envy, especially when they learn of the many tricks used to meet the high maintenance standards tricks that readers can apply in their own operations to improve success with critical-equipment reliability.