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Southern Ontario branches
combine their strengths
In-depth profiles of
Linamar, HAZCO, Niedner,
Sandrin Services, SMAG
Industries, and more!
Kinecor and Peacock are now proud
to be Wajax Industrial Components
We are a nationwide distributor of industrial components providing
technical solutions and services to all major industries across Canada.
Over the years our company has forged itself through the contributions
of numerous businesses, resulting in our present-day expertise.
Kinecor, one of Wajax Corporation’s three divisions, will now share
the Wajax name. The Wajax company has existed for over 150 years
and is largely recognized within the industrial sector of the Canadian
Kinecor and Peacock began operating under the Wajax Industrial
Components name as of December 31st, 2011. Only the name of
our facilities – head ofﬁce, distribution centres and branches – have
changed; their locations remain the same.
VOLUME 8 • NUMBER 1 • SPRING/SUMMER 2012
The real strengths of Southern Ontario
“We want to be solution providers. Not order takers,” says
Wajax Industrial Components Regional Manager Troy Miller.
branches emerge by combining
10. Ready and Able
Linamar’s one-man shop grows
into a Canadian success story
16. Ready to Roll
Sandrin Services is prepared
to tackle any emergency
Columns & Sections
52. So Long, Sault
05. President’s Page
54. Tech Tips
60. Product Showcase
Larry Cronin retires after 48 years of service
— and 3 generations of Hugh O’Neills
SMAG Industries builds a business
with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
Know the Hose
Every hydraulic hose should be
STAMPED before it’s ordered
The Finer Points
Filters the key to protecting
mobile hydraulics systems
32. Green Shoots, Bright Ideas
Innovative ideas take root
in Great Lakes Greenhouses
Niedner Knows Hose
Company’s hoses thrive
in hostile environments
Feeding the Need
Moyno pumps and a
feed mill’s 2nd rebirth
46. Water Ways
Hazco purification systems
watch over waste water
48. Tame the “Power Hogs”
Air-operated diaphragm pumps
are more efficient than ever
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HEAVY INDUSTRIAL DRIVES
The in-house development of SEW-Eurodrive’s new X-Series heavy industrial
gear units is nearly unrivaled with its fine size graduation that covers the
torque range from 5000 to 350,000 ft-lb. The large number of pre-defined
accessories offers a high degree of flexibility for adapting to a broad range
of application situations with a minimum of components at maximum utility.
X SERIES PRODUCT RANGE
Helical and bevel-helical
Ratios from 6:400 to 12:400
Torque capacities to 350,000 ft-lb.
MC CoMpACT SERIES
The MC Compact’s parallel shaft design
provides for an extremely low-maintenance
drive that fits in very tight spaces. The eight
models in this series enable you to fine tune
exactly the right solution for your requirements, and can be mounted in virtually
any position in applications such as heavy
conveyor systems, large mixers and travel
drives for cranes.
NEW Industrial Gear Units
MC COMPACT SERIES PRODUCT RANGE
Helical and bevel-helical
Ratios from 7:1 to 112:1 and beyond
with geared inputs
Double and triple reductions
Torque capacities to 48,000 ft-lb.
SEW-Eurodrive P Series combination
planetary gear units are designed with the
motor mounted integrally to the input of
the planetary gear unit – no traditional
couplings or adapter flanges are required.
Both inline co-axial and right angle configurations are available. And the P Series is
a standardized product, so you can order it
directly from our catalog, saving time and
money. Ideal wherever large loads must be
moved at low speeds.
X tra robust housing
X tremely fine torque
X traordinarily flexible
P SERIES PRODUCT RANGE
Helical and bevel-helical
X ceptionally effective
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Discussions about the state of Canada’s economy often revolve around the
resource sector – particularly when commodity values are high -- and there is
no overlooking our leadership in everything from oil and natural gas to minerals
But it would be difficult to discuss the overall strength of Canada’s economy
without including its manufacturers.
According to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, every dollar in valueadded output by a manufacturer will generate an estimated $3.05 in total
economic activity. This is larger than the economic multiplier provided by any
business sector. Manufacturing is also the source of 2/3 of our exports of goods
and services, and 3/4 of the research and development in the private sector as
As Canada emerges from the depths of the recession, the business of
making goods is also in full swing. Manufacturing sales reached $49.9 billion
in December, marking increases in 12 of 21 measured industries. Seven sub
sectors climbed to levels that haven’t been seen since before the recession. In
2011, overall manufacturing sales reached $571 billion, up 7.8% over 2010,
with some of the highest sales in petroleum and coal products, primary metals,
machinery and transportation equipment.
At Wajax Industrial Components, we are proud to serve a growing list of
manufacturers behind these numbers, and we have profiled many of their
businesses in this edition of Connections Magazine.
For example, Linamar (p. 10) is easily counted as one of the nation’s economic
success stories. The global enterprise has positioned itself to play an ever-larger
role in the automotive industry as its customers continue to outsource more
business. SMAG Industries is building a global business with Insulated Concrete
Forms (p. 22); Niedner’s hoses have been used to fight some of the world’s
biggest disasters (p. 39); and HAZCO Environmental Services continues to build
the mobile systems that can monitor the water at any construction site (p. 46).
Indeed, in industry after industry, we know that Canada’s manufacturers are
taking a leading role on the global stage.
As this edition’s profile of our Southern Ontario branches will show, Wajax
Industrial Components also offers strengths that can enhance any manufacturer’s
competitive advantage. Our teams can combine expertise in bearings, power
transmission, hydraulics and processing into engineered or re-engineered
solutions of every sort. And we will even document the cost savings that can be
realized by increasing the throughput in any process, or reducing a component’s
Total Cost of Ownership.
We are confident that Canadian manufacturers will continue to innovate,
further strengthening their positions on the world stage.
You can be sure that Wajax Industrial Components will support their work
every step of the way.
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Wajax branches supply a wide array of products across Southern Ontario,
but the real strengths emerge by combining their specialties
By John G. Smith
Southern Ontario businesses turn to Wajax
Industrial Components for a wide array
of products. But Regional Manager Troy
Miller knows that the area’s branches can
do much more than fill a typical purchase
order. The real strengths emerge when there
are opportunities to combine multiple
product lines and expertise.
“Nobody represents the 3 lines of
business that we do including bearings
and power transmission, hydraulics, and
process equipment,” Miller explains, as
the road warrior makes a brief stop in his
Mississauga office. “We want [customers]
to know about the products we offer. But
just as important, we want them to be aware
of our services including repair capabilities
and our extensive engineering services.”
Put another way, companies in the heart
of the region’s manufacturing belt can meet
a long list of needs with a single call.
While the network of branches enjoys
the competitive advantages that come
with extensive inventories and competitive
prices, it can also help to lower a customer’s
administrative costs by reducing the
number of invoices. “If you’re going to
buy your bearings from one company,
your hydraulics from another, and your
processing equipment from another, you’re
really dividing your spending power,” he
• continued on page 8
“We want to be solution providers.
Not order takers.”
~ Wajax Industrial Components
Regional Manager Troy Miller
(Photo: John G. Smith)
SPRING/SUMMER 2012 • Wajax Industrial Components connections • 7
• continued from page 7
Most important, product specialists
are able to reach out to fellow members
of the Wajax team, combining the knowhow of every individual group.
The Concord branch, for example,
includes hydraulic support teams and
engineers who can complete everything
from a pump repair to the design and
fabrication of hydraulic power units. A
single call to that group could streamline
an entire process, rather than requiring
separate trips to an engineering firm
and fabrication facility. “We can design
it, engineer it, stamp it, build it, install
it, and do Preventive Maintenance with
our technical sales team that’s out on the
road,” he says.
The Mississauga branch, meanwhile,
hosts process engineers and the related
product inventories that they need to
provide the same level of service offered
“We use a term called ‘multidisciplinary
solutions,’ and that really identifies
and depicts what we’re trying to do
here at Wajax. In other words, we
want to combine bearings and power
transmission with hydraulics and
process, and bring those all together
in one engineered solution. Nobody
else can offer that,” he says. And since
Wajax already delivers many products,
it is already familiar with the brands that
customers prefer, and can incorporate
these brands into any engineered system.
“This greatly reduces our customer’s
excess and duplicate inventory,” he says.
Customers hardly need to venture very
far for this extensive support. Southern
Ontario branches are now in Belleville,
Concord, Mississauga, Guelph, Stoney
Creek, London, Windsor and Sarnia.
And each of those locations is also
committed to delivering a consistent
level of products and service, which
is particularly important to customers
like Maple Leaf Foods and Linamar that
have facilities established across several
A diverse customer base presents
another advantage. As different as
industries may seem, there are lessons
that can be shared.
PRODUCTIVE INVENTORIES: Wajax Industrial
Components branches, such as the one in
Windsor, Ontario, stock extensive inventories.
(Photo: John G. Smith)
“We’re never going to trade secrets
among competing manufacturers,” Miller
stresses, “but in the automotive world,
you might see an application that could
apply in the food and beverage world.”
The technology used to wash down
equipment in a food and beverage plant,
for example, was recently applied in a
paint booth when a Wajax representative
realized that a less-caustic solution
could help to extend the life of service
Indeed, the branches are doing far more
than pulling stock from their respective
“We want to be solution providers. Not
order takers,” Miller says. “This valueadded service is really what differentiates
us. Anybody can supply you with the
bearing that you need, but what about
when that bearing fails? Or what if you’re
having consistent failures on that piece
of equipment? You want to identify why
that is happening. So let’s go in and take
a look at the application. Maybe there’s
a lubrication problem. OK, great. That
means we can look at an automated
The business approach actually matches
8 • Wajax Industrial Components connections • SPRING/SUMMER 2012
an ongoing shift in the way manufacturers
buy their supplies. Twenty years ago,
purchasing decisions were largely based
on individual relationships between
customers and suppliers, Miller explains.
But today’s purchasing managers also
have extensive price-related information
at their fingertips, whether it comes from
their own internal records or a quick visit
to the Internet. “That puts the customer at
a more advantageous position to reach
out to their distribution base and say,
‘Guys, compete for this, and compete for
everything,’” Miller says.
In this environment, Wajax can
differentiate itself with value-added
services, such as guidance about the right
combination of components that can
increase the throughput in an individual
Of course, this requires a deeper
understanding of the different products.
Says Miller: “We have to have the
technical expertise to be able to go in and
identify that OEM Part ABC is exactly the
same as Part 123. We know that if you
buy Part 123 from us, we have it in stock.
You’re not waiting 10 weeks to get it from
Eliminating downtime related to a
shipment might only be the beginning. A
customer who has turned to the same part
for 25 years, simply because it was used
in the original piece of equipment, may
be missing out on an option that includes
features which permit longer product life.
