MRO Magazine

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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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February 1, 2013  

More than we appear to be

As we launch the first issue of another year (our 28th), we thought it would be a good time to chat about the close relationship between the print magazine you are holding and our website at mromagazine.com.

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February 1, 2013  

How machine safety boosts productivity

There is a real relationship between equipment safety and machinery output. Occupational health and safety codes and standards mandate that machinery that has exposed moving parts or in-running nip hazards — or anything that may endanger…

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February 1, 2013  

Implementing CMMS software

This is the final segment of an eight-stage program on achieving world-class maintenance. Stage 7 was described in the December 2012 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO and examined the establishment of maintenance systems. This issue offers…

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February 1, 2013  

Baldor reveals inner workings of its motor plants

After about two years of being acquired by the Switzerland-based ABB group, Baldor Electric Company opened its doors to some of its manufacturing facilities in the southern US to show the recent investments made in the company’s…

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February 1, 2013  

Big MRO trade show stampedes into Calgary

Acklands-Grainger, a distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted a record number of attendees at its annual customer trade show, known as The Works, held  at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary, Jan. 16-18, 2013….

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November 1, 2012  

Washing down drives without washing away profits

When it comes to power transmission equipment used in the food processing industry, some types of drive systems are easier to clean and sanitize than other types. This article examines drive system cleaning and sanitizing challenges facing the…

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April 1, 2012  

Looking at product innovations

While each issue of this magazine tends to highlight the topics of our main feature articles and columns – both on the cover and on our contents page – there are, in fact, many interesting technical and engineering innovations and…

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April 1, 2012  

Solving Old Problems

Preventive maintenance system not working? High-maintenance components wearing you down? Training needed on critical bearings? Machine wear taking its toll? Need to do better system monitoring? Require an easier way to monitor equipment health?…

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April 1, 2012  

Top tools for working with bearings

Bearings are made to exacting tolerances and have very fine surface finishes. In order to maintain the geometrical precision and the surface integrity of ball and roller bearing raceways and rolling elements, it is mandatory that care in…

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April 1, 2012  

Is that a screwdriver in your ear?

Growing up the son of a farm equipment repairman, I learned at an early age to appreciate the versatility of an eight-ounce ball pein hammer, a spanner wrench and a screwdriver. There was practically no fix too difficult for my dad, as long as…

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April 1, 2012  

Is your ultrasonic cleaning system living up to its potential?

he use of ultrasonic cleaning equipment to clean or degrease parts has gained wide acceptance over the years in all types of industries. And some systems have made significant advancements. Not only does the ultrasonic method provide economic…

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April 1, 2012  

Maintenance Management: Adding up the successes

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived online at www.mromagazine.com. This…

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April 1, 2012  

Maintenance 101: Getting ahead of breakdowns

If you have been following the past three articles of Maintenance 101, you’ll know we’ve been exploring the basics of world-class maintenance (if you missed them, you can find them online at www.mromagazine.com).

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February 1, 2012  

Vending system improves parts control

The Mosaic Company installed a point-of-use (POU) vending system at its potash solution mine in Belle Plaine, SK, in 2006 with the result of increased productivity through reduced product retrieval/travel time, reduced consumption of supplies,…

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February 1, 2012  

Analyzing breakdowns

ow we are going to learn how to find the root cause of equipment failures. So far in Maintenance 101, we’ve covered: Stage 1 – Preparing for Professional Maintenance (Nov. 2011 issue, page 28), and Stage 2 – Equipment…

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February 1, 2012  

It’s all coming together

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived online at www.mromagazine.com. This…

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February 1, 2012  

Should you exercise due diligence?

According the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, based in Hamilton, ON, there were 260,284 lost-time injuries in Canada in 2009. That number of people went to work in the morning but were injured at work to such an extent that…

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February 1, 2012  

High-Speed Shootout

Late last summer, after a lot of getting nowhere trying to fix a problem with a bottle capper at GlaxoSmithKline – a pharmaceutical company in Mississauga, ON – maintenance used a $300 digital camera with a high-speed video function…

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February 1, 2012  

An easy ‘way to improve gearbox life

Gearboxes are a key component of many industrial power transmission systems. Industrial gearboxes are highly engineered machines. Many components in gear drives have tight tolerances and optimized gear geometry that are required for…

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February 1, 2012  

Bringing troubleshooting in-house

As a diversified manufacturer, the CompX International Inc. plant in Waterloo, ON, was well aware of the importance of the ongoing maintenance needs for the wide range of equipment within its facility. But troubleshooting was a job that…

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February 1, 2012  

Understanding sealing systems for pumping applications

Proper specification and selection of sealing systems for centrifugal pump power frame applications can help sustain the service life of pumps and avoid the need for pump replacement or rebuilds and their associated costs in time and money.

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February 1, 2012  

Replacement seal solves ongoing challenge

When Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. purchased a new mammalian bioreactor skid, it had the same high expectations that surround any major process improvement. But during the initial start-up, it became apparent that the vessel would not maintain…

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December 1, 2011  

Big MRO show returns to Toronto

The Works, billed as Canada’s largest MRO & Safety Show, returned to the Toronto Congress Centre for the second time. The January event, organized by Acklands-Grainger, featured 260 supplier exhibits and was attended by more than…

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December 1, 2011  

Dead in the Water!

Like a line from a bad novel, it was a dark and stormy ike a line from a bad novel, it was a dark and stormy night in Halifax back on Jan. 14, 2009. Then the power went out. Two backup generators kicked in at the year-old Halifax Wastewater…

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December 1, 2011  

How to get optimal performance from pumps

Knowing how to maintain pumps and their components while dealing with malfunctions effectively goes a long way to improving pump performance, increasing reliability and saving some money.

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December 1, 2011  

A 5-point ‘TREAT’

This article is part of an ongoing series. The introduction appeared in Machinery & Equipment MRO’s February 2005 issue and the series has run in every issue since. Previous instalments are archived online at www.mromagazine.com. This…

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December 1, 2011  

Drives stand the test of time

Over two decades ago, a big research lab required drives that were compact, could produce extremely slow travel speeds, would withstand ongoing exposure to radiation and would need little maintenance. All this was necessary so the lab could…

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December 1, 2011  

Getting to know your equipment

In the previous issue (November 2011), we launched this series of eight articles on what is involved in achieving a world-class maintenance (WCM) department. Stage 1 explored the eight activities necessary to prepare for professional…

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December 1, 2011  

Assessing your fire risk

uring recent plant audits, I have noticed that a significant number of facilities do not comply with local fire code requirements. For example, flammable liquids are being stored in general warehousing facilities, dispensing is taking place in…

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November 1, 2011  

Great Balls of Fire

How can you create a ball of flame? Where combustible material is conveyed, filtered, milled or sprayed in a fine powdered form, and the dust is confined to an unprotected process volume with it being dispersed, and when an ignition source is…