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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Vibration Kills! Eliminating it could save the life of your equipment

November 25, 2014

Equipment vibration levels and bearing life are directly correlated. Many studies have established this link. Increased vibration levels due to misalignment,  unbalance,  looseness and other factors will greatly reduce the life span of bearings and other critical components within your equipment. It is not the amount of vibration that affects bearing life, but the forces that […]

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The Importance of Belt Alignment

December 19, 2013

How important is belt alignment? Misalignment can occur between the driver and driven components no matter what mechanism is used to couple them together. This includes belt driven equipment as well.  Unfortunately,  proper alignment of belt driven equipment is frequently considered non-critical and often forgotten about by maintenance departments.  Belt misalignment is one of the […]

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All you need is a good flexible coupling to eliminate the need for alignment. True or false?

November 14, 2013

Many people believe that all they need is a good flexible coupling.  They believe that flexible couplings will eliminate the need for performing proper machinery alignment.  Nothing could be further from the truth! Coupling manufactures provide the allowable misalignment values of the couplings they provide.  These tolerances only tell you what the couplings can withstand […]

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Turning Large and Hard-to-Turn Shafts when Taking Alignment Readings

September 19, 2013

When rotating hard-to-turn shafts by means of straps,  pipe wrenches, chain hoists, or any other means, you could be deflecting the shaft. This can cause significant alignment and repeatability problems to occur, making the task of collecting accurate alignment readings almost impossible. The problem is easy to overcome, though. Simply switch your ROTALIGN ULTRA to Multipoint or […]

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