“Now something like your conveyor is
going to run smoother, and you’re going
to have less wear costs, reducing your
Total Cost of Ownership,” he explains.
“And whether you’re processing chicken
or you’re making tires, you want to make
sure your throughput and up-times are as
high as possible.”
The Wajax Industrial Components
branches will even go so far as to
document the potential savings in writing,
leveraging the information recorded in
a Documented Cost Savings program
which resides in an Enterprise Resource
When everything is combined, it is
truly a valuable package.
• Extended service life under poor lubrication conditions
Tests have been conducted at the SKF Engineering & Research
Centre to verify the service life of bearings made from SKF nextgeneration bearing steel.
The results († diagram 2) show conclusively that upgraded
SKF Explorer bearings last twice as long as the original, when
used under poor lubrication conditions.
• Extended service life under contaminated conditions
The SKF Engineering & Research Centre also performed
endurance tests under contaminated conditions that verified performance improvements of the upgraded SKF Explorer bearings.
These test results showed († diagram 3) that the upgraded
SKF Explorer bearings provide almost twice the service life under
contaminated operating conditions.
Get a tough bearing.
Image used under license from Shutterstock.com.
Service life under poor lubrication conditions
Bearings: 22220 E
Load: 140 kN
Speed: 1 500 r/min
Lubricant: Turbo T 9 mineral oil
Operating temperature = 75 °C
New upgraded SKF Explorer self-aligning
roller bearings can provide up to twice the
Combining clean and homogenous high-quality steel with an
1,5 treatment, new upgraded SKF Explorer bearings
Service life under contaminated conditions
Relative service life
Bearings: 22220 E
have a higher degree of wear resistance. This enables as much
as twice the service life as the original, in applications where
0,5levels of contamination and/or poor lubrication.
there are high
For actual test0results, see www.skf.com/upgrade.
Original SKF Explorer
Upgraded SKF Explorer
Original SKF Explorer
Upgraded SKF Explorer
Extensive SKF testing showed upgraded SKF Explorer
bearings provide almost twice the service life.
The Power of Knowledge Engineering
Ready and Able
Linamar has already grown from a one-man machine shop
into a Canadian success story. That is only the beginning.
By John G. Smith
The early days of the recession were
hardly kind to Canada’s automakers.
The market for new cars imploded;
General Motors and Chrysler needed
government bailouts; long-time industry
suppliers scaled back or closed their
What a difference a few years can
make. Chrysler recently announced
that 2011 was its first profitable year
since 1997. General Motors saw profits
increase 62% between 2010 and 2011,
recording its best bottom line in history.
Most of all, there are more cars making
the trip from assembly line to dealership
and the road.
And Linamar is playing a larger role
than ever before.
The Guelph, Ontario-based business
that Frank Hasenfratz founded as a oneman machine shop in 1966 has grown
into an undeniable Canadian success
story, boasting 39 manufacturing
facilities and a global presence
stretching from North America to
Europe and Asia. Last year alone it
launched more than $450 million in
new programs, securing $200 million
in growth from the domestic market’s
rebounding automotive sector.
GOING GLOBAL: Linamar now boasts 39 manufacturing facilities and a
global presence from North America to Europe and Asia.
10 • Wajax Industrial Components connections • SPRING/SUMMER 2012
Mark Stoddart, Chief Technology
Officer and Executive Vice President of
Sales and Marketing, credits some of
the recent growth to a healthy balance
sheet. Linamar was able to survive the
economic downturn in part because
it had little debt and a conservative
business culture, he says. “It enabled us
to pick up a lot of new work, especially
in 2009 when a lot of suppliers closed
up shop.” When competing suppliers
closed their doors, Detroit 3 automakers
needed to find partners who had the
capital and capabilities to step forward.
Linamar was ready.
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Of course, Linamar’s success
involves more than a healthy balance
sheet. Under the leadership of CEO
Linda Hasenfratz – one of the founder’s
daughters and the “Li” in the Linamar
name — the company has also been
careful to focus on engine parts and
transmission components that are
prime candidates for outsourcing. It is
machining cylinder heads and engine
blocks, and has expanded on its
experience with 4-speed transmissions
by introducing shaft, shell and clutch
modules for 6-speed designs.
Every car’s engine, transmission
and driveline contain about $3,000
worth of machined parts and
assembled content. Even though
about 70% of that work is still
completed by Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEMs), ever-larger
shares are being outsourced by
companies that want to control
costs and quickly expand into
emerging markets. “Having a global
manufacturing footprint supports
our customers with their global
platforms,” Stoddart adds.
The outsourcing trend is hardly
limited to Detroit 3 automakers.
manufacturers are now looking
at whether they need to complete
their own camshafts, cylinder heads
and engine blocks in house. “Ford
is producing a brand new V6 with
great fuel economy. The emissions
are perfect. Their performance,
horsepower and all those types of
things are there,” Stoddart says.
“The Japanese are questioning,
‘How is it that Ford can generate
an engine like that when they
outsource the parts?’” Linamar has
yet to secure business from Japanese
automakers for critical components
like these, but the discussions have
begun. “Two or 3 years ago, you
didn’t even have the dialogue,” he
says, referring to how the business
A car’s engine,
driveline contain about
$3,000 in machined
parts and assembled
content. Larger shares
of that work are being
The outsourcing trends may
not even be limited to the OEMs
themselves. As Linamar develops
a growing number of systems and
modules rather than individual
recognizes that it may need to
outsource some carefully selected
work of its own. “We struggle with
that because the company’s roots
are as a machiner, and why would
we outsource?” Stoddart admits. But
there is no overlooking the amount
of capital required to develop
complex vehicle systems like All
Wheel Drive. Maybe there are parts
that could be left to others.
As important as it is to secure new
business, Linamar is also committed
to finding better ways to perform the
jobs that already exist. The company
founder was an early adopter of
Japanese Kaisen models that are
designed to reduce waste of every
sort – reducing inventory levels by
40% in the process. The work hardly
ended there. Hasenfratz personally
leads today’s Cost Attack Teams
which challenge process engineers
to find ongoing efficiencies. “He’s
not there to beat them up or criticize
them,” Stoddart says. But with 50
years of manufacturing experience,
the entrepreneur can help to analyze
every process, from the purchase of
raw materials to the shipping of a
A close relationship with suppliers
like Wajax Industrial Components
makes a difference of its own, and
plays a role in finding the new
efficiencies or cost savings that
support ongoing success. “They
understand the automotive industry
and its competitive nature,” Stoddart
says. “You need to be innovative. You
need new ideas to improve costs or
come up with new methods.” Wajax
is committed to all of that.
As big as the company has
become, Linamar also makes a point
to control the size of each facility.
Most of the 39 plants are no larger
than 200,000 square feet and have
fewer than 400 employees. (The
exceptions to this rule are plants
that produce larger parts and simply
require bigger equipment and wider
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approach of their own. Linamar
aisles.) It is a matter of efficiency. has 5 shops exploring advances
“The general manager can go to the in everything from automotive
shop floor and knows the guys on components to wind turbines, solar
the shop floor,” Stoddart says. “We dishes and parts in nuclear reactors.
feel good, open communication These days, the biggest focus is
and fuel economy. The engineers at the
employees on the shop floor McLaren Performance Technologies
is critical.” The smaller plant lab,
sizes help the operations to a particularly important role in
remain flexible, and present the targeting
opportunities to truly specialize and driveline components. But
in particular products, whether the combined labs also focus on
they involve camshafts, aluminum no more than 10 projects a year,
cylinder heads or engine blocks.
and are expected to deliver 8 of
The individual facilities even these projects across the “goal
maintain a significant amount of line”, Stoddart notes. This is hardly
control over their own destinies. research for the sake of research.
“All the plants are very autonomous
Aside from the parts themselves,
and we continue to be very Linamar recognizes that it needs to
decentralized, and want to continue continue developing the employees
to have that entrepreneurial spirit,” who make the products a reality.
“Raising capital is not an issue. We
development can fund the capital expansions we
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Even Russia has
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Volkswagen look to meet new
content rules in that country.
It emphasizes the need to ensure
that existing teams are ready to take
advantage of opportunities.
Linamar has already invested in
internal training and development
programs, ranging from essential
skills around specific tasks, to a
performance management system
that aligns employee objectives
and company goals. While the
business had always taken the
care to use standard employee
evaluations, this system added
more detail around the objectives.
“It’s not just something that’s done
once a year. There are quarterly
Internal leadership training courses
and management development
programs continue to build on skills
for machine operators, covering
everything from reading blueprints
to programming CNC machines.
Promising employees are even
matched with coaches and mentors
to help them advance from one role
to the next.
meanwhile, senior managers meet
to review the status of every one
of the new business launches,
specifically to address hurdles that
vary from the signing of purchase
orders to developing the right
people. Any critical situation is
expected to be addressed in 48
hours. There is no time to rest.
They have an active year ahead
of them. Linamar is launching $2.5
billion of business, representing
more than 180 individual launches.
And there is no room for errors. “All
we need is one poor launch…,”
Stoddart says, stressing the need
to remain focused on existing
customer demands as well as the
new business that comes through
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MIND THE REWIND: Shop employees
are responsible for a wide array of work
including motor rewinds.
(Photo: Sandrin Services)
Ready to Roll
Sandrin Services is prepared to tackle any emergency,
whether it’s addressed in a house call or in its own shop
By Carroll McCormick
Sandrin Services is ready to roll like an
ambulance waiting for its next healthcare
emergency, and there is a good reason. The
machining and fabricating service in Sarnia,
Ontario could get a call at any time, any day,
to repair something as quickly as possible at
a manufacturing facility or power plant.
It is the type of support that can determine
whether a business lives or dies.
“This happens a little more regularly
than you might think,” says President and
General Manager Deanna Sandrin. “In
once case a critical motor failed and shut
down half of a plant in Corunna, Ontario,
at a cost of $1 million a day in downtime.
The customer truly believed the motor
could not be put back into service, but we
completed the repair 4 days earlier than
we had originally expected. This job really
Sandrin Services makes plenty of
house calls, but its home base — a
42,000-square-foot shop — is plenty
busy. Today, tradesmen are balancing a
5,500-horsepower, 12,000-pound motor
rotor from a petrochemical plant. An
16 • Wajax Industrial Components connections • SPRING/SUMMER 2012
electro-mechanic is working through a
checklist of light maintenance tasks on a set
of 100-horsepower motors that customers
have stored for safekeeping. Other staff
members are applying their machining,
welding and balancing expertise to build
a custom lifting device and cradle for
removing and transporting a huge turbine
from a power-generating company.
The phone rings. There is a brief
conversation. Minutes later, a machinist
retrieves engineering drawings that months
earlier had been supplied by a client.
