Is IT your Ally or Enemy?

July 30, 2012

Information Technology (IT) is a critical business function and is involved in almost every job function within a company. IT departments and their employees are often viewed as making our jobs more difficult or impossible to complete. Why does this happen? IT departments have the responsibility to provide tools (computers,  software, systems, etc.) that create […]






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Do you complete visual inspections during your vibration or CM data collection?

July 25, 2012

Visual inspections of equipment should always be completed during vibration data collection or the collection of any type of condition monitoring (CM) data. This important function is often overlooked and valuable information on the condition of your equipment lost. Looseness and many other conditions are commonly found as a result of a vibration analysis program. […]






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Lathe Alignment Tip

July 23, 2012

When machining workpieces in a lathe,  it is imperative that the ways be aligned to headstock, and that the tail stock centerline is collinear with the centerline of rotation of the head stock. Accurately measuring misalignment between two rotational centerlines on machines that are not coupled and cannot be rotated at the same time (as is […]






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Problem Solved | Machine Train Alignment of a Fan Coupled to a Fluid Drive Coupled to a Motor

July 18, 2012

Problem Overview A customer approached LUDECA with a machine train alignment consisting of a fan coupled to a fluid drive coupled to a motor. This particular machine train had limited movement/adjustment available (See Figure 1). Due to the nature and geometry of the machinery,  the fan on the left was stationary, and both the fluid coupling […]






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Use your vibration data collector for rounds logging

July 16, 2012

One of the most overlooked features of a good vibration data collector is the ability to enter important process information such as temperatures,  pressures,  equipment lubrication levels, equipment speed and much more. Documentation of process data is important for your production department. This information is important to the Condition Monitoring (CM) Analyst as well.  Changes in process […]






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