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June 1, 2000 | By MRO Magazine


Machinery & Equipment MRO has enhanced its web site on the Internet at, adding more information resources, including an expanded Product Locator Guide section. Also new are a chat room called Mr. O’s Discussion Board where maintenance professionals can share information and find solutions to MRO problems, a detailed search function, and extensive links to industry resources. The site also features Mr. O Practical Problem Solver tips and searchable archives of features, news and products from 1999 and 2000 issues of the magazine. As well, an Online Features section includes articles that have not appeared in the print version of the magazine. The site can also be reached at

IDI Independent Distributors Inc., Mississauga, Ont., has launched a web site at It includes a public section that serves to educate existing and potential members and vendors about the cooperative.

At KBC Tools and Machinery’s interactive web site at, users can browse the company’s catalogue, search on keywords, brand names or tool categories, and place orders (Canadian customers are routed to the Canadian site, where all prices quoted are in Canadian funds). Every few weeks KBC puts out a new sales flyer on its web site. Also new is the KBC printed catalogue, filled with 8,500 products. To obtain a copy, call (905) 565-6600 or 1-888-522-8665.


Alpha Controls & Instrumentation has given a new look to its web site at It features information on industrial process and HVAC controls.

Flo Components Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., recently unveiled its web site,, which provides an overview of the capabilities of the company. Flo supplies industrial and mobile lubrication, spraying and material dispensing systems.

G.M. Consulting Services, a thermal spray coatings consultant, has a web site at The site offers thermal spray coating solutions to the problems of premature wear of machine components in the pulp and paper, printing, processing, mining, petrochemical and automotive industries.

Netexpress has announced an on-line reliability expert service, Ask an Expert, on its web site, This service connects members via e-mail or telephone with experts in various areas of technology, such as vibration analysis and reliability-centred maintenance program management. To ask a question, members complete a short form and submit it. They then receive a reply that the expert accepts the question or declines it. The reply, if accepted, also includes the proposed fee, which can range from free to US$100. The site offers a guarantee that members will be satisfied with the answer or will not be charged.

Saf-T-News, an on-line newsletter published every other week by Lab Safety Supply, helps keep subscribers up to date on safety and industrial information. The newsletter explains regulatory issues involving OSHA, EPA, DOT and NIOSH and other organizations, as well as offering simple steps to improve safety at work or at home. Also provided are the latest safety statistics and resources that can be found on the Internet. To subscribe, e-mail or visit and fill out the on-line form found in the Free Lit section of the site.

Colder Products’ interactive web site is designed to streamline coupling specification, featuring easy-to-use product selection. Located at, the site includes the company’s entire catalogue of coupling products and a directory of distributors. Also, free access is provided to downloadable CAD files.

A new web site designed to help maintenance professionals and engineers find solutions to problems in vessel/aircraft mothballing, industrial layups and corrosion prevention is available at The site includes a company history and suggested methods and products for use in anti-corrosion programs, helping maintenance managers discover environmentally friendly techniques for equipment preservation. Visitors to the site can purchase products or get more detailed information using an e-mail link,

Eagle Technology, a player in the Application Service Provider industrial software market for small- to medium-sized enterprises, has introduced eProTeus, a line of web-hosted CMMS software products that allow maintenance departments to use the functionality of a CMMS, but without the large capital expenditures that can accompany it. Eagle provides a secure database server and the ProTeus Enterprise CMMS software for a monthly fee. For further information, contact Eagle at (262) 241-3845, toll-free 1-800-388-3268; e-mail:; web site:

Goulds Pumps’ web site on the Internet at offers detailed information on all the company’s industrial pump brands. Navigation through markets, pump types and applications makes it easy to select the pump model and performance to meet specifications. Also available on the site are maintenance tips, installation and parts information, the Goulds technical manual, and news and product releases.

Rockwell Automation’s business -to-business e-commerce site at allows authorized users to access Dodge and Reliance Electric brand power transmission and drive control products directly through the Internet. The site contains a variety of search functions, catalogue data, net pricing, inventory views, and invoice and shipping information. Orders may be placed and tracked on line. Well tailored to the individual customer, the home page that appears when a user logs on will be industry- and product-specific to both job and application needs.

