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April 1, 2000  

Focus on Alignment: balancing act

Taming a 100-ton jaw crusher doing the jitterbug on 12-ft high legs was not an average house call. “When they started up the crusher, the whole thing was jumping around four inches off the floor,” rec…

April 1, 2000  

Future at risk without constant skills training

Canada’s standard of living and its values as a nation are at risk without a more entrepreneurial culture and a determination to create many more opportunities for Canadians to put their skills to wor…

April 1, 2000  

Understanding electrical solenoids

The most common use for electric solenoids is to provide lineal actuation for valves and relays in control systems. Although solenoids appear to be relatively simple devices, there are a number of ope…

April 1, 2000  

Maintenance excellence awards include Toronto company

Computational Systems Inc. has announced the winners of the annual Reliability-Based Maintenance Excellence Awards for 1999. The RBM Excellence Award, which began as the Predictive Maintenance Program…

April 1, 2000  

News and views about companies, staff, product lines and more (April 01, 2000)

NTN Bearing Corporation, the ‘official bearing of CASCAR,’ is sponsoring Mark Dilley of Barrie, Ont. Dilley will pilot the NTN CASCAR entry in the national series. He will be a teammate of the Ford Quality Care Car driven by Dave Whitlock of…

April 1, 2000  

Cover Feature: EfficencyPallet jacks and sore backs

Programmable logic controllers, warehouse management software, automated guided vehicles and a new, raised conveyor system are all part of an efficiency-improving retrofit at a plant that produces ink…

April 1, 2000  

Cover Feature: EfficencyPowering up efficiency

You spent a lot of money replacing those standard-efficiency electric motors with energy efficient models, and now one has failed. Do you rewind it or replace it? Sure, the rewind will save money, but…

April 1, 2000  

Focus on Alignment: Eliminating human error in shaft alignment

Today’s laser alignment systems can perform many alignment tasks, from the classic shaft alignment to more difficult jobs such as universal joint drives, cooling tower drives with the wall between the…

April 1, 2000  

Successful EXFOR show sets stage for recovery in pulp and paper industry

The annual EXFOR show in Montreal attracted a record number of visitors as the pulp and paper industry shakes off slow times. Machinery & Equipment MRO’s 2000 Trend Report shows the pulp and paper ind…

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…

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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 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  

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…