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Join Us in Houston

By on February 8, 2012

Our next monthly shaft alignment class will be held in Houston, TX on MARCH 27-28

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Join Us In Richmond

By on February 8, 2012

Our next monthly shaft alignment class will be held in Richmond on MARCH 27-28

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Join Us in Richmond

By on February 8, 2012

Our next monthly shaft alignment class will be held in Richmond on FEB 28-29

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Align a Cooling Tower in Under an Hour

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By on February 7, 2012

Aligning cooling towers with spacer shafts can sometimes present a challenge.  We recently provided alignment training and assistance to the HVAC Group at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA. This was a Marley cooling tower, with a 60 HP motor, connected to the gearbox by a 48″ spacer shaft. That’s me, the trainer, inside […]

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Why Blog About Shaft Alignment?

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By on February 1, 2012

VibrAlign’s blog has been up for a few months now, and we hope the information we have all shared has been informative. But, with all of the information available on the internet, why a blog dedicated to shaft alignment? At VibrAlign, we’re out to Realign America. We’ve stood by and watched as: Manufacturing jobs have gone […]

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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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Calculating Foot Target Values

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By on January 23, 2012

A couple of weeks ago we calculated cold alignment targets from field data. We ended up with angles and offsets but the class wanted to go through the math involved in calculating the foot values. It was an interesting math exercise so if you’re up for some brain stretching, follow along. Here are our target […]

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A New Twist on Belt Alignment?

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By on January 22, 2012

In our quest to realign America, we’re always on the lookout for intriguing applications. Sometimes they pop up in odd places. My buddy Steve Matthews with PdM Solutions spotted this situation while in the field (literally!). This has to be a maintenance headache–there were plenty of belts laying around. How would you tackle this? We […]

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Should Thermal Growth Affect Angular Misalignment?

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By on January 17, 2012

In my post “How Does Calculating Your Own Alignment Targets Work?”, I discussed using a hot check to determine proper alignment targets. Thermal growth is not rocket science. However, it is often misunderstood. I see people causing harm by compensating for thermal growth incorrectly. Let’s look at a simple blower illustration: If we assume that […]

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How Does Calculating Your Own Alignment Targets Work?

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By on January 13, 2012

A recent training class offered us an opportunity to check both the hot and cold alignment conditions on a blower. It was a great time to calculate our own thermal offset values from field data and compare them to the OEM recommendation. So how do we go about doing this? Why would we even want […]

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Have You Calibrated Your Mechanics Lately?

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By on January 6, 2012

It’s a new year and time to reassess our goals. We test our gauges, adjust sensor settings, tweak valves, etc. We check our equipment against a standard to verify it still works optimally. When’s the last time you have done the same for your mechanics and technicians? VibrAlign’s shaft alignment courses will calibrate your personnel to […]

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Getting Pushy–Jacking Bolts Revisited

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By on December 29, 2011

Jacking bolts provide a smoother, easier way of moving machinery than using pry bars and hammers. Their use will almost always speed up the alignment process, prevent excessive minor moves back and forth, and generally make the task of shaft alignment much more pleasant. More and more companies are realizing the benefits of using jacking bolts […]

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Checking Your Thermal Targets

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By on December 21, 2011

Any equipment that goes through large temperature differences between startup and normal operation should have accurate thermal targets calculated to allow for proper shaft alignment. Shaft alignment data can be taken when the machine is at operating temperature and compared to readings taken when the machine is at ambient temperature. The resulting calculations provide alignment […]

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Meet VibrAlign Trainer, Stan Riddle – VIDEO

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By on December 16, 2011

My name is Stan Riddle, I’m a trainer for VibrAlign, I’ve been involved in aligning machinery for about 31 years. My background was as a machinist, and a tool and die maker. In the early 80’s I decided that I would get into maintenance because they would never computerize it, and I’ve been pulling wrenches […]

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Join Us in Houston

By on December 14, 2011

Our next monthly shaft alignment class for the Houston area will be on Jan. 24-25.

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