MRO Magazine

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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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June 1, 2014  

Nano-ceramic grease extends maintenance interval 6x

A new high-performance nano-ceramic grease has proven to significantly extend the service life of bearings operating in washdown conditions. The grease is being used on lift truck wheel bearings for frozen food processing and handling…

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April 1, 2014  

Questioning Procedures

Rewinding and repairing large magnets is one of the specialties at Electro Motors Co. Ltd. Its team of skilled people is trained not only to rewind/repair to the original manufacturer’s specifications, but also to identify the reason for…

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April 1, 2014  

Are you ready for ISO 55000?

2014 will see the unleashing of the ISO 55000 suite of asset management systems on the world. What will that mean to you? For you to understand a little better what the answer may be, perhaps we should first look at where this standard…

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February 1, 2014  

We welcome new team members

With this issue, we welcome two new members to the Machinery & Equipment MRO team: Jay Armstrong and Hwee Choo. Coincidentally, they have both moved over from working on automotive industry publications in our publishing group. It’s…

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February 1, 2014  

Business Briefs

• Jay Armstrong has been appointed sales manager at Machinery & Equipment MRO, Toronto. He has a degree in Commerce and over 40 years experience in product management and market research, in ad agencies and in sales management. Most…

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February 1, 2014  

New economic index shows modest growth in 2014

Ottawa – The Composite Leading Index, a new economic indicator published for the first time on Jan. 31, 2014, by The Conference Board of Canada, shows that the Canadian economy will grow in the first half of 2014 – but only modestly.

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February 1, 2014  

Train operators to listen to the sound of their tools

Problem: We’re having nagging problems with the power tools on our production line. What can we do?

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February 1, 2014  

PTDA Canadian Conference set for quebec venue

Chicago, IL − Since its debut in 2002, the Canadian Conference of the US-based Power Transmission Distributors Association has become a powerful business conclave for Canada’s power transmission/motion control industry. The event…

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February 1, 2014  

Beat the Chain Pain

Wringing full value out of chains is often no more difficult than knowing how to care for them and when. When finesse is not enough, the situation may require moving up to a more suitable chain. Here are some chain tips that you can take to the…

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February 1, 2014  

Global motion control market to grow 4% annually

Dublin, Ireland − The Global Motion Control Market 2014-2018 report, released Jan. 13, 2013, by Research and Markets, forecasts the global motion control market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.32% over the period…

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February 1, 2014  

Diagnosing motors with the push of a button

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users,…

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February 1, 2014  

Mining machinery market to rise 8.6% annually to 2017

Cleveland, OH − Global demand for mining machinery is forecast to expand 8.6% per year through 2017 to US$135 billion, despite some sales weakness in the short term, according to Freedonia Group analyst Matt Raskind.

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February 1, 2014  

Uncorking Savings

The term ‘dry wine’ has a new meaning at Vincor International’s Quebec wine-bottling operation since a change to its the conveyor line eliminated soap-and-water lubrication.

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February 1, 2014  

Registration open for bearing specialists gathering in May

Glen Ellyn, IL − The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has opened registration for its 2014 annual convention, taking place May 3-6 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ.

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February 1, 2014  

Enhancing the maintenance vision

Walking along the factory floor, I spotted the telltale signs of a water leak: fluid on the floor. “OK Glass, create a work order. Issue description: water pump leak.” That’s a future scenario for a maintenance technician…

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February 1, 2014  

No charges in burns Lake Sawmill blast that killed two

Burns Lake, BC – Nearly two years after an explosion and fire tore through a British Columbia sawmill, leaving two workers dead, the Crown announced there will be no charges, pointing a finger at a questionable investigation by the…

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February 1, 2014  

Setting goals for maintenance

This month, we’re taking a break from reporting on the maintenance assessment we are conducting at an Ontario food plant. The plant is still working on the changes we recommended during our previous visit in November. Our next on-site…

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December 1, 2013  

BC sawmills to be checked again for explosive dust

Richmond, BC – Inspectors are heading back to 150 British Columbia sawmills to ensure the operations are doing everything possible to reduce the build-up of potentially explosive wood dust.

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December 1, 2013  

Managing Change

We strive to get an early start on detecting trends in the various industries we follow. Recent research really piqued our attention – the forthcoming burgeoning of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) in the oil & gas, and mining…

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December 1, 2013  

Fake cranes putting purchasers at risk

Westport, CT – Terex Corporation is warning customers to be wary of fake Terex/Demag crawler cranes that take short cuts with regard to quality and safety.

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December 1, 2013  

PEMAC announces Capstone Awards

Calgary – Completion of the Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) certificate program offered by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) is a significant commitment, requiring 225 hours of class time and an…

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November 1, 2013  

Replacement chain saves over $23,000

Problem: A steel plant was using standard roller chain on the main drive of its steel polishing machine. The application is very demanding due to tiny metal shavings creating an abrasive environment. As a result, the chain needed to be replaced…

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November 1, 2013  

Nine really essential skills

When industry complains about skills shortages, it’s not just technical skills in welding, electrical knowledge or mechanical prowess that’s missing from job applications.

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November 1, 2013  

Demand for bearings to rise 4.4% annually

Cleveland, OH – Ball, roller and plain bearing demand in the United States is forecast to increase 4.4% per year to $12.9 billion in 2017. This will be a notable improvement from the growth registered during the 2007 to 2012 period.

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November 1, 2013  

Manufacturing output accelerated in september

Toronto – Canada’s manufacturing expansion accelerated to a 15-month high in September 2013, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (RBC PMI). A monthly survey, conducted in association with…

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November 1, 2013  

Improvements in growth seen for OECD countries

Paris, France – Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, continue to signal improvements in growth in most major Organization for Economic Cooperation and…

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November 1, 2013  

Search is on for the toughest cold weather workers

Cincinnati, OH – The search is on for the toughest winter workers in the third annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest. Cintas first launched the campaign in 2011 to recognize individuals in the US and Canada who withstand the…

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November 1, 2013  

3D printer to build spare parts in space

Moffett Field, CA – NASA is preparing to launch a 3D printer into space in 2014, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.

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September 1, 2013  

Increasing equipment reliability with proper lubricant selection

Modern lubrication technology can provide MRO specialists with proven, effective problem-solvers for today’s demanding applications. Different friction regimes require different lubricant forms, and proper lubricant selection must…

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September 1, 2013  

MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE HEADS TO CALGARY

Calgary, AB – MainTrain 2013 will feature skill-building sessions, interactive workshops, technical sessions, case studies and supplier presentations covering a wide range of maintenance, reliability and asset management subject areas….