MRO Magazine


  • SKF Hosts STLE Toronto Workshop

    December 19, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Toronto Section recently held a workshop which looked at reducing tribological loses and failures. The workshop took place at SKF Canada Limited offices in Toronto. Invited speakers covered a broad base of

  • Data Collection Necessary for Effective Failure Analysis

    December 16, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Equipment reliability is the ability of a component or system within the machine or the machine itself to perform its function under a specific set of conditions for a specific period of time. It is usually expressed as the mean

  • Equipment Restoration and Lubrication Standards

    November 25, 2019 by Peter Phillips

    There have been many books written about the importance of equipment lubrication; however, it is still one of the least consistent maintenance practices. Lubrication is considered the most basic element of any preventive maintenance program since the beginning of the

  • Traditional and Condition Based Greasing

    November 19, 2019 by Douglas Martin

    Most bearings are lubricated with grease and most users practise either a preventative maintenance (PM) strategy for bearing relubrication or their bearings are “lubricated for life” (LFL). Both methods use a basic premise in which the L1 grease life is

  • STLE Hamilton Holds Education Day

    November 18, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Hamilton Section recently held its Education Workshop at ArcelorMittal’s Regional Learning and Development Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. The day-long event featured a cross section of topics of importance to Tribologists and lubrication

  • Oil Analysis

    October 21, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    “Basic Wear” Programs Provide Inadequate Condition Monitoring. Many equipment reliability managers and engineers who maintain industrial equipment in mining, pulp and paper, oil and gas, and other heavy industries do not use oil analysis programs effectively. The primary reason is

  • ExxonMobil Expands Mobil Serv

    October 7, 2019 by MRO Magazine

    ExxonMobil is expanding its Mobil Serv integrated lubrication services (ILS) program, which will provide a holistic maintenance solution for industrial operators in North America. With Reliable Industrial Group (RIG), the Mobil Serv ILS program will be an industrial end-to-end solution for all

  • Total Specialties USA appoints Senior Vice-President of Lubricants

    October 7, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    Franck Bagouet, who was most recently President of Total Canada, has been named as Senior Vice President – Lubricants, Total Specialties USA. “I am very eager to begin this next chapter,” said Bagouet. “The United States presents an exciting market

  • Total Canada Names New President

    September 9, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    Delphine Persouyre has been named President and Managing Director at Total Canada. ‘’I am both glad and proud to be taking on the leadership of Total Canada,” said Persouyre. “I am certain that together with the Total teams, we will

  • Lubricating Grease Selection and Application

    August 19, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Greases can be a complex subject, but a sound knowledge of grease types and their uses ensures intelligent maintenance decisions. The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) has a publication entitled The Lubricating Grease Guide, which provides grease lubrication guidelines, that,

  • SKF Outlines Future at Tech Day

    July 12, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    Recently, SKF USA Inc., invited North American journalists to its Technical Press Day 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to learn about what the company is up to. SKF executives and product specialists outlined how SKF is adapting to the ever-changing digital

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy

    June 10, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Using SEM to determine the root cause of bearing failure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has long been used by geologists in the mining, oil and gas production, and other industries to evaluate formations and determine elemental analyses for the purposes

  • Troubleshooting Linear Motion Components

    May 13, 2019 by

    There are many ways that linear motion components can break down and degrade if not maintained properly. Radial bearings tend to make more noise when malfunctioning because of their rapid rotation, but linear bearings tend to be much quieter and

  • Greene Tweed Launches The Right FITT

    May 13, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    Greene Tweed launched The Right FITT, a multi-year manufacturing strategy for Industry 4.0. The plan includes new equipment, data integration systems and controls, and three-phase maintenance improvement plan with a goal of zero equipment stoppages. Under The Right FITT (Factory

  • Self-Lubricating Bearings

    March 25, 2019 by Chris Diak and Juan Pablo Geraldo

    Properly specified, self-lubricating bearings reduce maintenance costs, extend bearing life, and are more environmentally friendly. Motion system designers are increasingly outfitting round and profile rails with self-lubricating bearings that can significantly, reduce cost of ownership, improve performance and deliver virtually

  • Total Canada Makes Appointment

    December 31, 2018 by Mario Cywinski

    Julie Caron has been named as Quebec region Territory Manager at Total. Caron will be responsible for sales development of heavy-duty and Industrial lubricant sales and solutions in the Montreal region. She has over 15 years of experience in the

  • Feature Lubrication

    Biodegradable Lubricants – Selection, Application, and Maintenance

    December 18, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Biodegradable lubricants have become extremely important to support the demands of environmental protection. The description of the two primary classes of biodegradable lubricants, vegetable oil and synthetic categories, have been well documented when compared with traditional mineral oil base lubricants.

  • STLE Hosts Toronto Workshop

    November 20, 2018 by Mario Cywinski

    The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Toronto section recently held a workshop and panel discussion to speak about Reducing Tribological Losses and Failures. The workshop took place at Kinectrics Auditorium in Toronto, Ontario. The invited speakers at the

  • Heavy Equipment Bearing Lubrication

    November 5, 2018 by Douglas Martin

    Heavy-duty applications require a unique lubricant choice. When we think of heavy equipment we think of large pieces of equipment that are generally slow moving and subject to environments that are dirty, wet and generally treated roughly or expected to

  • Feature Lubrication

    Heavy Equipment Lubrication

    October 22, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Effective heavy equipment lubrication is entirely dependent upon sound lubricant selection, storage, application and maintenance of the lubricants themselves. The oil in every machine, regardless of type is in reality another component within that machine and requires the same care