He then selects stock to manufacture a
replacement part. Thanks to this foresight,
the client will soon receive the new part
and stop the downtime clock.
The ability to quickly respond to
customer needs is due in part to a reliable
source of parts. Sandrin Services has an
exclusive agreement with Wajax Industrial
Components to keep NTN bearings on
consignment, and that is further supported
with the analyses that reveal why original
bearings may have failed in the first place.
Wajax also supplies process pumps and
power transmission parts such as gearboxes,
shaft couplings, sprockets and chains —
day or night.
“We do all their after-hours callouts: The
plants call Sandrin [Services], for example,
with a motor failure at midnight. Sandrin
will pick up the motor and call me for the
parts they need. Sandrin has 24/7 access to
our parts and our manufacturers’ inventory,”
says Mark Cain, Sales Representative for
Industrial Distribution at Wajax Industrial
Components in Sarnia. “When they call, I
Since the company president’s father
and uncle started their small machine
shop in 1938, Sandrin Services has grown
and equipped itself to handle ever-larger
and more specialized tasks. Its clients
now represent industries such as petrochemical, automotive, truck-trailer, mining,
pulp and paper, power generation, marine,
mechanical and manufacturing.
True to its roots, the facility has a wellequipped traditional machine shop. Its
many chores include OEM manufacturing,
tool and die, and prototype work. It has
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CNC lathes and milling equipment. One
of its balancing machines has a capacity of
15,000 pounds and a 115-inch-diameter
The facility is equipped to complete
diagnostics, repairs, rewinding and
trending. When problems cannot be
trucked back to the shop, machinists make
field trips with Climax portable machine
tools. They perform to the same exacting
precision of traditional stationary machine
tools, but are made for easy disassembly,
transport and rapid reassembly for in-situ
machining. The company has used them
for projects such as a 90-inch hot blast
valve, turbine rotor shafts, and rail car
The 38-member team has developed a
great deal of expertise along the way. “Most
of our tradesmen have backgrounds that
provide them with a variety of talents. We
have skilled management who have been
here for years. There is not a lot we haven’t
seen before,” Sandrin says. “It is a constant
conversation with key
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work is completed in the 42,000-squareare regularly challenged.
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When you have this level
house calls. (Photo: Sandrin Services)
of diversity, you can’t
always think, ‘This is how
this is done,’ because every
repair is different.”
busiest geographical area
is Southwest Ontario,
but it does regular
deliveries to Michigan,
Indiana and Northern
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Many customers, some from as far away that can be rotated. For example, technicians
as Nicaragua, are drawn to a spiral weld recently used it to overlay a 1/8-inch layer
overlay process called Fleetfusion. Sandrin of stainless steel alloy onto a 7-inch-by-30Services is the sole licensed agent in North foot piston rod. Then they machined it back
America for this British technology. “We to its original specifications.
have European customers with bases in
“We did it in 2 weeks and saved the
North America who call us because they lengthy delivery time of a new piston rod.
use Fleetfusion in Europe,” she explains.
As well, the alloy replaced the original
Fleetfusion is suitable for repairing, chrome plating,” Sandrin explains. In fact,
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customers bring in new equipment just to
have the chrome plating removed; and an
alloy overlay applied and machined
to make a tougher working surface.
Sandrin has done a lot to diversify
her customer base. For example,
the electric motor division, added
in 2006, offers many new services
and has opened up new markets.
Its advanced winding analyzer,
for instance, tells how a motor is
performing. Electro-technicians have
used it to test the condition of the
windings on motors up to 5,000
horsepower. On the Preventative
Maintenance side, technicians use it
to predict potential failures, using the
history of accumulated data.
Sandrin Services has turnkey
maintenance contracts with clients
such as petrochemical and ethanol
plants and valve manufacturers. These
packages now include collecting
trending data for motors. “For some
progressive customers, we have motor
databases for their motors and we trend
for failure. This allows them to budget
for shutdowns and do better shutdown
planning,” Sandrin says.
Meanwhile, the electric motor
division offers Root Cause Analyses for
motors. “We’ve had motors come in
here that were deemed good, but they
were not. It has been the other way
around, too. [Root Cause Analysis] is
increasing all the time. It is becoming
more and more critical,” Sandrin says.
Sandrin Services was also able to
play both sides of the maintenance and
breakdown equation during the U.S.
recession. “Customers held back on
some maintenance projects, which led
to more breakdowns and emergencies
and more overtime hours for us. Now
customers are getting back into regular
maintenance routines, bringing work
back to us. Because of our diversity we
were not hit hard,” Sandrin says.
The future of the company lies with
new equipment, new markets and
internal human resources. Sandrin
shares an example of a recent
investment in a powerful cleaning
tool: “We installed a large ultrasonic
cleaning tank using a technology from
Toronto-based Tech Sonic Services that
removes contaminants with ultrasound.
It can accept objects up to 6.1 metres
(20 feet) long and 1.8 metres (6 feet) in
“The tank will remove 98% of all
forms of hydrocarbon contaminants
and refinery by-products from the
surface of any material on equipment
such as heat exchangers, scaffolding
and motors. It can clean components
that were once declared impossible
to clean. This is a big investment and
a great new service we now offer,”
An emerging market with great
promise for Canadian equipment
servicing companies is the wind
turbine industry. With thousands of
wind turbines starting to come out of
OEM warrantees, good pickings are
coming for Canadian companies with
the requisite maintenance skills.
customer base has been one of
Sandrin’s priorities during her 14year tenure, and this rapidly growing
industry is in her crosshairs. “We have
been exploring this for the past year
or so. I see this as a definite growth
area. Some wind farms are only now
realizing that their OEM commitments
are going to expire.”
The next few years will be very
exciting, Sandrin believes, but she
knows that it is her employees who
make the company’s future possible.
“It has become harder to find young
kids who want to work, and so a strong
element of our focus is to bring in
young talent,” she says. “Some come
by and we hire them with no training. If
they work out, our guys will take them
under their wings. We will sponsor
them and send them out to Ontario
apprenticeship training programs. We
also accept students for practicums. We
are constantly training young people
who are working towards their trade
tickets. We feel very strongly about
having apprentices and continuing
their development. After all, if you
don’t have the team to do the work,
it’s all just big dreams.”
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(Photo: Sandrin Services)
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Builders stack the company’s
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while concrete is poured down
the middle. Unlike their plywood
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“The owner of the building
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technology,” explains Meilleur.
“We are going against traditions.
Traditionally, we build in wood here
[in Canada], while in Europe and
other parts of the world, everybody
builds in concrete.”
The key to producing the panels
themselves comes in the form of
the automated shape-moulding
machine, which melts polystyrene
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When it came time to optimize
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Brochu explains: “First, we
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different shapes and sizes of them.
It also allows the installation of the
wire mesh and the discharge of the
“To make the situation better,
we have worked on the hydraulic
circuit in order to be able to lock
[it] without using the pump. As it is
used less frequently than before, it
consumes less energy and generates
less heat,” he says, noting that
they work just 1.5 minutes out of
a 4-minute process. The end result
is equipment that is less expensive
to build and maintain. “Our
engineering department really did a
Meanwhile, a section of the shapemoulding machine is outfitted with
12 cylinders that keep the mould
closed during the injection of the
polystyrene beads. “They needed
to use 1-¼-inch hoses for the
circulation of the fluid that activates
the cylinder for a very precise
period of time,” Brochu adds. “It
took an awful lot of fluid to make
this happen. We have shortened the
stroke of the cylinders from 4 to 2
inches, so that less hydraulic fluid
would be needed, and even more
important, this solution allowed
[us] to use ¾-inch hoses that are
[one-quarter the cost of] the big
In addition to that, the Wajax
experts managed to reduce the
size of the hydraulic fluid’s tank
from 10 to 5 gallons, reducing the
equipment’s operating costs and
It is not the only way that SMAG
has enhanced its offerings. Teams
have also improved the equipment
used to make the wire frame.
machine that makes the frame is
fed by huge reels of steel cable
weighing 1,500 to 2,000 pounds.
This wire is fed from the reel, folded
into the desired shape and cut to a
predetermined length. A series of
U-shaped bends in the wire create
the spots where other wires can lock
All the related welding operations
are also completely automated,
with all activities monitored over
the Internet, allowing the wire mesh
to advance at a pace of 24 feet
per minute without sacrificing any
“The metal wires that connect
the panels have a diameter of 160
thousandths of an inch, and they
ensure that the pouring of the
concrete will generate only a lateral
load, not a vertical load,” Meilleur
adds. “The wire meshes need to be
perfectly identical and positioned at
the very same places.”
Once complete, the Polycrete
formworks can resist a lateral load
of 10,000 pounds per linear foot
“It needs to resist to concrete’s
lateral loads when it’s poured,”
Meilleur explains, referring to the
need for the high strengths. “This
pressure is influenced by factors
such as the height of the formwork
and concrete’s temperature, since
the chemical reaction of concrete
drying up is much quicker when the
temperature is high. As an example,
for a 10-foot high formwork at a
temperature of 90 F [Fahreneheit],
the load will be of 900 pounds per
square inch. At 40 F, that load would
be more than double: 1,900 pounds
per square inch. We need to prepare
for the most extreme conditions.
That’s why we install metal wire
mesh in the formwork.”
The design of the metal frame even
makes it easier for users to carry the
forms, since they can be folded and
unfolded with ease.
Think of the end results as the
essential building blocks of a global
UNDER PRESSURE: At the top left of the shape-molding machine, the gauge with a green indicator is
linked to the Schroeder high-pressure filter, which protects the hydraulic fluid from contaminants.
(Photo: SMAG Industries)
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Know the Hose
Every hydraulic hose should be STAMPED
before it’s ordered
By John G. Smith
When Robert Murphy talks about
the need for hydraulic hoses to be
STAMPED, he is not just referring to the
brand name printed on the cover.
Sure, the Parker Canada product
sales manager is bound to display
certain brand loyalties, but this special
acronym – helping buyers to remember
Size, Temperature, Application, Media,
Pressure, End Connections and Delivery
– identifies the facts that should guide
The size of a hydraulic hose is
based on its Inside Diameter (ID),
and expressed in “dash numbers” that
represent 16ths of an inch. A product
with a one-inch ID, for example, will be
called a -16 hose; a 3/4 –inch hose will
be known as -12, representing an ID of
“There’s also the size of the actual
connection,” Murphy adds. In most
cases, this will match the size of the
hose itself, but there are exceptions.
“If you’re hooking up to a pump, the
pump’s port could be one-inch, and
you might be feeding it with 1-1/4-inch
Meanwhile, the size of a bend radius
will determine how the hose can be
routed, and rules from organizations
like SAE, ISO or DIN will dictate how
far the individual ports might need to
be spaced apart. Otherwise, there is a
risk of kinking the hose.
