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April 1, 2002  

Machinery condition monitoring system cuts costs, downtime

Thanks to its multiplexed single-cable bus, the Vibronet rotating machinery condition monitoring system reduces hardware and installation costs. The intelligent master unit controls switching among up…

April 1, 2002  

Test clip features ‘row-of-points’ penetrator

Now available from J.S. Popper is the JP-2 10-in-1 alligator test clip. Its row-of-points penetrator, together with the large single penetrator, neatly pierces insulation on nine wire sizes (10 to 26 …

April 1, 2002  

Digital touch tachometer is full-featured

KB Electronics has added the DT 2235B digital touch tachometer to its line of electronic test and measurement instrumentation. Suitable for general industrial use, this rugged, hand-held unit provides…

April 1, 2002  

Digital force gauge is battery-operated

Easy to use and portable, the FG 20KG digital force gauge from KB Electronics provides accurate readings of both tension and compression in kilograms, pounds or Newtons. This battery-operated instrume…

April 1, 2002  

Tachometer measures rpm from a distance

The hand-held Model DT-205L tachometer from Alaron Instruments permits accurate and safe measurement of rpm from distances as great as 14 ft. This laser model features an expanded memory of 10 indepen…

April 1, 2002  

Transmitter provides accurate temperature monitoring

The Turck Multimodul MK34-11Ex0 Universal Temperature Transmitter is a temperature-measuring amplifier and signal conditioner that receives intrinsically safe thermocouple, RTD or millivolt input sign…

April 1, 2002  

Machine monitoring system is versatile

Moeller Electric SL signal towers provide visual and audible warning of abnormal conditions for efficient monitoring of complex machine and automated process sequences. Individual modules–continuous …

April 1, 2002  

Briefs (April 01, 2002)

Toronto Gear Works recently opened a new 35,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in the east end of Toronto. According to Nancy Reuby, the company really had no choice. “It was our only way to grow the…

April 1, 2002  

Focus on Instruments: Listening for Trouble

Portable acoustic emission instrumentation can detect bearing defects down to 0.25 rpm — that’s four minutes per revolution — well beyond the capabilities of conventional analysis systems used in ma…

April 1, 2002  

Maintenance Case History: Where maintenance is cut to fit

Many companies have no preventive or scheduled maintenance programs. Reasons vary: The staff is too small, the budget limited, the economic downturn has reduced the company to doing breakdown maintena…

April 1, 2002  

MRO & The Law: The Law vs. Machinery Hazards

It has been just over a year since the Ontario Ministry of Labour amended its requirements for Pre-start Health and Safety Reviews (PSHSRs) under Section 7 of the Regulation for Industrial Establishme…

February 1, 2002  

Novel solution for problem with punch cylinder head cover

Problem: The head cover for a repositioning cylinder has broken on a turret press in a multi-punching operation. Replacement head covers will take four weeks to arrive and would cost US$21.00 a pair -…

February 1, 2002  

Focus on Drives: Choosing the right fieldbus

How do you find the ideal fieldbus for your needs? There is no single fieldbus that can fulfill all requirements for every application. There can be considerable differences in communication requireme…

February 1, 2002  

Metric seals featured in lineup

A new 122-page catalogue of metric hydraulic seals includes application data. It covers most metric hydraulic seals found in cylinders on in-plant, material handling and mobile equipment. Included are…

February 1, 2002  

Heavy-duty options abound

When you’re looking for a heavy-duty pickup truck, there’s many choices, among them the Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram nameplates, and a selection from General Motors that’s incredibly broad. GM’s full-s…

February 1, 2002  

Company Briefs (February 01, 2002)

The takeover of FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schfer AG of Schweinfurt, Germany, by the INA Group of Herzogenaurach, Germany, has been completed after approval by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Eur…

February 1, 2002  

Focus on Drives: Merging AC drives & fieldbus technology

First it was energy savings. Then new motor control platforms dominated the industrial news headlines. That was followed by developments in EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) standards and legislatio…

February 1, 2002  

Fighting fire with gas

If you saw a fire in your workplace, would you immediately look around for the closest water source? If so, you might be looking for the wrong element. Water, as well as fire, can cause devastating da…

February 1, 2002  

Vibration analyser is low in cost

The VB Series of vibration analysis products offer a full-featured analysis instrument at low cost. Simple to operate, the VB Series can be up and running in one week. The series includes the Ascent v…

February 1, 2002  

Graphite alloy lubricates in hostile conditions

Cam followers with self-lubricating Graphalloy bushings can be used in high temperature, submerged and hostile environments to achieve better performance than with grease lubrication. Graphalloy, a gr…

February 1, 2002  

Vibration unit handles 3 locations

The VDS-103 System, a two-piece vibration monitoring system, combines a NEMA 4 monitor with a 4 to 20 mA vibration transmitter. It can simultaneously monitor up to three locations. The system displays…

February 1, 2002  

Technology boosts effectiveness of new drives

Drive line adapts to customer-specific needsThe Allen-Bradley line of PowerFlex 700 AC drives, offering power ratings from 0.37 kW to 30 kW (0.5 hp to 40 hp) at 400 V to 480 V, is easily configurable …

February 1, 2002  

News – 01-FEB-02

Do you have a solution for a maintenance problem? Send it in and if it’s published, we’ll send you a free Mr. O Problem Solver T-shirt and $35.00. Include your address and telephone number, print comp…

February 1, 2002  

Maintenance Case History: Hard Knowledge on a Hard Drive

Several things made Bob Hill realize that he needed to make the jump from running his maintenance department from memory to using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).”Running the show …

February 1, 2002  

Focus on Drives: How serial comms can save thousands

By adopting serial communications, a typical installation in say, a paper mill, can save more than $23,000 over a hard-wired solution. This example explains how (see Fig. 3).Assume that Smith Manufact…

February 1, 2002  

Solving moisture problems in compressed air systems

Water in compressed air lines is a major problem that must be controlled. When combined with the oxygen present in the compressed air, water can create rust in piping and components. This rust destroy…

February 1, 2002  

Drowning in work?

Imagine this frightening experience: You’re sailing on a huge lake or even the ocean. Suddenly you realize that the base of the craft is leaking. After the initial shock and fear wear off, you realize…

February 1, 2002  

Chain products catalogue is new

Renold has introduced a new chain product catalogue that is a comprehensive reference guide to all of the products the company sells in Canada. It covers various types of chain, including transmission…

February 1, 2002  

Compressors favour easy maintenance

Devair’s new 30 and 50 hp rotary screw compressors feature large diameter rotors, simple-to-use- monitoring and operating controls, and a spin-on oil filter and oil separator cartridge for easy mainte…

February 1, 2002  

Speed is asset of new metal cutting saw

The Evolution metal cutting saw from Montreal’s McCann Equipment operates more quickly, cleanly and safely than other metal cutting equipment. It has a spindle lock for quick blade changes. Four speci…