Categories: Shaft Alignment

30-Minute Alignments

By on June 20, 2011

pump alignment at chemical plantOne 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 50 to 100 HP, in two hours. This included lockout/tagout, removing guards, alignment and replacing guards.

Student comments included:
This XA makes alignment so easy, it doesn’t even seem like work!
• We can align faster than the electricians can wire up the motor!
• Even old guys like me can use this!
• If I follow the training, and get rid of the soft foot, (the alignment) goes exactly like you said it would!

Express Alignment—there’s a reason for the name!

About the Author

Stan Riddle joined VibrAlign in 2008. He has over 35 years experience in aligning industrial machinery. Stan received his AAS Degree in Machinist Technology from Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, and also holds a diploma in Industrial Systems Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC, where he was also an instructor in the program.

Stan began his maintenance career working as a machinist and millwright for companies such as Weyerhaeuser, R.J. Reynolds, and Tyco Electronics. He also has over 25 years experience in Predictive Technologies, such as vibration analysis, thermography, oil analysis, and ultrasonic inspection. He is a certified Level III Vibration Analyst with the Vibration Institute, and is a Past Chairman and Board Member of the Piedmont Chapter.

Stan and his wife live in Yadkinville, NC.

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