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Pumped for action: 8 hands-on tips for keeping pump costs down Maintaining the flow of engine-driven pumps Canada’s industrial safety a guide for the world

Vol. 29, No. 4


Report from PTDA’s Canadian Conference


INDUSTRIAL LUBRICATION Understanding friction regimes How lube affects machine performance What’s new in lubrication


DISASTER! Are your maintenance records backed up?

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Work glove offers the wearer comfort while keeping out winter cold

Designed, engineered and tailored to withstand Canada’s harsh winter climate, the ActivArmr 97-201 personal protective glove from Ansell offers a balance of protection and dexterity for the real-world extremes of the oil and gas and mining industries. The glove features a flame-resistant construction, along with good impact protection. The reinforced Kevlar stitching supports a waterproof PU barrier, while Thinsulate insulation keep hands warm and dry in the most aggressive conditions. Ansell

Carbon belt outperforms roller chain in demanding high-torque applications

In today’s high-performance driven world, parts that need to be incredibly strong and lightweight are often made of premium-grade carbon fibre. Gates’ Poly Chain GT Carbon belt offers very high power transmission capacity, strength, flexibility and durability, packing a lot of power into a small space, matching the capacity of roller chain drives width-for-width in most pitch


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sizes. This maintenance-free drive is said to outlast roller chain 3-to-1 and accommodates the use of backside idlers, while compact drive components provide versatility to drive designers. Gates Canada Online Reader Inquiry No. 473

On-line monitoring system checks on machine condition round the clock

SKF’s robust and programmable Multilog IMx on-line 24/7 monitoring systems for a wide range of machine condition monitoring applications provide timely and true simultaneous measurements of various operating parameters. All systems are engineered to detect faults early and integrate automatic recognition to correct existing or impending conditions. The technology additionally offers an

Fluid Performance Motor-driven pump systems represent 30% of all motors used in North America. Baldor Electric Company recognizes

the need for robust, energy efficient motors for this application and offers a wide range of motors for practically any pump application:

• 56J • Close-coupled • Explosion-proof • Vertical P-base with solid shaft • Submersible and immersible designs …plus, an unlimited number of custom designs.

OEM pump manufacturers and pump assemblers will find a wide range of Baldor•Reliance stock and custom motor configurations to meet your specific application requirements. For OEMs that manufacture their own submersible pumps, Baldor can supply stator-rotor sets in many different frame sizes and ratings for low and medium voltage use. All Baldor•Reliance motors are made in America and distributed through 32 stocking warehouses in North America, giving you the fastest stock motor delivery in the industry. 479-646-4711

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t Affordable shaft alignment system features wireless communication

Drive Down Your Energy Use In a motor-pump system, the life cycle cost of the motor is about 2% of the total expense with electricity consumption comprising over 97% of the motors total cost. By upgrading to a Super-E® NEMA Premium® efficiency motor, substantial energy can be saved… immediately. Since most pump systems are oversized for worst case conditions and are operated well below that point, adding an adjustable speed drive to operate the motor at a lower speed (instead of using a valve) can, in most cases, save over 60% of the energy used.

Lifetime Cost of an Electric Motor

Energy 97.3%

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Initial Purchase 2%

One Rewind 0.7%

These applications can pay for the cost and installation of the drive in less than a year with rebates available from most utilities, while reducing energy consumption for many years afterwards. Both the U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada accept Baldor’s Super-E motors as an energy-saving upgrade.

Hamar Laser has introduced the durable, light-weight and mobile Stealth series S-660T three axis wireless laser shaft alignment system. This entry-level system features Couple6 software, which runs on a PC industrial tablet with a Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system. The S-660 Dual-Fan measurement technology enables highly accurate measurement of offset and angle simultaneously using two laser fans and two PSDs, providing full operating range between laser and target. An internal Bluetooth transmitter sealed in IP67 housing has a range of up to 10 m (33 ft) from the target to the Windows-based 10.1-in. high-resolution tablet display. Using Dual Arc technology, spans of 3.05 m (10 ft) can be achieved with the use of a fantype laser. Hyatt Industries Online Reader Inquiry No. 471

Linear spring series comes in a wide range of sizes

Smalley’s linear springs, available from RotoPrecision, are produced from spring tempered wire material that is shaped into waves along the length of the wire. They act as load-bearing devices, having approximately the same load and deflection characteristics as circular wave springs, but designed for straight-line applications. This means a linear spring may be located in an axial direction, yet still provide a radial force. The springs are available as a standard part in more than 200 sizes, with stock in carbon and stainless steel. Custom sizes and exotic alloys also are available. There are no tooling charges on special designs. The springs are available cut to length or as a continuous coil, for the user to cut as needed. RotoPrecision


With low and medium voltage motor horsepower ratings to 15,000 and stock motor voltages in 115/230 and 230 for single phase and 200, 230/460, 460, 575 and 2300/4000 volt for three phase designs, there’s a Baldor•Reliance® pump motor for your next pump system design or retrofit replacement need. For special applications and strict industry specification requirements, IEEE 841-2009, API 610, API 541 and API 547 compliant designs are

available. ABB brand IEC metric motors are offered in standard or ATEX configurations for export or replacement on imported equipment through 100,000 Hp.

opportunity to convert and upgrade outdated systems, and interface with compatible SKF @ptitude Analyst and Observer software. Included are units for extremely tough industrial environments and models for turbo machinery, wind turbine, vehicle, or railway applications, as well as portable versions suited for temporary installations and troubleshooting The systems can run on an existing LAN or WAN and network, or over the Internet. SKF Canada

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in this issue


Pumped for action / 10

Eight tips for keeping costs down at the pumps.

departments Editor’s Notebook / 6

Keeping the flow flowing / 11

Industry Newswatch / 7

Performing preventive maintenance helps reduce downtime with engine-driven dewatering pumps.

Business Briefs / 9 The Safety File / 15

Generator repair requires perseverance / 13

Maintenance 101 / 16

Old machinery and tight spacing make retrofit of cable repair ship’s generator challenging.


What’s new in lubrication / 19

MRO on the Road / 25-26

Products, components, systems and services for industrial lubrication.

Product News


Focus on Lubrication / 19

Product Spotlight / 2 Focus on Seals & Gaskets / 20

Mr. O, the Practical Problem Solver / 9

Explaining the strange and unusual Hollow Ball Phenomenon in bearings. Improving worker safety everywhere / 15

Safety File: If safety standards like Canada’s were introduced worldwide, it would save thousands of lives each year.

Focus on Severe Service / 21 Focus on Tools / 22 Focus on MRO Components / 23


On the Cover: Backing up your CMMS data / 16

Maintenance 101: Are you facing a data disaster? You won’t know how much you’ll miss your data until it’s gone. Here are four examples that highlight the need for good backups of all your maintenance records. MRO on the Road / 25-26

Reports and photographs from the PTDA Canadian Conference, the IDI Industrial Distributors Inc. Summer Conference, and the opening of the international campus of Walter Surface Technologies.


special section: industrial lubrication The load, environment, temperature and speed of the application must be considered.

‘If a pump simply won’t run, the culprit is likely the impeller or engine.’ Pam Meyer / 11

‘We don’t like buying products that are made by child labour or slave labour, or by people who earn $126 a month and have a very good chance of dying on the job.’ Simon Fridlyand / 15

The impact of lubricants on machine performance / 18

How choosing the correct lubricant improves both machine performance and the bottom line, and extends service life.

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‘Pumps that are running will likely transmit vibration to the standby pump. This can cause fretting wear on its bearings.’ Marcus Wickert / 10

‘We accomplished what other rewind shops would not attempt.’ Cosimo Geracitano / 13

Increasing equipment reliability with proper lubricant selection / 17


editor’s selections

‘When the server failed, the staff discovered there was no local support for a server of this type and that data recovery was not a simple process.’ Peter Phillips / 16 ‘Each finished lube is a finely balanced blend of additives whose proportions must not be disturbed by adding aftermarket miracle additives.’ Mario Tammaro / 18

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E D I T O R’ S


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A lot to celebrate


ome 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 already finding his enthusiasm and positive outlook to be a boost for all of us. This issue also marks a couple of 15-year anniversaries on the magazine. Ellie Robinson, our stellar, award-winning art director, started doing design and layout for us back in 1998, and she has done a wonderful job of making our content look interesting, compelling and easy to read. That same year, Montreal-




based Carroll McCormick started writing for us. He originally was assigned a one-off article, but we were so impressed with his work, we wanted more. As it turns out, we soon made him our senior contributing editor, and he has provided case studies and feature stories – many of them award-winners – in almost every issue over the past 15 years. Speaking of awards, we were very happy to receive a Grand Award this year in the international APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. We’ve won seven APEX awards in the past, but not at this level until now. I’d like to share with you the judges’ comments: “Makes excellent use 4:08 PM

of the small newspaper format. A bold headline schedule, clear, legible type, imaginative use of captioned photo layouts, sidebars, subheads and bulleted and numbered text – all combine to create an appealing backdrop to the editorial well, where crisply written, interesting features keep readers involved and up-todate on current trends.” There’s more. We also were nominated for a Canadian Business Press Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Award for editorial excellence in the Best Industrial/Technical Article category, thanks to the excellent writing of Carroll McCormick. The fact is, his articles are nominated pretty much every year, and he has taken home several Gold and Silver awards on our behalf. Another thing we’re truly pleased about is the great reader reaction we’re getting to our website. Not only do we

post digital editions of each of our issues online, we regularly update the site with exclusive feature articles as well as industry news, links to relevant industry events, and more. The latest analysis of visitors to our site showed more than 32,000 ‘unique’ visitors stopped by for a read last month. Also, more than 16,000 readers have subscribed to our weekly e-newsletter, which summarizes the new features, news items and events posted on our website in the previous week (if you want it too, it’s easy to sign up at You’ll be seeing some of our new ideas being implemented in the months ahead, and we’re also working on a new project we’ll sure many of you will find interesting and useful. We’ll have details on that soon. MRO Bill Roebuck, Editor & Associate Publisher



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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. What started as a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and a few Swedish universities in 2001 has gained significant international momentum, with 103 institutions adopting the model. Sheridan is the fifth Canadian institution and the first college in the world to be accepted. As a new philosophy for engineering education, the framework educates students to Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO) complex, valueadded engineering products, processes and systems in a modern, team-based, global environment. Rich in projectbased, hands-on learning, it aims to produce engineers who are ‘ready to

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26 tons of bearings destroyed

as one in four in the industry worked fewer hours. In utilities, 98,000 hours were added to workers’ schedules as a result of the flooding. In construction, 7.9% of workers put in 440,000 additional hours in the second half of June, the highest among all industries. The proportion working fewer hours was similar for men and women, at 13.8% and 13.2% respectively. The average number of hours lost by men, however, at 26.2 hours, was more than the 23.5 hours lost by women.


A big claw was used to lift the fake bearings into a scrap press.

engineer’ when they graduate. The CDIO syllabus codifies what engineers should know and be able to do when they graduate. Major competencies include disciplinary knowledge and reasoning, personal and professional skills (like experimentation, prioritization, resourcefulness, self-awareness, ethics and integrity), teamwork and communications, and understanding the societal and enterprise context.

