MRO Magazine

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Machinery and Equipment Maintenance

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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…

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November 1, 2007  

Training reduces reactive maintenance

Significant maintenance cost savings achieved at North America’s biggest copper mine are expected to be repeated at other sites using Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulator training technology developed in…

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November 1, 2007  

Synchronous Belt Drives Produce Energy Savings

A manufacturer of neck-type beverage bottles uses a conveyor that feeds waste glass into a grinding mill for reuse. Frequent peak loads caused the original set of two, four-stranded joined belts to sl…

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September 1, 2007  

New Technologies Aid Cleaning

Since the creation of humanity, cleaning is a common and integral task in our lives. We clean ourselves, we clean the dishes, we clean our houses and our cars, and we even rid our pets of dirt. Cleani…

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September 1, 2007  

Moving the Sludge

With the handling of sludge often the most problematic area in the wastewater treatment process, two wastewater treatment facilities in Scotland and Germany turned to non-clogging pumps for greater ef…

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September 1, 2007  

Troubleshooter’s Guide to Vibration (September 01, 2007)

The application of vibration analysis should be part of any proactive total equipment management program. A regularly scheduled vibration analysis program can be carried out by in-house vibration tech…

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September 1, 2007  

Resisting Corrosion

Harsh environments call for corrosion-resistant materials. Some environments, for example in marine or underwater applications, require machines and components with an exceptionally high resistance to…

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September 1, 2007  

The Significance of Communication

If you are working in maintenance but not involved in ‘pulling wrenches’, then communication is a significant part of doing your job effectively. And even if you are pulling wrenches, communication st…

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September 1, 2007  

Why drives that are slack last only 70% as long as they should

Problem: By some estimates, as many as 60% of industrial chain and belt power transmission drives may be operating with no tension-maintaining device other than having manual-adjust bearing blocks. Ma…

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September 1, 2007  

Using Predictive Maintenance Effectively

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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September 1, 2007  

Survival of the Fittest

Organisms that can adapt to changing conditions survive, and those that cannot, die out. Mills in the papermaking industry have also been taking this fitness test, where those that can maintain demand…

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September 1, 2007  

World’s Largest Sawmill Cuts Sawbox Maintenance Time

Canfor Corp. has reduced maintenance time at its Houston, B.C., sawmill by using combination plug/receptacle and disconnect switches that allow workers to safely and quickly make and break electrical …

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June 1, 2007  

An Ounce of Prevention for Critical Equipment

Rotating equipment can deliver optimal performance and long-life reliability if installed, maintained and operated properly. Increasingly, condition monitoring devices, part of a family of options for…

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June 1, 2007  

Troubleshooter’s Guide to Vibration (June 01, 2007)

The application of vibration analysis should be part of any proactive total equipment management program. A regularly scheduled vibration analysis program can be carried out by in-house vibration tech…

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June 1, 2007  

Why Stainless Steel Rusts

Most of us think of stainless steel, like that used in a wide variety products, including hand tools, as — literally — stainless or non-rusting. Yet sometimes, rust will form on these products and t…

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June 1, 2007  

Starting to See Results

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, 2007  

Maintenance Software for Tight Budgets

There’s a vibrant interest in computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) in water-related industries, I’ve learned. Record-keeping requirements, new regulations, a growing customer base and li…

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June 1, 2007  

Playing bearing detective

Question: Can I get a clue to an ongoing bearing problem by dissasembling it?

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June 1, 2007  

Safe Times in Confined Spaces

There are plenty of industrial operations out there that take a nave approach to working in confined spaces, or don’t even think in terms of them; the record of industrial accidents in Canada proves …

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June 1, 2007  

Relieving Tension

The V-belt is one of industry’s most efficient and popular means of power transmission. Properly selected, installed and maintained, quality V-belts will provide years of reliable service and prolong …

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June 1, 2007  

Hot solution finds hot bearings

The value of predictive maintenance programs (PdM) lies in effectively troubleshooting small problems before they become large ones.

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June 1, 2007  

Making CbM effective

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. Equipment can be monitored using so…

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June 1, 2007  

How to choose an effective ultrasonic detector

Many electrical maintenance technicians rely on ultrasonic detection for the preventive maintenance of high-voltage insulation components on transmission lines and at distribution centres. These compo…

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April 1, 2007  

Careful analysis points to causes of bearing failure

The accurate diagnosis of a bearing failure is imperative to prevent repeated failures and their related expenses. While performing failure analysis is commonly left to outside vendors, the in-house c…

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April 1, 2007  

Recycle That Bearing!

Bearing repair is not a new concept, nor has it changed a great deal over the years, and that’s good news. Repairing damaged bearings is a precise science that has been fine-tuned over time through ca…

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April 1, 2007  

Breaking Load: No Longer a Guide to Drive Chain Performance

Too many engineers are selecting chain according to the wrong criteria and are ending up with a product that is destined to either premature wear, or even failure, as a result. That is according to a …

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April 1, 2007  

How Cost and Performance Direct Drive Choices

When making a drive conversion or designing a new power transmission system, plant maintenance managers and design engineers have several options:

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April 1, 2007  

Troubleshooter’s Guide to Vibration (April 01, 2007)

There are several common vibration frequencies, and we’ll begin to deal with them in Part 2 of the Troubleshooter’s Guide to Vibration (Part 1 appeared in MRO’s Feb. 2007 issue). These include (1) rot…