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Jacking Bolts

By on July 11, 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 shaft alignment process, prevent excessive minor moves back and forth, and generally make the task of shaft alignment much more pleasant. So why aren’t they used more often?

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Cooling Tower Adventures

By on July 6, 2011

The OJT portion of a recent XA alignment training class led us to a two-cell cooling tower that had a run of bad luck–motor bearing failures, internal supports broken, visibly shook when it ran, etc.

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Which Way is Up?

By on June 29, 2011

An interesting situation arises when the base of the equipment you are aligning is purposely out of level. Which way is up? This picture shows a setup we used during a recent training class to illustrate the technique (no photos could be taken in the field). Most normal methods of alignment calculate angles assuming the […]

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30-Minute Alignments

By on June 20, 2011

One of our trainers recently taught an XA Pro class at a large chemical company in Western Kentucky. Normally, our training classes consist of one day of classroom training, and ½ day of field alignments done by the students. During the field alignment part of the class, the students aligned four overhung pumps, rated between […]

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How Many Shims?

By on June 13, 2011

In a recent email to VibrAlign, Mike wrote: “In using your shims what is the most shims you can place under each foot? I have always been taught to use no more than 5 shims under each foot. Is this true?“ Mike, good question! VibrAlign’s official stance is no more than 4, if possible. However, […]

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More on the Fixturlaser Go Pro

By on February 9, 2011

Last week we officially announced the launch of the new Fixturlaser Go Pro.  So far we have recieved some good feedback, thanks to IMPO for this piece. In this announcement we talked about a new process in the alignment industry called the Verti-Zontal compund move.  What makes this move so special?  Well it is a […]

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Meet the Powerful Fixturlaser Go Pro

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By on February 3, 2011

Well the cat is out of the bag…… we have a new product! Meet the new Go Pro Attached here is the official press release from VibrAlign.  Go Pro is a wireless and color screen shaft alignment laser that also features the new Verti-Zontal compound move.  Check back here in the next few days for […]

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Should There Be A Shaft Alignment Training Class for the Maintenance and Reliability Professional?

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By on December 30, 2010

In the past, maintenance mechanics learned alignment through apprenticeship programs or by working with other experienced maintenance mechanics. Some were taught in-house through training programs or through local community colleges. Many of these eventually moved up into manager or supervisor positions and brought with them a good understanding of aligning machinery.  In today’s environment, this […]

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Why Color Screens and Wireless Connectivity are Important in Laser Shaft Alignment

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By on December 22, 2010

Looking at how the alignment process works we wanted to point out two features of laser alignment tools that will help the aligner during his/her alignment process. The first aspect to a better alignment is a color screen. Some of the benefits to a color screen are:

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Seven Little Statements About Shaft Alignment

By on December 13, 2010

These observations were compiled in an article a few years back. Do they still ring true? Most of the attention to precision alignment has centered on large, process-critical machines. Most maintenance departments have been downsized and spend much of their human capital addressing unscheduled maintenance.

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So What Goes on in a Training Class?

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By on December 1, 2010

A basic alignment class consists of one and a half days of work. Yes, there is real work involved. The first day is in class working on alignment demonstrators and covering topics like pre-alignment, colinear shafts, base-bound/bolt-bound solutions, etc.  It’s a controlled environment to learn the concepts and ask questions. Less of the ‘buttonology’ (learning how to […]

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Pre-Alignment & Why it is Important

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By on November 19, 2010

Pre-Alignment and why it’s important Hey folks, check out this great powerpoint from our trainer Stand Riddle on Pre-Alignment and why its so important.  Feel free to post questions or comments in the comments section and Stan and our other trainers will answer your questions.  Enjoy the powerpoint.

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upadXA a Finalist for the 2010 Plant Engineering Product of the Year!

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By on November 10, 2010

In 2010 VibrAlign Inc.  launched a new laser from Fixturlaser called the upadXA.  This laser was considered the brother product of the Fixturlaser XA. The upadXA has all the functionality of the larger hand-held display unit, but with a smaller, 3.5 inch screen.  The screen, with VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, is backlit and […]

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Proper Movement Sequence for Shaft Alignment

By on June 14, 2010

One of the most important factors in successful shaft alignment is utilizing a proper sequence of moves. Understanding and utilizing this methodology will drastically decrease the time required to align shafts, and improve the effectiveness of your efforts.

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Soft Foot–What It Is and How to Minimize It

By on June 4, 2010

Soft foot is a common issue when aligning rotating equipment. It is a major cause of repeatability problems in shaft alignment measurements. In addition to alignment quality and repeatability problems, it can be a cause of machinery vibration, reduce life in electric motors, and cause internal clearance problems in gearboxes and pumps. But if the […]

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