Toronto – Ontario is losing out on as much as $24.3 billion in economic activity and $3.7 billion in provincial tax revenues annually because employers cannot find people with the skills they need to innovate and grow in today’s economy, according to a Conference Board of Canada report. “Closing the skills gap could help the province reduce public debt or invest in much-needed infrastructure improvements,” said Michael Bloom, the Board’s vice-president of organizational effectiveness and learning. Skills gaps currently affect much of Ontario’s economy, including sectors that account for almost 40% of employment: manufacturing; health care; professional, scientific and technical services; and financial industries. Skills gaps are projected to worsen if action is not taken. “Ontario cannot afford to live with a skills gap of this magnitude. The need for action is urgent, since changes in educa-

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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. To destroy the bearings, they were lifted by the gripper arm of an excavator into a scrap press. The bearings came out of the press chopped and broken into pieces or so badly damaged that they were rendered unusable. Large-size bearings with an outside diameter of more than one metre, which were too big for the scrap press, were destroyed with a cutting torch. In 2007, around 40 tons of counterfeit bearings were destroyed at the Schaeffler site in Schweinfurt. A large proportion of the counterfeit products originated from raids at bearing distributors in Europe, including Italy and Great Britain. But some of the counterfeit bearings were also from Germany. “Brand and product piracy is not a phenomenon that is limited to Asia or South East Europe. It also takes place right on our doorstep,” says Ingrid Bichelmeir-Böhn, leader of the Global Brand Protection Team at Schaeffler. “The German and European markets are no longer only flooded with counterfeit luxury or consumer goods, there is also an increase in counterfeit industrial products that are relevant to safety, such as rolling bearings.” Groups such as the World Bearing Association (, the German Anti-Counterfeiting Association ( and the Quality Brands Protection Committee ( ensure that the public is informed about the risks caused by the use of counterfeit industrial products. These organizations also work in conjunction with authorities, with the objective of creating the legal and organizational prerequisites to effectively fight counterfeit products. Shaeffler recommends that, in general, it is always best to purchase goods from a source that is 100% reliable, i.e. from manufacturers and authorized distributors. In the case of any uncertainty that distributors and customers may experience during incoming goods inspections, Bichelmeir-Böhn and her team can be contacted at



While workers in many Alberta sectors lost work, others gained work hours with flood cleanup.

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, according to a review by Statistics Canada. At the same time, 134,000 people, or 6.0% of workers, put in 2.4 million additional hours. The net effect was a loss of 5.1 million hours of work. There was a net loss in hours worked in all industries, except utilities and public administration. Workers in those industries experienced a small net gain in their hours as a result of the flooding. In some industries, however, the net losses were large. Workers in natural resources, the majority of whom are in oil and gas extraction, totalled 1.4 million hours lost,

tion will take years to bear fruit in the labour force,” said Bloom. Responses to the Board’s Ontario Employer Skills Survey show that employers most need post-secondary graduates in science, engineering and technology, and business and finance. The most widespread needs are for employees with two- or three-year college diplomas (57%), four-year degrees (44%), and trades (41%). The negative impact on the Ontario economy goes beyond the issue of skills shortages. Another issue with economic consequences is skills mismatches in the labour force – individuals whose skills and training are not being fully utilized in the jobs they have. The Conference Board estimates that these mismatches, by themselves, cost Ontario’s economy and workers up to $4.1 billion in foregone gross domestic product. Many post-secondary education graduates have skills and training

in sectors with few available jobs. In addition, employers sometimes fail to make the most of their employees’ skills and talents.

MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE HEADS TO CALGARY Calgary, AB – MainTrain 2013 will feature skill-building sessions, interactive workshops, technical sessions, case studies and supplier presentations covering a wide range of maintenance, reliability and asset management subject areas. The four-day conference takes place at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Calgary, Nov. 18-21, 2013. MainTrain is organized by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC). Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is the keynote speaker for a gala dinner. Machinery & Equipment MRO contributing editor Tex Leugner will present a session on ‘Effective Data Collection for Thorough Failure Analysis’, while columnist Cliff Williams of ERCO Worldwide will hold a session called ‘Canada’s Got Talent’. As well, former contributor Len Middleton is a co-presenter of PEMAC’s MMP Module 1 course, which is being held during the conference. For more information, call 1-877-5237255 or visit

IFPE CONFERENCE TOPICS HAVE BEEN SET OUT Las Vegas, NV – IFPE 2014 will be held March 4-8, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, colocated with the Conexpo-Con/Agg exposition for the construction industries. The huge trade show also includes several conference sessions. IFPE education provides critical information on new power transmission and motion control technologies to engineers and others involved in the design and manufacturing process. The IFPE Technical Conference is expected to reveal the latest industry research and developments. The Innovations Theater is applications-focused and for the first time will feature abstract-submitted presentations. Topic areas for IFPE 2014 education include fluids (including new and green); fluid power systems; fluid power in renewable energy applications; basic components; controls and control systems; auxiliary components related to fluid power; seals and sealing technology; analysis, modelling and simulation; noise and vibration (analysis, measurement, control); materials and manufacturing (including new and green); impact of Tier 4 and beyond; and standards (industry, national, international). For more information, visit

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. With domestic demand expected to slow this year due to a cooling housing market, soft consumer spending, and slower public and private investment, employers are likely to be cautious about their near-term hiring. Including June’s drop, the recent trend in the index suggests that employment gains will be moderate in the coming months. MRO More detailed versions of most of these items can be found on our website at

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News and views about companies, people, product lines and more founding editor and associate publisher, and Eric Achilles Cousineau, advertising sales manager. You can reach Jim by e-mail at or at 416-510-6842.

• Congratulations go out to the EASA Ontario’s Warriors Against Cancer team that participated in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in southern Ontario, June 8-9, 2013. The team comprised Anthony Lekkas, Peter Tedesco, Gerald O’Reilly and Denys Bolanos. The Ride started in Toronto and finished in Niagara Falls, a total of 220 km. The team raised a total of $11,792. The ride itself had 5,020 riders and raised over $19 million for cancer research. • Jim Petsis has been named to the position of publisher of Machinery & Equipment MRO. With over a decade of publishing experience and more than 20 years of entrepreneurial sucJim Petsis cess across various businesses in Canada, he brings a fresh energy and direction to MRO Magazine. Jim joins the MRO Magazine team of Bill Roebuck,

• Timken Canada LP, Mississauga, ON, has named engineering technologist Luigi Papais as regional manager for Central Canada. Papais has more than 11 years experience at BonfigliLuigi Papais oli Canada, most recently overseeing territories in Eastern Canada and the Eastern US. • Automatic lubrication systems specialist FLO Components Ltd., Burlington, ON, has appointed Oliver Paiement as territory sales manager – GTA. Paiement is a chemical- Oliver Paiement environmental engineering technology graduate of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, ON, and holds several pertinent certifications, including Six Sigma certification and Certified Lubrication Specialist from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

• C&U Americas, Plymouth, MI, the North American subsidiary of The C&U Group, China’s largest bearing producer, has formed a new Aftermarket Team that will be responsible for expanding C&U America’s aftermarket bearing business in the US and Canada through distribu-

tion. Members of the Aftermarket Distribution Team include Mark Sanders (Northeast Region), Mylan Tyrrell (Southeast Region), Chris Haught (Midwest Region), Bill Childers (Western Region), David Strutt (Canada) and Rebecca Russell (Customer Service). MRO

Mr.0 The Practical Problem Solver

The strange Hollow Ball Phenomenon BY CARROLL MCCORMICK

Problem: Your pump has failed. You disassemble it and lo and behold, you find broken, hollow bearing balls amongst the wreckage. Solution: Don’t chew out your supplier for selling you faulty bearings. You are looking at something that occasionally happens when a pump, typically a process pump operating at high RPM, fails, according to Jennifer Moritz, training manager, SKF Canada. “This is not a quality control problem. Bearing steel has oxygen inclusions. For some unrelated reason, the bearing begins to fail. The temperature gets so high, as high as 350°C, that the oxygen [inside the bearing] expands and the ball diameter increases. The ball material laps on the raceway, the inclusion grows, the ball grows and laps some more, until the wall of the hollow ball becomes so thin that it bursts. Upon inspection, the ball is seen to be hollow,” Moritz explains. In the absence of manufacturers’ steel specifications that might allow endusers to compare the number of oxygen inclusions and their maximum size, the best bet is to buy from one of the bearing companies that have high requirements for their bearing steel, Moritz advises. “We have really tight control on the allowable number of inclusions and their maximum size.” Mr. O thanks Jennifer Moritz of SKF Canada for this tip! Do you have a solution for a maintenance problem? Send it in and if it’s published, we’ll send you a Mr. O Problem Solver T-shirt. Include your address and telephone number, print complete details and, if possible, add a sketch to help explain your tip. Send your tips to Mr. O, Machinery & Equipment MRO, 12 Concorde Place, Suite 800, Toronto, ON M3C 4J2.


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Here are eight tips for keeping costs down at the pumps.


ndustrial 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 observations and experiences. Here is what we learned.

TIP #1: Low oil levels and lubrication

deflectors: “You have to really keep on top of your oil levels,” says Marcus Wickert, engineering division manager, NTN Canada. Here is just one good reason why, he explains. “A lot of pumps are oil bath and have lubrication deflectors. The deflector dips in the oil bath as the shaft rotates, picks up the oil and hopefully splashes it on the bearings. But if the oil level is not high enough, the oil will not hit the bearings, causing a bearing failure. “Sometimes the deflector is not set up properly and will not adequately splash oil on the bearings. We frequently see issues with them. This is usually the first thing I look at if there is a bearing failure.” And if you are checking oil levels through a sight glass, beware, Wickert advises. “The sight glass may show that there is enough oil in the pump, but is it set up correctly?” You should check that it is.

TIP #2: Beware changing pump mediums: Particularly in a borderline situation where pump bearings are getting barely enough lubrication to keep them cool, if the thickness of the medium being pumped changes, that could cause the bearings to fail, Wickert says. “If the consistency of what you are pumping changes, the load on the bearings can change dramatically. If there is not quite enough oil being delivered to the bearings in the first place, the bearings will begin to overheat and lubricant will oxidize and deteriorate. The production people need to stay on top of these things.”

standby. You need a good cycling program,” Wickert advises. But what could go wrong if you don’t? “Two things can happen: If it is a moist area, you can get corrosion in the pump bearings as lubrication pools out. By cycling the pumps, you reintroduce lubrication to the bearings, preventing corrosion. Also, the pumps that are running will likely transmit vibration to the standby pump. This can cause a fretting mode of wear (cyclical rubbing between two surfaces), also called false brinelling. Brinelling follows from an impact load on a bearing. In false brinelling, the rolling element is just sitting there, vibrating. It wears an indent on the raceway. Cycling pumps is a best practice that we always talk to people about,” Wickert says.

TIP #4: Beware of moisture in air pumps: Air pumps are driven with air delivered from compressors. The compressing of air warms it, however, and moisture will condense out in the air lines as it cools. This moisture must not be allowed to reach the pumps. “Moisture will cause rust in the air pump piston and valving,” says Bruce Bergen, owner, Production Supply Co. Ltd., Richmond, BC. “Water, oil and rubber do not mix. It becomes an oily, gooey mess in the pump,” he says. The solution? Where air is taken off the main air line, position the ‘t’ fitting so the secondary line goes upwards first, not straight down. This will help limit


Bearings in standby pumps that are not run periodically can lose their lubrication and corrode.

the amount of moisture that gets to the air pump. As well, Bergen counsels, “Run a drain line going down from the lowest point in the main line and install a ball valve to drain off moisture.”