Some products will also bend more
easily than others. While selected
designs might require the muscle of
as many as 4 installers, Parker Canada
has options that will bend with half
the traditional effort, saving time and
There are actually 2 temperatures that
need to be considered when choosing
a hydraulic hose: the ambient
temperature around it, and the
temperature of the media being
Ambient temperatures will
obviously make a difference in
Fort McMurray, Alberta, where
frigid temperatures can make a
hydraulic hose stiff and difficult
to bend. “And too much
heat will further cure the
rubber typically used in
hydraulic hose and
render it brittle. It
will crack very similar to skin,”
Most rubber-based hoses can handle
temperatures up to 257 Fahrenheit,
while other materials will usually
be needed to address higher
temperatures. The same is true at
the other end of the thermometer,
where there may be a need for
special hose covers that stay pliable in
the extreme cold.
The fluids running through the
middle of the hose can be affected
by temperatures in their own ways.
For example, a water-based product
will change characteristics in the face
of high temperatures and become
acidic. This is why it is important to
check compatibility guides, which will
determine how the hose will respond to
temperature changes in different fluids.
When it comes to applications, the
biggest factor to consider is whether the
hose is used in a dynamic or static system.
A static system like a bottle jack will
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STAMPED: Hydraulic hose choices are not
limited to the name on the cover.
(Photo: Parker Canada)
increase and release of pressure, but the
dynamic environment on an excavator
will see pressures turn on and off like
A static situation can live with a 3:1
safety factor (the maximum operating
pressure is dictated by dividing the
burst pressure by 3), but a dynamic
environment will require 4:1, and
extreme situations will need safety
factors of 6:1. Flexibility will also be
important to answer the radical moves
of an excavator bucket or tree de-limber.
The threats hardly end there. The
same hose that could be dragged over
a mine’s rocks can also be damaged by
debris falling from the ceiling, Murphy
notes. In these cases, special covers
made from rubber polymer coatings
like Ultra High Molecular Polyethylene
(UHMPE) can make a real difference.
Other protective options include nylon
sleeves, or spiral or metal wraps which
help to resist crushing.
everything from hydraulic fluids and
fuel to gases like nitrogen, but some
media will dry rubber more quickly
than others, and chemicals or additives
can present unique threats of their own.
This means it’s important to make sure
the inner tube is compatible with the
Of course, the pressures inside
hydraulic hoses have also been on
the rise. Average working pressures
were a mere 1,200 to 1,500 psi just
a couple of decades ago, but they
now range between 3,000 and 4,000
psi. Users of European equipment
are even seeing pressures approach
8,000 psi in mobile applications like
excavators and bulldozers.
“There has been a huge push
for productivity out of hydraulic
systems,” Murphy explains. “The
way to get more work out of
something without increasing the
size of the cylinder and pumps and
flow is to get more pressure through
Every hose includes a spec’ for
minimum burst levels, which needs
to be combined with the safety
factor. A hose with a 20,000 psi
burst level and requiring a 4:1 safety
factor, for example, would see the
maximum operating pressure set at
There are more than 100 standards
guiding the end connections on
a hose, so it will be important
to consider how it will actually
connect to the system.
Before any hose is delivered,
suppliers should also be paying close
attention to the ways that products
have been flushed and capped.
“Our OEMs are insisting more
and more that we clean the hose
before we cap the ends,” Murphy
says. “Most systems now require
cleanliness levels where the largest
particle can be no larger than 3
microns.” Anything larger than this
could attack everything from piston
pumps to servo control valves.
The cleaning itself can involve
blowing air through an opening,
flushing it with different media, and
shooting foam pucks through the
middle of the hose.
When all of these STAMPED details
are considered, buyers will truly
know their hydraulic hoses inside
STEWART & STEVENSON
OIL & PETROLEUM
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The Finer Points in Life
Want to extend the life of your mobile hydraulics?
Pay close attention to the filters.
By John G. Smith
Today’s hydraulic systems are under
more pressure than ever before.
Maximum pressures that barely
cracked 2,000 psi just 2 decades
ago are now routinely approaching
5,000 psi. The pressures in some
specialized mobile applications
are even reaching almost 6,500
Surprisingly, some users have
failed to upgrade the related
filtration along the way.
“Many times we see filtration
relatively unchanged for years, or
sometimes decades,” says Steve
Engineering at Schroeder Industries.
“As components change, as flow
ratings increase, there’s a constant
need with every design change to
review your filtration and make
sure it is up to the operating
standards or operating limits of
Depending on the report that you
reference, anywhere between half
and 90% of all hydraulic failures can
be linked to unwanted particulate
contamination and water. Without the
right filters, servo valves can begin to
stick and wear, while sealing surfaces
can break down altogether. Piston
pumps, directional valves and moving
parts of every sort can be damaged.
Failures like these will cost much
more than the filter element itself.
Fundamentally, filter elements are
expected to protect sliding or mating
surfaces from the unwanted particles
that can lead to transient failures – such
as those that cause a sticking control
– or an outright catastrophic failure
that will bring a hydraulic system to
its knees. But some of the products specifications.
can address today’s operating realities
“This is high-pressure hydraulics.
better than others.
You do not trust proof pressure because
it does not define ultimate yield,
and you also don’t trust a stated
2:1 factor of safety or less,” he
explains. “You need to see what
that burst pressure is … If we’re
going to burst pressure test, we
static test to an NFPA standard
minimum of 5 samples, and
then we statistically de-rate the
results, and that value is in our
catalogue.” Indeed, taking one
sample and letting it burst is
not enough. Equally important,
fatigue life pressure rating tests
must be performed and stated
in catalogue data to a known
“On any one
given day, a designer will
use published data to select
components and they must
perform within the pressure
ratings in the catalogue,”
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The challenges are not
The filter bowl captures fluid run-off when
limited to higher pressures.
introduced to meet everThe filter housing’s design
tougher emission standards,
will certainly play a big role in
hydraulic components have
determining how well higher
also been crammed into everpressures will be handled. Any smaller packages. Multi-function
chosen components should meet the coolers are now expected to handle
latest ISO and NFPA [National Fluid engine coolant and hydraulic coolant
Power Association] standards, and alike, along with filtration and logic
the related details should be found in normally found in separate manifolds.
product literature, Evanovich says. But
These tighter spaces are no small
information about nominal pressures matter. Space, after all, plays an
is also only the beginning. A pressure important role in any filter’s job. “You
filter rated at 5,000 psi should also have to have optimized filtration to
indicate the burst and cycle pressure be able to get the projected element
ratings, complete with the related dirt-holding life with high efficiency,
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and design of the
individual layers, the combination of
the layers, and how they support and
complement one another. It’s also the
upstream and downstream supports
that keep the whole structure in a
rigid fashion,” Evanovich says. “The
manufacturing techniques are critical,
especially with synthetic media.”
But the right combinations are
making a big difference. Beta ratings
— which define the filter’s efficiency
— have climbed well past “nominal”
to as 2high
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systems are extremely dynamic and
the media has to be rigid and strong
enough to support itself against
system conditions,” he adds. That
will be particularly important if
someone starts a cold excavator in
northern Saskatchewan, shocking
the media with a high-flow return
surge. “It’s one of the main reasons
for failure. If you have a thin basis
weight media in your element, and
you have inadequate downstream
support structure, then the media can
be easily and permanently damaged
during a peak or surge condition.”
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“I like my independence.
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By John G. Smith
Paul Dyck’s mind is obviously racing
in several different directions during
a tour of Great Lakes Greenhouses. “I
gotta show you something,” he says,
stopping in mid sentence and cranking
his golf cart into a sudden 3-point
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yet another one of the aisles that cut
through 50 acres of cucumber vines, on the
way to display his team’s latest invention.
The business could be described as a
research facility as much as a farm, given
the way it continues to experiment with
tools of every sort. His demonstration of a
remote-controlled sprayer is followed by a
look at a retractable polyethylene ceiling
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Forget the typical vision of a farm with tilled soil. In this
operation, thousands of cucumber seedlings are planted
in blocks of rockwool and grown under the lights until
they are tall enough to move into the main growing
area. There, they are mounted on troughs that hang a
few inches off the floor. In just 3 weeks the vines are 6
feet tall and producing the cucumber varieties of choice,
largely based on the growing season and the sunlight
that comes with it.
An intricate irrigation system feeds a mixture of water
and fertilizer through a 1/2-inch line and into a red
spike at the roots of every vine. The pressures are also
equalized so each plant receives the same measure,
explains Greenhouse Manager John Friesen, noting how
the rows of plants stretch 600 feet from gable to gable.
Any extra water, still loaded with nutrients, is pumped
back into a storage tank. “Back in the day, it would just
run into the ditch,” he says, but those days are long gone.
Fresh water from nearby Lake Erie is now stored in a
250,000-gallon tank, mixed with the reclaimed water,
run through sand filters, pasteurized to kill bacteria, and
blended in a third tank. After that, sensors monitor factors
such as the pH and automatically add the required dose
of concentrated fertilizer.
Even the pipes running between tanks and greenhouses
show signs of the maintenance team’s innovative work.
The business has replaced PVC pipes with HDPE (High
Density Polyethylene) versions, which are fused and
assembled as needed. “The stuff is strong. You can run
over it with a bulldozer,” says Friesen, noting how the
favoured material has virtually eliminated catastrophic
The systems that maintain the environment inside
the greenhouse probably receive the most attention of
all. “If you lost power today, when it’s nice and cold,
within a couple hours, the plants would be finished,” he
explains, referring to the winter storm raging on the other
side of the greenhouse panels. A central computer and
electronic sensors monitor everything from temperature
to humidity, outdoor wind speeds and sunlight, while a
trio of 800-kilowatt backup generators stand at the ready.
The boilers themselves are monitored with everything
from a data analyzer to a thermal imager at least once a
year, while other annual inspections focus on thousands
of racks and pinions that allow sections of the roof to
open when heat needs to be released.
The commitment to maintaining equipment is obvious
everywhere. Even the used machinery looks like it has
been pulled right off the shelf. A decades-old press brake
that is older than some of the workers around it is no
exception, and is being coated in a bright blue paint.
“That’s one thing Paul is particular about: It’s got to look
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(Photo: John G. Smith)
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good. Paint it, paint it, paint it,” Friesen says.
“A new pipe is barely cooled down and
we’re already painting it.”
Dyck sees it as more support in the name
of productivity. “They’re more conscientious
and more productive if they’ve got a nice
place to work in,” he insists.
