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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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It’s typically the top priority for maintenance engineers: boost plant reliability and efficiency. One way to achieve this is to prevent equipment failure before it can happen.  Of course it isn’t always possible, but there are areas where failure is more likely to happen. Scheduled maintenance activities based on these predictions can reduce production costs […]

Equipment failure is an unwelcome but unavoidable reality that impacts production time, order fulfillment and workplace safety. Fortunately, an analysis of past incidents can help in identifying the areas where failure is most likely to happen, often before a worst-case scenario results.  Here are five examples of the most common MRO challenges, and what can […]

One of the objectives of MRO is to approach maintenance and repair as a proactive endeavor. When maintenance professionals are forced to be reactive to equipment issues, the result is usually expensive repairs and extensive downtime.  But with so many companies struggling to keep up with a greater workload and fewer personnel, doing this on […]