MRO Magazine


  • Retooled TMMC Plant Continues To Build RAV4

    January 14, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    In 2008, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) opened its West Plant in Woodstock, Ontario, to go along with its operations in Cambridge (North Plant and South Plant). Just as a little background, Toyota considers all its plants in Cambridge and

  • Mission Critical – Emergency Power Upgrades

    January 7, 2019 by

    TELUS completes an integrated project to build a new standby generation plant at a mission critical network facility. As one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, TELUS has a multitude of network buildings located throughout Canada. Network buildings provide a number

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    Biodegradable Lubricants – Selection, Application, and Maintenance

    December 18, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Biodegradable lubricants have become extremely important to support the demands of environmental protection. The description of the two primary classes of biodegradable lubricants, vegetable oil and synthetic categories, have been well documented when compared with traditional mineral oil base lubricants.

  • Maintenance Challenges

    December 10, 2018 by

     Within the oil sands ore prep pit. Few industrial environments have as many challenges as those faced in the Canadian oil sands. Harsh and unforgiving weather combined with demanding schedules, abrasive ore and a very remote location all culminate into

  • Mining – Conveyor Pulley Bearing Sealing

    December 3, 2018 by Douglas Martin

    One of the most common pieces of equipment on a mine site is a belt conveyor. No matter what mineral is being extracted, this piece of equipment generally will be present in some form. Depending on the complexity and length

  • Learning Management Systems – Resources for our Resources

    November 27, 2018 by Peter Philips

    LMS is software that allows maintaining of training and resource documents on an electronic platform. This issue of MRO is dedicated to the resource sector and how it services needs in facilities, industries and factories. When thinking of resources in

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    Power System Studies

    November 12, 2018 by

    Understanding the importance of a short circuit protection and coordination study and an arc flash hazard assessment. A typical power distribution system for a large facility or campus is comprised of multiple distribution voltages and corresponding equipment. An incoming electrical

  • Heavy Equipment Bearing Lubrication

    November 5, 2018 by Douglas Martin

    Heavy-duty applications require a unique lubricant choice. When we think of heavy equipment we think of large pieces of equipment that are generally slow moving and subject to environments that are dirty, wet and generally treated roughly or expected to

  • Troubleshooting Failure Modes

    October 30, 2018 by

    Protecting industrial shaft seals from failure. Industrial shaft seals in rotating machinery primarily function to retain lubricant, exclude contaminants (such as dust or moisture), separate media (including lubricant), and/or confine pressure. In turn, they protect bearing arrangements, optimize bearing service

  • Feature Lubrication

    Heavy Equipment Lubrication

    October 22, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Effective heavy equipment lubrication is entirely dependent upon sound lubricant selection, storage, application and maintenance of the lubricants themselves. The oil in every machine, regardless of type is in reality another component within that machine and requires the same care

  • Care, Custody and Control

    October 15, 2018 by

    The hand off to and from operations. Transitioning an asset between operations and maintenance is an often-overlooked risk. This has been a point of failure in most industries I have been involved with regardless of mobile or stationary equipment. This

  • Environmental Footprint of Maintenance

    October 5, 2018 by Erika Mazza

    Maintenance activities have a direct effect on the environment that surrounds the facility where they are executed. There are three aspects in which maintenance strategies contribute to a facility footprint in the environment: resources needed, efficiency of the equipment, and

  • Maintenance Fundamentals

    October 2, 2018 by Peter Philips

    Manufacturing plants need to get back to the basic fundamentals of maintenance. In recent articles I mentioned how manufacturing plants need to get back to the basics of maintenance. We are all spending time doing root cause analysis, equipment liability

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    Maintenance Schedules

    September 21, 2018 by Doc Palmer

    Creating a schedule that increases productivity. There are different maintenance schedules, each with a different purpose. The yearly schedule is about budgets, projects, and contractors (if any). The monthly schedule is about keeping up with preventive maintenance. Jumping ahead, the

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    Automated Grease Systems

    August 13, 2018 by Ian Miller

    A selection guide reviewing the merits of system type relative to single- and dual-line parallel systems. No matter what the type of equipment or its function, system designers are faced with choices at the onset of any project. Take as

  • In alignment: Troubleshooting rotating equipment alignment problems

    August 3, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Misalignment of machine shaft centrelines cause up to 50 per cent of machine vibration problems and are the result of two common conditions. Parallel offset misalignment is a condition where the centrelines of the two shafts do not meet, whereas

  • Workflows and Swim Lanes

    July 27, 2018 by Peter Philips

    A structured work order process keeps us going with the current. About 20 years ago, while I was helping a car parts manufacturer north of Ottawa with its maintenance software, I realized they were missing something fundamental in the way

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    Heavy Industry Lubrication

    July 20, 2018 by Douglas Martin

    Slow-moving bearings in tough environments face unique greasing challenges. In Canada’s tough climate, “heavy industry” generally uses large, slow-moving bearings for big and dirty equipment. Tough environments do not only mean dirty and wet, but also cold (-40˚C) in the

  • Retirement Day – Developing asset renewal strategies

    July 13, 2018 by Jeff Smith

    Industry tends to stick with ingrained misconceptions on asset renewals. Commonly held statements, such as “haul trucks last 20 years” or “plants are designed for a 30-year lifespan” persist. But misconceptions pose risks. A renewal program enables an organization to manage the final lifecycle phase of assets in a proactive way

  • Machine learning technology make legacy assets smarter

    July 6, 2018 by Rehana Begg

    Automate machine learning by creating a data pipeline from legacy equipment.