Of course, ongoing maintenance
programs like these require a steady supply
of parts and guidance alike, and that has
led to a close relationship with Wajax
Industrial Components. “They don’t hesitate
to send somebody out to have a look at an
application to see what we need,” Friesen
notes. “They’ve been phenomenal.”
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Dyck agrees, noting how the company
turns to Wajax to source everything from
pumps to hydraulic components, hoses,
wheels, National bearings, belts, fan
motors and shafts. But he also stresses
the value of the accurate invoicing, and
has little patience for other suppliers who
make regular mistakes in paperwork. “I
can’t deal with that stuff,” he says. Wajax’s
consolidated invoices eliminate several
As important as identified replacement
parts may be, Great Lakes Greenhouses
continues to explore every new option
that promises to increase efficiency. The
new 4,500 bhp Nebraska boiler offers
a perfect example, including features
like a soot blower that will keep tubes as
clean as possible. Pumps throughout the
greenhouse have been upgraded to models
with variable frequency drives, offering
the added benefit of reducing the water
hammer that would otherwise pound away
at the pipes.
Six acres of the greenhouse have also
been enhanced with 12-foot sheets of
polyethylene stretching above the plants
like a false ceiling. These sheets can be
rolled up on a summer day, or left in place
to retain 30% more heat in the depths of
winter. And like many of the innovations
around it, this system was developed
entirely in house. “We’ve kind of eliminated
our outside trades,” Dyck explains. “I like
my independence. I get things done faster
and I get them done when I want.” With
a 7-member maintenance team close at
hand, the business can also address a break
in a steam pipe or irrigation line within a
half hour. Tanks are fabricated on the shop
floor, and new tools are designed and built
on employee benches.
Above all, the team transforms visions
into reality. A perfect example of that
comes in the form of a remote-controlled,
4,800-litre stainless steel tank equipped
with a 100-hp engine and Roto-Jet pumps.
The equipment – that would look at home
on the set of Star Wars – rolls through the
greenhouse aisles and sprays down every
corner to fight the disease or insects which
could otherwise destroy a crop. “Out of
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all the unique things we’re doing here,
that’s kind of the shining star,” Dyck says,
referring to the result of 2 years of research.
“There’s nothing in the industry like it.”
When he first joined the industry, plants
were actually rooted in the ground, and
the space inside the greenhouse could be
cleaned with a traditional orchard sprayer.
But the addition of trays and low-hanging
steam pipes limited the cleaning process
to a less-effective cart-mounted sprayer. In
contrast, the new sprayer releases a torrent
of water, delivering 150 gallons a minute
at 600 psi and cleaning about an acre of
greenhouse every hour. “The place is a
freaking tsunami,” Dyck says, referring
to the wall of water that emerges under
the power of the Roto-Jet pump. Other
suppliers suggested multiple pumps, but
Wajax was able to recommend the single
unit to limit any horsepower losses.
The rolling tank now cleans the space
more quickly than ever, saving valuable
hours between the planting of one crop
and the next.
“I don’t want to have any more downtime
than absolutely necessary,” Dyck explains.
“A tomato grower, a pepper grower, his crop
will be out for a month. He’ll be cleaning
and washing. We don’t do that. We do that
all on a rapid, quick flip basis ... Every day
that my greenhouse is empty is a lost day of
production. There’s only 365 days in a year,
and if we could, we would grow every one
of them, but we can’t because our crops
have to be removed.”
Each crop is torn down after a 3-month
growing season to make way for the next
A GROWING CONCERN: Cucumber
seedlings will be 6 feet tall in just 3 weeks.
(Photo: John G. Smith)
plants. “Today you see the plants,” Friesen
says, referring to row upon row of the vines.
“By the end of the day they’ll be laying on
the ground, we’ll do one day of clean-out,
and the next day we’ll be planting.”
As quick as that process sounds, Dyck
wants it to be faster. The old vines are
effectively shredded by a trio of mobile
vine choppers, built around a series of
rotating blades and Permco pumps, but
the cut plants still need to be hauled in
and out of the greenhouse using bins and
lift trucks. This is why the maintenance
team is in the midst of building a series
of 10-foot carts that will link together
and support a 24-inch-wide high-speed
conveyor belt running 1,000 feet down
the middle of the greenhouse, feeding
clippings directly into a manure spreader.
“It’s going to work! It’s going to work!”
You can almost see the wheels turning
in his mind as he describes other projects
on the horizon. Trays of vermiculite may
become the growing medium of the
future, since the material can be dumped,
steamed and re-used. New varieties of
cucumbers are tested during the planting
of every crop. As he parks his golf cart by
the boiler, Dyck also talks about plans
to co-generate electricity once the area
secures a new transmission line.
You never know where the next idea
will take root.
INTERNAL EXPERTISE: Great Lakes
Greenhouses relies on internal experts
like Greenhouse Manager John Friesen to
complete most projects. (Photo: John G. Smith)
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Niedner Knows Hose
Quebec company’s products thrive in some of the world’s most hostile environments
By Carroll McCormick
How big is big? Big is when your name
is on frontline firefighting equipment at
this century’s 2 worst industrial disasters:
the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling
rig explosion and the 2011 Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear disaster. Big is when you
are the sole supplier to the United States
Forest Service. Big is when organizers of
the 2010 Vancouver Olympics ask for
your product by name.
If Niedner — a Coaticook, Quebec
manufacturer of industrial fire hose —
were to line up a year of production from
end to end, the hoses would span more
than half the width of Canada. Its 12-inch
diameter TAIGA industrial water hose can
move 5.3 million litres of water an hour,
which would suck an Olympic swimming
pool dry in 30 minutes flat.
The strongest hoses can be pressurized
to 2,600 psi without bursting. In abrasion
tests, 100,000 cycles (one cycle equals
one back and forth rub) will not wear
through the toughest products. They
can work across temperature swings of
120 Celsius – such as from a frigid -51
C to 66 C — without becoming brittle or
Some of the products are disposable.
During a single day of fighting a large
forest fire, more than 1,000 50- and 100foot hoses might be left to burn, which
is why the United States Forest Service
keeps hundreds of thousands in stock
around the country.
Niedner hoses are used for fire
suppression in a wide variety of
municipal, forestry, industrial and military
applications. There are more than 50 part
numbers alone for military-grade hose
in Canada and the United States. They
also transport foam and chemicals. “You
just can’t imagine how many uses there
are for lay-flat hose and in how many
markets,” says Daniel Boisvert, Director of
New Market Development. Tiny Niedner
hoses are part of automobile and aircraft
air bag deployment systems. Fat 12-inch
hoses are used to transport potable water.
They are even used on high-performance
sailboats that have furling mainsails.
• continued on page 40
HEARTY HOSE: Niedner hoses are designed
to withstand the toughest applications.
BOBBINS WEAVE: Each loom weaves as
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SPRING/SUMMER 2012 • Wajax Industrial Components connections • 39
• continued from page 39
Hose production in Niedner’s
68,000-square-foot facility begins with
polyester filament yarns. In the strikingly
bright and clean bobbin area, thousands
of gleaming white bobbins on colourcoded racks feed yarn through thousands
of holes in the ceiling, to the 2nd-story
loom area, where more than 50 looms
raise a hearty din.
With blinding speed, each loom
weaves as many as 480 yarns into an
outer hose jacket.
Most hoses are constructed with 2 such
jackets, for better abrasion resistance.
“Everything starts with these woven
jackets, which feed down through the
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floors into bins. We run thousands of feet
on the looms and then chop them up
for the different departments,” Boisvert
explains. Hoses are usually made in 50and 100-foot lengths, but Niedner also
makes 500-foot hoses.
Elsewhere in the facility, 2 extruding
machines make inner liners, which
contain the water within the hoses.
Some fire departments specify rubber
inner liners, which Niedner continues
to make, but most of the company’s
inner liners are made with thermoplastic
polyurethane (TPU). Niedner pioneered
the use of TPU, which give hoses their
ability to perform in extreme heat and
cold. “TPU is much lighter than rubber
and can withstand colder weather while
staying flexible. It is very difficult to use a
rubber hose at -40,” Boisvert notes.
TPU liners are co-extruded and inserted
into the polyester jacket. Next, the outer
jacket gets a treatment of a proprietary
elastomer: a liquid polyurethane resin.
This is also the stage at which different
hoses get their colours, such as bright
blue, orange, green, yellow, purple
and red. “The resin encapsulates every
fiber of the outer jacket and enhances
its physical properties by, for example,
keeping out debris. It increases the
hoses’ resistance to abrasion, ultraviolet
radiation and solvents and prevents any
fungal growth,” Boisvert explains.
Further downstream, 3 expansion
coupling machines install couplings
on the hoses, but only after orders are
received. (Every municipality has its own
In one of the final steps in the
manufacturing process, each hose is
rolled out and pressurized to its mainline
pressure, then dried and packed. Only
then is it ready to be shipped.
Since Charles Niedner started his
company in Malden, Massachusetts,
it has attracted several owners. Wajax
bought the business in 1973, Wildfire
purchased it in 1995 and then Tyco
International bought it in 2000. Most
recently, in 2009, Varennes, Quebecbased Sanexen Environmental Services
bought the company. Today, Niedner
ships hoses to 30 countries.
Competition and a high Canadian
dollar challenge the company, as does
the copying of its more common products
by Chinese companies. “Competition
and the economy are clearly the biggest
challenges we have. But by leveraging
our R and D department to design
new hose and couplings for unique
applications, we are able to differentiate
ourselves from the copycat competition,”
TPU is a good example of a Niedner
innovation that has kept competitors
off balance. Another was its 1983
introduction of dedicated snowmaking hose – another industry first.
Two critical differentiators define snow
hose: flexibility in cold weather and
high operating pressures. The hose
remains flexible down to -51 Celsius and
typically operates at over 1,000 psi. A
large mountain like Vermont’s Jay Peak
keeps more than 16 kilometres of snow
hose in stock.
For a completely different problem, one
facing cities around the world, Niedner
has been working for the past 11 years
with Aquapipe, a division of Sanexen,
on a process it uses to rehabilitate old
water mains without removing them.
The process includes the use of woven
jackets and epoxy.
In 2011, Niedner hired Wajax Industrial
Components to design and build an
epoxy mixing system and steel support
structure. Simply sketched, 2 Draco
diaphragm pumps move 2 different, very
viscous chemicals from barrels up into a
2,300-litre stainless steel tank on a raised
platform, where a MixPro mixer stirs it
to make epoxy. The same 2 chemicals
are also mixed in an adjacent 600-litre
tank. Each tank sits on 3 Mettler Toledo
load cells or scales. A separate pumping
system, using Price washdown pumps, is
used to clean the equipment.