TIP #5: Air pumps need filtering and lubricating: Air pumps need lubrication. “This is a specialty industry and lots of people just don’t know this,” Bergen says. Air lines leading to air pumps have a trio of gizmos on them, referred to as the FRL (filter, regulator and lubricator). “The filter traps dirt and impurities that come off the inside of the steel air line piping. Most air filters are usually water separators too, through centrifugal action. Any water that accumulates needs to be drained off from time to time,” Bergen recommends. The lubricator gradually drips oil into the air line, then the oil is atomized and whisked into the pump. “Checking the lubricant level is an easy visual check. If you check it on a monthly basis, you will soon find out how often it needs replenishing,” Bergen says. TIP #6: The dreaded 40/40 failure:

Pumps built to API or ANSI standards dictate that manufacturers use 40-degree angular contact bearings for both the thrust and backup bearing. The backup

bearing often runs unloaded and the balls will skid along the outer race. “This generates a lot of unwanted heat, lowering the viscosity of the oil,” says Jennifer Moritz, training manager, SKF Canada. “The loaded bearing begins to overheat. This can lead to a catastrophic and sudden failure. “It fails nastily. People hate it. A solution to improve bearing performance is to switch the backup bearing to a 15-degree angular bearing. Switch from 40/40 to a 40/15 pair.”

TIP #7: This pump is too big: Once upon a time, the Neucel pulp and paper mill in Port Alice, BC, had a 200-hp slurry pump that was too big for the job. It always operated at 900 rpm and the only way to control the pressure and flow was to throttle the valve and keep it 80% to 90% closed. Too, the huge pressure drop from 25 psi to 8 psi on the downstream side of the pump caused all sorts of maintenance problems. Using funds from BC Hydro’s Power Smart program, the mill downsized to a 150-hp model and added a variablespeed drive. The new pump uses 75% less electricity (800 MWh/year) and is saving the mill about $28,000 a year in electricity costs. The moral of this story is that rightsizing your motors for a better fit to the tasks they must perform can save loads of money and maintenance. TIP #8: Assorted energy-saving tips:

Here are some other ways to lower pump operating costs, with suggestions from the experts at Two or more pumps can be better than one big one, because you can run fewer pumps during low-demand periods. Variable-speed drives might be an economical alternative to throttling your pumps, which is like driving with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. Consider ways to lower your flow capacity and head requirements. Possibilities include reducing the water velocity in equipment and spray nozzles, minimizing the elevation difference between the discharge and suction tanks, and using larger pipes, which will generate less friction. MRO Carroll McCormick, our senior contributing editor, is based in Montreal. He has been writing award-winning articles for us for the past 15 years.

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Cycle your standby pumps: It is clever to have a cluster of pumps doing a job, both to save energy during times of low loads, and to have a spare ready to take over in case a pump fails or needs maintenance. However, the spare pump should not sit there for months without being used. “For example, there might be three pumps, with two operating and one on Air pumps need lubrication, filters, and air lines that are oriented so that water will drain away.

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Performing preventive maintenance helps prevent downtime with engine-driven dewatering pumps. BY PAM MEYER

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You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ is a phrase that is often used. This concept can be all-too-familiar for anyone who has ever neglected an engine-powered dewatering pump. A dependable pump isn’t truly appreciated when it’s working properly, but that dependability is really missed if a pump’s performance declines, or worse, the unit stops working altogether. To avoid pump downtime and subsequent headaches, a preventive maintenance program for both the engine and the pump must be followed. It should include daily inspections as well as lessfrequent checks. Daily duties Start each day with a pump inspection. Among the most important daily checks is the quality and level of the engine oil. Oil that’s contaminated can cause serious problems and decrease the life of an engine – likewise if there’s an insufficient amount of it. Change the oil or add more if necessary to reach the correct level, as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. Check the gasoline level as well, making sure the tank is full, or at least full enough for the day’s usage. Also, look for any evidence of fuel or oil leaks. If a fluid is dripping, inspect the area for any parts that may need to be tightened or replaced. Cleaning or possibly changing the air filter is another important practice that can prevent significant damage down the pipeline. A clogged, wet, dirty or damaged air filter can lead to a loss in power and shorten the life of an engine by allowing dirt or water into sensitive areas. A foam filter can be cleaned and reused, so it’s fine to check daily. A paper air filter, on the other hand, should always be replaced upon removal. It’s best to follow a recommended schedule to replace paper air filters in a timely fashion. As well, inspect the condition of the hoses regularly. If they are worn, frayed or have any holes, the air gaps will likely cause the pump to lose suction. Patch any holes and seal leaking joints. A severely worn hose should be replaced. Finally, check the rest of the machine for broken bolts or nuts, or loose parts. Of all the pre-operation checks, perhaps the most important thing to remember for daily maintenance is priming the pump before starting. Running a pump dry will damage the seals, causing a chain-reaction of further problems. If it’s a self-priming pump, simply add water. The term self-priming is somewhat of a misnomer, as water must

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Fig. 1 Each day of pumping operations should begin with an inspection of the pump and engine.

be added to the pump each time it is used. The pump will then take over, build pressure within the volute and begin discharging. Less-frequent checks Once the pump has been prepped, it’s ready to go to work. In addition to daily checks, a pump requires other maintenance checks and services. While those don’t need to be done daily, they are crucial to the pump’s life and should be kept up with on a regular schedule. Generally, quality pump engines can operate up to 2,500 hours, and by following recommended maintenance schedules, you can only increase that time and the pump’s return on investment (ROI). A few things need to be checked a couple of times a month, others even less frequently. For instance, a paper air filter should be changed monthly. Although a foam filter can be cleaned and re-used, it’s still a good idea to change it monthly as well. Dirty spark plugs can cause a decrease in power and poor starting performance, so the spark plugs should be checked semi-monthly for dirt, damage or excessive carbon build-up. Clean spark plugs with a wire brush or spark plug cleaner. Immediately replace any spark plugs that have cracked porcelain. Additionally, it is important to clean and inspect the fuel strainer and fuel filter every month. Fuel can become contaminated during operation, and if it’s not removed, can lead to trouble with engine starts. Replacing the fuel line and carburetor is expensive, so it is essential to prevent unnecessary damage caused by contaminated fuel. On an annual basis, give the pump a thorough inspection for dirty, broken or misaligned parts. Such parts can cause problems with the engine or pump components. Inspecting the entire machine gives the most comprehensive view of what needs to be cleaned and repaired. Dusty conditions It’s also worth noting that dusty conditions typically require the shortening of the length of time between regular services, as extreme dust can clog filter elements or contaminate fuel and oil. Depending on the pump’s environment, maintenance schedules may need to be adjusted to accommodate for less-thanoptimal conditions.

Tips for troubleshooting Even with a regular, proper preventive maintenance program, pumps may still experience problems. This is unfortunate, but common. Knowing what to look for and addressing it quickly will keep the problem from becoming a more expensive, time-intensive repair. If a pump simply won’t run, the culprit is likely the impeller or engine. If the impeller is sticking, simply disassemble it, clean it and reinstall it. As for the engine, several different things could affect it and prevent if from starting. The first thing to check is the spark plug. If it’s dirty, clean it. If it’s damaged, replace it. If it’s clean and damage-free, connect it to the plug cap and ground the plug against the engine body. Pull the starter to see if the spark is weak or nonexistent. If a new plug doesn’t spark, the ignition system is faulty and will need repairs. The engine also might not start if the spark plug is loose or if the plug is wet with fuel. If the spark plug is wet, check to see that the fuel cock is closed. If so, close the choke lever and pull the starter handle a half-dozen times to see if the electrode becomes wet. If so, the problem may be that the fuel is stale, in which case it should be drained and refilled with fresh fuel. If the electrode is dry, the problem may be with the fuel intake of the carburetor. Try to see where the fuel stops in the engine. A number of other things could cause a pump to not self-prime. Start by checking the air on the suction side of the pump; tighten the suction hose or pipe, if needed. Check the drain plug as well, to ensure that it has been tightened completely. Insufficient water inside the pump casing also will prevent the pump from priming. Engine speed also can affect pumping volume. If the pumping volume has dropped, check the wear on the impeller, see if the suction hose may be too thin or too long, or retighten any loose parts on the suction chamber. This also might be caused by a high suction lift that would need to be lowered, water leaking from the water passage, a broken mechanical seal, or a drop in engine output or speed. Adopting a proactive preventive approach ensures that crucial maintenance services won’t be neglected, preventing a domino-effect of problems as the pump goes down, time is lost and

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Fig. 3 1. A clogged, wet, dirty or damaged air filter can lead to a loss in power and shorten the life of an engine by allowing dirt or water into sensitive areas. 2. Dirty spark plugs can cause a decrease in power and poor starting performance, so the spark plugs should be checked semi-monthly for dirt, damage or excessive carbon build-up. 3. If it’s a self-priming pump, simply add water before starting it. Running a pump dry will damage the seals, causing a chain-reaction of further problems.

repair costs add up. It’s simple and straightforward; pump maintenance now will mean fewer issues later. Following a good maintenance program, such as the steps detailed above, is among the best and most inexpensive ways to keep an engine-driven dewatering pump flowing. MRO Pam Meyer is the equipment sales manager for Subaru Industrial Power Products.

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arlier this year, representatives of one of the biggest and oldest companies involved in subsea cable repair and installation around the world contacted us from England. They asked if we could rewind and repair a large generator for a ship in their fleet. We were the sixth company they contacted; the previous five companies had said they could not do the repairs. We eagerly took on the job of rewinding and rebuilding the 1,600 kW generator. It proved to be a challenging task, but we are driven by challenges. It was not an ordinary generator: it was an old unit manufactured in Europe – the nameplate was written in French. The stator was rewound with formwound coils in groups of eight continuously wound units. Typically, form-wound coils are wound individually and then connected to each other, after installation, into groups as required. We could only guess that, originally, the coils had been wound continuously in groups of eight because space restrictions would not allow for the connections to be made after the installation of all the coils.

and connected each coil as required in a very restricted space. Completing the job required perseverance, patience and skill. Thanks to our dedicated team, we accomplished what five other rewind shops would not attempt. The ship is now on the Pacific Ocean,

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Old machinery and tight spacing make retrofit of cable repair ship’s generator challenging. BY COSIMO GERACITANO

and its crew is back to repairing underwater cables. MRO Cosimo Geracitano is with Electro Motors Co. Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC. For more information, visit www.

Five companies had turned down the chance to rewind and repair the ship’s large generator.

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For the retrofit, single coils were installed and connected in a very restricted space.


The original stator was rewound with formwound coils in groups of eight continuously wound units.

