MRO Magazine

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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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September 1, 2013  

READY-TO-WORK ENGINEERS GOAL OF NEW PROGRAM

Brampton, ON – Sheridan College has become a member of the CDIO Initiative – a worldwide movement to restore the balance between teaching ‘practice’ skills and the fundamentals of math and science to engineering students.

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September 1, 2013  

Motor market driven by demand for higher efficiency

Zurich, Switzerland – The market for low-voltage motors will grow to more than $23 billion by 2017, driven by regulatory requirements that stipulate higher motor efficiencies, according to a report from information and analytics provider…

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September 1, 2013  

ALBERTA FLOODING IN JUNE CAUSED LOSS OF 5 MILLION HOURS OF WORK

Ottawa – Extensive flooding affected Southern Alberta in the second half of June 2013. As a result, 300,000 employed Albertans, or 13.5% of the total employed population in the province, lost 7.5 million hours of work during that period,…

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September 1, 2013  

The impact of lubricants on machine performance

Everything works better with lubrication. But with the huge variety of lubricants available, it can become a challenge to select the right lubricant for the application. Making a good decision requires knowledge of the application and its…

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September 1, 2013  

Business Briefs

• The following members have joined the STLE (Society of Tribologiests & Lubrication Engineers) in its Toronto Section so far in 2013: John Walsh, ALS Tribology; Paul Joseph Brear, Atlas Copco; Bram Muange, BASF; Guy Labrecque, Fluid…

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September 1, 2013  

SKILLS SHORTAGES COSTING ONTARIO $28 BILLION ANNUALLY

Toronto – Ontario is losing out on as much as $24.3 billion in economic activity and $3.7 billion in provincial tax revenues annually because employers cannot find people with the skills they need to innovate and grow in today’s…

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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….

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September 1, 2013  

PTDA Canadian Conference focuses on team building

PTDA’s 12th annual Canadian Conference set a new high when a record-breaking 250 participants gathered in Toronto June 6-8. Canadian distributors and their manufacturing partners met to network and hear about building effective teams,…

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September 1, 2013  

IFPE CONFERENCE TOPICS HAVE BEEN SET OUT

Las Vegas, NV – IFPE 2014 will be held March 4-8, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, co-located with the Conexpo-Con/Agg exposition for the construction industries. The huge trade show also includes several…

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September 1, 2013  

MODERATE EMPLOYMENT GAINS EXPECTED IN MONTHS AHEAD

Ottawa – The Help-wanted index compiled by the Conference Board of Canada fell 9.5 percentage points in June 2013, bringing it to 128.7.

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September 1, 2013  

Pumped for Action

Industrial pumps may seem fairly simple, but they can cause as much trouble as the most complex machinery. To help you avoid maintenance headaches with the pumps in your facility, we sought out a few experts, who are happy to share their…

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September 1, 2013  

SKF to acquire Kaydon

Gothenburg, Sweden – The boards of directors of the SKF Group of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Kaydon Corporation of Ann Arbor, MI, have agreed that SKF will acquire Kaydon in an all-cash transaction valued at about US$1.25 billion, including…

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September 1, 2013  

Keeping the Flow Flowing

“You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” is a phrase that is often used. This concept can be all-too-familiar for anyone who has ever neglected an engine-powered dewatering pump. A dependable pump…

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September 1, 2013  

A lot to celebrate

Some milestones were reached with our magazine over the summer. First off, we have a new publisher in Jim Petsis. You can read a bit more about him in our Business Briefs column on page 9. We’re glad to welcome him on board and are…

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September 1, 2013  

Generator repair requires perseverance

Earlier this year, representatives of one of the biggest and oldest companies involved in subsea cable repair and installation around the world contacted us from England. They asked if we could rewind and repair a large generator for a ship in…

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June 1, 2013  

Relieving the tension

With the recent focus by the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry on green initiatives, the subject of V-belt drive efficiency has garnered much attention. Despite a lack of hard data, it is common knowledge among HVAC…

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June 1, 2013  

Using synchronous belts for air-handling

Replacing V-belts with synchronous belts in air-handling applications has been recognized by the US Department of Energy as a best practice to reduce energy requirements in industrial and commercial applications. 

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June 1, 2013  

Climbing the Safety Ladder

Walking along a mill’s machinery-lined corridor on a tour, I stumbled on an asphalt ramp between the floor and a five-inch high doorsill. Once painted yellow, little of the warning colour remained. I turned to Michel Cloutier, my host and…

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June 1, 2013  

Bearing Up

Our previous issue (April 2013, page 11) offered up eight practical, field-proven tips for keeping your bearings and seals happy. In this issue, we offer Part 2 of that feature, with another eight great tips to keep your bearings turning and…

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June 1, 2013  

What’s shakin’ with your mechanical systems?

Most machines have rotating parts, and rotating parts vibrate. Measuring how and how much those parts vibrate can tell you a lot about the health of a machine. Whether it’s the rumble of worn bearings or the shaking, shimmying or thumping…

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June 1, 2013  

The myth of chain stretch

Did you know that drive chain does not actually ‘stretch’? Its elongation is caused when material is removed from the pins and bushings. The individual joints in a roller chain articulate as they enter and leave the sprockets. This…

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June 1, 2013  

What you need to know about belt and chain drive maintenance

In any plant, the efficient and reliable transmission of power depends on the proper function of drive components. When they fail, the resulting work stoppage can be costly. Chain and belt drives are vulnerable, and diligent maintenance pays…

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June 1, 2013  

Flagging the ‘near misses’

If you only have time to read just one article in this issue today, I highly recommend Climbing the Safety Ladder on page 10. This case study of Domtar’s maintenance safety practices is an eye-opener, explaining why the company’s…

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June 1, 2013  

The importance of machine base flatness

Now, more than ever, I’m convinced that many machines are installed on bases that are not flat – especially large, newer and more flexible machines that have been set up on old bases.

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June 1, 2013  

BSA presents Lifetime Achievement Award

Hilton Head Island, SC — Andrew Hall Nations, president and CEO of B&D Industrial, is the latest recipient of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation was made at the association’s…

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June 1, 2013  

Protecting your welding assets

Because most welding equipment finds its way into the rigours of construction, farming, automotive, fabrication and other “rough use” industries, aspects of routine maintenance are often postponed or even overlooked. This article is intended to…

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April 1, 2013  

Overcoming PM challenges

I have the opportunity to visit many industrial facilities in the run of a year and get to see many common problems as I work with their maintenance departments. A common issue I see is maintenance departments trying to find the time to do…

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April 1, 2013  

Backing up your CMMS

Although I have mentioned in this column before how important it is to back up your CMMS database, recent events have brought me to discussing it again.

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April 1, 2013  

Production capacity rate dragged down by manufacturing

Ottawa – Canadian industries operated at 80.7% of their production capacity in the fourth quarter of 2012, down slightly from 81.1% in the third quarter, reports Statistics Canada. The decline was a result of lower capacity utilization in…