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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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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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April 1, 2011  

Decreasing MTTR using split seal technology

Maintenance engineers and technicians are typically charged with responsibility of developing and implementing maintenance programs, making continuous productivity improvements, and solving daily equipment challenges.

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April 1, 2011  

Training Tips

Now that our Canadian economy has started to take wings again, budget restraints are easing to allow some spending on CMMS training and other people-development activities. This month, I am going to lay out some important planning tools to…

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April 1, 2011  

Vibration an unexpected predator

Did you know that bearings can be damaged when at rest, and there will be no visible change apparent in the rolling elements?

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April 1, 2011  

Understanding Vibration

In the simplest terms, vibration in motorized equipment is merely the back and forth movement or oscillation of machines and components, such as drive motors, driven devices (pumps, compressors and so on) and the bearings, shafts, gears, belts…

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April 1, 2011  

Vibration Basics

To understand how vibration manifests itself, consider an electric motor.

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April 1, 2011  

Vibration tester has built-in expertise

One new troubleshooting tool – the Fluke 810 Handheld Vibration Tester – is designed specifically for maintenance professionals who need to troubleshoot mechanical problems and quickly understand the root cause of equipment condition.

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April 1, 2011  

Solving motor vibration problems

When motor vibration problems occur, the magnitude and direction of the vibration can give a good indication of where to look for the cause. When vibration is higher in the vertical plane, one of the first things to examine is the…

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April 1, 2011  

Soft foot inspection procedure

When aligning machinery, one of the first steps should be to check for a ‘soft foot’ – i.e., the condition when one or more of the motor feet do not share the same plane or the motor base is not flat.

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April 1, 2011  

Adhesives provide fast, powerful bond

Loctite structural acrylic adhesives from Henkel fixture rapidly, and deliver good peel and shear strength once cured. Loctite H8100 and H8110 Speedbonder adhesives provide tough, long-lasting bonds and are designed to reduce or eliminate…

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April 1, 2011  

Understanding Infrared

What is infrared thermography? It is the process of using an instrument and a method to detect infrared energies emitted from an object, convert these emitted energies to temperature values, and display an image of the object, showing its…

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April 1, 2011  

MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE ADDED TO MONTREAL PMDS SHOW

Montreal, QC – As the recovery of the manufacturing sector continues to make headlines – including Bombardier Inc.’s recent announcement of its largest aircraft order to date, worth up to $6.7 billion – Quebec manufacturers will get a…

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April 1, 2011  

Panoramic image innovation

The NEC Avio Infrared Technologies Thermo Gear model G120 high-resolution portable thermal imaging cameras in its InfRec series feature the world’s first Panoramic Thermal Image Recording feature. As the camera is panned in a vertical or…

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April 1, 2011  

REMOTE-CONTROLLED WATER JET CUTS ACCESS HOLE IN RADIOACTIVE STORAGE TANK

Richland, WA – Water jet contractor AK Services made history recently by cutting the largest-ever access hole in an active US Department of Energy radioactive waste storage tank at the DOE’s Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state.

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April 1, 2011  

Creating the ’24/7′ list

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, 2011  

Sealing out bearing contamination

Bearing seals are critical when used in combination with grease lubrication because they help keep the grease free from contamination. Contamination that reaches grease is trapped and will continually wear on the bearing.

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April 1, 2011  

Making the right decisions

Plant maintenance and engineering people are faced with decision-making continually. Every day something needs to be fixed, installed, relocated or purchased. Many plant professionals wonder if there is some kind of standardized process that…

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February 1, 2011  

Can maintenance be a profit centre?

We all know the need for maintenance will never go away. And it seems that every maintenance department in the country needs more money to meet its targets. But what if you could tell management that if it let you have the budget you really…

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February 1, 2011  

Fighting hydraulic hammer and vibration in hydraulic lines

The anticipated hose failures were avoided by:

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February 1, 2011  

Sky-high challenge

Perched on hilltops and other especially windy sites across Canada, wind turbine generators (WTGs) are contributing 4,055 megawatts (MW) to Canada’s power grid – enough to power over one million homes. Output is steadily rising as new projects…

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June 1, 2010  

Welding Tips

These days, few will dispute that the economy has been in a tough state. Even with a recovery under way, it seems everyone is still watching the finances and looking for innovative ways to save money.

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June 1, 2010  

Everywhere Man

As a sought-after expert in the arcane field of chemical delivery systems, Marc Lafrenire could easily write a new version of the 1959 Geoff Mack hit “I’ve Been Everywhere,” a song popularized by Joh…

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June 1, 2010  

Drive Technology Trends

Gear Drives are used in many different industries, from heavy industrial (steel, mining, forestry) to light industrial (automotive, food machinery) applications. Environmental concerns and attention t…

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June 1, 2010  

Taking Control

This column 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.In this…

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June 1, 2009  

Setting Up An Effective Oil Analysis Program

Implementation and training costs are extremely low compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will be saved by predicting when problems may occur and then effectively planning and scheduli…

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June 1, 2009  

The Biggest Lube Problems

The biggest problems regarding industrial lubrication were identified in a recent interview with Mike Deckert, vice-president at Flo Components Ltd., Mississauga, ON, an automatic greasing systems spe…