Saturday, March 29, 2008

Millwright Locals

Millwright Locals:

If your Millwrights need or want the IPT Trade Books or their manuals. Please let me know how many and which tittles you want. I sell them individually at the Millwrights Store but if your local needs several books. I can give you a better price.
These books are used by many trades schools and some apprenticeship programs.
I also carry the Audel books.

Millwright Ron

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Industry worldwide is losing billions of dollars a year due to misalignment of machinery. The
heart and soul of virtually every industrial operation pivots on keeping rotating machinery in
good working order. Countless processes are dependent on the successful operation of
rotating machines that produce electric power, fuels, paper, steel, glass, pharmaceuticals,
the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the buildings we live and work in, and the vehicles that
transport us across the surface of the Earth. Just about everything you see around has
somehow been influenced by rotating machinery of some kind.
The primary objective of accurate alignment is to increase the operating life span of
rotating machinery. To achieve this goal, machinery components that are most likely to fail
must operate well within their design limits. As the parts that are most likely to fail are the
bearings, seals, coupling, and shafts, the accurately aligned machinery will reduce excessive
axial and radial forces on the bearings to insure longer bearing life and rotor stability under
dynamic operating conditions. Precise alignment will reduce the possibility of shaft failure
from cyclic fatigue; it will minimize the amount of wear in the coupling components, alleviate
the amount of shaft bending from the point of power transmission in the coupling to the
coupling end bearing, and it will maintain proper internal rotor clearances.
In a nutshell, accurate alignment will do nothing, but the good things and the key part of
making this happen centers on the people who are responsible for installing, troubleshooting,
maintaining, and operating this machinery
Millwright Ron

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Millwrights Trades Books

IPT's INDUSTRIAL TRADES HANDBOOK is an excellent trouble shooting guide for Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics. It is a required text in many apprenticeship and upgrading programs, and is used by technical colleges, trade unions and the maintenance departments of refineries and chemical plants, utilities, mines, and construction and maintenance companies.
You can find this book and many others at
Millwright Ron

Millwrights Trades Books

IPT's INDUSTRIAL TRADES HANDBOOK is an excellent trouble shooting guide for Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics. It is a required text in many apprenticeship and upgrading programs, and is used by technical colleges, trade unions and the maintenance departments of refineries and chemical plants, utilities, mines, and construction and maintenance companies.
You can find this book and many others at
Millwright Ron

Thursday, March 20, 2008

economic deregulation

In 2008, we are finally be forced to start paying the price for the falsely named set of economic policies once labeled “economic deregulation” that became the national political creed with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. We shifted the tax burden to those least able to bear the strain by raising taxes on both the poor and the middle class. We cut dramatically the tax burden of the wealthy and even more so for the Super Wealthy. We encouraged paper financial profits over real economic growth. We exported our industrial base weakening our nation because it temporarily profited our economic elite.
Millwright Ron

Need A Rigging Book

Need a Rigging Book?
Millwright Ron

Until 1933

Until 1933, no unions, no rules: you were at the mercy of your foreman. I could go to work at seven o'clock in the morning, and at seven fifteen the boss would come around and say: you could come back at three o'clock. If he preferred somebody else over you, that person would be called back earlier, though you were there longer. It was lousy. Degraded. You might call yourself a man if you were on the street, but as soon as you went through the door and punched your card, you was nothing more than a robot.............
Millwright Ron

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Excellence Is A Process

"Excellence Is A Process Not A Goal To Do Better"
The Future Belongs To The Millwright's
Millwright Ron

Saturday, March 15, 2008


I am looking for millwrights that have been in a nuclear plant within a year to go into Cooper Nuclear in the beginning of April.

Millwright Ron

Friday, March 14, 2008

Woods Group Looking For Union Millwrights

March 13, 2008

Union Millwrights:

Ron Oliver

Dear Ron,

I would like to thank you for offering the opportunity to pass on some information about Wood Group Field Services to the Union Millwrights.

Wood Group Field Services is a union contractor. We are the largest union contractor on the west coast and one of the largest in the Gulf Coast area. We have offices in California, Texas, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Delaware. We employ hundreds of union millwrights (1,000,000+ man hours annually) across the country providing field service for outages, turnarounds, new construction and maintenance.

