Archive: December, 2010

Should There Be A Shaft Alignment Training Class for the Maintenance and Reliability Professional?

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By on December 30, 2010

In the past, maintenance mechanics learned alignment through apprenticeship programs or by working with other experienced maintenance mechanics. Some were taught in-house through training programs or through local community colleges. Many of these eventually moved up into manager or supervisor positions and brought with them a good understanding of aligning machinery.  In today’s environment, this […]

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Why Color Screens and Wireless Connectivity are Important in Laser Shaft Alignment

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By on December 22, 2010

Looking at how the alignment process works we wanted to point out two features of laser alignment tools that will help the aligner during his/her alignment process. The first aspect to a better alignment is a color screen. Some of the benefits to a color screen are:

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Seven Little Statements About Shaft Alignment

By on December 13, 2010

These observations were compiled in an article a few years back. Do they still ring true? Most of the attention to precision alignment has centered on large, process-critical machines. Most maintenance departments have been downsized and spend much of their human capital addressing unscheduled maintenance.

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So What Goes on in a Training Class?

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By on December 1, 2010

A basic alignment class consists of one and a half days of work. Yes, there is real work involved. The first day is in class working on alignment demonstrators and covering topics like pre-alignment, colinear shafts, base-bound/bolt-bound solutions, etc.  It’s a controlled environment to learn the concepts and ask questions. Less of the ‘buttonology’ (learning how to […]

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Pre-Alignment & Why it is Important

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By on November 19, 2010

Pre-Alignment and why it’s important Hey folks, check out this great powerpoint from our trainer Stand Riddle on Pre-Alignment and why its so important.  Feel free to post questions or comments in the comments section and Stan and our other trainers will answer your questions.  Enjoy the powerpoint.

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upadXA a Finalist for the 2010 Plant Engineering Product of the Year!

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By on November 10, 2010

In 2010 VibrAlign Inc.  launched a new laser from Fixturlaser called the upadXA.  This laser was considered the brother product of the Fixturlaser XA. The upadXA has all the functionality of the larger hand-held display unit, but with a smaller, 3.5 inch screen.  The screen, with VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, is backlit and […]

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Proper Movement Sequence for Shaft Alignment

By on June 14, 2010

One of the most important factors in successful shaft alignment is utilizing a proper sequence of moves. Understanding and utilizing this methodology will drastically decrease the time required to align shafts, and improve the effectiveness of your efforts.

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Soft Foot–What It Is and How to Minimize It

By on June 4, 2010

Soft foot is a common issue when aligning rotating equipment. It is a major cause of repeatability problems in shaft alignment measurements. In addition to alignment quality and repeatability problems, it can be a cause of machinery vibration, reduce life in electric motors, and cause internal clearance problems in gearboxes and pumps. But if the […]

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Pre-alignment Steps Save $$$

By on April 15, 2010

There are many types of tools with which we can perform an accurate shaft alignment. For most of us, laser alignment is considered the most accurate and effective. But shaft alignment can be done with reverse dial indicator sets, or dial indicators and chain-type brackets, or a straightedge, feeler gauge, and an outside caliper. I’ve […]

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Coupling Backlash – How it Affects Alignment, and How to Minimize It

By on March 24, 2010

There are three common errors made in shaft alignment—coupling backlash, soft foot and not tightening and loosening moveable machine hold down bolts in a proper sequence. Of these, soft foot can be the most problematic. But coupling backlash runs a close second.

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