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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Predictive Maintenance may not be a good thing!

July 21, 2015

Certain technologies have been used for a very long time to identify corrective actions required to keep equipment operational and reliable. Vibration Analysis, Ultrasonic Monitoring, infrared thermography, motor condition evaluation and lubrication analysis are examples of these technologies. Many terms have been used to describe their usage within a facility. One term often used is […]






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[Infographic] Shaft Alignment in 5 Easy Steps

July 16, 2015

Precision alignment is an essential part of a proactive reliability program as it can eliminate many machine failures and defects. This Infographic outlines an easy and effective way to align your rotating equipment. Download Infographic






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When Laser Aligning, Do You Zero at 12 o’ clock Position?

July 14, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was at an engine manufacturing facility, training the technicians on using our ROTALIGN ULTRA IS Laser Alignment System. They were using it to align their engines for proper testing. To begin, the technicians rough-align the engine. To test the engine, they couple it to a gearbox with a 5-foot long spacer […]






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Equipment Reliability and Condition Monitoring: The Best Bad Idea We’ve Ever Had!

July 7, 2015

What seems like a “great idea” at the moment can often lead to regret and unwanted consequences later. This is true when it comes to equipment reliability and condition monitoring. What “great ideas” can a facility have today that can lead to unwanted reliability consequences later?  Unfortunately, the choices are many! Determination of condition monitoring […]






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