Aligning the bar feed on an automatic lathe: A case study using the Easy-Laser® E940 Machine Tool system

December 6, 2016

Recently, I&E Central (along with a service partner) used the Easy-Laser E940 Machine Tool system to perform alignment on an automatic lathe similar to the photo above. The lathe has an automatic feeder for 20’ sections of tube stock which are supported alternately by V-rollers, and then clamped by “steady rests” while being machined. The […]






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If you had one tool for reliability what would it be?

November 29, 2016

The practice of reliability has many tools, processes and methodologies that can and should be implemented within a facility. Try as we may, it is usually not possible to implement and sustain all of them. So the challenge quickly becomes deciding which aspects of reliability to implement and in what order! Implementation and enforcement of […]






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Repeatability is Reliability! New Easy-Laser® 12.0 shaft alignment firmware now features a repeatability table

November 1, 2016

The new Easy-Laser 12.0 firmware now features a handy table that lets you instantly see how well your readings repeat and save comments for them. When performing laser shaft alignment it is a best practice to take two sets of readings immediately after system setup to establish repeatability. Bad repeatability can signal measurement problems such […]






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Key to optimal machine performance: The base setup

October 18, 2016

Reposted from EASY-LASER® blog Engineering no doubt spends a lot of time deciding what machines should be specified and how best to set them up for optimal production. And you already know how important shaft alignment is. But there are other ways to make your machine perform even better and last longer. A careful base […]






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The importance of the P-F curve when it comes to Misalignment

September 27, 2016

The Potential to Failure Curve (or P-F Curve) gives the user information on how an asset behaves before a failure occurs. This example is focused on failure due to misalignment. The goal of a reliability focused plant is to be as far to the left on the curve as possible. While some companies are doing […]






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