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Three Major Contributors to Equipment Failure

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By on August 24, 2016

Past maintenance & production issues found in the industrial or manufacturing environment are still prevalent even in today’s equipment reliability focus. The major contributors to equipment failure remain the same, misalignment, unbalance and assembly errors. Another is lubrication, Mr. Stan Riddle addressed this in one his blogs “Machinery Vibration Problems part 3 – Lubrication”. Let’s […]

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Reduce Force to Maximize L10 Bearing Life

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By on August 17, 2016

Simply put, L10 bearing life is the number of service hours that 90% of bearings will survive or conversely 10% of bearings will have failed. L10 life: is the preferred term in specifying bearing life and is defined by The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA). A bearing life equation is: This calculation assumes proper installation […]

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Paper Machine Vibration Data Collection

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By on August 10, 2016

As my grandma used to say, “When you don’t know how to use your head, you’d better know how to use your legs”. Thanks to a feature on our FALCON data collector I didn’t have to call her to tell her how right she was (again)! Two of us were performing data collection on a […]

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MACHINERY VIBRATION PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS, PART 5, MECHANICAL LOOSENESS

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By on August 3, 2016

Mechanical looseness is a very common machine vibration diagnosis.  It is often overused-becoming a “catch all” category for undiagnosed vibration.  It can be caused by a multitude of things that may seem to have no relationship to each other, such as:   Loose bolting                                               Coupling looseness or backlash Belts Too Loose                                           Cracked welds Improper bearing […]

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Alignment and Vibration: What is the correlation?

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By on July 27, 2016

This is a subject that comes up relatively frequently with our customers and observations from the field.  The purpose of today’s blog post is to illustrate what can and often does happen.  While misalignment can and does present with easily identifiable vibration signals; often it does not.  Misalignment may be present in a machine, developing […]

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What’s the Point of Precision Shaft Alignment When We Use Flexible Couplings?

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By on July 21, 2016

This is a common misconception in some industries surrounding flexible couplings. Some maintenance and production individuals believe that flexible couplings are designed to allow for a few degrees of misalignment.  This is not quite the case.  While flexible couplings do tolerate some amount of misalignment, this is not their intended purpose.  The greater the misalignment, […]

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Shaft Distortion and Electric Motors

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By on July 15, 2016

Although shaft distortion due to misalignment affects more than just the electric motor, here are a few things that are a telltale signs you may have an alignment issue. In a perfectly straight shaft, the centers of each shaft cross-section from end-to-end of the shaft lie on a straight line. A shaft is bent if […]

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Announcing the 4th Annual “Realigning America Tour”, Free Shaft Alignment and Machine Maintenance Seminars

By on July 7, 2016

VibrAlign will take to the road for its 2016 Realigning America Tour, visiting 19 cities in 13 states. While the past tours have focused on sharing best practices for shaft alignment, couplings, and machinery diagnostics, the 2016 tour will also include case studies to highlight how best practices are actually implemented. The 2016 Realigning America […]

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Environmental Impact on Precision Shaft Alignment

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By on July 6, 2016

We work with clients in many types of harsh climates, from cold with rain, sleet, snow & ice to hot humid and hot & dry and everything in between. Whatever the climate, the need for equipment maintenance intensifies with the severity of the climate.  Harsh climate conditions will create situations where precision shaft alignment of […]

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Low Cost Thermal Diagnoses of Misalignment and Machinery Health

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By on June 29, 2016

With the availability and decreasing prices of technology to help diagnose rotating machinery health, machine failure should be a diminishing concern. Thermal imaging cameras can be expensive, however these cameras have very detailed diagnostic abilities and high resolution. Reduced cost Thermal Imaging has recently become available through various sources. I recently purchased an infrared camera […]

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VibrAlign Releases The Alignment Field Guide

By on June 29, 2016

Spanning over 250 pages, The Alignment Field Guide features articles covering a variety of shaft alignment topics, including common alignment issues, shims and hold down hardware, coupling alignments, belt and sheave alignments, and tips on saving time and money during your alignment procedure. The book also features full-color photos of alignments from the field, as […]

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Coupling Tolerances vs. Shaft Alignment Tolerances, What’s The Difference?

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By on June 24, 2016

Plenty! This question still comes up fairly often in our training classes. If you look any of the coupling manufactures installation instructions there is a chart for the maximum allowable misalignment based on the coupling size. These tolerances are for the coupling, what about the machines the coupling connects? Shaft alignment tolerances are more about […]

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MACHINERY VIBRATION PROBLEMS – PART 4 BEARINGS

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By on June 6, 2016

  In industrial machinery, the centerpiece of vibration analysis is the ability to detect bearing problems BEFORE the bearing fails.  Even more beneficial is detecting the root cause of a bearing problem before damage is done. The bearing really is the heart of the rotating machine.  There’s a plethora of bearing types and designs. There […]

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MACHINERY VIBRATION PROBLEMS Part 3-Lubrication

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By on May 18, 2016

LUBRICATION Lubrication is sometimes incorrectly thought of as a job for unskilled workers, apprentices, or operators.  When I hear a maintenance person say, “I’m just an oiler”, I cringe a bit. Proper lubrication methods, formulations, quantities, and procedures are essential to machine reliability. A machine can no more do without lubrication than it can do […]

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The Three T’s

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By on May 6, 2016

I have been in industrial maintenance longer than I have not. A portion of that time was spent in Maintenance Management. One lesson I learned was, that in order for a team leader (or company as a whole) to be successful, the entire team needs to be successful. I tend to simplify things, maybe to […]

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