To our surprise, we found out that North American coil manufacturers cannot make coils this way; the equipment required to do so would be very expensive, we were advised. If some place in the world were equipped to do so, the cost for one set of coils would be more than double the original cost, making the rewinding and repairing of this old generator unfeasible. However, the cable repair and installation company needed a solution, as it would be too expensive for it to retrofit the ship with a new generator. Ultimately, we decided to have one set of single coils manufactured. We installed

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Improving worker safety everywhere If safety standards like Canada’s were introduced worldwide, it would save thousands of lives each year. BY SIMON FRIDLYAND


he 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 factories from where they buy garments inspected within nine months to a year. Major factory upgrades are to follow. Some major media outlets called it a smoke-and-mirrors exercise. It is designed to pacify the western public. The question is, why now? Only last November, 112 workers were killed in a Bangladesh factory fire. At that time, no one raised any desire for inspections of factories or upgrades. Only when the death of 1,129 people reached our TV screens and newspapers, did action become a priority. We, as consumers, don’t like buying products that are made by child labour or slave labour, or by people who earn $126 a month and have a very good chance of dying on the job. Two UN agencies have directed their attention to the prevention of child labour worldwide: the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). They have helped define the problem and develop international legal frameworks to help to correct the problem. As a result of their work, we now have several international treaties – or conventions – banning child labour and identifying concrete measures for governments to take. Once a country ratifies a convention, UN bodies monitor compliance and hold countries accountable for violations. Goods produced with the involvement of slavery or trafficked labour meet the international definition for the proceeds of crime. The UN Convention defines ‘proceeds of crime’ as “any property derived from or obtained, directly or indirectly, through the commission of an offence.” By this definition, goods produced through the use of slavery and trafficked labour and any revenue generated from the sale of such goods are proceeds of crime. I think it is time to establish internationally recognized minimum standards for worker safety. These standards would be ratified by participating counties and enforced similar to that for child or slave labour occurrences. Occupational health and safety is not always visible to the untrained eye. For example, in order to understand the structural integrity of a building, an engineer examines it against the building code requirements, as well as the best engineering practice. The same applies to fire safety. Machine safety is examined against machine guarding standards, and so on. Because safety is something that may not be readily visible, and is potentially very costly to comply with, in

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jurisdictions where safety is not a real priority, unsafe conditions for workers prevail. In June, for example, 120 people died in a poultry plant in China, yet only three years ago, a Communist party official called it “an inspiring factory and a leading enterprise.” In Canada, we pay a lot of attention to workers’ safety; of course there is room for improvement. Based on 2008 statis-

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tics, there were 6.1 fatalities in Canada per 100,000 workers. During the same time, officially, there were 11.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers in China. There were 70,000 workers killed in China by workplace accidents last year – roughly 200 per day. That’s down from 75,572 in 2011 and 79,552 in 2010. I could not find any reliable statistics for Bangladesh. If a system like Canada’s was introduced in those countries, it would definitely save thousands of lives each year. It would also provide a more level playing field for Canadian manufacturers. The cost of only maintaining compliance with occupational health and safety regulations for small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) is about $1,000 per employee in the industrialized world. This does not take into consideration bringing facilities, machinery and management systems into compliance. However, these expenses are absolutely necessary to provide the minimum standard of worker's safety. In my opinion,

low-cost jurisdictions are cutting corners as far as worker's safety is concerned. A common criticism is that a low-cost jurisdiction’s ability to maintain its competitive advantage stems from its weak enforcement of workers’ rights. The argument is simple: it is easy to keep costs down when you aren’t paying workers a minimum wage or investing in health and safety protection. We cannot do anything about low wages; however, we can demand health and safety protection for workers, the way we demand protection against slave and child labour. Whether we are in Bangladesh or Canada, we still should have the right to be safe and alive after a day at work. MRO Simon Fridlyand, P.Eng., of SAFE Engineering Inc., specializes in industrial health and safety concerns and PSR compliance. For more information, visit


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lthough 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. In the past six months, I have seen some disastrous failures of data backup systems. Companies that thought their CMMS data was secure faced some incredible setbacks when their database servers failed. I am going to tell you four stories about some recent database losses. They will demonstrate why backups and technical support for your database are so important. The first story comes from one of my company’s clients in North Carolina. This brand-new facility just started production in January 2013 and it has been populating its CMMS software with equipment, inventory and preventive maintenance tasks since construction started on the plant two years ago. Hours and hours of critical equipment information was gathered and entered into its CMMS program. Hundreds of work orders were created to record equipment, process failures and corrective actions during commissioning that could be used at new plants in the future. On July 22, the CMMS server failed. The facility IT person was confident that the server was successfully backed up every evening to a tape drive. When the staff checked the tape drive for the back-

Backing up your CMMS You won’t know how much you’ll miss your data until it’s gone. Here are four examples that highlight the need for good backups. up to retrieve the CMMS database, they found that there was none. Upon investigation, it was discovered the server backup log showed an exception error for the CMMS database. What they found was the database was continually active 24 hours a day, every day. The technology they use for backups would only back up databases that were inactive during the backup process; therefore no backups of the CMMS were being successfully initiated. After checking with a number of their other plants, they discovered several of them had the same problem. As I write this article, four days have passed since

this incident at the plant. One backup has been found that is over a year old. Efforts by the plant’s IT person and the CMMS support team have not been able to recover any more recent data from the server. They now realize that much of their data is missing and a plan will be needed to re-enter the data. This will take a substantial amount of time and effort by the maintenance department, time they don’t have available. Steps have been taken to correct the backup issue with scripts that will back up the database to the server even when the CMMS is active, and the solution has been sent to other plants with the same issue. Next up is another large corporation. It manufactures bread products in Quebec. A young engineering student, although warned not to, attempted to manipulate some of the database tables in the company’s CMMS software. In the process of doing so, he crashed its CMMS program. Even if you are sure your CMMS is being backed up, ask your IT department to double check the backup files.

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The database was corrupted and inoperable. The staff went to restore its database from a tape backup, only to discover that the backup tape system had not been operating for several months. With mountains of equipment PMs, repairs and sanitation records, there was no option but to try to recover the data from the corrupted files. It took over three weeks for its CMMS tech support team to recover and reconstruct the database. During this time, the CMMS was out of service, which caused a great deal of hardship for the maintenance and purchasing departments. This incident prompted the company to regularly check its plant and other locations to make sure its backup systems were actually working. Another case comes from a building materials manufacturer in New Brunswick. Late last fall, its CMMS suddenly stopped working. The main server that housed both the CMMS database and the daily backup had failed. This particular server used a multiple drive technology that split the database over several hard drives, which was supposed to be more reliable and safer for data storage. When the server failed, the staff discovered there was no local support for a server of this type and that data recovery was not a simple process. The server had to be sent to a Toronto data recovery company that specialized in these types of

servers. Although the turnaround period was three days after the server was received from New Brunswick, it carried an expensive price tag. All the data was recovered and steps were taken to run the backup on another system, separate from the database server. Finally, a Nova Scotia organization learned that backing up its CMMS was critical to its operations. It has several facilities, with each site using a stand-alone computer to host its CMMS program and database. The sites are not connected to the organization’s network, nor do they have backup systems in place. Because its software and databases are all located on one computer at each site, the chances of losing the complete database is very probable and in fact has happened at three of the organization’s facilities in the past six months. You might say they haven’t learned very much from their recent losses; however two of the facilities wanted to start their CMMS over again because their first ones were never properly formatted with correct naming conventions and nomenclatures. As a result, the software was hard to navigate and rarely used. Reloading the CMMS program was not a big issue, however it did point out to the staff that they must back up their data. The corporate IT at this point does not have a common network where the facility databases can be stored and backed up properly to a common server. For now, each facility has purchased an external hard drive and has scheduled daily backups of its database in case there are any future failures of the stand-alone workstations. There are alternatives to maintaining your own database and backup systems. Most CMMS companies offer web-based applications where the CMMS program is accessed over the web. The hosting company maintains the data and backup systems at secure data storage sites. However, the cost of ownership is often much more than owning and maintaining your own software and hardware. Also, some organizations have security protocols that do not allow web-based software applications; due to security risks, they must maintain their own server systems. So let’s see what we have learned from other people’s CMMS data failures. 1. Even if you are sure your CMMS is being backed up, ask your IT depart ment to double check the backup files. 2. If you are running a stand-alone com puter, find a way to back up your data. The external drive solution works well. 3. Maintain your annual tech support service from your CMMS provider. In two of the cases mentioned here, that support helped to retrieve lost data. Without this help, the data would not have been recovered. Building a CMMS database takes a lot of time. The information it holds is critical to your maintenance operations. Treat it with care, protect its integrity and back it up regularly. Like most things in life, you don’t know how much you will miss it until it is gone. MRO ©Thinkstock


Peter Phillips of Trailwalk Holdings, a Nova Scotia-based CMMS consulting and training company, can be reached at 902-798-3601 or by sending an e-mail to

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September 2013

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Increasing equipment reliability with proper lubricant selection

MRO specialists in various industries use Smart Lubrication solutions to help improve equipment reliability and extend maintenance intervals.

The load, environment, temperature and speed of the application must be considered. BY GENE M. FINNER


odern 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 consider the application load, environment, temperature and speed. Inadequate lubrication or an incorrect lubricant choice can lead to equipment failure. When conventional or OEM-recommended lubricants fail, MRO specialists need to identify the proper lubricant to get the job done right. Knowing the friction regime involved,

both. In startup and shutdown periods or with transient shock loads, conditions can occur in which the relative motion and/or the distance between surfaces converge toward zero.

Different lubricant forms Any machine, component or surface requiring lubrication will have a primary lubrication regime based on its steady-state operation. Fluid-based lubricants are used for hydrodynamic and elastohydrodynamic lubrication. Solid lubricants are used for effective boundary-regime lubrication. A combination of lubricant forms often is needed for mixed regimes.

Silicone compounds are sticky, non-hardening, thermally and chemically stable materials made with silicone fluid, inert fume silica and other additives. They are useful as light-load lubricants, non-curing sealants, electrical moisture barriers and electronic damping media.

specialty lubricants to help prevent or solve challenging lubrication problems. They know proper lubricant selection can help them optimize friction and wear control to save energy, maintain efficiency and lower maintenance costs. Here are some examples of the lubricant choices available.

