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April 1, 2000  

Focus on Harsh Environments: Valve Values

Five years ago, the management at Vulcan Chemicals, a business group of Vulcan Materials Company, commissioned a study to identify components representing high annual maintenance costs. The outcome: i…

April 1, 2000  

Improving efficiency throughout your plant

Problem: What’s the best place to start to improve efficiency in a manufacturing operation?Solution: There are many resources, and one we like that’s full of energy-saving and efficiency boosting tips…

April 1, 2000  

Laser system aligns pulleys

The new Pulley Partner laser pulley alignment system magnetically attaches to the inside or outside face of any pulley or sprocket and uses reflected beam technology for maximum angular resolution. It…

February 1, 2000  

Focus on Alignment: Dancing with a soft foot

Alignment of machinery is critical in plant operations, and soft foot conditions are especially troublesome. Here’s how various alignment systems can help.You would probably think it foolish to have w…

February 1, 2000  

Practical Automation: Using mechanical methods to generate linear motion

Mechanical rotary-to-linear motion conversion drives can move and position loads with varying degrees of precision, but must be guided in their lineal motion to be effective in practical automation ap…

February 1, 2000  

Focus on Casters & Wheels:Eliminating Caster Cast-offs

Casters are pretty simple at first glance–a wheel mounted in a frame, basically. But closer inspection reveals many individual components that must work together for safe, effective operation of the …

February 1, 2000  

Maintenance Management: big savings at big steel

When, in the late 1980s, Dofasco Inc. realized that its maintenance costs were rising, despite the introduction of PM and CMMS systems in the ’70s and ’80s, it scoured the industry and its own mainten…

February 1, 2000  

Focus on Energy Efficiency: Harmonic Discord

Harmonics generated by variable speed drives are a form of pollution of the electrical plant that can cause severe problems. From flickering lights to exploding capacitors, the range of symptoms is di…

February 1, 2000  

Practical presentations

Mar. 6, 2000, monthly meeting of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Alberta Section. The meeting will be held at the Ogden Legion Hall, 2625-78 Ave., S.E., Calgary, Alta. Ian Diven…

February 1, 2000  

Software takes over role of print catalogue for motor selection

The U.S. Patent Office recently awarded Rockwell Automation’s Reliance Electric a patent for the RPM AC Motor Wizard, variable speed AC motor application and selection software. This software is des…

February 1, 2000  

Torque tips to control fasteners

Simple math solves gas/oil mixture dilemmaProblem: I usually have four different gas/oil mix containers to use in various applications, including 50:1, 32:1, 16:1 and unmixed gas. One day I needed som…

February 1, 2000  

News and views about companies on the move, new staff, product line changes, and more

The Montreal-based Industrial Research Team (IRT) reports that testing is under way on air cylinders, plug-in relays, bearings, V-belts and air valves. The results will be published in upcoming issu…

February 1, 2000  

Maintenance faces boom

The pressure is always on to save money on MRO expenses. Did you know that unplanned buying accounts for 40-45% of a typical organization’s overall purchases? Or that maintenance and repair purchases …

February 1, 2000  

U.S. company buys western Canadian distribution businesses

Applied Industrial Technologies, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and Dynavest Corporation of Saskatoon, Sask., have signed a letter of intent for Applied to acquire certain distribution businesses o…

February 1, 2000  

Gear reducer has more meshing teeth

A double enveloping worm gear speed reducer, the model HP from Cone Drive, is said to provide the maximum mechanical horsepower and output torque ratings in the industry. Available in single, double a…