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Reddit AMA Recap – Industry Q&A On Machine Reliability

By on February 9, 2021

We use our social media and blog as a way to educate and directly connect with our trainees and customers. Most recently, we took to Reddit as a way to engage with industry professionals. To get started, our trainer Stan Riddle hosted an AMA back in October. If you’re new to Reddit, an AMA is […]

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6 Common Faults of Rotating Machinery

By on January 26, 2021

Successful predictive maintenance programs are dependent on the expertise and tools of the teams behind the machines being maintained. We’ve identified 6 common machine faults you’ll likely encounter on your maintenance routes. Bearing defects include wear and tear on any part of a bearing. This can mean abrasion, pressure damage, fluting, and corrosion. These issues […]

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Cardan Shaft Alignment in the Belly of a Boat

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By on January 18, 2021

  If you have read any of our blogs, you have seen we run into some unique alignment scenarios. During a recent class in a shipyard, there was a need to perform a Cardan Shaft Alignment in a boat with very little space to work in. It also required shooting the lasers through a hole […]

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Adding Process Points to a Data Collection Route

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By on January 7, 2021

Sometimes other data can influence analysis when running your regular routes. This data can range from discharge pressure on pump to slide valve position on a chiller or maybe just bearing temperature just to name a few. With the Falcon and Nest this type of data can be collected and even trended in the Nest. […]

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Laser Alignment and the Effects of High Humidity

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By on December 14, 2020

A recent question from a customer prompted me to write on this topic.  The question was essentially “Can we use the laser alignment tool in steamy conditions?” I have heard similar questions over the years for example: Can the laser alignment tool withstand use in wet conditions? How resistant is the laser alignment tool to […]

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Is it really Bolt Bound?

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By on December 8, 2020

In a recent RT300 class during the field portion of the training, the team made the decision to take vibration readings on a motor/pump assembly that was very noisy and had frequent coupling failures. The RT300 diagnosed misalignment, cavitation and shock modulation. Then using the same RT300, they checked the alignment and it was indeed […]

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Using Your Laser Alignment Tool to Measure Pipe Strain Induced from Tightening Flanges

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By on November 9, 2020

I recently had the pleasure of teaching an alignment class for a Midwest company involved in pipe fabrication and installation.  Their primary concern wasn’t so much in precision shaft alignment, but in being able to measure the effect pipe strain has on alignment.  Before I arrived, they had told me they had fabricated a rig […]

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Don’t Forget a Lift Check!

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By on October 22, 2020

    A lift check isn’t always done when performing a precision shaft alignment, nonetheless excessive lift can be the cause of alignment frustration. Here is a recent example from a very experienced aligner. This particular alignment was on a 150 HP motor driving an extruder through a gearbox. The horizontal alignment came in as […]

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Aligning a “Bouncy” Motor!

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By on October 14, 2020

  In recent years many new gas processing plants have been built to keep up with the demand for natural gas. Some of the process equipment for these plants are constructed on “modular skids” which are simply set in place, on the ground, then the piping is connected. During a recent training class, at a […]

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A “Typical – Atypical” Alignment

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By on October 7, 2020

A colleague and client of ours called, in a bit of a quandary. “Ever seen anything like this?” he asked.  I had to answer “No, I have not”. This is a C-face motor.  It is typically mounted to a C-face flange, which connects to a vertically oriented pump.  But in this case, the C-face motor […]

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Fundamental Pump Laws

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By on September 23, 2020

It doesn’t matter what size, shape or design of the pump its purpose is to move fluids. Head loss that must be overcome makes the task a bit more complicated and the type of pump makes a difference. Two of the basic pump laws are volumetric flow rate and pump power:   Volumetric Flow Rate: […]

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Understanding and Troubleshooting Centrifugal Pumps

By on September 17, 2020

Choosing the right type of pump to meet your industrial plant’s needs is crucial to maintaining efficiency and prolonging the life of your machinery. Pumps are classified by the purpose they serve and the way they are built to operate. The most commonly used types of pumps are classified as centrifugal, reciprocating, and rotary. Centrifugal […]

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Qualifying the Fixturlaser Level When Using a Fixture

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By on September 16, 2020

The Fixturlaser level is calibrated to earth level out of the box. If the level is used without a fixture it reads level directly. If a fixture is used, however, you must first qualify the level with the fixture. This is a very simple procedure when using the Fixturlaser NXA. Level measured with no fixture […]

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The Three Keys to a Successful Maintenance Team

By on September 11, 2020

Maintenance teams carry a great deal of responsibility, and we’re not strangers to that. A team is only as successful as its individual members. Ensuring each team member has the resources necessary to contribute to the best of their abilities is an integral part of building a strong maintenance team. We’ve compiled the three keys […]

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Condition Monitoring Tools – How to Choose for Your Facility

By on September 2, 2020

Monitoring and maintaining the condition of your machines is essential to maximizing efficiency and prolonging machine life. You need human expertise and the right tools in order to have an effective condition monitoring program. When choosing from our suite of condition monitoring tools, it is important to look inside your toolbox and take inventory. To […]

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