Application conditions

Selecting an effective lubricant must consider critical application variables. These are summarized by the acronym LETS – Load, Environment, Temperature and Speed. Load involves the amount of force or stress placed on the component. Heavy loads may require boundary lubrication with specialty greases, anti-seize pastes or anti-friction coatings with solid lubricants. Moderate loads may require greases or pastes with lower amounts of solids. Light loads can usually be handled by greases, oils or silicone Molykote brand anti-seize pastes and anti-friction coatings, fortified with solid lubricants, can aid A mining operator uses Molykote 111 Silicone Compound compounds. proper tightening and non-destructive disassembly of threaded connections. to lubricate and seal knife valves that were failing with a Environment affects mineral-oil grease. the lubricant durability in the application. High understanding the capabilities and advantages Greases are usually composed of 80% to 90% humidity may require solid lubricants. Waterof different lubricant forms, and analyzing the oil in a thickener and a few per cent of special rich environments need lubricants with waterspecific application conditions are important additives, including solid lubricants. Greases washout resistance. Exposure to chemicals and considerations. work best when speeds are moderate to high, fuels may call for fluorosilicone grease. Dusty, friction is rolling rather than sliding, and a dirty conditions may need a dry-film lubricant. regular lubrication service interval is possible. Inaccessible components may require an oxidaLubrication friction regimes Oils typically consist of 95% to 99% lubrition-resistant grease, paste or AFCs. Effective lubricating films must meet the cating oil and a few per cent of additives to Temperature includes the actual operating requirements of one or more friction regimes enhance pour point, viscosity index and resistemperature, soak temperature at standstill and or conditions. They are formed as a function of tance to oxidation or corrosion, and to aid the ambient temperature. Synthetic lubricants application speeds, loads, component geomewear prevention. Some oils are mixed with generally have a wider service-temperature tries, substrate material properties and lubricant solid lubricants to provide an easily applied range than conventional greases and oils. Silimaterial properties. dispersion. cone-based lubricants are proven in cold temHydrodynamic regimes involve fluid lubricants Anti-seize pastes consist of roughly equal peratures. Some high-temperature greases and forced between opposing surfaces by speed and amounts of oil and solid lubricants, along with oils stiffen in extreme cold and oxidize or dry load. The fluid keeps the surfaces apart with small amounts of special additives. Pastes often out in extreme heat. pressure. As pressure increases, the fluid may are used where components are static for long Speed can run from high to low and involve act like a solid, deform the surfaces, and create periods of time and where loads are high, rotational and reciprocating speeds as well an elastohydrodynamic (EHD) regime. speeds are slower and friction is sliding rather as frequency of motion. Static conditions are Boundary regimes are not created by fluid than rolling. harsh on liquid-based lubricants. Slower speeds under pressure, but rather by surface-active Dry-film lubricants or anti-friction coatings can require use of higher-viscosity oils or, with materials that form boundary films on and (AFCs) consist of solvent, resin binder and solid heavier loads, anti-seize pastes or AFCs. Higher between the substrate surfaces. Anti-wear and lubricants plus other additives. Once dry, the speeds can be best served with lower-viscosity extreme-pressure (EP) additives and solid lubricating film is tack-free and will not attract lubricants to prevent problems with shear. lubricants can adhere to surfaces and provide dust or dirt. Dry-film lubricants work best in boundary layers. applications where speeds are slow and loads Mixed regimes combine hydrodynamic and Effective MRO problem-solvers are high. boundary regimes; some applications have MRO specialists in various industries can use

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Industrial greases

• To gain extended lubrication reliability and avoid potential service disruptions, an elec tric utility lubricates circuit breaker trip latch-and-close bearings with fluorosilicone based Molykote 3451 Chemical-Resistant Bearing Grease. • When a recommended grease for rolling element bearings in pillow blocks could not withstand frequent water washdown, a cheese plant switched to Molykote G-1502FM Grease and sharply reduced the number and costs of bearing failures. • Replacing a lithium grease that required frequent service, a lime calcining plant chose Molykote Longterm 2 Plus Grease for severe-duty bearings in its fans, crushers and conveyors. u

Lubricating oils

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To eliminate harmful degradation byproducts of PAG-based compressor oils, a pet-food manufacturer selected Molykote L-4646 High-Temperature Compressor Oil for extended-life lubrication, cooling and corrosion protection. Oils failed under high contact pressures on a cement plant’s ball-mill support bearings; Molykote M-55 Dispersion provided a solid lubricant film to prevent bearing wear, noise and failure.


Anti-seize pastes

• An aluminum-casting operation replaced an industrial grease with Molykote P-74 Paste for more effective, reliable lubrication of mixer-component roller bearings used in melting ovens. • Applied to threaded pipe connections used in rock-drilling machines, Molykote G-N Metal Assembly Paste helps prevent micro- welding, seizures and difficult assembly/ disassembly. u

Anti-friction coatings

With corrosion protection, dry-film lubrication and high-pressure wear resistance, Molykote 3402-C Anti-Friction Coating is helping extend the service life of yaw brakes for wind turbines. Continued on page 18

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September 2013

Machinery & Equipment MRO

The impact of lubricants on machine performance How choosing the correct lubricant improves both machine performance and the bottom line, and extends service life.


verything 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 requirements – load, speed, temperature, environment, etc. It also requires knowledge of lubricants – types and their functions. In a recent maintenance conference organized by the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), Mario Tammaro, a senior advisor at Petro-Canada Lubricants, Mississauga, ON, provided some useful information on lubrication fundamentals, rules, and key fluids for manufacturing and processing applications. Tammaro prefaced his remarks by pointing out that in today's manufacturing and processing plants, equipment must work harder, at higher temperatures and extreme pressures, and at higher speeds, often in harsh environments. Under these circumstances, proper lubrication and correct choice of lubricants have become even more paramount. The fundamental purpose of a lubricant is to reduce friction and heat by preventing metal-to-metal contact. All lubricants will do this, but at widely varying degrees of efficiency.

Finished lubricants consist of base fluids plus specially chosen additives. The performance characteristics and applications of a lubricant depend upon the type, quality and proportions of base fluids and additives. While mineral lubricants are still in use, synthetic lubricants are becoming more prevalent. These include alkyl benzenes, organic esters, phosphate esters, polyalkene glycols, polyalphaolefins, silicones, silicate esters, and others. Additives enhance the properties that the oil already has and enable it to do things that it could not accomplish by itself. But keep in mind that additives can sometimes counteract each other. Each finished lube is a finely balanced blend of additives whose porportions must not be disturbed by adding aftermarket ‘miracle’ additiives. Of vital importance is the lubricant's viscosity, the measure of ‘thickness’ or resistance to flow. Viscosity varies with temperature – oils gets thicker when colder and thinner when hotter. That is why viscosity of industrial lubricants is always measured at a fixed temperature: 40°C. ISO standards list viscosity grades from 10


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to 1500. The viscosity index (VI) is an inherent property of the base oil, used to blend a lubricant. The higher the VI, the less the viscosity changes with temperature. Oxidation is a chemical deterioration that affects all hydrocarbons. The further it progresses, the faster it will go. As a rule of thumb, every 10°C rise in temperature over 80°C decreases oil life by about half. Oxidation alters the composition of the oil, produces acids, sludge and gums, and is accelerated by contaminants – metals, dust, water. It can be greatly reduced with the right base oils and additives. Anti-wear additives minimize wear caused by metal-to-metal contact, but they only function when load, pressure and/or temperature are high enough to activate them. Heat generated at points of metal-to-metal contact causes additives to chemically react with metal surfaces. In this case, extreme pressure (EP) additives can be used. They prevent welding and excessive wear of contacting parts under high load conditions by producing a

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In reducing wear and preventing sticking of rods in metal-forging dies, Molykote 321 Dry Film Lubricant is helping to reduce energy costs, extend die life, save replacement costs and increase productivity to meet ship schedules.


Silicone compounds

• To eliminate production stoppage, mate rial leakage, costly repairs and frequent valve replacement, a mining operator is using Molykote 111 Silicone Compound to lubricate and seal its knife valves, which were failing with a mineral-oil grease. • For high-performance downhole electrical connectors and cables, an oil and gas sup plier uses silicone-based Dow Corning 4 Electrical Insulating Compound to ease installation and fill gaps and voids for pro tection against moisture, chemicals and high pressures. IL Gene M. Finner is product steward, Industrial Assembly and Maintenance, Dow Corning Corp. Dow’s application-driven and performance-matched Molykote brand Smart Lubrication solutions can help improve equipment reliability, extend maintenance intervals and reduce total cost of ownership. For more information, visit

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compound that forms a slick layer between metal surfaces and reduces friction and heat. The cardinal rule for maximum lubrication efficiency is the right lubricant, at the right time, in the right amount, at the right place. Key lubricating fluids for manufacturing and processing plants comprise hydraulic fluids, gear oils, heat transfer fluids and greases. Choosing the correct one for the application is a bit of an art. Hydraulic fluids must resist oxidation and have a long service life. They require excellent anti-wear properties to protect moving parts (pumps, valves, etc.) and should not emulsify water, but have good rust-protection properties. Gear oils must have adequate film strength and are recommended for industrial gears. They, too, must resist oxidation and have a long service life. Heat transfer fluids are unique lubricants that transmit heat to operations. They must be absolutely resistant to oxidation, because if they do oxidize, they become more viscous, which results in a significant reduction in the fluid's thermal efficiency and in costly premature fluid change-outs. Greases are used to reduce loss in open-system equipment, to seal against corrosion and entry of abrasive fluids, and to protect bearings and gears against the effect of shock loads at low speeds. Greases are solid or semi-solid lubricants produced by the dispersion of a thickening agent in a liquid lubricant. They are commonly classified according to their stiffness, or lack of it, and are referred to by their NLGI number – 6 to 1, 0, 00 and 000. When looking for a high-temperature grease, determine the temperature range, whether the equipment performs continuously or intermittently, what the relubrication intervals should be, and whether the grease can drip onto and contaminate products. The proper selection of lubricants will enhance equipment performance, extend machine and component life, reduce downtime and costly repairs, and improve the overall bottom line. IL

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What’s new in lubrication products Lubrication system extends chain life

t Adhesive white lubricant helps keep costs down Klüber Lubrication has developed Klüberplex AG 11-461 and 11-462, an adhesive white lubricant with high load resistance that not only copes with demanding requirements, but also ensures a clean look due to its light colour. Developed as an operating and priming lubricant for open gear drives, the anti-corrosive lubricant offers good adhesion, even at high temperatures. Its use extends re-lubrication intervals, which helps to reduce lubricant consumption and costs. It is suited to applications for the lubrication of wire ropes, shackles, pulleys, open gears and plain bearings. Klüber Lubrication Online Reader Inquiry No. 484

The Rotalube chain lubrication system from Interlube is designed to extend chain life and reduce maintenance costs. It delivers the right amount of lubricant to the exact point of the chain that enables lubricant to penetrate into the bearing areas. Its porting system meters lubricant through precision ejectors incorporated within the sprocket assembly, and it maintains accurate lubrication whatever the condition of chain. The modular system is available in four sizes: 1/2 in., 5/8 in., 3/4 in. and 1 in. The system can be used throughout the food, automobile, steel, glass-fibre and cement industries in food processing machines, industrial dryers, tissue converting factories, waste paper conveyors, truck manufacturing plants, escalators and elevators. Timken Canada/Interlube Online Reader Inquiry No. 477

Addition of accessories enhances standard modular lube skid The Hydac lube skid model LSN/LSW/LSA has been designed to be a modular system to fit most lubrication and fluid transfer applications. It is available as a stand-alone pump/motor/ filter configuration, or with AC air cooling or plate heat exchanger water cooling. While system lubrication, filtration and cooling are part of the standard platform, these systems can be outfitted with a wide variety of accessories, such as pressure switches, temperature switches, flow meters, ball valves and control logic solenoid valves. Hydac Online Reader Inquiry No. 480 IL

t Compact lubrication hose and tubing reduce process costs

t Lubricant/cleaner line keeps rust and contaminants at bay Rust-Oleum has introduced a line of industrial lubricants and cleaners formulated to provide long-lasting lubrication and asset protection. The line includes products most commonly used for everyday equipment and machinery maintenance: Multi-Purpose, Penetrating, Silicone, Dry PTFE, White Lithium Grease, Moly Chain and Graphite. They are designed for applications ranging from rusted parts, stuck threads and fittings, to conveyors, chains, cables, gears and bearings. Each product is designed for a specific set of uses, which are described by the product name and packaging graphics. The cleaning products include a heavy-duty cleaner, degreaser and brake cleaner and are effective at removing contaminants such as soil, grime, grease, diesel, adhesive gum and more. Rust-Oleum Online Reader Inquiry No. 479