Niedner continues to push the limits of
hose construction. For example, a new
firefighting attack hose will still carry
water at 400 psi even if both outer jackets
have one-inch holes in them.
As well, Niedner’s customers push
the company to new performance
extremes. For example, there is
Texas-based industrial firefighting
company Williams Fire and Hazard
Control, which has used Niedner
hoses to fight every one of its fires
in the past 15 years. It provided
specifications for an industrial grade
fire hose for extreme situations
that resulted in Niedner’s 12-inch
diameter TAIGA hose, introduced to
the market in 2009.
“Our strategy,” says Boisvert, “is to
stay ahead of the curve.”
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Feeding the Need
FEED THE FOOD: Meunerie Trans-Canada’s
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(Photo: Meunerie Trans-Canada)
Moyno pumps play a key role in feed mill’s 2nd rebirth
By Ingrid Phaneuf
Meunerie Trans-Canada’s feed mill has
needed to rise from the ashes on more
than one occasion – and that is hardly
a metaphor for a traditional business
challenge. The first mill was destroyed by
fire in 1988, leaving the Couture family to
rebuild the operation in Saint-Apollinaire,
Quebec. Just 2 decades later, that mill was
razed by a fire of its own.
But the idea of closing the doors never
crossed Bernard Couture’s mind. “We’re
in the animal feed business,” says the
company president, “and we had farms that
The process of rebuilding began with a
look at whether to buy an existing plant,
says Patrick O’Donoughue, a consulting
engineer with PGA Experts, hired to guide
the 2nd rebirth. “Bernard shopped around,
but the existing locations he looked at
showed the industry
hadn’t really reinvested
They quickly realized
that the latest fire
presented them with
the rare opportunity to
build a new plant from
the ground up.
The first item on the
agenda was to find
the right location.
“We wanted to build
in a location that was
nearer to the company’s client farms, the
railways and roads — and closer to a water
source.” After all, firefighters didn’t have
access to enough water when they tried to
battle the last blaze.
The selected site in Pintendre, Quebec
offered the perfect spot.
When it came to choosing the equipment,
O’Donoughue focused on technical needs,
while Couture negotiated the related
prices and pushed for the most advanced
equipment every step of the way.
“When I proposed designs and selections
he would always beef it up. For example,
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he would add more stainless steel, which
made our mill a lot more sanitary than
most,” says O’Donoughue.
Decisions like these may have put the
mill well on its way to meeting the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration Act’s new
sanitation standards for animal feed mills,
he adds, predicting that similar Canadian
legislation is on the way. “In fact, when I
was at a feed show in Atlanta, I was told
that we had built the most advanced feed
mill in Canada.”
Another factor that makes this fully
automated plant so advanced is the ability
to enhance the feed with a wide variety
of fluids such as oils and fats, which are
added after the grinding and batching of
other ingredients, creating products that
promote animal growth and productivity
alike. (Many mills use fewer pumps, and as
a result, are limited in the number of fluids
they can introduce.)
A series of 16 individually calibrated
Moyno 1000 pumps are able to address
the different viscosities.
Moyno pumps are known for
their reliability. “We’ve had Moyno
pumps before and our experience
Alain Delisle of Wajax’s Quebec City
branch, agrees: “These would be pumps
that would have to start and stop again and
again, so we needed something reliable.
Also, the pumps are very economical –
they use minimal power. And they are very
accurate. If you calibrate them to pump out
10 gallons per minute, that’s exactly what
you’re going to get.”
Even so, Delisle was on site when
each pump was installed, making sure
everything would run as designed.
The new and improved Meunerie rose
up in Pintendre less than 2 years after
the fire in Saint-Apollinaire, leading to a
grand opening on Oct. 29, 2010.
“The master plan that guided every
step of the build was to use the very
best equipment so as to create a plant
that could offer pork, poultry and dairy
producers an irreproachable quality
of feed,” Couture told reporters at
O’Donoughue, for his part, is thrilled to
for low maintenance,
handling because of their high speed. “The
Roto-Jet pump is very high performance.
“The fact that it’s built so well and
It cannot be installed and connected like a
has such top-of-the-line equipment is
regular pump,” Paul-Hus explains.
something to be proud of.”
the quality of the mill and the speed of
components running like they should.
a proud man
the best. And he was there every step
service and repair centre in Lachine,
Quebec to have the rotor balanced.
Couture clearly views his creation as
“There was also another problem that
something that is primed for meeting
of his clients.
can’t go backwards,” says Couture. “We
to builda for
and that’s what we did, using the latest
minute (gpm) of the pump, but it could
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monitoring system. It eventually purchased
one in the United States that met the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency standards
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found what it considered
From 1 LPM to 1300 LPM
eye on water from construction sites All Seal-less separation equipmentavailable
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By Carroll McCormick
it in Canada.
around the globe.
They sit in plain sight on highway, systems found A
commercial-industrial and industrial headers, while
construction sites in British Columbia, water asdiaphragm
it is being
SOURCe: dollinger filtration,
yet these 20-foot long shipping
Iwaki to have a plan in the systems in British Columbia for the past
an SpX Brand
containers reveal little about the important place to mitigateamerica
water runoff, which can 4 years. These units alsowww.dollinger-spx.com
conform to British
work they do. Packed with monitoring contain
sediment, concrete dust and mud. Columbia Ministry of the Environment
equipment, they are part of purification A contractor has to source equipment standards.
a construction site’s water or hire a contractor to treat water to lowHAZCO approached Wajax Industrial
so it can be safely discharged into the enough limits so it can be discharged to Components with a list of equipment it
the environment,” says Nicole Storm, required to build up-to-date versions of the
The rugged One Series line of solid-state
Coordinator, Environmental Technologies, unit it had purchased.
told Wajax we
pressure and temperature switches are
owns 7 in HAZCO’s Richmond, British Columbia
wanted to duplicate
the original system,
installed in the British
field, at the
point of critical
and has offices. “Our systems
for example, from
is a —
sediment load to drinking-level
to digital server
reliability for plant safety
sites for to3 assure
such as although it is not designed
recalls.real-time inventory and
process information and allows remote access through the
Kitimat, Tumbler Ridge, Trail
to add this serviceInternet.
to its portfolio
Wajax supplied Blue-White peristaltic
High volumes of data can be securely
Lower Mainland. External water filtration
of mitigation equipment,
monitored, retrieved and organized by
equipment is hooked up to the monitoring searching 4 years ago for a portable
equipment to monitor
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ph, flow and conductivity, as well as Georg
Fischer automated valving. HAZCO specified
brands that it was already using and trusted
and purchased the highest-quality equipment
Wajax could supply. Proprietary parts of the
instrumentation system are sourced internally.
The containers themselves are insulated,
have on-board heaters, and come complete
with work benches for technicians. Data from
the pumps and instrumentation equipment are
logged in computers and the water output is
monitored and controlled for compliance.
The quantity of each type of equipment in a
monitoring system depends on the complexity
of the site, but exact details are proprietary. A
typical system is capable of handling water flows
up to 1,700 gallons per minute, although Storm
notes that, “The system can be adapted to sitespecific needs by adding more instrumentation
modules or filtration systems.”
As one example, HAZCO is building a unit
that this year will be shipped to Ontario. “It
meets basic discharge criteria for Ontario, but
can be adapted to other criteria,” Storm explains.
CAN CLEAN: These 20-foot containers are packed
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Tame the “Power Hogs”
Today’s air-operated diaphragm pumps are
more efficient than ever – and Wajax can prove it
By John G. Smith
Gear pumps or centrifugal pumps do a great
job when transferring consistent liquids,
but they would have a rough time trying
to handle the sand-laden mixtures that
are addressed by air-operated diaphragm
The advantages of the robust pump
designs hardly end there.
“The biggest advantage of an air-operated
diaphragm pump is that you can close the
discharge valve and the pump will not
break. It will not get damaged. It simply
stalls, consuming no energy and generating
no heat,” says Humberto DaSilva of Wajax
Industrial Components in Mississauga,
Ontario. “You do that with a centrifugal
or gear pump and you end up with a
Of course, older versions of these pumps
have an undeniable weakness – and that
is their thirst for power. It may have been
easy to ignore the shortcoming displayed
by these “power hogs” when power was
cheap, but rising energy bills are leading
users to look for models that require lower
volumes of compressed air than ever
As much as today’s versions of the
pumps look like their predecessors, they
are built with more advanced materials
including everything from exotic alloys to
polypropylene and PVC. Smoother internal
passages are able to reduce friction inside
the pumps, and enhanced valves will
determine exactly which chambers receive
any air, limiting the chance that equipment
• continued on page 50
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SEE THE SECRETS: A
cutaway illustration of an
• continued from page 48
Above all, they require less energy to do
AirVantage Sandpiper and Versa-Matic
pumps from Warren Rupp actually come
with built-in electronics that refine their
activities without sacrificing the robust
nature of traditional designs, and the
AirVantage pumps even generate their
own electricity to power the onboard
The electronics themselves are sealed
to withstand washing by everything from a
garden hose to a pressure washer. “Even if
the AirVantage fails, for whatever reason, it
fails in an open mode – so the pump will
keep working,” DaSilva adds.
These electronics measure the velocity of
the shaft and regulate the specific amount
of air that is needed at any moment in time,
much like a car’s cruise control will respond
to the load on an engine. Any changes
in process conditions like tank levels,
viscosity or filtration pressure are instantly
adapted by the AirVantage pump. And the
air consumption is optimized, which leads
to dramatic drops in energy use.
In fact, the savings can be proven.
Wajax Industrial Components can install
a Warren Rupp Trial Verification Kit in an
air line to record pressures and the air
consumed by an original pump, and then
to measure the same factors with the new
pump. The air consumption is shown on
the kit’s display and the data is recorded on
a pair of USB sticks so it can be displayed
in a graph.
Northern Alberta Processing, for
example, had traditionally used a 2-inch
pump consuming 97 scfm, but the flow
meter proved that a new generation of air
operated diaphragm pump consumed a
mere 55 scfm.
Every 4 scfm equates to a full horsepower
or 742 watts, DaSilva observes. “The higher
the flow rate, the more the savings will be.”
The advantages are hardly limited to
lower energy bills. Updates like these can
give a facility the opportunity to add a
pump without ordering a new compressor.
“It’s not the same as electricity where you
can put another circuit breaker in the
panel. Upsizing a compressor costs a lot of
money,” he says.
“If you have a pump that is running more
than 10 minutes an hour, you should really
be looking at this,” DaSilva adds. “If you
plan on doing any expansion in the plant
and you’re already at borderline available
air, here’s the solution … you can still
maintain the same compressor and you
can get more work out of it.
“You just can’t ignore the energy savings.”
