Posts tagged with: Laser Alignment tools

You Can’t Perform Precision Alignment on Un-precise “Stuff”!

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By on May 11, 2018

Alan Garbers with Johnson Controls International contacted me regarding an alignment problem, and asked for my advice.  Here is a condensed version of his email. A client rents portable chillers, and related equipment. They built a 125HP portable pump skid with a Bell & Gossett pump on a VFD. I was there to commission the […]

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The Three T’s

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By on May 6, 2016

I have been in industrial maintenance longer than I have not. A portion of that time was spent in Maintenance Management. One lesson I learned was, that in order for a team leader (or company as a whole) to be successful, the entire team needs to be successful. I tend to simplify things, maybe to […]

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Benefits of Machine Maintenance and Cleanliness

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By on April 6, 2016

As technical trainers, we travel all over the country visiting factories, mills, power plants and refineries.  Just to mention a few.  We see and work on equipment of every type and size. From small 10 HP electric motors and pumps moving cooling water, to house sized engines turning generators that power our cities. Out of […]

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Precision Troubleshooting

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By on September 3, 2015

In my nearly 38 years of industrial maintenance, I have had the opportunity to work on high speed precision machinery. Most often this is highly automated equipment with photo eyes that determine which function needs to occur for the next sequence. After a few instances of frustration, I found that most often when a particular […]

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Clean, Clean, Clean! To Eliminate Soft Foot!

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By on May 7, 2015

There are many things that can affect the precision shaft alignment process, which needs to be checked and eliminated during the Pre-Alignment Steps, such as pipe strain, disintegrating bases, bearing or coupling wear, etc…. One of the main issues concerning shaft alignment of rotating equipment is the challenge of soft foot and its detrimental effect […]

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Help Your Laser Shaft Alignment System See!

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By on November 13, 2014

For precision shaft alignment, nothing beats a good laser alignment tool. But the best of tools can have errors, or not even work at all, if the Sensors (detectors) can’t “see” the laser beams! We received a customer support call, and the aligner stated that his laser alignment tool wasn’t repeating. This is a rare […]

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Aligning Uncoupled Machines

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By on December 11, 2012

Normally, it is faster and more accurate to perform shaft alignment while the machines are coupled together.  This offers several benefits such as:  Keeping the relative angular positions of the shafts the same allows the technician to align the true shaft rotational centerlines. Coupling Gap is less likely to change while adjusting the moveable machine, […]

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How the VibrAlign Support Team Gets Technical

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By on June 20, 2012

The guy in the photo is Peter Eccleston. Peter is the Senior Technical Support Specialist for VibrAlign. Peter and the other technicians in the Repair Group perform calibrations and repair services on all of VibrAlign’s shaft alignment tools. They work hard to make sure your Fixturlaser shaft alignment tool is performing in tip top shape. […]

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Persistence Pays!

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By on April 11, 2012

Not too long ago I was called to one of our sister shops to perform a laser shaft alignment on a 3600 RPM skid-mounted end-suction ANSI pump. Easy, right? Honestly, I made a few mistakes right off the bat: Thinking this would be easy (and starting right before quitting time). Taking for granted that all […]

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Quality Measurement Practices

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By on March 23, 2012

How does someone get really good at something? Practice! Whether in sports or your profession, people who are really good at something practice good habits over and over. Shaft alignment is no different. Learning quality measurement practices and repeating them with each shaft alignment job will increase your effectiveness with your laser alignment tool. Mechanical […]

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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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Pre-Alignment & Why it is Important

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By on November 19, 2010

Pre-Alignment and why it’s important Hey folks, check out this great powerpoint from our trainer Stand Riddle on Pre-Alignment and why its so important.  Feel free to post questions or comments in the comments section and Stan and our other trainers will answer your questions.  Enjoy the powerpoint.

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