4 Tips to Help Avoid Soft Foot in Your Machines

July 18, 2017

Soft foot can severely affect the operating condition of a machine, which will undoubtedly shorten its life expectancy. Here are a few simple tips to help avoid soft foot in your machines: Eliminate rust, dirt and any other contamination from the contact surfaces of the machine feet, shims and frame or foundation. Never insert more […]

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Why Align with a Laser System?

October 29, 2013

Typically,  the need for shaft alignment will be identified from high vibration or thermal data obtained from running equipment, or any time a new installation takes place. Although there are many methods of measuring misalignment between two shafts, a laser system will help the millwright perform the job accurately and in a timely manner. By definition, […]

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3 Benefits of Precision Shaft Alignment

July 9, 2013

1. Reduced Energy Consumption Significant power savings can be made through accurate alignment. Precise alignment eliminates reaction forces and reduces energy consumption by up to 10%. 2. Reduced Incidence of Repairs Mechanical seal repairs decline by up to 65% when precision alignment is carried out on a regular basis. The rate of repairs declines by […]

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Machinery Alignment: 2D? 3D? What about –D (Negative Dimension)?

October 3, 2012

Laser shaft alignment has become ubiquitous these days. And for the most part,  alignments are very similar from one machine train to another. User enters the RPM for tolerance evaluation, enters dimensions of the driver, measures misalignment, and makes corrections. But what happens when an unusual physical configuration exists, as when the foot of the […]

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Rise Over Run, The Foundation of Alignment

September 12, 2012

In any alignment situation,  one of the most basic principles is rise over run. Think of it as a change in offset over a distance. It is also a way to quantify angles without using degrees. When the laser system measures “angularity”, it expresses it as rise over run, or a change in offset over […]

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