Qualified union millwrights are the backbone of everything we do. The new WGFS website has been designed as a database where union millwrights can create a profile, list their skills and certifications, and notify us of their availability for work. It is our hope that the millwrights receiving this will take a few minutes to sign up at Information gathered on our site will not be distributed to anyone.

Our trade and the industry are evolving. We are committed to staffing our projects with a trained and skilled workforce.

Web site questions? Comments? Concerns?


Thanks again Ron for all your help,


John Hanks, Operations Manager

You can also find the link at


Millwright Ron

Friday, March 07, 2008


So you think that Union labor controls the economy.It is not labor but greed.

It is about Greed,.......
Greed of the ceo's,Greed of the U.S. Politicians.

If China's wages rise 8% annually for the next five years, says a Boston Consulting Group study, the average factory hand will still earn just $1.30 an hour by then.

Wage gap closing . . . very slowly
All U.S. workers need to do is be patient, and soon the wage gap that has sent so many U.S. jobs overseas to low-cost countries such China and India will be gone.

Yep, if U.S. workers -- or their children -- just wait a little while longer, then after a mere 32 more years of 10% raises, a Chinese worker making $100 a month -- well above the current official minimum wage of $87 a month, I admit -- will have closed the wage gap now separating the Chinese worker from the U.S. worker making $2,000 a month.

That assumes, of course, that the U.S. worker will not have received a single raise in those 32 years. If the U.S. worker has averaged even a 3.5% annual raise, the Chinese worker will need 50 years to close the wage gap

Millwright Ron

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Early Millwrights

The word "millwright" has long been used to describe the man who was marked by everything ingenious and skillful. For several centuries in England and Scotland the millwright was recognized as a man with a knowledge of carpentry, blacksmithing and lathe work in addition to the fitter and erector. He was the recognized representative of mechanical arts and was looked upon as the authority in all applications of winds and water, under whatever conditions they were to be used, as a motive power for the purpose of manufacture. In other words, as the above definition would indicate, he was the area engineer, a kind of jack of all trades who was equally comfortable at the lathe, the anvil or the carpenter's bench. Thus, the millwright of the last several centuries was an itinerant engineer and mechanic of high reputation and recognized abilities. He could handle the axe, the hammer and the plane with equal skill and precision. He could turn, bore or forge with the ease and ability of one brought up in those trades. He could set and cut in the furrows of a millstone with an accuracy equal to or superior to that of the miller himself. In most instances, the millwright was a fair arithmetician, knew something of geometry, leveling and measurements, and often possessed a very competent knowledge of practical mathematics. He could calculate the velocities, strength and power of machines; could draw in plans, construct buildings, conduits or watercources, in all the forms and under all the conditions required in his professional practice. He could build bridges, cut canals and perform a variety of work now done by civil engineers. In the early days of North America millwrights designed and constructed the mills where flour and grist were ground by water power. Water was directed over hand-constructed wooden mill wheels to turn big wooden gears and generate power. Millwrights executed every type of engineering operation in the construction of these mills. The introduction of the steam engine, and the rapidity with which it created new trades, proved a heavy blow to the distinctive position of the millwrights, by bringing into the field a new class of competitors in the form of turners, fitters, machine makers, and mechanical engineers. Although there was an extension of the demand for millwork, it nevertheless lowered the profession of the millwright, and leveled it to a great degree with that of the ordinary mechanic. It was originally the custom for the millwrights to have meetings for themselves in every shop. These meetings usually included long discussions of practical science and the principles of construction which more often than not ended in a quarrel. One benefit of these meetings was the imparting of knowledge, as young aspirants would frequently become excited by the illustrations and chalk diagrams by which each side supported their arguments.
Millwright Ron

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Who Are The Union Millwrights

The person who works with his hands is a laborer; the person that works with his hands and heart is an artisan; the person who works with his hands, his head and his heart is a Union Millwright.

Millwright Ron

Unions Pay Better

U.S. workers who belong to unions earn 30 percent more than non-union

Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Union Members in 2006, Table 2. Median
weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by union
affiliation and selected characteristics." Current Population Survey,
January 2007.
Millwright Ron