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Clyde Blowers acquires
Clyde Blowers — a global industrial
engineering firm — has acquired
wind turbine gear manufacturer
Moventas Wind Oy and industrial
Santasalo Oy from the bankruptcy
estate of Moventas Oy.
The purchase agreement was signed
in November, but required approvals
by competition authorities, creditor
bodies and local district court.
“The acquisition closing took
longer than originally expected, but
we are pleased that we can now
turn our focus on development of
Moventas with our new owner. Our
future outlook is promising. The
financial position of the companies
is now strong, thanks to the
restructuring programs that release
them from certain debt, in addition
to new equity injected as part of the
acquisition financing,” Moventas
Wind OY President and CEO Jukka
Jäämaa said in a letter to receivers.
Moventas is one of the world’s
largest manufacturers of wind
turbine gears. The company also
manufactures power transmission
solutions for markets including pulp
So Long, Sault
Larry Cronin retires after 48
years of service – and 3
generations of Hugh O’Neills
Nothing illustrates the length of Larry
Cronin’s career at Wajax Industrial
Components better than the name
Some employees think they’ve been
around a long time if they have worked
for a father and son in the same industry.
But during his career in Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario, Cronin was connected to 3
generations that shared the same name.
He joined Hugh J. O’Neill Mine and
Mill Supplies 48 years ago, at a time
when the company’s founder could still
be seen strolling through the office, and
was personally hired by Hugh S. O’Neill,
the 2nd generation to lead the business.
Cronin even hired a 3rd generation of
the family, Hugh J.A. O’Neill, who
eventually became the regional manager
overseeing the location that is now a
branch of Wajax Industrial Components.
He also admits to kidding Hugh J.A.
O’Neill during the hiring process. “I
remember saying to him, ‘You may have
a silver spoon in your mouth, but you’re
going to work,’” Cronin says with a laugh.
“He began working in the warehouse, and
then as time went on became a salesman.
Then after 3 or 4 years he moved on up to
Timmins ... it was kind of neat [to watch
the career progress].”
But after decades of service, Cronin
has brought his own career to an end,
retiring from his long-time role as branch
manager at the Sault Ste. Marie location.
There were plenty of changes ranging
from products to in-house procedures
during his tenure — and the business
was itself rebranded several times — but
a surprising number of things remained
the same. Several members of the local
team boast decades of their own service,
and customers like Essar Steel Algoma
and St. Mary’s Paper stayed from one
decade to the next.
Cronin’s coffees even seemed to last
longer than most beverages. On more
than one occasion, he would discover a
day-old cup that he had left behind in
the warehouse, and he would drink it.
The decades-long career began on
May 1, 1964, when Cronin responded
to an ad for a delivery boy. “I was just
looking for a job,” he admits. Those
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and paper, mining and minerals,
and power generation. It also
provides aftermarket services for the
maintenance, overhaul, upgrade,
repair and replacement of gear
Clyde Blowers is an industrial
engineering business based in
Scotland. Its interests cover a wide
range of industrial engineering
activities in power (renewable
energy, conventional and nuclear),
oil and gas, mining and minerals,
rail and other industrial markets.
deliveries led to jobs in the warehouse,
outside sales and management, while
long-time customers became close
“You know these people and you
build up a rapport with these people,
and you solve their problems. It all
means something,” he says. “I was just
Cronin remembers the one time that
he approached the middle O’Neill to
discuss another job offer, and the man
who hired him simply advised, “You
have to do what’s right.”
He knew right then that the right thing
was to stay where he was.
Now that it is time to go, Cronin is
easing into retirement. There are plans
for a trip to Vegas, and some extra time
with his 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
The pace of his weekdays will certainly
change. “You’ve got to get used to some
change,” he says.
The branch has to accept some
changes of its own. “You don’t look to
replace a guy like Larry,” says Regional
Manager Hugh J.A. O’Neill. “This guy
gave his life to the company and built it
into what it is today.”
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The sprag clutch plays an important role
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By Rick Hamilton
President, Renold Canada
Serious mining accidents are not
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In the event of a power loss,
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But the risk can be alleviated by
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Backstop sprag clutches work by
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something that will happen if the
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associated problem that needs to be
If a blockage occurs between the
lower belt and the return end shaft,
the conveyor will stall. While the
backstop sprag clutch prevents the
belt from running backwards, tension
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The natural reaction of the operator
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sudden release that occurs when
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is the tension-release and torquelimiting safety holdback sprag clutch,
which has been designed to release
the upper belt’s extreme tension in a
controlled way. This is accomplished
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With the tension released in this
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TECH TIP PROVIDED BY COLSON CASTERS
ensuring every caster maintains some
contact with the floor.
When it comes to speeds, meanwhile,
most casters are designed for manual
propulsion. This means the wheels
Consider the terrain, speed and available
and bearings are expected to operate
options when selecting heavy-duty casters
at the speed of a fast walk, or about
2-3 km-h. But the models designed
By Mike Titizian
• continued on page 56
or wheeled apparatus will be evenly
Caster choices determine how easily distributed. The load on an individual
a variety of carts or other equipment caster can simply be calculated by
can move – making factors such as the dividing this total gross weight by the
load to be carried, speed of travel and number of mounted casters. When
available options important in every traveling over uneven ground or
moving loads outdoors, however, the
And few applications will be more calculation can only include casters
demanding than those that involve the which touch the ground at any given
rugged terrain around a mine.
time. Assuming that 3 casters are left to
Every selection for these environments carry a load, the total gross weight will
should begin with a complete be divided by 3.
understanding of the load to be carried,
Options such as spring-loaded or
surfaces to be traveled, and the load’s multi-wheel models can reduce the
distribution on the cart or equipment.
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• continued from page 55
to carry excessive loads will use powerdrawn equipment such as a towline or
conveyor. This will require heavy-duty
casters, wheels and bearings that are able
to travel up to 15 km-h or more.
A caster’s load-carrying capacity is also
reduced in a power-driven application,
largely because of the wheel bearing’s
limitations. In addition to this, higher
speeds add considerable stress during
impacts or side thrusts, and they generate
extra heat in the wheel bearings and
swivel heads alike.
The related engineering to tackle these
issues will be a matter of the component’s
life or death.
As important as the speeds may be, the
need for brakes will also increase with the
load on each caster.
When working with heavy-duty casters,
the better brake options include a tread
lock brake and total lock brake.
Tread lock brakes will firmly lock the
wheel against any rolling force. They
engage with a toe-activated mechanism
that prevents the wheel from rolling. This
toe-activated design uses a rubber-faced
plate that can be used against a variety
of tread materials. Most tread lock brake
kits can also be installed in the field, but
should be designed into the caster at the
The total lock brake, meanwhile,
ensures that the caster’s wheel and swivel
head are locked simultaneously. This
provides the most secure option against
load movement or momentum. These
options are also factory-made when
the caster is created, offering the
best protection from a safety
perspective as well.
No matter what design is
used, however, brakes will need
to be maintained and regularly
If the brakes slip because of worn or
damaged wheels, the wheels should be
replaced immediately and the brakes must
56 • Wajax Industrial Components connections • SPRING/SUMMER 2012
be retested. This inspection will involve
making sure the swivel head locks firmly
in place and that the wheel does not turn.
Heavy-duty casters may not be
easily moved or manoeuvred, but the
slightest shift in a load could still begin
the unwanted momentum that can be a
menace in any workplace.
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Planetary track and wheel drives
offer a world of benefits
By Allen Murphy
General Manager, Brevini Power Transmission
Designers of mobile equipment
can struggle with the sometimesconflicting demands of reducing
size and weight without sacrificing
performance. But one solution
can be found in planetary wheel
and track drives, which offer
simple and efficient alternatives to
conventional drive axle systems.
A planetary system that features
several small planetary gears
around an input pinion — instead
of a single, larger gear running on
one side — delivers several key
advantages. Efficiencies reach as
high as 97 to 98% per stage; smaller
sizes are possible because of the
planetaries, which support several
reduction stages in a compact space;
and, reliability improves because
the designs reduce radial loads.
Available torque levels also increase
since the forces are shared by
multiple sets of teeth on the primary
Brevini has incorporated these
advantages into wheel drives and
track drives for industrial gearboxes.
The wheel drives can be used
on everything from agricultural
equipment to access platforms,
forklifts, sweepers, and heavy-duty
wheeled vehicles, while the track
drive units can support drilling,
crushing, screening and earthmoving
machines that weigh between 1.5
and 120 tonnes.
Wheel drive and track drive units
come in compact packages, creating
added clearance for vehicles that
need to travel over rough terrain.
For their part, the wheel drives also
m a k e
it possible to
motors, while the track
units are designed to mount
inside a vehicle’s track sprockets.
The advantages don’t end there.
A wheel drive combines a
planetary gear unit and high-speed
hydraulic motor. If hydraulic fluid is
contaminated, only the inexpensive
package motor will need to be
replaced. That task can be completed
in a few minutes. The combination
of gearbox and motor can also
operate at low speeds, which will be
valuable when inching vehicles into
A wheel drive’s universal input
can accommodate all types of orbit,
geared and axial piston hydraulic
motors, while its wide range of
ratios will help designers of mobile
equipment to match a reduction unit
to a suitable hydraulic transmission.
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GEAR HERE: Planetary
wheel and track drives
offer simple and
efficient alternatives to
conventional drive axles.
(Photo: Brevini Power
disconnect – manually operated
from the hub end plate – will
allow equipment to be towed.
This can be complemented by a
multi-disc negative parking brake,
which is applied with springs and
hydraulically released. That serves as
an emergency brake if the hydraulic
It can be an important safeguard on
access vehicles, which sometimes
need to be moved when a platform
is fully raised.
Indeed, planetary gears present a
world of benefits.
MS Series Air Preparation
High Level Safety Compliance
• Four interchangeable sizes up to 12,500 Nl/min.
• MS6-SV, category 4, level E safety compliant.
• High flow performance.
you need it.
Commercial Support: 1 877 463 3786
Technical Support: 1 866 463 3786
With Wedge TLP, longer operation and less downtime can be
yours. A narrow V-belt with homogenous construction, a higher
modulus cord and double-envelop plies, Wedge TLP is truly a
premium-performance, practically maintenance-free v-belt for a
wide variety of demanding applications.
SOURCE: Veyance Technologies Canada, Inc.
New Colson #2 Series Stainless
Steel Wash Down Casters
These casters are ergonomically friendly and are
constructed with stainless steel precision bearings
in both the wheel and swivel raceway for maximum
roll and swivel ease. The stainless steel finish of
all components parts handles the most punishing,
corrosive, environmental conditions. Typical
applications include medical equipment,
autoclave operations or where wash down of carts
and equipment is required.
