Posts by: Steve Gordon

Bolt Holes – Size matters!

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By on April 28, 2016

I was asked to help a customer align a 500HP Motor / Blower.  The new motor came in on a skid, was lifted into place with a crane, new electrical boxes fitted and coupling put into place.  Now the easy part, the precision shaft alignment! We took two sets of measurements which repeated.  Made one […]

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Belt Hogs for Busses?

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By on January 6, 2015

A creative application for the VibrAlign Belt Hog sheave alignment tool has paid off for New Flyer of America and one of its customers, King County (Seattle, WA) Metro Transit Division Fleet Engineering and Vehicle Maintenance. New Flyer is a major manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in the U.S. and Canada.   The Belt Hog is […]

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Creative Sensor Mounting When Flexible Couplings Limit Space.

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By on July 17, 2014

In this situation, there is little or no room to mount the laser sensors to the motor and pump.  What would you do?  You could remove the entire coupling and do an “uncoupled alignment”.  Or, be creative…                       Remove ½ the flexible coupling.  Then mount […]

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How to Minimize the Effects of Coupling Backlash when Measuring Misalignment.

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By on July 24, 2013

Certain types of flexible couplings are designed to have looseness creating coupling backlash.  Even when installed correctly!  Looseness from coupling backlash, if not controlled, will have a negative effect on measurement quality by increasing measurement error and the amount of time it takes to do a precision shaft alignment.  So, how can coupling backlash be […]

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Quality Measurement Practices

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By on March 23, 2012

How does someone get really good at something? Practice! Whether in sports or your profession, people who are really good at something practice good habits over and over. Shaft alignment is no different. Learning quality measurement practices and repeating them with each shaft alignment job will increase your effectiveness with your laser alignment tool. Mechanical […]

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How to Convert Dial Indicator Specs

By on September 24, 2011

How do you convert dial indicator specifications to laser alignment specifications? We often ask customers “what is your alignment specification or tolerance that you are trying to achieve?” What we hear most of the time is “zero” or “two thou” or “five thou”…. What we know first is they are using dial indicator values as […]

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