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Double or Tandem Mechanical Seal?

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By on May 27, 2020

  Although it is not the millwright or mechanics responsibility to specify mechanical seal applications, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of their purpose. This blog will give the basics of double and tandem mechanical seals. The double mechanical seal uses two mechanical seals (an inboard and outboard seal). They can […]

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The Fixturlaser Level

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By on May 20, 2020

The Fixturlaser Level is a two-axis level sensor that can be used wherever precision level measurements are required. It can be used to level machine bases or beds, bearings and journals, or for measuring “twist” on linear guide ways. The accuracy is very precise with resolution down to 0.01 mm/m (.1mil/1”) with a range of […]

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Don’t Be Tempted!

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By on May 13, 2020

Often the OJT portion of our training classes begins with an alignment check of a rotating piece of machinery in the client’s facility. This comes after numerous alignments in the classroom, on the training fixtures, performed by the attendees. They are then ready to apply their skills learned on the classroom training equipment in their […]

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The Benefits of Lubrication Training

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By on May 5, 2020

According to several studies, industry is wasting millions of dollars by ignoring problems related to friction and wear. Companies can save money and increase machinery reliability by paying more attention to these problems. There is a compelling need for more understanding among maintenance and production personnel in the practices of reducing friction and wear. It […]

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Thinking Outside the Alignment Box on Flexible Bases

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By on April 21, 2020

    Here is another example of the complexity of completing a precision shaft alignment on a flexible base. Some industries use pump skids that are moved to different areas of a plant for various reasons. Whether they exist to save money, allow for quick removal or process changes, the flexibility of these types of […]

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Fixturlaser Laser Kit Tips

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By on April 16, 2020

During several recent technical support calls, regarding the Fixturlaser Laser Kit, the clients asked the same questions about the LEDs on the sensors and several warnings that pop-up on the display. Others may have the same questions, so I thought it worthwhile to discuss here. S & M Sensor LEDs: The amber LEDs illuminate when […]

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Return on Employee Investment (ROEI)

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By on April 10, 2020

Company assets require a wise and balanced investment from cradle to grave.  Otherwise, the asset will not consistently perform to required expectations, deteriorate over time and return limited value to stake holders as a result.  Companies put a lot of strategy and effort to obtain the greatest Return on Capital Employed (ROCE).  ROCE is a […]

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VibrAlign Training During COVID-19

By on March 31, 2020

Like many people worldwide, the ACOEM VibrAlign Training Team is grounded while we wait this virus out.  It is the right thing to do-for ourselves, our families, neighbors, co-workers, and nation. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t help YOU!  If you have questions about alignment, vibration, or reliability of your equipment, WE CAN HELP!  How? […]

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Couplings

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By on March 24, 2020

  In power transmission, a coupling is a device used to connect a driving machine, such as a motor, engine, or turbine, to a driven machine, such as a fan, pump, compressor, or other machine. There are numerous styles of couplings, each with specific design characteristics, that make them suitable for their respective applications. All […]

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Functions of a Lubricant: Reduce Friction

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By on March 17, 2020

A maintenance technicians’ job (function) is to keep the machines that they maintain operating reliably. Alignment, balancing, and lubrication are some examples of how they are able to keep machinery reliable. Proper lubrication of machines is absolutely critical to any reliability program. In this article, I would like to discuss how a lubricant reduces friction. […]

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Pre-Alignment with the RT-300

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By on March 4, 2020

ACOEM-VibrAlign has shared over 100 separate blog posts and over 1 million YouTube views on Pre-Alignment. Thus, we can all agree it is an important topic and the key to a successful precision shaft alignment job. No matter if you are using a Straight Edge, Dial Indicators, or the latest and greatest Laser Shaft Alignment […]

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Pay Me Now, or Pay Me Later!

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By on February 20, 2020

Years ago, an automotive oil filter company’s ad campaign, capitalized on the phrase “pay me now, or pay me later”. The premise was that you could pay less upfront for an inferior oil filter, and then pay again because the oil filter would fail, and your vehicle’s engine would require an overhaul. Or, you could […]

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Balancing How To #6 – Balancing Tolerances

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By on February 13, 2020

By now, if you’ve kept up with the VibrAlign balancing “how-to” blogs, you should see that balancing is mostly just a math problem – counteracting forces.  But we haven’t discussed when the balance job is through. When I started balancing fans many years ago, I stopped balancing when: The fan owner said, “that’s much better”, […]

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Using Your Laser Alignment System to Check the Validity Rule

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By on February 5, 2020

The validity rule is an important concept in precision shaft alignment. It can be used to confirm that your readings are accurate and is why we don’t have to rotate a full 360 degrees in order to get accurate alignment information. Here is a previous blog post with an embedded video that discusses dial indicator […]

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Generating Global and Special Reports in the NEST

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By on January 28, 2020

Once you have moved your data back into the Nest, after a Route has been collected, you may want to provide a report or reports to different parts of an organization. The Nest has several ways of generating a couple different types of custom reports. For your discussion we will focus on a global report […]

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