MRO Magazine


  • Reducing Electrical Hazards in Maintenance Welding

    December 2, 2019 by Jim Galloway

    Welding in any workplace introduces many hazards that must be controlled to prevent accidents, injuries, and property damage. Welding in a plant or on-site maintenance environment adds many additional challenges. A weld that could be readily performed in a controlled

  • Equipment Restoration and Lubrication Standards

    November 25, 2019 by Peter Phillips

    There have been many books written about the importance of equipment lubrication; however, it is still one of the least consistent maintenance practices. Lubrication is considered the most basic element of any preventive maintenance program since the beginning of the

  • Feature Industry

    MRO’s 2020 Truck Preview

    November 22, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    After an influx of new products hit the truck market in 2019, this model year is more of a transition year for many brands. Once exclusive to heavy duty pick-up trucks and a selection of full-size vans, trucks brands are

  • Feature Industry

    Two trends the PT/MC industry can’t ignore

    November 20, 2019 by Rehana Begg

    By: Rehana Begg Digital purchasing power and talent acquisition dominate conversations at PTDA 2019 Industry Summit There’s plenty of enthusiasm for B2B e-commerce among manufacturers and distributors. That’s the first – and biggest – takeaway from this year’s power transmission/motion

  • Traditional and Condition Based Greasing

    November 19, 2019 by Douglas Martin

    Most bearings are lubricated with grease and most users practise either a preventative maintenance (PM) strategy for bearing relubrication or their bearings are “lubricated for life” (LFL). Both methods use a basic premise in which the L1 grease life is

  • Feature Industry

    Cost Savings With a VFD and its Build-In PLC (SoftPLC)

    November 11, 2019 by Elmir Rahimpour

    In conventional applications, pumps or fans should be run at full speed, and pressure or flow should be controlled with control valves. In turn, some energy will be wasted when throttling control valves. One of the major uses of variable-frequency

  • Feature Industry

    The Future of Maintenance

    November 4, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    The Industrial Maintenance 2019 Study, which was sponsored by Advanced Technology Services (ATS) and developed by Plant Engineering (CFE Media LLC), offers insights into the past, present, and future of maintenance and operations. Industrial Maintenance 2019 surveyed around 200 manufacturing

  • Feature Industry

    Best Practices For Steam Control Values

    October 28, 2019 by Jason Carpenter

    By: Jason Carpenter Select options that handle wide flow range and maintain tight temperature requirements. Food and beverage applications must meet a variety of process temperature and pressure control requirements to maintain tight temperatures that help ensure product quality and

  • Oil Analysis

    October 21, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    “Basic Wear” Programs Provide Inadequate Condition Monitoring. Many equipment reliability managers and engineers who maintain industrial equipment in mining, pulp and paper, oil and gas, and other heavy industries do not use oil analysis programs effectively. The primary reason is

  • Feature Industry

    Better Your Maintenance Skills by Better Understanding Torque

    October 14, 2019 by Mark Edmunds

    “Click!” That’s the magic sound many technicians wait to hear when using a torque wrench. When you hear it, the proper amount of torque is applied and you’re finished. But was it applied correctly? How do you know? Understanding the

  • Choosing a Condition Monitoring/Vibration Analysis System

    October 7, 2019 by Douglas Martin

    In this article, the monitoring of temperature and vibration (velocity and acceleration) will be discussed. Although there are other parameters that give a rotating asset’s condition, these are generally the most well known within the field of rotating assets. Of

  • How Far in Advance Should You Schedule Maintenance?

    September 30, 2019 by Doc Palmer

    How far in advance should you schedule maintenance? New things go into the backlog constantly, so, hopefully as early as possible; however, a plant can only schedule as much work as it can do. There are multiple schedules in maintenance,

  • Equipment Ledger

    September 23, 2019 by Peter Philips

    In the June 2019 issue of MRO, the focus of my article was what equipment restoration means and how the driving force to sustain equipment reliability is to have a strong commitment to the restoration process. This article will focus

  • Feature Industry

    Jeep Enters Mid-size Pick-up Fight with its Gladiator

    September 19, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    For a while now, there has been talk of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) entering the growing mid-size pick-up market with its Jeep brand. Spy shots of what people believed were test mules out in the wild were all over the

  • Operationalizing Reliability

    September 16, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    A holistic approach to ensuring reliable operations. During the recent Reliable Plant 2019 Conference and Exhibition in Cleveland, MRO had the opportunity to sit in on learning sessions, which covered a broad range of topics in the maintenance field. One

  • Maintenance Strategy

    September 10, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    How to develop and manage a maintenance strategy. MRO recently had the opportunity to speak with Gilberto Rodriguez Ledezma, Maintenance Manager at Corpus Christi Polymers LLC, about how to develop and manage a maintenance strategy at a plant. Ledezma presented

  • Lubricating Grease Selection and Application

    August 19, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Greases can be a complex subject, but a sound knowledge of grease types and their uses ensures intelligent maintenance decisions. The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) has a publication entitled The Lubricating Grease Guide, which provides grease lubrication guidelines, that,

  • Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

    August 12, 2019 by Philip Chow and Bavan Poologarajah

    Is your facility and its electrical infrastructure prepared? Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation amongst Canadian drivers. With government incentives (in some provinces and federally), consumers have been able to offset cost premiums associated with

  • Equipment Restoration

    August 5, 2019 by Peter Philips

    Equipment restoration and how it relates to technical reliability. Equipment restoration is one of the basic steps in World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and other improvement programs. Along with other WCM principles and pillars, equipment restoration and maintenance strategies are key

  • Critical Cranes

    July 25, 2019 by Carroll McCormick

    Twenty-four bridge cranes keep Tremcar’s production lines rolling. Over 100 times a shift someone does something with a bridge crane at Tremcar’s tank trailer manufacturing plant in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Workers and a third-party crane maintenance company maximize uptime. Walking around