China International Electronic Commerce, the electronic arm of the Chinese Ministry of Trade, has announced the launch of its e-commerce initiative, The goal of this new site is to open up trade with China to the world.

Information about the electrical industry is easy to find on the Ontario Electrical League’s web site, OEL is looking at linking up to electrical industry web sites to make its site as beneficial as possible.

Online purchasing of electric heat and control products is offered through the Chromalox web site located at


Zero-Max sizing and selection software for motion control and power transmission systems is available on CD ROM. The software provides the ideal component recommendation for a given set of operating requirements. Downloadable CAD drawings are included with the software, as are PDF files of all Zero-Max product catalogues for referencing. Call toll-free 1-800-533-1731 for a free CD, or e-mail

The Goulds Pump Manual is available on CD-ROM. The GPM7 electronic catalogue features over 1,100 pages and 110 pump models, and includes both 50-Hz and 60-Hz performance curves on the one CD. Indexing is by pump model, type and application for ease of navigatio
n. For more information, contact a Goulds Pumps distributor, or visit the web site at

Rockwell Automation has introduced an interactive CD-ROM reference guide for plant automation professionals. Containing information on the concepts and proper applications of motor control, The Allen-Bradley Practical Guide to Motor Control aims to help engineers, designers, electricians and facility maintenance personnel better understand motors and their associated controls. Concepts are explained in an easy-to-learn format, making the CD a useful supplement to existing training courses. The CD is available from the Automation Bookstore, at, for US$81.00, or by contacting a local Allen-Bradley distributor.


Bearing Repair, the tenth in a series of single-topic educational bulletins, has been released by the educational services committee of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA). The two-page report discusses issues related to reconditioning used bearings for additional life as a way to minimize replacement expenses. To obtain a copy, contact BSA at (630) 858-3838 or visit the web site at

Gollywobbler Productions has published a book on crisis and risk communications, entitled You’d Better Have a Hose if You Want to Put Out the Fire–the complete guide to crisis communications. In the 320-page book, the author, Rene A. Henry, writes that most CEOs and their management teams are either unprepared or under-prepared to deal with a crisis. Henry uses many case histories as examples to illustrate strategy, tactics and do’s and don’ts. Specific chapters deal with natural disasters, violence in the workplace, the environment and how and when management should fight back when unfairly attacked. The book is available for US$24.95 plus shipping and handling from Gollywobbler Productions, P.O. Box 1976, Windsor, CA 95492-1976. Call (707) 579-4249 or fax (707) 544-9308 for more information.

NSK’s new Bearing Application Guide is designed for bearing users, machine designers and engineers who want to learn about NSK and RHP brand bearings. A copy is available by calling 1-800-727-2731.

Russell T. Gilman, an SKF company supplying high-precision machine components, has introduced the Gilman Idea Book, a compilation of Gilman Idea Bulletins. Featuring application examples from customers, the bulletins and updated index also are available for downloading in Acrobat PDF format from the company web site at Additional bulletins are produced each month to add to the book. For more information, call (262) 377-2434 or 1-888-744-5725, or fax (262) 377-9438.

The Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) has published a 16-page brochure that describes rotary positive displacement compressors, their capacity controls, instrumentation and related accessories. Rotary Air Compressor Selection Guide is a basic primer on the various rotary air compressor designs offered today. For more information, contact the CAGI office at (216) 241-7333; e-mail:; web site:

Lab Safety Supply offers seven catalogue titles, including Safety Direct, Maintenance Direct, Signs & Labels Direct, Spill Cleanup Direct, Material Handling Direct, Labware Direct and First Aid, Health & Wellness Direct. The company has established a Safety Techline that offers free technical support for all its products on questions about chemical compatibility, replacement parts for products, which item to use for a specific job, regulatory issues or other possible concerns. The hot line is staffed by 25 technical representatives from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. weekdays, central time. They can be reached toll-free at 1-800-356-2501 or via e-mail at


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