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June 1, 2014  

Instant Parts

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…

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June 1, 2014  

Strategies for maintaining hydraulic systems

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…

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November 1, 2013  

Replacement chain saves over $23,000

Problem: A steel plant was using standard roller chain on the main drive of its steel polishing machine. The application is very demanding due to tiny metal shavings creating an abrasive environment. As a result, the chain needed to be replaced…

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September 1, 2013  

READY-TO-WORK ENGINEERS GOAL OF NEW PROGRAM

Brampton, ON – Sheridan College has become a member of the CDIO Initiative – a worldwide movement to restore the balance between teaching ‘practice’ skills and the fundamentals of math and science to engineering students.

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September 1, 2013  

MODERATE EMPLOYMENT GAINS EXPECTED IN MONTHS AHEAD

Ottawa – The Help-wanted index compiled by the Conference Board of Canada fell 9.5 percentage points in June 2013, bringing it to 128.7.

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September 1, 2013  

Pumped for Action

Industrial pumps may seem fairly simple, but they can cause as much trouble as the most complex machinery. To help you avoid maintenance headaches with the pumps in your facility, we sought out a few experts, who are happy to share their…

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September 1, 2013  

A lot to celebrate

Some milestones were reached with our magazine over the summer. First off, we have a new publisher in Jim Petsis. You can read a bit more about him in our Business Briefs column on page 9. We’re glad to welcome him on board and are…

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September 1, 2013  

26 tons of bearings destroyed

Schweinfurt, Germany – Shaeffler AG has destroyed 26 tons of counterfeit roller bearings marked with the INA and FAG brand. Their value was over $1.4 million.

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September 1, 2013  

ALBERTA FLOODING IN JUNE CAUSED LOSS OF 5 MILLION HOURS OF WORK

Ottawa – Extensive flooding affected Southern Alberta in the second half of June 2013. As a result, 300,000 employed Albertans, or 13.5% of the total employed population in the province, lost 7.5 million hours of work during that period,…

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September 1, 2013  

Improving worker safety everywhere

The collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh in April, where more than 1,100 workers were killed, shocked the Canadian public. As a result, retail industry groups in North America, Europe and Japan promised an initiative to have all the…

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September 1, 2013  

The impact of lubricants on machine performance

Everything works better with lubrication. But with the huge variety of lubricants available, it can become a challenge to select the right lubricant for the application. Making a good decision requires knowledge of the application and its…

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September 1, 2013  

Increasing equipment reliability with proper lubricant selection

Modern lubrication technology can provide MRO specialists with proven, effective problem-solvers for today’s demanding applications. Different friction regimes require different lubricant forms, and proper lubricant selection must…

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June 1, 2013  

Protecting your welding assets

Because most welding equipment finds its way into the rigours of construction, farming, automotive, fabrication and other “rough use” industries, aspects of routine maintenance are often postponed or even overlooked. This article is intended to…

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June 1, 2013  

Bearing Up

Our previous issue (April 2013, page 11) offered up eight practical, field-proven tips for keeping your bearings and seals happy. In this issue, we offer Part 2 of that feature, with another eight great tips to keep your bearings turning and…

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June 1, 2013  

What’s shakin’ with your mechanical systems?

Most machines have rotating parts, and rotating parts vibrate. Measuring how and how much those parts vibrate can tell you a lot about the health of a machine. Whether it’s the rumble of worn bearings or the shaking, shimmying or thumping…

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June 1, 2013  

Relieving the tension

With the recent focus by the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry on green initiatives, the subject of V-belt drive efficiency has garnered much attention. Despite a lack of hard data, it is common knowledge among HVAC…

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April 1, 2013  

Backing up your CMMS

Although I have mentioned in this column before how important it is to back up your CMMS database, recent events have brought me to discussing it again.

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April 1, 2013  

Bearing Up, Part 1

The industrial world revolves around bearings. We ask a lot of them. Here are some tips for keeping them turning and avoiding unpleasant surprises.

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April 1, 2013  

Personal Protective Equipment: From Head to Toe

Using your head on the job is just one way to keep safe, but it’s also important to know that standards are helping reduce the severity of a wide range of injuries, from head to toe.

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April 1, 2013  

The strange Hollow Ball Phenomenon

Problem: Your pump has failed. You disassemble it and lo and behold, you find broken, hollow bearing balls amongst the wreckage.

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April 1, 2013  

Five basic rules for safe maintenance

Maintenance is a high-risk activity because it often requires working alongside a running process and in close contact with machinery. During normal production operations, automation typically diminishes the likelihood of human error that can…

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April 1, 2013  

Forensics for bearings

Bearing health can be monitored through the use of infrared temperature measurements, vibration and acoustical signals, and oil analysis. Failure mode analysis by itself is especially useful in diagnosing root causes of problems after the…

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April 1, 2013  

Overcoming PM challenges

I have the opportunity to visit many industrial facilities in the run of a year and get to see many common problems as I work with their maintenance departments. A common issue I see is maintenance departments trying to find the time to do…

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April 1, 2013  

Bearing maintenance takes know-how

Understanding what triggers and propagates different types of damage to bearing surfaces can lead to methods that reduce the incidence or severity of such damage.

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February 1, 2013  

Big MRO trade show stampedes into Calgary

Acklands-Grainger, a distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted a record number of attendees at its annual customer trade show, known as The Works, held  at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary, Jan. 16-18, 2013….

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February 1, 2013  

Implementing CMMS software

This is the final segment of an eight-stage program on achieving world-class maintenance. Stage 7 was described in the December 2012 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO and examined the establishment of maintenance systems. This issue offers…

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February 1, 2013  

Baldor reveals inner workings of its motor plants

After about two years of being acquired by the Switzerland-based ABB group, Baldor Electric Company opened its doors to some of its manufacturing facilities in the southern US to show the recent investments made in the company’s…

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February 1, 2013  

How machine safety boosts productivity

There is a real relationship between equipment safety and machinery output. Occupational health and safety codes and standards mandate that machinery that has exposed moving parts or in-running nip hazards — or anything that may endanger…

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February 1, 2013  

Tracking temperature and vibration

Machines in trouble usually provide telltale evidence that you can read in order to diagnose their problems. Two of the most useful indicators are temperature and vibration. Most mechanical components emit a certain amount of heat and vibration…

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February 1, 2013  

Raising Uptime

To ensure healthy equipment and lessen production shutdowns, it’s vital for maintenance departments to continually refine their asset management practices. According to James Reyes-Picknell, president of Barrie, ON-based Conscious Asset,…