MRO Magazine


  • 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

  • Feature Industry

    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

  • Feature Industry

    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

  • Feature Uncategorized

    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

  • Heavy Equipment Bearing Lubrication

    November 5, 2018 by Douglas Martin

    Heavy-duty applications require a unique lubricant choice. When we think of heavy equipment we think of large pieces of equipment that are generally slow moving and subject to environments that are dirty, wet and generally treated roughly or expected to

  • Troubleshooting Failure Modes

    October 30, 2018 by

    Protecting industrial shaft seals from failure. Industrial shaft seals in rotating machinery primarily function to retain lubricant, exclude contaminants (such as dust or moisture), separate media (including lubricant), and/or confine pressure. In turn, they protect bearing arrangements, optimize bearing service

  • Feature Lubrication

    Heavy Equipment Lubrication

    October 22, 2018 by L. (Tex) Leugner

    Effective heavy equipment lubrication is entirely dependent upon sound lubricant selection, storage, application and maintenance of the lubricants themselves. The oil in every machine, regardless of type is in reality another component within that machine and requires the same care

  • Care, Custody and Control

    October 15, 2018 by

    The hand off to and from operations. Transitioning an asset between operations and maintenance is an often-overlooked risk. This has been a point of failure in most industries I have been involved with regardless of mobile or stationary equipment. This

  • Environmental Footprint of Maintenance

    October 5, 2018 by Erika Mazza

    Maintenance activities have a direct effect on the environment that surrounds the facility where they are executed. There are three aspects in which maintenance strategies contribute to a facility footprint in the environment: resources needed, efficiency of the equipment, and

  • Maintenance Fundamentals

    October 2, 2018 by Peter Philips

    Manufacturing plants need to get back to the basic fundamentals of maintenance. In recent articles I mentioned how manufacturing plants need to get back to the basics of maintenance. We are all spending time doing root cause analysis, equipment liability