MRO Magazine

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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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November 1, 2011  

Mill Optimizes Reliability

With an average production output increase of about 30% per year, Sapa Heat Transfer AB’s Shanghai facility needed to plan and develop a strategy to accommodate its growing business performance for the long term. Being the only company in…

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November 1, 2011  

How to Improve Pump Reliability

Most control and efficiency improvement are key to successful plant operations – especially when it comes to volatile energy costs. Most plant managers are keenly aware that upgrading from standard motors to premium-efficiency designs can…

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November 1, 2011  

Moving from Reactive to Proactive

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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November 1, 2011  

Solo Maintenance

At seven o’clock in the morning, operators at Maritime Pride Eggs in Amherst, NS, turned on the plant’s egg-grading line. Three minutes later, the mechanical loader that picks up 60 eggs at a time and sets them into the sorter…

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November 1, 2011  

How to Achieve World-Class Maintenance

In this issue, I am beginning a series of eight articles that will explore what many companies would like to achieve – a world-class maintenance department.

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November 1, 2011  

Plant Cuts Extensive Parts Inventory

Spare parts inventory management has always been a necessary evil for Norampac Drummondville, a Cascades-owned Quebec plant that specializes in the design and production of corrugated packaging. The plant has a production capacity of 1 billion…

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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…

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November 1, 2011  

The Ring’s the Thing

It seemed as though nothing could stop the squealing.

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September 1, 2011  

Dust, dangerous dust!

* A dust explosion that occurred at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar in Port Wentworth, GA, on February 7, 2008, killed 13 people and injured 42. The origin of the explosion was narrowed down to a location at the centre of the factory,…

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September 1, 2011  

Finding unexpected efficiencies

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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September 1, 2011  

Power Play

Electricity means money and Hydro-Québec’s Beauharnois hydroelectric generating station is making its share of both this year: It generated a record 1,182,706 MWh in July 2011, thanks to all 38 generating units running. As well,…

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September 1, 2011  

How to avoid hydraulic troubleshooting mistakes

Troubleshooting hydraulic systems can be a complex exercise. It involves a lot of science, and sometimes, a bit of art. Incorrect diagnosis prolongs downtime and can result in the unnecessary repair or replacement of serviceable components. To…

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September 1, 2011  

Can you be great?

How many 10-year-olds at school, when asked “What would you like to be when you grow up?” would reply “A maintenance manager.” A safe bet is that the answer is none.

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June 1, 2011  

Preventing dirty-oil downtime

J.E. Myles Inc., a hydraulic systems distributor based in Troy, MI, worked with its sister company, Control Power-Reliance, to engineer the world’s largest six-axis transportation simulator back in 1996. Today, the simulator continues to run…

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June 1, 2011  

PARENT FIRM OF MRO MAGAZINE ACQUIRES MORE PUBLICATIONS

Toronto, ON – Machinery & Equipment MRO parent Business Information Group (BIG Magazines LP) of Toronto, a division of Glacier Media Inc. of Vancouver, has acquired the Industrial Group of trade publications as well as associated digital…

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June 1, 2011  

Extending the life of throw-away gearboxes

Worm gearboxes are typically used as an inexpensive way to provide high, single-reduction gear ratios for machine drives and conveyors. These gearboxes are tolerant of start-and-stop operations and load variations, and are used with many types…

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June 1, 2011  

PERSONAL REASONS, ILLNESS OR DISABILITY KEEP EMPLOYEES OFF THE JOB

Ottawa, ON — In an average week in 2010, 8.0% of full-time employees in Canada missed some work for personal reasons, according to a new report from Statistics Canada, Work Absences in 2010. This proportion was unchanged from 2009, but up from…

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June 1, 2011  

All-weather oil handles minus 42

A  chain reaction is defined as a series of events in which each induces or influences the next. In the forestry industry, such an occurrence is often related to equipment downtime, because when one machine breaks down, it can leave…

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June 1, 2011  

POLLUTION-FREE PROPELLER SHAFT BEARINGS OPERATE IN SEAWATER RATHER THAN OIL

Burlington, ON — Thordon Bearings, a Canadian manufacturer of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings, has been shortlisted for the Ocean Environmental Protection Award at the 2011 Sustainable Shipping Awards to be held in London,…

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June 1, 2011  

What’s new in lubrication

Nanoceramic grease packaging suits high-volume applications

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June 1, 2011  

STUDY TRACKS ENGINEERING JOB OUTLOOK THROUGH TO 2018

Ottawa, ON — Engineers Canada has released a labour market study that shows the current and future market conditions in engineering. The study tracked current national labour supply and demand and includes a projection from 2010 to 2018,…

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June 1, 2011  

Solving the data entry problem

Computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) continues to grow in popularity as more maintenance departments  realize the power these programs possess. As well, manufacturing, government and public facilities are finding more uses…

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June 1, 2011  

2011 CANADIAN FLUID POWER CHALLENGE INTRODUCES NEW TASK

Toronto, ON – The 2011 Canadian Fluid Power Challenge organizers were a little concerned that a new problem scenario they devised for this year’s competition, held May 12, 2011, in Toronto, might be too difficult for the students. It turns out…

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June 1, 2011  

Evaluating single-supplier sourcing

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….

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June 1, 2011  

Assessing your fire risk

During 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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June 1, 2011  

Saving money by maximizing pump lifespans

Preventive maintenance is a key component in maximizing the lifespan of an engine-powered portable pump, as well as providing cost savings, better profitability, increased pump availability, improved productivity, and decreased repair costs….

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June 1, 2011  

A day in a life

It was 10:52 p.m. when Steven, a machine operator, was called to help clear a jam on the machine located next to his. When he looked at the machine, he realized almost immediately that the problem was a stacked stock.

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June 1, 2011  

Motor reliability critical for mine

Cameco Corp. of Saskatoon, SK, is one of the world’s largest uranium producers. Otherwise known as the Canadian Mining and Energy Corporation, Cameco was formed in 1988 by the merger and privatization of two crown corporations.

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June 1, 2011  

Words of wisdom that just ain’t so

You’ve heard that the early bird gets the first worm and that a penny saved is a penny earned … and a lot more folk wisdom besides. Yes, those old truths are worth pondering, but before you take them as literal guides to your daily work…

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June 1, 2011  

Vampire ride runs smoother with DC drives

Chessington World of Adventures, a popular theme park and zoo in southwest London, offers 25 different rides and attractions. One of the most famous is the Vampire ride. It became the UK’s first suspended rollercoaster when it opened in 1990…