MRO Magazine

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Operations

Feature
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, 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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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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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  

The Skills Shortage: An Alternative Approach

I recently presented a paper at a shutdown/turnaround/ outage (STO) conference where there was a recurring comment among most of the presenters. One of the major problems that companies involved in ma…

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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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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…

Feature
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.

Feature
November 1, 2007  

Three Faces of Accounting

This column should help you to clarify some of the issues involved in communicating with finance and accounting departments. Just as maintenance and engineering have different disciplines or areas of …

Feature
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  

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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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:

Feature
April 1, 2006  

PSR Principles

It’s well known in Ontario that industrial establishments, owners, lessees and employers must obtain a Pre-Start Health & Safety Review (PSR) report signed and sealed by a professional Ontario eng…

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February 1, 2006  

Making automated systems run better than ever

Many automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) installed before 1990, and even some newer ones, can benefit from modernization in the areas of control equipment, communication devices and operat…

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June 1, 2003  

New Firm’s Focus Is Industrial Energy Efficiency

Eco-Watt Inc. of Montreal is a new certified energy consultant representing Energy Automation Systems Inc. (EASI) of Hendersonville, Tenn., which has offered products and systems for electrical energy…