Maintenance Repair and Operations Blog

This blog focuses on industries that require active plant maintenance, total productive maintenance and preventative maintenance. These include mining, pulp & paper and many more. Subscribe to stay ahead of maintenance industry trends.

Maintenance personnel know how important cleaning is to maintaining efficient turbines. Airborne particles inevitably ingress into the gas turbine compressor, fouling the air path surface. This leads to reduced efficiency and increased fuel consumption. The question is whether the cleaning should be done online or offline. Both methods are complementary, and both are important. In […]

In oil and gas terms, a decade is little more than a heartbeat. According to the American Petroleum Institute, it can take up to 10 years just to bring an offshore well from leasing to production, and even longer in areas with no preexisting infrastructure. After spending so much time and potentially billions of dollars […]

For MRO professionals, cleanup counts as maintenance. It may sound obvious, but cleaning can sometimes be a neglected part of the process. Industrial equipment works best when it’s clean. Let it go too long and you’ll undoubtedly get a reminder of why you shouldn’t forget or ignore it. Machines will start to operate less efficiently, […]

With industrial equipment, when surfaces in motion come in contact with each other or harsh environments, there is often progressive damage that results in loss of material from exposed surfaces. This is classified as wear. By definition, wear is the removal of the material from the surface of a solid body as a result of […]

Spatter is one of those words that sounds harmless enough. Spatter: Spray, sprinkle, speck, splash, shower, splotch. A spatter doesn’t carry the powerful connotation of a flood or a gush. But when you’re talking about droplets of molten material landing on a metal surface, spatter can be a costly nuisance. Welders know that spatter matters. […]

Loosening of fasteners is one of the major causes of industrial equipment failure, resulting in millions of dollars of unscheduled downtime costs each year.  In many cases, fasteners that self-loosen during equipment operation may contribute to wear and fatigue, and result in poor operating tolerances and misalignment. Various types of differential stresses such as vibration […]

Anti-seize formulations have been around since the 1940s, but too often remain an afterthought in the MRO applications for which they were created. Yes, using an anti-seize lubricant adds an extra step to the repair or maintenance process, but the benefits of doing so – time saved, equipment replacement costs saved, downtime reduced – far […]

Few working environments are as demanding as those found throughout the mining industry. Machinery that is subject to severe vibration and internal wear must be kept running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Equipment failure has to be avoided at all costs, as downtime means money lost.  We’ve been serving the mining industry […]

At a time when companies have less capital to invest in new equipment, the necessity to extend equipment life through maintenance has never been greater.   Industrial centrifugal pumps are as expensive as they are essential in nearly every industry. As such, they provide an ideal opportunity to illustrate the benefits of improving performance and […]

It’s hard to believe that something as fragile as a piece of paper is created in one of the most grueling manufacturing environments.  Heat and dust, both unavoidable at paper mills, can have a detrimental effect on equipment. Machines must endure high levels of mechanical wear and tear, while ever-increasing production speeds require maintenance solutions […]