MRO Magazine


  • Sealing solutions for industrial bearings

    June 1, 2014 by By Patrick Rhodes

    To perform properly and last, bearings must be protected from loss of lubrication and external contamination. Yet traditional contact oil seals can severely damage equipment. This conundrum can be solved by using non-contact isolators that…

  • A secret weapon in condition monitoring

    June 1, 2014 by MRO Magazine

    Torque monitoring is an ever-increasing technology trend, present in industries such as cement, marine and power. It provides users with a deeper understanding of the operational demands of their machines when it is difficult to diagnose a…

  • Strategies for maintaining hydraulic systems

    June 1, 2014 by BY LOUIS VALLY

    Hydraulic systems are used in many industries and perform an integral role in many processes. They are just one of many technologies that users need to contend with in maintaining their plants and equipment. Apart from the user’s own…

  • Feature Operations

    Microbes target toxic metals

    June 1, 2014 by MRO Magazine

    Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, has installed new technology to remove nitrate and selenium from the wastewater discharge at its Peace River Coal Trend Mine in Tumbler Ridge, BC, located about 700 km northeast…

  • Tablet Power at the Worksite

    June 1, 2014 by By Carroll McCormick

    Imagine this maintenance scenario: Using a tablet computer, an electrician photographs a Quick Response code, or QR code, pasted on an electrical cabinet. Within seconds, the tablet locates a raft of detailed information specific to this piece…

  • Instant Parts

    June 1, 2014 by By Robert Robertson

    To reduce inventory, production and machine downtime costs, maintenance organizations should get up to speed with the latest developments in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing technology. In the near future, 3D printing could…

  • Feature Industry

    Non-asbestos gasket developed

    April 1, 2014 by By Bill Searle

    For over 50 years, the fluid sealing industry has been attempting, with limited success, to find an ideal solution to replace asbestos-based gaskets. However, a new product has now come on to the market that meets the needs of users and avoids…

  • Feature Industry

    Big bearing ensures smooth process

    April 1, 2014 by MRO Magazine

    The German company ESW Röhrenwerke manufactures seamless steel pipes that are used worldwide as structural tubes in machinery, steel construction, in the automotive industry, as boiler tubes and as pipelines and supply lines for…

  • Feature Industry

    Are you making these common mistakes?

    April 1, 2014 by By Ian A. Rubin

    The wheels of industry turn on bearings, so why do the wheels often vibrate, clatter, squeak, drag and overheat? Bearings can fail for lots of reasons. Most failures (as shown in Figure 1) are related to lubrication and contamination, but…

  • Questioning Procedures

    April 1, 2014 by By Cosimo Geracitano

    Rewinding and repairing large magnets is one of the specialties at Electro Motors Co. Ltd. Its team of skilled people is trained not only to rewind/repair to the original manufacturer’s specifications, but also to identify the reason for…

  • Are you ready for ISO 55000?

    April 1, 2014 by By Cliff Williams

    2014 will see the unleashing of the ISO 55000 suite of asset management systems on the world. What will that mean to you? For you to understand a little better what the answer may be, perhaps we should first look at where this standard…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    A Matter of Survival

    April 1, 2014 by Carroll McCormick

    Humans have a powerful urge to race to the rescue when someone succumbs to a hazard in a confined space. Yet that is the worst possible reaction. Proper training and equipment, teamwork, cool heads and a disciplined sense of self-preservation…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    MRO and safety expo goes big

    February 1, 2014 by By Bill Roebuck

    Toronto – Acklands-Grainger Inc., a Richmond Hill, ON-based distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted ‘The Works’, called Canada’s largest maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and safety show, at…

  • Setting goals for maintenance

    February 1, 2014 by By Peter Phillips

    This month, we’re taking a break from reporting on the maintenance assessment we are conducting at an Ontario food plant. The plant is still working on the changes we recommended during our previous visit in November. Our next on-site…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Preparing for new regs

    February 1, 2014 by BY SIMON FRIDLYAND

    Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario (OHSA) are being introduced this year. Effective July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario must ensure that all their workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety…

  • Enhancing the maintenance vision

    February 1, 2014 by By Dr. Jeffrey Dutschke

    Walking along the factory floor, I spotted the telltale signs of a water leak: fluid on the floor. “OK Glass, create a work order. Issue description: water pump leak.” That’s a future scenario for a maintenance technician…

  • Uncorking Savings

    February 1, 2014 by By Matt McCloy

    The term ‘dry wine’ has a new meaning at Vincor International’s Quebec wine-bottling operation since a change to its the conveyor line eliminated soap-and-water lubrication.

  • Diagnosing motors with the push of a button

    February 1, 2014 by MRO Magazine

    The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users,…

  • Beat the Chain Pain

    February 1, 2014 by By Carroll McCormick

    Wringing full value out of chains is often no more difficult than knowing how to care for them and when. When finesse is not enough, the situation may require moving up to a more suitable chain. Here are some chain tips that you can take to the…

  • Train operators to listen to the sound of their tools

    February 1, 2014 by MRO Magazine

    Problem: We’re having nagging problems with the power tools on our production line. What can we do?