Aligning a Gearbox Shaft to Compressor Bores During Assembly with ROTALIGN ULTRA

August 14, 2014

Some weeks ago, a compressor manufacturer contracted us to perform ROTALIGN ULTRA laser alignment training at their testing facility. During the training, the millwrights mentioned that they had a need to align the gearbox shaft to the compressor bores during the assembly process, before the compressor shaft was installed. Since my ROTALIGN ULTRA also features the CENTRALIGN […]

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Thermal Growth and Machinery Movement Crash Course Video

August 7, 2014

“Thermal growth” often refers to the change in machinery positions as a machine runs from startup to operating conditions (or vice versa). Machinery positional change can also be caused by dynamic forces, pipe stress and other factors. Compensating for thermal growth is necessary because the machine will be misaligned during operating conditions if it is […]

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How to shim a vertical flange-mounted motor with ROTALIGN ULTRA

June 26, 2014

If you have a vertical flange-mounted motor and need to shim it to correct angularity, our laser systems provide the following handy options to accomplish this: How to decide which option to use? MINUS: If you have plenty of shims already there, you can select this option minimize the amount of shims used, since the […]

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Belts require certain best practice to ensure reliability

June 19, 2014

Proper location is very important when collecting vibration measurements on a belt system. If possible, one reading should be taken in line with the sheaves and one reading perpendicular to them on each bearing. Vibration data resolution should be taken into account so that proper separation between belt and driver frequencies can be obtained. Care […]

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Cincinnati MSD Laser Alignment Program Extends Asset Life Cycles with OPTALIGN SMART

June 5, 2014

Recently our customer, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD), shared with us their successful findings with OPTALIGN SMART. Their Maintenance Department utilizes a variety of predictive technologies and preventive strategies to support their mission of improving equipment reliability and reducing downtime. They are committed to extending the life cycles of their assets with their already […]

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Compressor Crosshead Guide Bore Alignment with CENTRALIGN ULTRA

May 29, 2014

The bore alignment of the crosshead guides in large compressor driven by a 4,000 HP engine was thought to be a problem after this compressor, which had run trouble-free for 30 years started having problems. Methods used before involved checking with a machinist’s level only. The crosshead guides have an approximate diameter of 20”. The […]

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