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September 1, 2001  

Practical Automation: Using air-over-oil circuits for more controllable pneumatic power

The air-over-oil system offers some unique and economical benefits, but it can exhaust oil vapour in the workplace. There are a few tricks which can be used to make things work better.The past few Pra…

September 1, 2001  

futuretech: Editor’s note

General Motors North American Operations spent over six months investigating and testing various DeviceNet products to validate them for the Saturn Innovate Project. Erick Rudaitis, Gary C. Workman an…

September 1, 2001  

MRO-ESOURCE.COM: Product Locator Guide Resource Expands

A major expansion of the information packed into www.mro-esource.com is adding to the website’s usefulness for MRO professionals. Two areas in particular continue to undergo continuous updates — indu…

September 1, 2001  

Futuretech: Troubleshooting industrial network communications

An industrial end user usually decides to implement a networked automation solution because of the promise of increased efficiency and productivity. An open system offers the added benefits of interop…

September 1, 2001  

Maintenance Case History: Outsourcing is key strategy for maintaining water filtration plant

Across from the Island of Montreal, giant electric and diesel motors ranging up to 950 hp pump an average of 170,000 cu m of water a day from the St. Lawrence River into two filtration plants and onwa…

June 1, 2001  

New split housing surpasses earlier designs

NSK’s new line of split housings–the SNN series–is dimensionally based on the SN series to provide direct interchangeability. This NSK design incorporates a rich set of features with refinements suc…

June 1, 2001  

Canadian products focus on maintenance

Mill liner bolt remover works automaticallyA new Mill Liner Bolt Remover developed by the Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Quebec (CRIQ) in Sainte-Foy, Que., has been successfully implemented at a …

June 1, 2001  

OBITUARY: Bearing expert Bill Botterill

Bill Botterill, one of the best known figures in the bearing industry in Canada, has died at the age of 66, after a short illness.”Bill was a mentor, teacher and friend to many people in the industry,…

June 1, 2001  

Industry Events (June 01, 2001)

An extensive, up-to-date list of industry events–conferences, trade shows, seminars and association meetings–of interest to plant maintenance and engineering practitioners can be found on the Intern…

June 1, 2001  

News and views about companies, staff, products and more (June 01, 2001)

Dayco has added new features and improved functionality to its business-to-business, on-line order entry and tracking system, Dayco Direct. The update includes options that can configure an order so…

June 1, 2001  

PRACTICAL AUTOMATION: Building cost-effective pneumatic circuits

The development and marketing of electronic technology has made a tremendous impact, not only on our personal lifestyles, but also on the manufacturing methods that are used in industry. Nowhere is th…

June 1, 2001  

FOCUS ON ALIGNMENT: Laser alignments not as simple as they seem

Optical alignment equipment is easy to learn, extremely fast and very accurate. For this reason, many maintenance managers and supervisors mistakenly place the equipment in the hands of inexperienced …

June 1, 2001  

FOCUS ON ALIGNMENT: Dodge warehouses to stock Reliance brand in Canada

Rockwell Automation Power Systems’ Canadian operations in Toronto, headed by Maurice Blair, regional manager for Canada, recently realigned the Reliance Electric brand name under the Power Systems Gro…

June 1, 2001  

Technical data gets easier to access

Bosch Automation Technology has announced enhancements to its web site, www.boschat.com, with the release of its VPV product locator. This database is located in the fluid power section of the web s…

June 1, 2001  

Adhesive company’s products keep battling robots running

In the hit cable television series, “BattleBots,” competitors go through many tubes of adhesives in their efforts to keep their robots in fighting form. Recognizing the similarities between the rigour…

June 1, 2001  

Lots of Canadian content at 2001 BSA convention

This year’s Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) convention in California saw Terry Tillsley wrap up his tenure as BSA president. Tillsley is president of Transmission Supplies (SA) of Lethbridge, Al…

June 1, 2001  

MAINTENANCE SERVICES: ‘If it spins we can look after it’

“We’re in the business of preventing failure,” says Jim (J.R.) McDonald, secretary-treasurer and co-founder of Kadon Electro Mechanical Services Ltd., Calgary.He was speaking during the recent grand o…

June 1, 2001  

CASE HISTORY: Heavy equipment moved

During a two-week summer shutdown last year, Maska moved its equipment from its old facility to a new plant, which had been constructed in two phases, one starting in 1997 and the other in 1999.A rigg…

June 1, 2001  

CASE HISTORY: Self-sufficiency is key to Maska’s maintenance operations

Pulleys, winches, cranks and tackle blocks are said to have their genesis in the fourth century B.C. inventions of Archytas de Tarente. A Quebec company, however, seeks its edge in the competitive pul…

June 1, 2001  

FOCUS ON ALIGNMENT: Alignment secrets

After spending over 30 years in industrial maintenance, I have had my share of experience installing new equipment. I have been involved in moving many large machines, some as little as a few feet, ot…

April 1, 2001  

Variety abounds for sources of data

In Print… Scott’s has released a commemorative 25th edition of its Quebec Manufacturers Directory. Directory data includes executive name, title, company name, year established, square footage, est…

April 1, 2001  

CASE HISTORY: Maintenance and production work together

In some plants, production and maintenance are occasionally at odds, but not at Ball Packaging Products Canada Inc.. “It is a very close relationship,” says Normand Sauvageau. A toolmaker by trade, he…

April 1, 2001  

FOCUS ON COMPRESSED AIR : Controlling leaks in compressed air systems

Leaks in a compressed air system cause more problems than are normally recognized. For instance, the imbalance of pressure in most air systems is a function of the level of unregulated demand, of whic…

April 1, 2001  

The Green Smoke Caper

Editor’s Note: Instead of our usual problem solving tip, this issue we’re using Mr. O’s space to bring you another delightful story from Frank Tabor. After working in industry at a variety of jobs for…

April 1, 2001  

Industry Events (April 01, 2001)

An extensive, up-to-date list of industry events–conferences, trade shows, seminars and association meetings–of interest to plant maintenance and engineering practitioners can be found on the Intern…

April 1, 2001  

Global bearing alliance puts industry on alert (April 01, 2001)

NTN Corporation, Osaka, Japan, and FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schfer AG, Schweinfurt, Germany, entered into a global strategic alliance at the conclusion of intensive negotiations mid-February in Paris. …

April 1, 2001  

News and views about companies, staff, products and more (April 01, 2001)

Four companies which manufacture a wide range of industrial products are teaming up to create an on-line exchange to allow their distributors to purchase products from them. Rockwell Automation, Timke…

April 1, 2001  

Breaking news front and centre

News about the machinery industry has taken a primary position on the Machinery & Equipment MRO website, www.mro-esource.com. Now, news bulletins and industry announcements are updated regularly in th…

April 1, 2001  

CASE HISTORY: Maintenance on the fly

With just three lines and standing orders for 400 million cans a year, the maintenance strategy at the Ball Packaging Products Canada Inc. plant in Baie d’Urfe on Montreal’s West Island boils down to …

April 1, 2001  

PRACTICAL AUTOMATION: Understanding pneumatic power circuits

Pneumatic directional control valves and cylinders are most commonly used in power circuits, with the valves controlling cylinders that, in turn, provide work. As we learn about a few of these circuit…