Selling the importance of predictive maintenance to your management team

May 26, 2010

Successfully persuading your management team about the importance of predictive maintenance requires a certain mind-set, one that embraces the ideology that any failure in selling predictive maintenance lies within your selling techniques and not the management team. Success will simply depend on developing the proper selling methods. You are more likely to have success if […]

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Shaft Alignment and Soft Foot Checklist

May 21, 2010

Several points should be checked prior to laser shaft alignment in order to avoid problems later and to achieve good results: Foundation: A solid, rigid foundation is essential for a successful alignment. Machine Mobility: It is advisable to set both machines with about 80 mils of shims underneath the feet in case one machine needs […]


Is your machine over en-doweled?

May 19, 2010

Dowel pins in machinery have at least 3 functions. One function is to restrict relative movement and aid in the placement of two mating parts such as seen in bearing housing caps. Another function is to prevent improper orientation of components.  Lastly, dowel pins are used to keep machine components in alignment. Our discussion will […]

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Laser Shaft Alignment: Repeatability

May 17, 2010

All laser shaft alignment systems should be able to take two sets of readings on well-built machines and find agreement at the coupling within 0.5 mils offset and 0.1 mils/inch angularity. It is important to always take two sets of readings immediately after setting up the brackets and compare the coupling results for repeatability. A […]

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Vibration Analysis: Time is not on our side

May 14, 2010

If you have been in the vibration industry for any length of time you have noticed many of the same catch phrases and acronyms have polluted what should be a simple science of vibration analysis. When setting up a vibration program there is one important word to remember. This word has been hidden over the […]