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Oil Eater Naturals is a line from Kafko International of ecofriendly absorbent pads, rolls and socks made of natural plant byproducts, featuring woven construction. They are designed to provide a safe and clean workplace while helping users meet OSHA and EPA requirements. The line includes Oil-Only pads and rolls, universal pads and rolls and absorbent socks. Oil-Only pads and rolls soak up oil yet repel water; universal pads and rolls absorb oil, water and other liquids; while absorbent socks control larger spills and protect drains. Product sizes range from 16 in. by 18 in. to 28 in. by 150-ft. rolls in a variety of weights and finishes. Applications include production lines, industrial and maintenance facility floors, loading docks, paint shop floors and more. Kafko International Online Reader Inquiry No. 485

Lightweight and highly flexible Parflex HLB lubrication hose and tubing from Parker Hannifin makes it easy to properly perform quick and effective preventive maintenance on all types of equipment. These products are compact and can eliminate gallons of unnecessary in-line grease. Tubing bundles reduce the installation time and material cost and require less grease to fill a lube system. The hose operates in temperatures from minus 40°F up to 212°F and bundle tubing assemblies operate from minus 65°F up to 200°F. Sizes range from 1/8-in. I.D. up to 1/2-in. I.D. Parker Hannifin, Parflex Division Online Reader Inquiry No. 487

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t Lubrication system distributes oil to hundreds of lube points Oil-Rite’s Hydracision distributes oil to as few as 12 separate points and as many as hundreds. The self-contained unit combines efficient hydraulic movement of fluid with the precision of positive displacement injection. It supplies the user with options but does not require extensive calculations, complex components or pages of schematics to operate. Promoting an environmentally sensitive approach to lubrication, it provides frequent, small doses of lubricant rather than large applications of oil at infrequent intervals. Oil reaches critical areas when needed with little or no run-off or waste. Less oil is used and the machinery benefits from more consistent lubrication. Oil-Rite Online Reader Inquiry No. 478

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Expert advice aids selection of the right gasket material Just because it is white does not make PTFE right for your application. BY BILL SEARLE


here are a wide range of polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) products to choose from in the industrial gasket market. The product has evolved dramatically since the late 1960s, from just virgin and commercial-grade PTFE to the present day offerings, including what is described as calendared or restructured filled PTFE sheet. PTFE has many benefits. The two most notable are it has exceptional chemical resistance; there are only a

few chemicals that will attack the polymer. Also, it can withstand temperatures up to 260°C (500°F). However, the product has one significant weakness, as it exhibits creep and cold flow characteristics under compressive loads, thus affecting the gasket’s performance, since frequent retightening is required. Most users of PTFE are unaware of the fact that several different materials can be used successfully for the same application. The ques-

tion to ask is what product is right for your application. There are varied processes in how PTFE sheet is manufactured, involving sintering the PTFE into a billet form and then skiving it into a sheet, or having sintered PTFE sheet manufactured from a moulding process. Fillers or fibres can be added in both processes to reduce the creep behaviour. In another process of calendaring (where the sheet is made from a Tef-



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These gaskets were tested at 1500 psi at 500°F for one hour. The restructured Teflon (left) lost only 6% of its initial pressure, while the skived Teflon (right) lost 60% of its initial pressure.

lon cake, as it were), the sheet is sintered, creating a sheet with a very even homogenous structure throughout the entire manufactured sheet, thus dramatically creep. With any different processes, there are different costs associated with the various manufacturing techniques and these affect the cost to the end user. For example, prices in Canada can range anywhere from $750 for a 1/8x60x60-in. glass-filled, sintered PTFE product, up to $3,000 for the same size sheet manufactured from the calendared process – also known as the restructured process. Pulp and paper mills in Canada use a wide range of PTFE gaskets in their facilities. As an example, for an application using sodium hydroxideor or sodium borohydride in the bleachery portion of the mill, the specifications call for a gasket manufactured from a restructured sheet process. This gasket is four times the price of a glass-filled, sintered process gasket. In 85% of all applications, sintered PTFE products will work as well as restructured Teflon. Researching and finding the correct gasketing product for each particular flange is the real challenge in increasing production and reducing costs. The new PTFE has a wide range of fillers that can be incorporated into the sheet to meet many chemical service needs, including barite, synthetic and mineral silica, barium sulphate or hollow glass micro-spheres. Each filler has a specific service application for use with a particular chemical in a particular flange. In the past few years, there have been PTFE resin shortages, resulting in large price increases being passed on to the manufacturers, resulting in an increased cost of finished sheet goods for the consumer. Those higher costs have not fallen all the way back from pre-shortage levels in Canada. Also, the Canadian market is now experiencing the introduction of restructured sheet from China at a significant cost savings to the industrial gasket consumer. The choices are numerous and the cost savings to the consumer can be tremendous. But the work involves finding a reliable supplier/manufacturer to guide you in the correct direction for the most effective cost savings when purchasing PTFE gasketing products. The highest-price gasket product is not always the best selection. So just because it’s PTFE and it is white, it might not be right for your application. MRO Bill Searle is with Canada Rubber Group Inc., Bowmanville, ON.

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1-3/16 in. to 5 in. Split units are drop-in replacements for RPB, RFB and RFP spherical roller bearings with the added options of split bearings and split sleeves. EDT Corp. Online Reader Inquiry No. 453

Corrosion-resistant bearings withstand washdowns

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▼ Bearings are greaseless, non-corrosive and available fully split

EDT has added Type E bearings to its Solution line of severe-service bearings. These bearings have high load capacity and the same dimensional footprint as industry-standard Type E tapered roller bearings, along with the advantages of being non-corrosive and greaseless. They are constructed with a 304 stainless housing, a Poly-Sphere plane bearing that is made from a high-performance polymer, plus a 316 stainless locking sleeve. The plane bearing design makes it possible to offer completely split inserts in addition to split housings. The bearings are available in one-piece or split styles of pillow blocks, four bolts and piloted housings for shaft sizes from

Parker TexLoc PTFE 4:1 heat shrink tubing’s large expansion ratio enables it to protect objects that heat shrink products having a smaller expansion ratio cannot. Operating in temperatures of up to 260°C (500°F), it is designed to protect instruments, cables and other objects from heat, abrasion and chemical hazards in harsh environments. A key advantage is its ability to easily slip over objects with protrusions or irregular shapes and still provide a snug fit. When heated, the tubing conforms to the size and shape of the original object, providing a protective covering. It may also be used to repair electrical wiring, fittings, cords and other objects. It meets specification AMS-DTL 23053/12A Class 5, ASTM D2902 Type 1, and AMS 3584A. Sizes range from 2 mm (0.078 in.) expanded, up to 31 mm (1-1/4 in.) expanded. Custom sizes, long lengths, colours and samples are available. Parker Hannifin

RBI Bearing has issued a brochure detailing its corrosion-resistant bearings. These bearings are built to endure any extreme activity. The stainless steel and thermoplastic units stand up to the toughest conditions in industries such as food processing, bottling, pharmaceutical and agricultural. Heat resistant, washable and affordable, the units are resistant to chemicals and cleaning, and withstand washdowns. They feature a solid base housing and use Mobil FM222 food-grade grease. RBI Bearing

Heat shrink fits snugly to protect irregularly shaped objects

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▼ Explosion-proof LED light is for hazardous locations

An explosion-proof LED light designed to provide the operational benefits of LED lighting technology combined with the reliability of failsafe operation has been introduced by Larson Electronics. The EPL-EMG-48-4L-LED-G2 LED

Condition-monitoring technology prevents bearing damage

SKF Insight smart technology enables SKF bearings to communicate their operating conditions continuously, with all the intelligence integrated inside the bearing, including self-power, sensors, cables and data-acquisition electronics. This integrated diagnostic technology can make condition monitoring more widely applicable, especially in applications where it was previously impractical or impossible, and provides greater control over the life cycle of machinery, leading to lower total costs while increasing reliability and machinery uptime. The technology monitors the conditions that can cause bearing damage from the first microscopic effect as it happens, allowing users to take remedial action to avoid increased damage in the bearing. Features include miniaturization and packaging of sensor technologies to measure critical parameters such as rpm, temperature, velocity, vibration, load, lubrication and more. SKF Canada Online Reader Inquiry No. 451

emergency light is fitted with second-generation LED tubes for enhanced output and longevity and features a built-in battery backup system for continued operation even in the event of complete power failures and outages. It is UL approved Class 1 Division 1 & 2 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 for use in areas where flammable chemical and petrochemical vapours are present, and also carries paint spray booth certification with a T6 temperature rating. Larson Electronics Online Reader Inquiry No. 454

Overhung load adaptors feature corrosion-protected steel shafts

Overhung load adaptors are often used in severe operating environments. To meet this challenge, ZeroMax is offering as an option a corrosion-resistant finish for the shafts of its overhung load adaptors, suitable for use in brick and block machinery, oil drilling equipment, mining equipment and vehicles, forestry machinery, marine equipment, and off-highway vehicles. The process, which not only has greater corrosion resistance, but also has improved wear characteristics, is offered at a substantial savings when compared to stainless steel shafting. Designed for either face or foot mounting, standard units are available in over 50 models with input bore sizes that range from 5/8 in. to 3-1/2 in. All models are available

▼ with the corrosion-protection process. Zero-Max Online Reader Inquiry No. 456

Key sockets securely grip worn and corroded valve nuts

Lowell’s valve key sockets are designed to engage badly worn or corroded valve nuts, saving time, money and frustration. Easy to use, the tool comes in a durable, compact case containing three different sizes that can handle anything from standard 2-in. square nuts on down to 1-13/16-in. Boston gate nuts. The kit also includes an attachment plate and a 3-in. screw for easy mounting of the socket on any standard key. Lowell Online Reader Inquiry No. 457 MRO

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Two models expand saw blade series for specific applicatons

Milwaukee Electric Tool has expanded its application-specific Sawzall blade offering with two new blades, the ductwork blade and drywall access blade. The ductwork blade has been engineered to address the frustrations encountered when installing ductwork take-offs, where the main duct line branches off into subsidiary lines. Engineered with a pierce-point tip, the blade plunges into sheet metal with ease and the tapered profile design allows the blade to make both radius and square cuts, accommodating any type of take-off installation. The drywall access blade is for plumbing and electrical service work behind installed drywall. At only 2-1/2 in. long, it is designed to cleanly cut through up to 5/8-in. drywall without puncturing existing pipe or wire. Milwaukee Tool Online Reader Inquiry No. 330

Ratchet’s design allows access to fasteners in extremely tight spaces

For use in a variety of concrete, masonry and stone applications, Metabo’s carbide-tipped SDS-Plus Ultra-X drill bit features a 4 by 90-degree solid carbide head that reduces vibration and drills precise holes. When the bit is drilling in reinforced concrete, its flute design prevents lock-up when rebar is encountered and it quickly removes dust through its short, wide channels. A chisel-shaped bit head penetrates material rapidly, and various design characteristics contribute to fast drilling, long bit and tool life, and ease of operation. Bit diameters range from 3/16 in. to 9/16 in., with drilling depths from 2 in. to 16 in. Metabo Online Reader Inquiry No. 423

