Posts tagged with: Fixturlaser NXA Pro

FIXTURLASER NXA PRO SELECTED AS THE ALIGNMENT TOOL FOR WORLD SKILLS ABU DHABI 2017

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By on September 20, 2017

The Fixturlaser NXA Pro has been selected as the laser shaft alignment tool to be used in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright competition at this year’s WorldSkills event, being held in Abu Dhabi on October 15-18. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the world championship of skills, will have participants from 77 countries who will be competing in 51 […]

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Correcting for base bound or bolt bound conditions.

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By on June 12, 2017

A question often asked during our training classes is how to deal with base bound and/or bolt bound conditions when performing a precision shaft alignment on rotating machinery. Base bound is the vertical condition that occurs when the moveable machine needs to be lowered but is “bound” by the base due to an insufficient number […]

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When an Alignment Check Turns into Starting from the Beginning.

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By on March 22, 2017

A recent NXA Pro training class performed an alignment check of a winch driven by an 80 HP, 1800 RPM, DC electric motor with a gear style coupling. The initial results revealed a misaligned machine, with a vertical angularity over 13 times the tolerance of 0.7mils/1” (1.0 mil = .001”), vertical offset six times tolerance […]

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Positive/Negative

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By on February 7, 2017

When we align equipment, we are aligning the rotational centerlines of the shafts. We have a stationary machine and a moveable machine. In most cases the stationary machine’s center of rotation is the target and reference for all measurements and corrections of the movable machine. When reading laser or dial indicator values, the terms of […]

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Why and How to Measure in Clock Method

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By on December 7, 2016

Proper use of any tool is essential to success in achieving your desired goal. Many tools have optional configurations to adapt that tool to your needs. Fixturlaser Precision Alignment Systems are no different. The alignment tools produced by Acoem/Fixturlaser are second to none in ease of use. The Acoem AB design engineers do all they […]

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Determining Cold Alignment Targets from OEM Dial Indicator Specifications

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By on November 23, 2016

A client was aligning a motor-compressor set and wanted to use the OEM specifications for thermal growth (OL2R) compensation. The manual gave the target values as rim and face dial indicator numbers for either the motor hub or compressor hub. In this case the motor hub specifications were used. He was using the Fixturlaser NXA […]

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Cooling Tower Alignment

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By on November 4, 2016

Performing Precision Shaft Alignments on Cooling Towers present a unique set of challenges. A recent job is typical of what I find. We were originally called out because on three cooling towers the motors were experiencing high vibration. Some of the challenges include: 1 – Access through shrouds 2 – Ladders often required to gain […]

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Bolt Holes – Size matters!

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By on April 28, 2016

I was asked to help a customer align a 500HP Motor / Blower.  The new motor came in on a skid, was lifted into place with a crane, new electrical boxes fitted and coupling put into place.  Now the easy part, the precision shaft alignment! We took two sets of measurements which repeated.  Made one […]

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Proper Installation is Essential to Equipment Reliability

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By on November 24, 2015

Performing precision shaft alignment correctly the first time is crucial to the longevity of your equipment and your long term cost savings. New installations suffer greatly from infant mortality rates if the proper installation procedures are not followed. Most common causes are lack of follow up on the essentials, such as proper foundation work, elevations, […]

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Performing Alignment Checks as Part of Your Preventive Maintenance.

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By on August 26, 2015

A systematic preventive maintenance plan is crucial to the operation and reliability of rotating equipment in factories and power plants. In addition any building or company that has HVAC equipment, water and sewer systems or hydraulic systems requires people with good mechanical skills to keep the rotating machinery running. Most preventive maintenance programs include pump […]

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Precision Alignment of Machines Installed on an Incline

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By on June 10, 2015

Occasionally industrial machinery is not level relative to earth, but is designed to operate on an angle. Those angles can be: • Driver High • Driver Low • Angled to the left or right (as viewed from one end) Regardless of the orientation, these machines can be effectively and easily aligned with any Fixturlaser Shaft […]

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BASE BOUND, Is There a Way Out?

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By on April 22, 2015

As any of the Vibralign trainers can attest, more often than not, when going out into the field on day two of a training class our clients want to perform a shaft alignment on their biggest challenge. When conducting training at a Waste Water Treatment facility, the decision was made to perform a precision shaft […]

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The Benefit of a “Hot” Alignment Check

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By on April 15, 2015

There have been numerous posts on TheAlignmentBlog.com dealing with Thermal Growth and Dynamic Movement of rotating machinery. http://thealignmentblog.com/blog/category/alignment-troubleshooting/dynamic-movement/. Thermal Growth continues to be a subject that is discussed and taught in our training classes, though on a daily basis is not always correctly compensated for in industry. Many maintenance personnel performing precision shaft alignments use […]

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How to Perform a Precision Alignment When Nearby Machines Are Vibrating.

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By on August 6, 2014

Equipment rooms can sometimes have numerous machines running all at once-side by side.  Often, technicians are required to perform a precision alignment next to a machine which is running.  The technicians are right to be concerned about vibration from nearby machines, but the concern can be greatly reduced if certain procedures are followed. The first […]

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Fixturlaser NXA Pro Laser Shaft Alignment System Wins 2013 Product of the Year Award

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By on April 10, 2014

The Fixturlaser NXA and VibrAlign have been named the Bronze 2013 Product of the Year in the Maintenance Tools and Equipment category.  The NXA won out over other nominees based on voting by readers of Plant Engineering magazine.  Fixturlaser and VibrAlign have previously won Product of the Year Gold awards in 1992 (CombiLaser) and in […]

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