MRO Magazine

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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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June 1, 2009  

No Wrong Decisions

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 archiv…

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June 1, 2009  

Caster Tips: Regular Maintenance Prolongs Life

Proper operation and maintenance of casters and wheels are important for peak performance and long product life. Preventive measures that should be taken include: regularly lubricating the axles and b…

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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…

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June 1, 2009  

Ultrasonic System Listens And Measures

According to bearing manufacturers, lubrication problems account for 36% of bearing failures — and over-lubrication is a more frequent cause of these failures than under-lubrication. As a result, sev…

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June 1, 2009  

Food Contamination Threats And Food-Grade Lubricants

Lubricant contamination has always been a concern in the food and beverage processing industry. A major accident could cause a company to make a massive recall that could be devastating to its brand r…

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June 1, 2009  

Heat Seeker

Electric motors are the backbone of industry. Alone, they account for 70% of the electricity consumed by industry. An integral part of optimizing motor performance and minimizing downtime is having th…

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February 1, 2008  

Six tips FOR AN EFFECTIVE CBM PROGRAM

Condition-based monitoring (CbM) is a maintenance process where the condition or health of plant equipment is monitored for the earliest signs of impending failure. An effective CbM program does not h…

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February 1, 2008  

The Next Level

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 archiv…

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February 1, 2008  

RAISING EXCITEMENT ABOUT PROJECTS

One of these days you’ll be preparing to introduce an ambitious new goal or project, a new work routine, or a change in operations. And you’ll want to get your people excited and energized about the c…

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February 1, 2008  

Estimating Project Costs

The first job in estimating the cost of a maintenance or engineering project is to identify the scope of the project. The second step is to identify all the resources (materials, human, etc.) needed t…

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February 1, 2008  

Beware of air in hydraulic systems

Problem: Aeration occurs when air contaminates a hydraulic fluid. Symptoms include a banging or knocking noise when it compresses and decompresses as it circulates through the system, foaming of the f…

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February 1, 2008  

Condition monitoring for SAFETY-CRITICAL SYSTEMS

Atime-based approach to maintenance is appropriate for only 11% of the assets in a typical plant. For many components, the most likely time for failure to occur is immediately after maintenance has be…

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February 1, 2008  

Taking the ‘OUCH out of OEE

In a fantasy manufacturing plant, the equipment would be available and chugging away all of the time, performance would always equal the equipment’s design capacity and the product quality would never…

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February 1, 2008  

Laser shaft alignment system handles offset shafts

The Fixturlaser XA laser shaft alignment system can be equipped with hardware and software for the precise alignment of offset (Cardan) shafts. The OffsetXA expansion kit includes fixtures, plus softw…

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February 1, 2008  

DON’T WAIT FOR THE SQUEAKY WHEEL

The maintenance of casters is an afterthought for many industrial users. However, caster maintenance is very important in every type of organization, and it should be a priority for maintenance and sa…

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February 1, 2008  

Selecting a MOTOR REPAIR CENTRE

Whether you’re new to the job or a veteran, your choice of vendors is critical to successful management of plant operations — especially when

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February 1, 2008  

System focuses on bearing damage

Engine factories at leading automotive facilities in Europe, such as BMW (Steyr, Austria), Volvo Cars Engine Skvde (Sweden) and Opel (GM’s powertrain plant in Vienna, Austria), have invested heavily …

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February 1, 2008  

Why do CMMS implementations fail?

Most organizations will have begun their new year with a clean slate. They’ll have started with a new maintenance budget, have new 2008 goals to achieve and have capital projects to complete during th…

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February 1, 2008  

How the sandwich moves the bread

Since its creation less than a decade ago, the sandwich wheel has become part of the caster of the future. With the combined advantages of a hard wheel and soft wheel in the same product, the sandwich…

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December 1, 2007  

Like a Disaster Movie

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 archiv…

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December 1, 2007  

Shaking Out the Bad Pennies

“Now stop writing and I’ll tell you something,” announces Michel Beaudin, director of maintenance at the McAuslan Brewery in Montreal.

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December 1, 2007  

Is it okay to mix different lubricants in a machine?

Problem: I know my machines are always supposed to use the same lubricants they came with, but if I’m stuck with an empty container, will there be any impact if I top up the fluid with another type?

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December 1, 2007  

Executing Effective Projects

Many readers may not be aware of the business impact of project management and project-related issues, so we’ll deal with them here.

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December 1, 2007  

How to count MRO Parts

A while ago I was asked to participate in an annual inventory stock count at a large chicken and beef processing plant in Kitchener, Ont. I was contacted by the maintenance department to support their…

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November 1, 2007  

Maintenance Conference Gets Good Response

Mississauga, ON — The 6th Annual Creating a 21st Century Maintenance Organization conference, September 26-28, 2007, at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, was well-attended, with 40-50 participants ov…

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November 1, 2007  

Expanding the use of maintenance software

Since I started writing this column a couple of years ago, we’ve always looked at ways to use the CMMS to track maintenance. Over the past few months some of our more advanced readers have looked for …

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November 1, 2007  

Making progress with PM – and people

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 archiv…

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November 1, 2007  

Lockout Safety Tips

Problem: We’re having trouble getting employees to follow safe lockout and tagout procedures. Any suggestions?

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November 1, 2007  

Partners in Invention

Processing seaweed to obtain extracts for agricultural uses is far from an everyday manufacturing task. Since no off-the-shelf equipment exists that has been designed specifically for this purpose, ma…