Current Topics

The Alignment Triangle

By on August 12, 2011

No, it is not the place where good alignments get lost – never to be seen again! It is a way of thinking about locating machinery feet so that the shafts are in alignment, even when the feet of the moveable machine may be a few thousandths up, down, left, or right of perfect. Shaft alignment […]

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Words to Make You Stop & Think

By on August 3, 2011

What the…?? What did it say again…?? But I just did that… How in the world…?? There’s no way… Sacre bleu! We hear phrases like these in class and in the field. Chances are if you’ve been aligning equipment for a while, you have a feel for how the job should progress. When something goes wrong, […]

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Shaft Alignment Education

By on July 26, 2011

We at VibrAlign love educating folks on the benefits of shaft alignment. Twice last month, Lev Nelik (aka Dr. Pump) of Pumping Machinery invited Mike Keohane of VibrAlign to speak on the virtues of shaft alignment and how it improves pump reliability. Dr. Nelik is a world renowned expert on all things pumps. He is published […]

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Cupped Washers

By on July 18, 2011

The OJT portion of a recent training class was the alignment of a 3600 RPM electric motor driving a Bell & Gossett Fire Service Water Pump. As the hold down bolts were tightened (in a cross torque pattern) the horizontal offset would change to approximately 5 mils at 50% torque then 8 mils at 100%. After […]

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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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