SOURCE: Colson Casters Limited www.colson.ca
Torque Team Plus
Torque Team Plus delivers higher
horsepower capacity in a considerably
smaller space. With Flexten® cord
reinforcement, fiber rich cushion
compound and tire cord tie backing,
Torque Team Plus can be your best
ally for improved performance and
value. Simply put, Torque Team Plus is
your ready “problem solver” for high
shock loads and abusive applications!
SOURCE: Veyance Technologies Canada, Inc.
#4-Series Top-Lock Brake
With capacity of up to 1,400 lbs each, the Colson 4
series top lock brake is cost effective and provides
reliable braking under a variety of operating conditions. Brake design places a positive locking force
against the entire footprint of wheel to hold loads
securely in place.
SOURCE: Colson Casters Limited www.colson.ca
Wedge TLP™ is “Total Lasting
Gates V-belts and synchronous belts
are backed by the most experienced
engineering, customer service and field sales experts in the industry.
The high-performing belts are designed to be energy-efficient and
long-lasting, delivering maximum belt savings.
SOURCE: GATES CANADA INC.
4” and 5” Sandwich wheels
The Colson ® sandwich wheels offer the qualities of a
cushioning smooth ride while featuring a hard, yet easy
rolling outer, nylon wheel tread. Minimizes vibration
effects, and rolls easily over obstructions and floor
imperfections. An integrated precision sealed bearing with
conjoining thread guards ensures a very quick, quiet ride
over in any application environment.
SOURCE: Colson Casters Limited www.colson.ca
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Roller Bearing Housed Units
New Type E tapered roller bearing housed units from Timken set a new
performance standard for industrial bearings. The units feature enhancedperformance bearings, double lip seals, corrosion-resistant housings and locking
collars – which provide advanced operating levels compared to current industry
leading designs utilizing standard Timken bearings, including 55 percent longer
design life, 10-times more sealing ability and superior corrosion resistance.
SOURCE: TIMKEN CANADA www.timken.com
Timken Bearing Tester
Streamline Assembly with Integral-VTM
New! Integral-V(tm) Technology (IVT): the next generation linear
guide. IVT is composed of hardened steel races integrated into structural aluminum
framing to provide durability and accurate linear motion optimized to fit a myriad of
different shapes and extrusions without costly mounting plates and fasteners.
SOURCE: COOPER-GRAINGER www.cooper-grainger.com
Totally accessible at all times =
The Cooper bearing is completely split to the shaft. This feature
alone save countless hours on installation and inspection.
There is no need to remove ancillary equipment to check
or install a Cooper bearing. Inspection is simple. Simply
remove the pedestal cap and the top part of the cartridge
housing and outer race assembly. The entire bearing is
now ready for inspection.
This applies to every Cooper bearing, no matter how
large or the type of mounting, every Cooper bearing can
be inspected and maintained in this way.
puts Condition Monitoring information in the palm of
your hand. Shock pulse analysis provides immediate
evaluation of bearings and marginal lubricant film
conditions. The infrared sensor measures surface
temperature. A stethoscope function detects sound
irregularities. The green-yellow-red condition scale is easy to read
and and stores multiple readings.. This pocket-sized Bearing Tester
is an economical way to start a new preventive maintenance plan,
or compliment your existing program.
SOURCE: TIMKEN CANADA www.timken.com
Available in dry and glycerin filled for
both stem and back mount applications.
Various gauge materials,
sizes and ranges are in stock to meet all
your pneumatic, hydraulic, and gas pressure
monitoring requirements. Dual pressure/
temperature, vacuum and inches water
column gauges are also available. Fairview’s
glycerin filled Accutek gauges offer +/- 1.5%
accuracy, kPa / psi readings from 10 psi to 15,000 psi, bourdon tube,
optional threaded restrictors and mounting brackets.
SOURCE: Fairview Fittings www.fairviewfittings.com
All Purpose Absorbent absorbs oil, water, grease and
other non-aggressive liquids. It is 100% Crystalline
Silica Free and Non-WHMIS controlled. This wood
based absorbent has been treated with a flame
retardant to become non-flammable. It is suitable for
SOURCE: Canross www.canross.com
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Is Your Business.
It’s not just about a transaction — it’s about a reliable partnership.
To support your business, Rexnord delivers the solutions you need
to run a successful operation.
• Dependable product availability and on-time delivery
• Innovative solutions for a broad range of applications
• Respected brands supported by sales, training and
You Can Trust
Rex® Falk™ Link-Belt® Thomas®
TableTop® MatTop® Marbett®
Rexnord provides a comprehensive line of customer-focused power
• Industrial Chain
• Conveying Equipment
• Installation, testing, maintenance and repair
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Visit our website at
www.rexnord.com to learn
more about us or to
tell us how we’re doing.
ZeroTri® Heavy-Duty Degreaser
• Instant degreasing action
• Safe to use on most surfaces
• Ideal for degreasing metals
• Acceptable for use in Canadian Food Processing Establishments
• NSF® Certified: C1 Registration # 059845 (Aerosol); # 059846 (Bulk)
• No chlorinated solvents
• Fast evaporating
• Inverta Spray Valve: For hard-to-reach areas, this valve allows you to spray
in upright and inverted positions
• Leaves no residue
SOURCE: LPS www.lps.com
ALPHA-ATC allows an on-site
installation of custom profiles
without need of the belt disassembly.
Mounting screws are
connected using a bridge within
the tooth profile to assure maximum
strength and stability!
SOURCE: OPTIBELT www.optibelt.ca
TT-optical tension meter uses a
laser light to measure the belt
tension and displays the reading
in Hz. An accurate and quick
way to a proper v-belt and timing
SOURCE: OPTIBELT www.optibelt.ca
MAC DF3500 Double Flex Chain
Primarily used in floor conveyors for dairy plants, DF3500 is
suitable for a variety of other applications where articulation
on two planes with a large sliding surface is required. All
components are through-hardened and specific wear surfaces
are additionally induction-hardened.
SOURCE: MAC CHAIN www.macchain.com
self-aligning roller bearings
New upgraded SKF Explorer self-aligning roller
bearings can provide up to twice the service life as the
original under difficult operating conditions. Combining clean
and homogenous high-quality steel with an improved heat
treatment, new upgraded SKF Explorer bearings have a higher
degree of wear resistance. This enables as much as twice the
service life as the original, in applications where there are high
levels of contamination and/or poor lubrication.
SOURCE: SKF www.skf.ca
Blickle Wheels & Casters
Blickle Wheels & Casters introduces the new G15 catalogue with over
500 pages of German Engineered products and newly designed innovations.
Contact your Wajax sales professionals and ask for your free copy of our
industry’s most trusted Engineering reference book.
SOURCE: Blickle Wheels & Casters www.blickle.ca
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The 4 Utility
TECH TIP PROVIDED BY FESTO
Consider these steps to enhance and
protect your pneumatic system
By Linda Menheere
Product Manager, Festo
As important as electricity, water and gas
are to any facility, most manufacturers also
rely on a 4th utility. It comes in the form of a
reliable supply of compressed air.
Effective pneumatic systems need
properly sized, installed and maintained
components from compressors to work
stations. A few wrong choices, however,
can lead to everything from wasted energy
to system failures.
Consider the following steps when
looking to maximize the performance of
your company’s all-important 4th utility:
Use the latest standards when choosing
filters — A pneumatic system’s required
filtration is governed by a standard known as
DIN ISO 8573-1. This identifies the solids,
water and oil that need to be separated
out of a well-functioning system. Required
levels of filtration are defined right down to
And don’t simply rely on the levels that
you have been following for years. The
standard was recently updated.
Clean the intake filters and the area
around the compressor — This process
sounds simple: remove the compressor’s
filter and clean it. But the related procedures
can vary, depending on whether the system
relies on a reciprocating, rotary screw or
rotary centrifugal compressor. Maintenance
manuals can offer some important guidance
Use pressure boosters instead of oversizing a system — Some system designers
size their compressors based on the
hungriest work piece in the system, but this
can introduce an array of unwanted costs.
Everything from the tubing to the ports and
Filter Regulator Lubricator (FRL) units will
need to be larger than the other work pieces
require, and the oversized compressor will
In contrast, the addition of a pressure
booster – which works much like a reservoir
– could support main operating pressures
that are much higher, yet still meet the
unusual demands of an individual work
Use modular joiners to save space in an
FRL assembly — The modular joiner is a
plate that allows 2 sizes of air filtration units
to be mated together. This allows system
designers to size individual filtration units
based on actual flow requirements, and
add larger individual filtration units to avoid
restrictions that would otherwise occur.
Fine filtration is one example. Lock your regulators — Workers have
been known to adjust a system’s overall
pressure in a bid to get more air to individual
workstations. In the process, they can choke
or starve other stations. Opening a regulator
MAY THE 4TH BE WITH
YOU: Properly sized,
installed and maintained
components will offer
a reliable supply of
to increase flow can also damage a sealing
system, waste energy, or even cause
physical harm. This is why it is important to
keep the regulators under lock and key.
Consider using flow sensors — A flow
sensor that fits in line with an FRL unit, or
is installed at a work piece, can identify
blocked filters that would otherwise go
unnoticed. Blocked filters restrict air supply,
allow contaminants to build up, and can
eventually contaminate a system or kill the
flow of air no matter what a compressor is
Establish a Preventive Maintenance
program for your 4th utility — Every
system requires some form of ongoing
maintenance. This will ensure lubricators
have the oil they need, and remove
contaminants as varied as rust, metal
shavings, water, and unwanted oils.
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Paramax 9000 series is optimized through out the range to meet your applications specific demand
Available in 26 frame sizes from 2,600Nm to 552,000Nm, with additional
catalogue selections up to 1,000,000Nm
Higher ratings with a 25 degree pressure angle and wider gear tooth face
Universal housings accomodate flippable horizontal applications
Modular design simplifies installation
Fan and shroud design delivers increased thermal capacity, cooler operation and
longer service life
Optimized gear tooth profile for gearing accuracy, low wear and quiet operation
SM Cyclo of Canada, Ltd.
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Canada’s manufacturing sector is gaining ground
on several fronts
Billions of Dollars1
Billions of Dollars1
Total excluding aerospace
1. Seasonally adjusted
Unfilled orders dropped 1.6% to $60.8 billion
Inventory levels dropped 0.9% in December to $64.4
billion, marking the first decline after 14 months
of increases. Inventories were down in 14 of 21
Billions of Dollars1
1. Seasonally adjusted
The use of Canada’s manufacturing capacity
reached 81.1% in the 3rd quarter of 2011
1. Seasonally adjusted
Manufacturing sales reached $49.9 billion in
December. Sales increased in 12 of 21 industries,
representing about 2/3 of Canada’s
Source: Statistics Canada
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