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Pre-alignment Steps Save $$$

By on April 15, 2010

There are many types of tools with which we can perform an accurate shaft alignment. For most of us, laser alignment is considered the most accurate and effective. But shaft alignment can be done with reverse dial indicator sets, or dial indicators and chain-type brackets, or a straightedge, feeler gauge, and an outside caliper. I’ve […]

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Coupling Backlash – How it Affects Alignment, and How to Minimize It

By on March 24, 2010

There are three common errors made in shaft alignment—coupling backlash, soft foot and not tightening and loosening moveable machine hold down bolts in a proper sequence. Of these, soft foot can be the most problematic. But coupling backlash runs a close second.

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Troubleshooting Alignment Data

By on November 11, 2009

How to compare rim and base dial indicator data to the alignment data produced by laser systems.

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