3 degrees. It has an easy-to-clean, full polish chrome finish and comes in three drive sizes: 1/4 in., 3/8 in. and 1/2 in. The ratchet exceeds ASME strength requirements and its long handle is ergonomically designed to provide comfort and a good grip for users. The design makes it easy for automotive technicians to reach fasteners in severely limited access applications. The teardrop-shaped head has a low profile, which also improves access in tight spaces. The ratchets are sold separately and come in select SAE/ metric standard/deep socket sets. Apex Tool Group Online Reader Inquiry No. 417

The GearWrench 120XP ratchet from Apex Tool Group features 120 positions for every full rotation, allowing it to turn fasteners with a swing arc of as little as

Drill bit’s solid carbide head ensures fast drilling, long service life

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schedules up to 60 in. in diameter to produce square cuts with no HAZ (heat affected zone) is available from Esco Tool. The saw is suitable for cutting all pipe schedules of P-91, Super Duplex stainless steel and other hard materials, and comes with glass-fibre-reinforced abrasive or diamond-tipped carbide blades. The stainless steel band assembly clamps around pipe from 6 in. to 60 in. in diameter. Capable of cutting a 10-in. Sch. 160 pipe in under 10 minutes, the saw has a 3-hp pneumatic motor and cuts pipe walls up to 4-3/4 in. thick. It features four v-grooved stainless steel roll guides, mounts rigidly on the pipe trolley, is fully supported to reduce strain on the operator and glides smoothly around the pipe. Esco Tool

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Pipe bevelling cutter blades direct heat away from pipe surface

Designed for machining highly alloyed pipe, Esco Millhog cutter blades for the company's line of welding end prep tools

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are made from T-15 tool steel and feature a chip breaker that gets under the material being machined and directs heat away from the pipe. Producing a thick chip without cutting oils, the blades are offered with a hard lube coating that adds lubricity and extends blade service life. Suitable for torchedoff heavy-wall pipe made of P-91, Super Duplex stainless steel and other hard materials, the blades mount securely in the tools using the EscoLock wedgestyle rigid blade lock system. They are available with any angle of prep, from 37-1/2 degrees to 10 degrees, and compound bevels. Esco Tool

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KSB Service - skills you can count on KSB Pumps Inc. has expanded its service facilities to provide you with a full range of service repair options for your pumps, regardless of the manufacturer. Hard-to-find spare parts? No problem, we have the resources to locate or re-manufacture everything you need. Technology that drives success! Link to Renold Jeffrey video

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in products, systems, components and accessories for machinery and equipment MRO (maintenance, repair and operations).

Beam coupling for encoder feedback systems accommodates misalignment

Ruland Manufacturing's beam couplings are designed specifically for encoder feedback systems. The company's P and MW series beam couplings offer high misalignment capabilities with low bearing loads. Machined from a single piece of aluminum or stainless steel, these couplings feature two sets of two spiral cuts for increased torsional rigidity, accuracy and repeatability compared to single beam couplings. The multiple cut pattern accommodates angular misalignment and axial motion, but is particularly advantageous when parallel misalignment is present. Standard bore sizes are available in inch, metric and inch-to-metric combinations ranging from 3 mm to 12 mm and 3/32 in. to 1/2 in. Larger bore sizes, keyways and anodizing are among the options available by special order. RotoPrecision Online Reader Inquiry No. 489

Cat. 6A and EA transfer performance and is IEC/PAS 61076-2-109 compliant for the 8-wire Ethernet environment. The mating face performs two tasks: shielding in the connector area (shielded wire pairs) and the coding of the mating face, while ensuring fault-free plugging with other 8-pole M12 connectors. A connection error with other 8-pole M12s is impossible. Harting

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is a specially reinforced, bonded wheel with a mix of high-performance abrasives that delivers ultra-thin, straight cuts while resisting bending. It features a raised centre for extra rigidity, durability and thinness that ensures long life and true straight cuts with minimal friction and no vibration. Manufactured with an iron-free mix, the wheel will not contaminate stainless steel. It avoids discoloration of the workpiece and cuts burr-free, reducing post-cut finishing. Applications include air/water filter manufacturers, HVAC/plumbing/electrical, body shops, elevators and conveyors, aerospace/transportation, and more. Walter Surface Technologies Online Reader Inquiry No. 491

Face protection system provides wearer with all-day comfort

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Ultra-thin cutting wheel offers low cost per cut

▼ Tapping/cutting paste clings to cutting edge for constant lubrication

A problem for fabricators and machinists is that very little tapping or cutting oil stays at a tool’s cutting edge, where it is needed. Most of it ends up running down onto the I-beam, floor, bench or bed of a machine tool. To solve this problem, Jokisch has introduced Econo 897 paste, which clings well to taps and cutters while working on all materials, especially stainless. When a cutting edge begins to heat up, the paste begins to melt, flow and follow the tap or cutter through the material, providing constant lubrication without waste. For many shops, a 26.9-oz. tin can equal 4-5 gal. of regular tapping oil. The paste also is available in an 8.8-oz. tin and 11-lb. size. A chlorine-free formula is available for industries that require it. Intercon Enterprises

The Zip One Type 27 high-performance, extrathin cut-off wheel from Walter Surface Technologies is designed for cutting in thin-gauge metal (under 3-mm, 1/8 in. thick). It

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replacement visors, all sold separately for versatility. A secure pushbutton release system enables easy visor exchange in seconds, while large, ergonomic adjustment knobs allow wearers to achieve a comfortable fit. Features include a dual-hinge system, which enables the visor to slide back 7 in. for improved balance and weight distribution, while increasing overhead clearance by up to 4 in., and an integrated brim guard, which ensures a gap-free fit and added protection from overhead debris. The hard hat adapter is compatible with caps from Fibre-Metal, North and most other leading brands. Honeywell Safety Products


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Harting has added a slim-design version to its har-speed X-Code M12 connector line-up developed for the type of Cat. 6A

Suitable for workers who are exposed to falling or flying objects, impacts, splashes or airborne debris, Honeywell Safety Products’ Uvex Turboshield face protection system provides protection, comfort and ease-of-use for the wearer. The system includes headgear, a hard hat adaptor and

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Gigabit Ethernet installations used in machine and plant automation. The connector, with crimp connection, works in any application requiring an X-Code M12 connector, but especially those where space is an issue. The external diameter is only 16.5 mm to facilitate high-integration density on devices such as switches. The design features a robust housing capable of resisting torques greater than 1.5 Nm. It delivers

The Control Tech industrial torque wrench from Snap-on Industrial unites torque and angle in a single mode to provide control torque accuracy to plus or minus 2% clockwise, plus or minus 3% counterclockwise, and control angle accuracy to plus or minus 1% of reading. Made to withstand demanding applications, it features a rugged, all-steel construction for durability on the jobsite. The large, backlit LCD screen provides enhanced visibility in a variety of working conditions, with storage capacity for 1,500 readings. Features include 3/8-in. or 1/2-in. drive-sealed flex head, or optional interchangeable head versions, 40 fully programmable, lockable memory presets, and easy-to-use software to download data for audit and analysis. Four models are available. Snap-on Industrial


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Get credit for new fluid dispensing system when trading in old one

Techcon Systems has introduced a trade-in program for its fluid dispensing systems. Under the program, customers can trade in outdated, functioning or non-functioning dispensing systems and receive monetary credits that can be applied towards the purchase of new Techcon systems. There is no limit on the number of trade-ins or occurrences, and customers can receive up to $100.00 per trade-in dispensing system. To participate in the program, customers fill out a trade-in registration form, available from a local distributor or via e-mail from the company’s technical support at, to determine how much the old dispenser is worth. Upon receipt of the equipment, a credit voucher will be issued that can be redeemed on future dispenser orders. The trade-in offer expires on December 31, 2013, and credits expire six months from date of issue. Techcon Systems Online Reader Inquiry No. 488

Rigid shaft coupling joins unsupported shafts in variety of applications

A full line of rigid shaft couplings that come in a broad range of types, sizes and materials for joining unsupported shafts in applications ranging from delicate instruments to large mixers and pumps is available from Stafford Manufacturing. The shaft couplings are offered in one-, two- and three-piece designs, with or without keyways, in sizes ranging from 1/8 in. to 4 in. I.D. Featuring multiple clamping screws for optimum holding power, these rigid couplings provide the ability to securely join all types of unsupported shafts, and are easy to remove for periodic maintenance and repair. Machined from stainless steel, steel and aluminum, they have a smooth bore to protect shafts and thin-wall tubing. Heavy-duty and re-machinable couplings also are available. Stafford Manufacturing Online Reader Inquiry No. 308

Parker's mechanical crimp connection (MCC) eliminates time-consuming, costly welding and ensures a reliable, leak-free connection. It consists of a onepiece crimp adapter with bite ring and internal sealing. When crimped, the bite ring attaches to the pipe and secures the adapter. The MCC achieves NPS pipe connections in the most common weld sizes, ranging from 1 in. to 2 in. Whether the system is transferring fluid at lower pressures or operating at high dynamic hydraulic pressures, MCC offers a working pressure capability of nearly 5,000 psi for many applications. Multiple end configurations, including retaining ring style code 61/62, male and female O-ring face seal, male and female 37-degree flare, and male and female NPT, are available to ensure system compliance with SAE and/or ISO standards. The MCC is suitable for a wide range of applications in industrial processing, construction, large mobile equipment, and oil and gas operations. Parker Hannifin Online Reader Inquiry No. 403

Vertical reservoir mounts decrease overall footprint

Vertical pump/motor mounts are designed to allow for direct mounting to a reservoir lid. Lovejoy Hydraulics vertical mounts are available for NEMA C-face motor frame sizes from 56C to 256TC for most SAE and metric twoand four-bolt pumps. All mounts come with hardware to attach the pump and motor to the mount. In most applications, the same motor hardware is used to assemble the mount right to the lid as well. If mounting from the top of the lid, gaskets to ensure a leak-free seal are available. Benefits of these costeffective vertical mounts are: horizontal space savings; safe and quiet operation; easy assembly and proper alignment of pump, coupling and motor; containment of pump leaks in the tank; and minimization of pump inlet condition considerations (less suction head pressure). Lovejoy Online Reader Inquiry No. 409

▼ Super-flexible PVDF tubing resists permeation and abrasion

Parker Hannifin extrudes PVDF tubing in a Flex and SuperFlex design for critical applications where abrasion and/or permeation is typically a problem. PVDF

Double C-face coupler brake reduces inventory and maintenance costs

Force Control Industries has developed a double C-face coupler brake that mounts on the drive end of a standard C-Face motor. Mounting the brake between the reducer and motor allows a standard C-face motor to be used. This eliminates the need to purchase and stock both a brake motor and a standard C-face motor, simplifying inventory and reducing costs. The use of oil shear brakes also reduces maintenance costs. The Posistop air-actuated and the MagnaShear electrically actuated coupler brakes never need adjustment, and last longer without maintenance. A simple annual fluid change, without removing the motor, is all that is required. Applications include palletizers, packaging machinery, airline baggage handling systems, concrete block manufacturing, cranes and more. Force Control Industries Online Reader Inquiry No. 495

is an engineered fluoropolymer designed with enhanced durometer properties (Shore D hardness of D75-D85). PVDF also exhibits low extractable levels, while providing high mechanical strength and good resistance to many chemicals and solvents. As a result, it is often used in applications requiring high purity, strength and resistance to solvents. It is also very flexible and has a 94-VO rating, hence it does not promote flame spread and resists combustion. Available from the company's Texloc product line, the tubing comes in standard sizes ranging from 1/8-in. up to 1-in. O.D. Parker Hannifin Online Reader Inquiry No. 350

