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    A skilled crane operator can control the swing

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    There is more to operating heavy equipment and moving loads than meets the eye. A skilled crane operator develops a feel for the equipment he uses, along with a clear understanding of safe load lifting and transporting practices. The crane’s

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    Bearing Life: Extend the life of remote bearings with single point automatic lubricators

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Centralized lubrication systems deliver an engineered amount of lubricant on a frequent or even continual basis. Their end point bearing surfaces can last up to three times longer than similar applications that use manually applied lubrication. Ideally, mating bearing surface

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    Management Challenges: What’s your biggest beef?

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    For this installment of the Reader Panel survey, we asked our panelists to share the ups and downs of their profession — we wanted to hear it all! What areas of management did they find the most challenging? Did they

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    The Fantastic Four: Meet the winners of the 2000 awards for maintenance excellence

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Maintenance professionals across Canada are beginning to look forward to one particular portion of the annual "Main Event" conference in Toronto (see page 4 for a wrap-up of the event). It’s the ceremony where the Main Event’s "Awards for Maintenance

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    Air Force: New technology puts the squeeze on compressed air costs

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Air compressor technology is evolving at a rapid pace. The cost of energy and consequently the cost of operating an air system are on the rise. Floor space is also getting to be more expensive. Plant managers are looking into

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    Robot welders keep their tips clean with chemically-treated water

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    In Cambridge, Ont., Oxford Automotive knows all too well the need for clean water in the workplace. Located in an area of the province where hard water is the norm, the manufacturer of car suspensions has been plagued with production

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    Steelcase reveals its secrets during PEMAC plant tour

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Attendees at November’s Steelcase WorkLife Toronto plant tour got the chance to experience something a little out of the ordinary. Nineteen PEMAC members and potential members listened as Regan Stewart, leader, facilities and technical services at Steelcase, introduced them to

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    Vibrating equipment runs more smoothly with integrated system

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Vibrating screens are perhaps the most punished of all manufacturing equipment. Used to sort and separate rock in mining and quarry operations, the screen systems are continually pounded by rocks, infiltrated by dirt and grit, and subjected to tremendous loads

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    Maintenance Software: Choosing the right CMMS means looking at more than just cost

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Although maintenance has historically been viewed by management — and the general public — as being dirty, unattractive, a "necessary evil," and a job for "grease monkeys," the mighty computer has created a new legitimacy for maintenance over the past

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    Tried and Tested: Today’s electronic testing tools are smarter, faster and wired

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    Manufacturers have no option but to fully test their systems, equipment and often products, to ensure they are operating within safety, productivity and quality specifications. There is a wealth of tools, techniques and equipment to test weight, hardness, roughness or

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    Revisiting and learning from a conference or seminar event

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    The latter part of the twentieth century witnessed an explosion in adult learning events. Of these events, industry has particularly favoured conference or seminar events where a specific subject matter is featured and targeted toward a distinct peer group. Seminars

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    Plant Safety: The rules for pre-development reviews have changed again

    February 14, 2001 by PEM Magazine

    On October 7, 2000, the Ontario government amended the existing regulations surrounding pre-development reviews (or PDRs). Under the old PDRs, anyone who wanted to begin construction, reconstruction or alteration of any equipment, machines or devices was required to have a

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    Acquiring software in the new age

    December 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    It used to be simple. You needed a new maintenance management system, and you had two choices: build something small or, if your need was larger (a few or more users, some robust features, and you didn’t know how to

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    Important lessons from the Olympics

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Like many of you, I spent some time a few months back watching, at random, various events at the Olympics in Australia, where athletes from around the world were competing to be recognized as the best in their respective disciplines.

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    Supply Chain Management: What plant professionals need to know

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Almost daily, manufacturers are under increasing pressure to deliver goods in a way that more closely matches their customer’s needs. Just-in-time delivery, smaller quantities, closer tolerances to client specifications, and shorter time-lines to make changes or deliver new orders, are

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    Link strategy targes for improve performance

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Imagine a job where on any given morning you have no idea what fires will be burning — that is, what work you will be doing that day or any subsequent day. Imagine also not knowing whether what you do

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    A Bright Idea: Fibre optic technology drives new methods of power measurement

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Fibre optics have been at the heart of many remarkable discoveries into the industrial world. But none of these advances in fibre optic technology has had more potential than the measurement of power in mainline and commercial substations. On first

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    Paper plant reduces particulate emissions with hi-tech scrubbers

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Particulate fumes are sub-micron in size, but they were causing big headaches for Domtar Papers of Cornwall, Ont. The fumes, created by vapour evaporation, are among the most difficult emissions to measure, control and capture. They can produce a visible

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    Absolute Power: Tackling issues with power quality

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Ever since people started to use electricity, there has been an ongoing discussion on the subject of power quality. The only difference between the early days of electrical use and now is the degree of "dirty power" present in the

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    Personality assessments make better communications easier

    November 14, 2000 by PEM Magazine

    Last issue’s maintenance connections column ("What’s in a word?") dealt with communication quality and accountability when sending and receiving information in written versus verbal format. All of these columns position members of the maintenance department as direct senders and receivers