MRO Magazine


  • Should I Fret About Fretting Corrosion?

    April 15, 2019 by Douglas Martin

    Fretting corrosion is often seen on external bearing surfaces (bore, outer diameter surfaces, and side faces) and the degree of fretting corrosion can vary. As a user should I “fret” about “fretting corrosion”? First, what is fretting corrosion? It is

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    Maintenance Goals for 2019

    April 8, 2019 by Peter Philips

    Plant audits can help to create goals for maintenance for the coming year. It has been customary for me to challenge the readers of MRO to create some maintenance goals for themselves for the upcoming year. Let me tell you

  • Condition Monitoring

    April 2, 2019 by JESÚS R. SIFONTE

    Condition Monitoring is a term referring to the systematic process of data collection for evaluation of asset performance, reliability, and maintenance needs with the purpose of planning repair works in advance functional failures occur. Its main purpose is potential failures

  • Self-Lubricating Bearings

    March 25, 2019 by Chris Diak and Juan Pablo Geraldo

    Properly specified, self-lubricating bearings reduce maintenance costs, extend bearing life, and are more environmentally friendly. Motion system designers are increasingly outfitting round and profile rails with self-lubricating bearings that can significantly, reduce cost of ownership, improve performance and deliver virtually

  • Causing a Fracas

    March 18, 2019 by Jeff Smith

    What it takes to manage a failure reporting analysis and corrective action system. As a lifetime reliability geek, I am a firm believer in creating continuous improvement loops. Once an organization has attained stability and control of its assets and

  • Care and Maintenance of Hydraulic Cranes

    March 8, 2019 by Ben Howard

    How to properly care and maintain, to keep them running in good shape. It goes without saying that cranes are a useful resource in the construction industry. What would we do without them to lift, pull, and haul heavy materials

  • Troubleshooting Gas Turbines

    March 4, 2019 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    The objective of gas turbine maintenance is to maximize performance, improve maintainability and reliability, and reduce downtime. The objective can only be achieved by preventing turbine systems deterioration with an effective condition monitoring and maintenance program. This program must pay

  • Most Important Asset for CMMS/EAM: PEOPLE

    February 25, 2019 by Erika Mazza

    The importance of people’s reliability on your asset data integrity. Even though we are entering the era of IIoT and smart machines, the reality is that most organizations are using Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) or an Enterprise Asset Management

  • Are Bearings Explosion Proof?

    February 18, 2019 by Douglas Martin

    The question posed in the title is one that I have been asked a couple of times and is not easy to answer. If one looks at any technical documentation from a bearing manufacturer, nothing is written about it. Yet

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    GMC Takes its Sierra Off-Road

    February 11, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    The word off-roading usually brings a smile to most peoples faces, even if they aren’t the ones doing the driving. The connotation is usually a positive one, and most people associate it with having some fun in their vehicle. Now,

  • Planning Work

    February 11, 2019 by

    Planners must plan enough work to allow scheduling to succeed. A vital part of maintenance productivity is filling weekly schedules with planned work. However, many times a plant simply does not have enough planned work to fill the schedules. The

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    MRO Hosts Round Table

    February 5, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    Industry professionals discuss topics of utmost importance to the MRO world. During the MainTrain conference hosted by Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) in Ottawa, MRO magazine hosted a round table discussion. The round table format had attendees

  • Benefits of Bearing Remanufacturing

    January 28, 2019 by

    When it makes sense to remanufacture bearings instead of getting them new. Challenge A 1,000 MW coal-fired power stationidentified six pulverizer roll wheel bearings that needed replacement before the pulverizer could return to service, a very real problem since the

  • Retooled TMMC Plant Continues To Build RAV4

    January 14, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

    In 2008, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) opened its West Plant in Woodstock, Ontario, to go along with its operations in Cambridge (North Plant and South Plant). Just as a little background, Toyota considers all its plants in Cambridge and

  • Mission Critical – Emergency Power Upgrades

    January 7, 2019 by

    TELUS completes an integrated project to build a new standby generation plant at a mission critical network facility. As one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, TELUS has a multitude of network buildings located throughout Canada. Network buildings provide a number

  • Feature Lubrication

    Biodegradable Lubricants – Selection, Application, and Maintenance

    December 18, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Biodegradable lubricants have become extremely important to support the demands of environmental protection. The description of the two primary classes of biodegradable lubricants, vegetable oil and synthetic categories, have been well documented when compared with traditional mineral oil base lubricants.

  • Maintenance Challenges

    December 10, 2018 by

     Within the oil sands ore prep pit. Few industrial environments have as many challenges as those faced in the Canadian oil sands. Harsh and unforgiving weather combined with demanding schedules, abrasive ore and a very remote location all culminate into

  • Mining – Conveyor Pulley Bearing Sealing

    December 3, 2018 by Douglas Martin

    One of the most common pieces of equipment on a mine site is a belt conveyor. No matter what mineral is being extracted, this piece of equipment generally will be present in some form. Depending on the complexity and length

  • Learning Management Systems – Resources for our Resources

    November 27, 2018 by Peter Philips

    LMS is software that allows maintaining of training and resource documents on an electronic platform. This issue of MRO is dedicated to the resource sector and how it services needs in facilities, industries and factories. When thinking of resources in

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    Power System Studies

    November 12, 2018 by

    Understanding the importance of a short circuit protection and coordination study and an arc flash hazard assessment. A typical power distribution system for a large facility or campus is comprised of multiple distribution voltages and corresponding equipment. An incoming electrical