▼ Inch couplings allow for very large angular misalignments

The S50CLM and S50SCLP series of inch couplings from Sterling Instrument feature a lattice design that allows for very large axial, radial and angular misalignments while transmitting high torque loads with zero backlash. The 35 couplings feature a maximum angular offset of 7 degrees. Their bores range from 0.125 in. to 1.250 in., and other bores are available on special order. Their maximum torque ranges from 5 lbf-in. to 300 lbf-in. The hubs are made of 6061 aluminum and the discs of 420 stainless steel or polyamide resin, while the end flanges are made of 416 stainless steel. A complete series of 24 metric lattice couplings with similar specs also is available. Sterling Instrument Online Reader Inquiry No. 307

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Dual VFD unit guarantees continuous operation with no mechanical bypass for HVAC motors

Cerus Industrial has enhanced its P-Series line of variable frequency drives with a redundant VFD unit. The Redundant Drive Panel (RDP) is designed to provide an economical HVAC motor control solution that maintains full control of an application if the primary drive fails. In the event of a failure, the backup VFD continues to run, using the same control signal as the primary drive. Every precaution has been taken to isolate each drive, thus isolating any problems that could occur and protecting the functionality of the working VFD. Care has been taken in the design so that lightning strikes, power surges and other damaging events cannot bring down the system Available from 1 hp to 125 hp, the drives support frequencies from 10 Hz to 120 Hz. Cerus Industrial

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Website features capping solutions for bottling industry

Warner Electric has launched an updated and expanded website, http://www.capping, that provides a comprehensive resource for capping solutions used in the bottling industry. The website showcases the company's magnetic headsets, featuring smooth torque technology, which eliminates over-tightened caps. Engineered cap chuck solutions are also offered, including fixed, quick connect and mechanical chucks. Information is also provided for stainless steel anti-rotation knives that improve operating life and increase efficiency. Other website content includes product design features, headset and chuck interchange information, and rebuild and exchange program information. The site also features capping packages designed specifically for dairy applications that are 100% interchangeable with the capping machinery found in dairy plants today. Altra Industrial Motion Online Reader Inquiry No. 310


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Industry supplier inaugurates new facility with fanfare




Montreal – Walter Surface Technologies opened the doors to some 300 guests at its recently completed International Campus, which includes an automated mixing and bottling plant for its BioCircle products. The August 22 inauguration took place at the company’s headquarters in Montreal. For this evening event, Walter converted its warehouse into a spectacular reception hall. Pierre Somers, chairman and CEO of Walter Surface Technologies International, welcomed his guests: “We have the automation, the processes, and the facility to help us execute our core value

1. CEO Pierre Somers cuts a chain to officially open the new facility. 2. Workers attack steel with large grinders in synchrony with music from Wagner’s Rise of the Valkyries.

Walter’s new international campus is LEED Gold-certified.

of delivering products and solutions that help our customers work better. Today, this focus on ‘making green work’ is leading to the development of environmentally helpful initiatives, which are increasingly welcome in our industry.” Walter presented its corporate vision and numerous company products in several rooms, with dynamic and static dis-

plays worthy of a fine art gallery. A large mural presented the company history, which reaches back to 1952. Large photographs captured gritty industrial scenes. Workers around the displays polished and ground steel, and a small museum showed off early company tools. Disposable aerosol cans that filled a glass case symbolized the antithesis of Walter’s ethic of green products and sustainability.

In the 15,000 sq. ft. (1,394 sq m) BioCircle complex, totes and large tanks on the second floor sat ready to deliver ingredients to mixers. Around the corner from an explosion-proof room for filling small orders, the bottling and labelling line waited for product. Large monitors showed photographs of system activity. For more information, visit the website at MRO

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IDI recognizes member achievements

Left and centre photos courtesy of Walter. Right photo: Carroll McCormick

September 2013


Quebec City – IDI Independent Distributors Inc. held its annual Summer Conference and Supplier Summit in Quebec City June 4-7, 2013, where Bruce Mitchell of Northern Metalic Sales Ltd., Fort St. John, BC, was named the new chairman of the board of directors of the Canadian industrial distribution network. IDI was founded in 1981 as a business group of industrial distributors that wanted to retain their independence in the rapidly changing marketplace. It currently has more than 100 member companies in over 200 locations across Canada. The members specialize in bearings, fluid power products, industrial supplies, janitorial supplies, power transmission products and safety supplies. Awards were presented at the event to the best distribution customers of IDI, including Rob Inglis of Charles Jones Industrial Inc., Nanticoke, ON; Peter

Dunn of RDM Industrial Ltd., St. John’s, NF; and Jen Sturgeon of Source Atlantic, Saint John, NB. Chris Kidney of Sunny Corners Enterprises Inc., Miramachi, NB, won the award for the largest dollar increase ($80,000). Pierre Guay of SPI Health & Safety, Blainville, QC, received the award for the largest dollar increase in rebate dollars for 2012 over 2011 ($186,676). Import support awards were presented to Benoit Dickner of Dickner Inc., Rimouski, QC, and Robert Lafreniere of Outil Pac Inc., Ville Mont-Royal, QC. Lafreniere also received IDI’s Member of the Year award. He’s been a member of IDI for 12 years. His full support for the IDI import vision helped him reach a high growth in rebate numbers over the past couple of years. Lafreniere also has been on the IDI board of directors for the past four years and is currently serving MRO as IDI’s treasurer.



1. A gathering of IDI’s $100,000+ rebate cheque earners. 2. The conference was attended by Bobby Rochon and Sylvain Lortie of Outillage Industriel Québec Ltée, Quebec City; Mark Levac of Levac Supply Ltd., Kingston, ON; Pierre Guay of SPI Health and Safety Inc., Blainville, QC;

Steve Drummond of Source Atlantic, Chris Kidney of Sunny Corners Enterprises, Pierre Guay of SPI Health and Safety Inc., and Bruce Mitchell of Northern Metalic, IDI’s new chairman.


Vicky Bourgault and Guy Desroches of PSB Sécurité, Bonaventure, QC; and Kirk Weinmaster of Le Groupe JSV, Blainville, QC. 3. Rob Inglis receives his award from IDI’s Scott Bebenek. 4. Benoit Dickner and Robert Lafreniere are flanked by IDI vice-president of supplier relations John Morrison (left) and IDI president Scott Bebenek. 5. Member appreciation awards were presented by IDI staff to Rob Inglis, Peter Dunn and Jen Sturgeon.


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R O A D September 2013

PTDA Canadian Conference focuses on team building

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PTDA’s 12th annual Canadian Conference set a new high when a recordbreaking 250 participants gathered in Toronto June 6-8. Canadian distributors and their manufacturing partners met to network and hear about building effective teams, insights on sales management and end-user market updates. Held at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, the conference kicked off with the fourth annual Industry Showcase, featuring more than 30 companies displaying their latest products on tables set up in a conference room. This was followed over the course of the next two days by sessions selected by a committee of industry volunteers. Developing Star Power was the topic of Mike Lipkin of Environics Research Group, Toronto, one of Canada’s leading research houses. He emphasized how a personal focus on being a catalyst for building good teams can make working for your company an extraordinary experience. Renewable Energies in the Mining Sector was the theme of a talk by Dr. Dean Millar, Mirarco Research Chair of Energy and Mining at Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON. He discussed renewable energies in the mining industry and explained how one mine, Nickel Rim South in Sudbury, could reduce its fossil energy consumption by 40%. Gord Duncan, president of SPAR Consulting Inc., Toronto, and former president of Kinecor (now Wajax), discussed how distributors can maximize their chances for growth and profitability. According to Duncan, distributors need to do three things: 1) figure out how to properly price their products and services, 2) find out where their sales forces


are going, and 3) find a way to build stronger relationships with suppliers. Greg Taylor, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing, Toronto, shared his successes and failures. Taylor’s message was that consumers drive your brand. “Branding is not what you say about your product, but what the consumer says about you based on their cumulative experience with your brand at every touch point.” PTDA Canadian Conference attendees got to experience first-hand the culture of the company with a dinner event and tours at Steam Whistle Brewing. Consultant and author Joe Ellers of Clemson, SC, spoke of the importance of offering defined, quantified and proveable benefits to customers, or risk being only able to compete on price. A highlight of the conference for many PTDA members was a visit by Toronto Argonauts legend Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons of Oakville, ON. He inspired attendees in his closing keynote, sharing his four-pronged message: stay pumped, know what drives you, understand that leadership is doing more with less, and adversity in life is guaranteed so it’s how you deal with adversity that dictates how successful you will be. His main takeaway was “Do one thing really, really well.” PTDA is represents 172 power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $11 billion in sales and span over 3,400 locations in 10 countries. PTDA members also include over 200 manufacturers and associated companies that supply the PT/MC industry. For more information, visit MRO








1. Speaker Greg Taylor, Steam Whistle Brewing. 2. Speaker Gord Duncan, SPAR Consulting. 3. Keynote speaker Mike Lipkin. 4. Steve Dombrowski, Carlisle Transportation Products, with Angie Bisante and Tony Bisante, RBI Bearing. 5. Paul Bernard, Oswaldo Almeida and David Heal, NSK Canada. 6. Dave Strutt and Bill Childers, C&U Bearings. 7. Russ Perry and Mel Langford, Diamond Chain Company. 8. Jeff Lunn and Ron Sowinski, Applied Industrial Technologies. 9. Brian Short, Kaydon Corporation, and John Grainger, Cooper-Grainger Canada. 10. Jean-Marie Fink, JMF Consulting, and Tom O'Brien, The Ralphs-Pugh Company. 11. Denys Bolanos and Dale Grosset, Lafert North America. 12. John Miles and Gregg Robinson, RotoPrecision. 12

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Schaeffler, with our INA and FAG brands, has set a standard that is unrivaled throughout the industry by offering innovative products and unmatched support services that can dramatically improve the performance and reliability of pumps used in wastewater, dewatering and petrochemical applications. Here’s why this is no idle boast: Innovative Products Schaeffler’s latest generation of double-row angular contact bearings in X-life™ quality generate less friction, put less stress on lubricants and enable lower operating temperatures. Thanks to higher ball quality, improved raceway surfaces and more precise dimensional and running tolerances, the bearing’s internal friction is significantly reduced. As a result, higher speeds or longer bearing operating life can be achieved. So reliability goes up, and energy consumption goes down. Groundbreaking Technology X-life is Schaeffler’s designation for premium products from our INA and FAG brands that offer engineers completely new design perspectives. Thanks to superfinished raceway surfaces that ensure smooth, uniform running characteristics, maximum load-carrying capacity and superior rigidity, the operating life of X-life bearings is considerably longer than standard bearings under identical operating conditions. Alternatively, higher loads can now be applied while maintaining the same rating life values. Unmatched Engineering Support The industry’s most comprehensive suite of calculation software, BEARINX® is Schaeffler’s cutting-edge program for performing rolling bearing and linear guidance system calculations. One of our latest modules, BEARINXonline “Easy Friction” enables customers - free-of-charge - to calculate all of the friction forces at the discrete points of the contact surfaces inside the bearing. When it comes to bearings for your pumps, don’t just go with the flow. Go with Schaeffler.

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