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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SHAFTALIGN detects severe soft foot condition and misalignment on rebuilt pump

February 6, 2014

By Deron Jozokos with Shoreline Reliability,  LUDECA solutions provider for New England and Eastern New York Yesterday I visited a customer at a ski resort for an alignment demo and he asked if I would demo our tools on his actual machinery, a recently rebuilt pump that was installed by a vendor. I readily agreed as […]






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Recommended Shim Corrections to Minimize Potential for Soft Foot

September 24, 2013

While visiting a customer’s facility,  I was asked if I could provide some tips on how shims should be replaced when making a required vertical correction on a machine being aligned. The following steps were recommended to minimize the potential for creating a soft foot: When possible, upon starting the alignment, replace any old, dirty […]






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Design, Installation and Startup Effects on Equipment Alignment

August 1, 2013

Design,  installation and startup are the biggest contributors to a reliable or unreliable plant.  It is difficult or impossible for a Maintenance Department to overcome issues inserted during one of these stages. Unfortunately,  most often the focus is placed on fixing the equipment after some functional failure has occurred.  The focus should be placed on […]






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The Effects of Soft Foot Conditions in Your Equipment

June 27, 2013

Soft foot conditions lead to a distortion of the equipment’s frame.  Soft foot can exist in several forms such as parallel air gap,  bent foot, squishy foot or an induced soft foot condition.  A good laser alignment tool, adequate training and best practices will help you identify the existence and type of soft foot. This […]






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