The Effects of Misalignment on Oil Quality

August 2, 2016

It can be argued that lubricants are the lifeblood of equipment. It is extremely difficult to assure equipment reliability when lubrication integrity is not maintained. The key is to keep the lubrication system clean, cool and dry. According to the Arrhenius Rate Rule, every 18-degree (F) increase in oil temperature in operation reduces oil life […]






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Solving a super-precision lathe accuracy problem with Easy-Laser E940 Machine Tool measurement system

July 5, 2016

Problem: The machine shop of the engineering department of a prestigious Florida university wanted to identify the source of error in their tool room lathe. They had previously observed that when working pieces further away from the spindle chuck, there was an appreciable deviation in accuracy compared with close-to-the-spindle work. The machine shop instructor suspected […]






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Get your alignment in line: don’t jiggle while you work

May 24, 2016

May 2016 · Plant Services Magazine Like a lot of reliability engineers, Joe Anderson, former reliability manager at the J.M. Smucker Co., appreciated – in theory – that precise pulley alignment is critical to preventing vibration problems and ensuring successful operations. My understanding was, ‘Yeah, we need to do it,’ ” Anderson says. “But you […]






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What makes a laser shaft alignment tool accurate?

March 29, 2016

There are many tools considered “accurate”. Dial test indicator can measure to the ten-thousandths and gauge blocks can be certified for even tighter tolerances. Even CNC machines can reach ten-thousandth’s accuracy given the right conditions. However, they are tools and they can’t perform to their maximum potential if not used properly or in the right application. […]






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Will welding arc light damage my laser shaft alignment system?

March 15, 2016

Often, welding operations such as MIG and TIG will be occurring in the presence of your laser shaft alignment system. The question often comes up: will this light energy damage the optics? The answer is no. However, if you must weld in the presence of your laser alignment system, a greater source of damage could […]






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What the $125 million dollar lesson on metric and imperial units taught us

March 1, 2016

The Mars Climate Orbiter was launched by NASA on Dec 11, 1998 to study the Martian climate. On its arrival at Mars on September 23, 1999, communication was lost shortly after an orbital insertion maneuver was performed. The cause of the failure was a lower than anticipated altitude with a resulting burn-up of the orbiter. […]






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