Posts by: Steve Matthews

Precision Shaft Alignment with Adjustable Chocks

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By on May 17, 2017

We have written, here on the VibrAlign blog, about adjustable chocks used in place of shims for vertical adjustment and machine support. A recent experience at a customer site prompted this article, to share a simple tip that could save valuable time and effort. The customer was using vertical jack bolts while viewing live alignment […]

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ReAligning America Seminar Teams up with Partner Calhoun Community College

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By on October 27, 2016

If you have not heard of VibrAlign’s Realigning America Seminar Series, you should.  We have been hosting these seminars since 2013 focused on bringing alignment fundamentals to our industrial clientele in a short, half day, free educational event.  Since its inception, these programs which evolve to meet customer needs, have been to roughly 90 venues […]

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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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A Blog Post for Veterans Day

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By on November 10, 2015

Today, VibrAlign has granted me the honor of taking a moment in this week’s blog article to celebrate the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. I take this honor seriously. If you are like me, one need not look far or deep within your families and places of work to realize just how many […]

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Precision Shaft Alignment and Energy Consumption

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By on February 25, 2014

It has been a long standing belief amongst maintenance and reliability professionals that electric motor energy consumption must be less when rotating machines are precision aligned vs. when misaligned.  There have been several studies on this subject that have shown varied results, from 1% to as much as 10% less energy consumption for a precision […]

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Sof Shoe® Shims

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By on June 5, 2013

Soft foot is undoubtedly the number one challenge faced on an everyday basis in precision shaft alignment.  The concept is simple enough; make sure the machine feet rest flat on the base. Unfortunately, it is not always so simple to solve. Before sitting down to write this, I noted there are 17 articles posted on […]

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The VibrAlign Sales Team is Realigning America

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By on August 26, 2012

Good day Alignment Blog readers! Today, I would like to introduce a new member of the VibrAlign team in the Eastern Region. Art McFadden joined our sales team in the Mid-Atlantic this year and he shares our Passion for Precision. Art has a mechanical background with many years of experience in electrostatic powder coating equipment […]

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Shaft Alignment with a Fluid Coupling

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By on June 17, 2012

Last week, a customer asked me how to do a laser alignment on a fluid coupling. This question comes up occasionally, so I thought it would be a good subject to address here on thealignmentblog.com. First, it would be helpful to define “fluid coupling.” Fluid couplings transmit power from a driving shaft to a driven […]

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What’s Eating Your Couplings?

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By on January 30, 2012

If you are a regular Alignment Blog reader, you may remember an entry in which Stan Riddle discussed why we should care about precision alignment of flexible couplings. Today, I would like to offer up some evidence that many of you may well relate to. We were called to align this chilled water pump in a […]

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