Posts by: The VibrAlign Blog

Compressors, Drivers and Alignment Considerations

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By on January 9, 2020

The two main types of compressors are dynamic and positive displacement. The positive displacement compressor is probably the one you’re most familiar with.  It traps gas in a volume and then decreases that volume.  The decrease in volume causes a rise in pressure. A dynamic compressor uses a rotating element (usually called an impeller) which […]

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Flatness Measurement Repeatability, Part 2

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By on January 2, 2020

In a previous blog written by Brad Case (Sept 24, 2019), he explained how to perform a repeatability test and why it is good idea to do so. Here are few other items that have contributed to repeatability issues. 1)      The top rails were not sufficiently clean prior to taking readings. Paint was not removed, […]

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This Could Be Difficult!

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By on November 6, 2019

For the field portion of a recent training class, the decision was made to check the alignment on a plastic extruder. At first glance, checking the alignment of the motor shaft to gearbox input shaft is pretty straightforward. However, the output side of the gearbox had two shafts, so maybe this is not so straightforward. […]

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Jack Bolts, Pushers, and Motor Movers

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By on January 16, 2019

A common source of frustration during the precision alignment process is, how can we make a controlled move when making the horizontal adjustment? We trainers often hear our clients say they don’t have jacking bolts, or pushers, etc. There have been numerous excellent blogs written on the subject of jack bolts. Pry bars, sledge hammers […]

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FIXTURLASER NXA PRO SELECTED AS THE ALIGNMENT TOOL FOR WORLD SKILLS ABU DHABI 2017

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By on September 20, 2017

The Fixturlaser NXA Pro has been selected as the laser shaft alignment tool to be used in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright competition at this year’s WorldSkills event, being held in Abu Dhabi on October 15-18. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the world championship of skills, will have participants from 77 countries who will be competing in 51 […]

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VibrAlign Launches the “American Reliability Tour 2017” Featuring Machinery Maintenance Seminars in 28 Cities

By on March 3, 2017

The American Reliability Tour 2017 follows VibrAlign’s successful series of Realigning America Tours mounted over the past four years.  The original Realigning America Tours featured free seminars about shaft alignment, belt alignment and couplings.  The upcoming American Reliability Tour will provide valuable training and address attendee’s issues about condition monitoring and machinery maintenance. VibrAlign has […]

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VibrAlign announces the HAWK Pump Challenge

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By on September 14, 2016

VibrAlign Inc. announces the HAWK Pump Challenge.  The Challenge is designed to expose mechanics and reliability personnel to modern machinery diagnostics by applying the HAWK’s built-in automatic diagnostic software to analyze their most troublesome pump. When machinery mechanics or reliability personnel sign up for the HAWK Pump Challenge they will be contacted to set up […]

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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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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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VibrAlign Launches ONEPROD Line of Fully Integrated Condition Monitoring Hardware and Software

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By on February 10, 2016

VibrAlign, Inc., exclusive US distributor of FIXTURLASER brand alignment products, is proud to announce a major expansion to its product offerings; the ONEPROD line of integrated condition monitoring products, developed by VibrAlign’s new parent company, ACOEM S.A. The ONEPROD brand, which includes the HAWK, FALCON, EAGLE, MVX, and NEST, is designed to both fill gaps […]

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Got Alignment Questions? We Are Here To Help!

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By on December 30, 2015

VibrAlign’s Team of 6 dedicated Technical Trainers conducted over 200 “Shaft Alignment Best Practices” Classes across America in 2015. Our classes were conducted in all types of industry including but not limited to: Food and Beverage Power Generation (fossil fuel, nuclear, & wind) Gas Compression Petro-Chemical Mining Water/Waste Water HVAC (facilities maintenance) Construction/Contracting Various Types […]

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Why Can’t I Just Use My Straight Edge?!

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By on August 13, 2015

Recently, I was at NC State University observing one of our training classes. This question came up in the beginning of the class by one of the students, and I’m sure this question comes across a lot of people’s minds when they consider making an investment in laser or dial indicator precision shaft alignment tools. […]

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Is Precision Shaft Alignment Really Worth the Time?

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By on July 7, 2015

Check out Stan Riddle’s article that appears in the July issue of EPnews that is published by our friends at Empowering Pumps.   http://empoweringpumps.com/is-precision-shaft-alignment-really-worth-the-time/?utm_campaign=Empowering+Pumps&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20410553&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8wDAT0u6imImafDL0h66xtUJrPlUp3asbpte8HTcflZB1DHqU1-TWloPcXHoBv71NTWae9KWqOQ0kprU2t58atzGdYaA&_hsmi=20410553

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“5 Effects of Misalignment”

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By on May 19, 2015

One of the common misconceptions in industry is that precision shaft alignment is not needed when using flexible couplings. Studies have show that nearly 50% of all machine breakdowns is due to misalignment. So what happens to misaligned machines? Check out the recently added video to the VibrAlign You Tube Channel titled “5 Effects of […]

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