MRO Magazine

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Manufacturing

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April 14, 2015  

Five things we will do without in industry by 2025

A bit more than 10 years ago, many companies discussed

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April 1, 2015  

Transforming the face of grinding technology

Engineering skills learned from the precision grinding of bearing rings and rollers combined with the latest intelligent machine technologies brings greater precision, faster cycle times and even better product quality to the grinding process.

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June 1, 2014  

Instant Parts

To reduce inventory, production and machine downtime costs, maintenance organizations should get up to speed with the latest developments in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing technology. In the near future, 3D printing could…

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February 1, 2014  

Beat the Chain Pain

Wringing full value out of chains is often no more difficult than knowing how to care for them and when. When finesse is not enough, the situation may require moving up to a more suitable chain. Here are some chain tips that you can take to the…

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February 1, 2014  

Uncorking Savings

The term ‘dry wine’ has a new meaning at Vincor International’s Quebec wine-bottling operation since a change to its the conveyor line eliminated soap-and-water lubrication.

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December 1, 2013  

Better times in store over next two years

Ottawa – Following subpar growth in 2012 and 2013, Canada’s economy is expected to grow by close to 2.5% annually over the next two years, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Outlook-Autumn 2013. Highlights…

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December 1, 2013  

Industrial fasteners market to reach $14.8 Billion

Cleveland, ON – Demand for industrial fasteners in the United States is expected to increase 4.3% per year to $14.8 billion in 2017. Gains will be supported by rebounding levels of motor vehicle manufacturing, a segment that makes up…

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December 1, 2013  

PEMAC announces Capstone Awards

Calgary – Completion of the Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) certificate program offered by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) is a significant commitment, requiring 225 hours of class time and an…

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June 1, 2013  

Protecting your welding assets

Because most welding equipment finds its way into the rigours of construction, farming, automotive, fabrication and other “rough use” industries, aspects of routine maintenance are often postponed or even overlooked. This article is intended to…

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April 1, 2013  

The battle against counterfeits

imken Canada received an ominous phone call in July last year from a constable at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), asking about counterfeit bearings.

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February 1, 2013  

Tenaquip holds Customer Appreciation Days

With more than 100 exhibitors in 50,000 sq ft of space at the north building of the Toronto Congress Centre, Tenaquip Ltd., based in Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue, QC, invited its customers to see what’s new from its vendors, view demonstrations…

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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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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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November 1, 2011  

ABC’s of Clamp Meters

Like the multimeter, the clamp meter has passed through the analogue period and into the digital world of today. Created primarily as a single-purpose test tool for electricians, today’s models have incorporated more measurement…

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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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September 1, 2011  

Tough lathes put teeth in oil-field equipment shop

Cougar Tool Inc. manufacturing manager Gary Spencer says some innovative lathes opened his eyes “way back when” to the true potential of what can be done on a CNC machine designed for manual-operation lovers. As a result, 14 of Mag’s VDF…

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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  

Bringing the machine to the mountain

When Sonny Baytaluke’s crew was hired to repair corroded flange faces on some large pressure vessels for potato processing, it brought in portable machine tools to do the job. The alternative would have been to embark on a huge logistical…

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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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June 1, 2010  

Why it’s a good time to buy

The 2010 Canadian federal budget takes further action to improve conditions for investment in manufacturing, enhance competition, and reduce barriers for businesses. It makes Canada a tariff-free zone for industrial manufacturers by eliminating…

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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  

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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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  

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Traditionally, maintenance departments do not sing their own praises, but maybe that should change. In many companies maintenance departments are still considered as an overhead, a cost of doing busin…

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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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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  

Sculpture Wins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Welding

Chicago, IL — The Millennium Park monumental Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago is the 2007 recipient of the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Outstanding Achievement in Welding Award.

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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…