Proper Alignment for Machines with More than Four Feet Configuration

September 15, 2015

If the machine to be moved has 6, 8 or more anchor bolts, caution needs to be applied when deciding how to shim the middle machine feet. A method still used by many is to calculate the shimming for the inboard and outboard feet of the MTBM and shim accordingly. Then, use a feeler gauge […]

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How our VIBCONNECT RF Wireless Condition Monitoring System Detected a Broken Belt

September 8, 2015

A customer with a need to monitor machinery remotely and limited to a small budget invested in the VIBCONNECT RF system to keep their machines running. During a routine check of the data, it was noticed that a certain machine was in alarm. The OMNITREND software easily identified the machine that was in alarm by the red […]

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Thermal Growth Compensation with Alignment Targets

September 1, 2015

Thermal growth compensation has become fairly routine among laser aligners. For machines that run at high temperatures, most manufacturers will recommend a target to align to that compensates for the thermal growth that the machine is expected to undergo. That target only tells half of the story though. In many of the situations we see, […]

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How to Analyze Unexpected Results After Performing a Shaft Alignment Horizontal Live Move

August 18, 2015

You’ve just completed your horizontal live move and you’ve re-measured to double-check your results. Now, it seems your coupling results are not at all what you were expecting. Does this sound familiar? All too often when this occurs, the reasons are quite simple, such as some residual soft foot, or coupling strain that affected the […]

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Testimonial: ROTALIGN ULTRA Move Simulator saves time & labor on multi-coupling train alignment at Eastman Chemical

August 4, 2015

The “Move Simulator” program is extremely useful on all types of machines but we have found it most helpful on multi-coupling train units. We recently performed an alignment on a 350 HP turbine/gearbox/pump train in one of our cracking units. The turbine had been replaced by the area Maintenance Group and the machine was supposed […]

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Benefits of Performing a Rough or Initial Soft Foot in an Overall Alignment Procedure

July 28, 2015

After performing forty Alignment Seminars in 2014, it was brought to my attention that the majority of the Aligners in attendance ignore executing the Rough Soft Foot step in an overall alignment procedure. This step is sometimes referred to as gross soft foot, initial soft foot or rough soft foot. After Rough alignment and before […]

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