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Machine Base Flatness Measurement

What is machinery installation? Machinery installation is an essential phase in every machinery’s lifecycle. It’s the first moment of bringing machinery into production.

Why is proper installation necessary? The installation process has a direct impact on the machinery. It’ll determine the operating conditions in the performance and lifecycle cost. How the machine gets installed determines how it’ll behave. Thus, it helps to minimize premature failures once installed.

Elements of a proper machinery installation program:

Proper installation can be broken down into three main elements. These are:

  1. Integrity
  2. Strategy
  3. Planning

Our focus for this session falls on integrity.

What is Integrity? Integrity is showing consistent adherence to moral or ethical procedures. It’s when you stick to what you say you’re doing. There’s usually a lot of stress, deadlines, and a lot of equipment to install at the site. You have different cultures coming together. That’s because everyone is used to working in a certain way.

Integrity thus helps to create trust in the procedures you wish to undertake. It also ensures the people you’re working with are taking their roles seriously. Integrity applies to all involved individuals, from the installers to the project manager.

How do you leverage integrity? Integrity must be addressed from the onset of the project. Afterward, you need to give your team the time and space to handle their specific duties. The API Recommended Practice 686 offers recommended practices for machine installation. That means you only need to collect the necessary data as you’re not inventing anything.

There are a lot of standards to follow to have the correct procedures. These include ANSI standards, ISO standards, and API standards to outline proper procedures.

But you may come across machines or a layout that wasn’t designed properly. Such an issue makes it difficult to install it correctly. For this, you need to inform everyone involved so that you can raise their awareness levels. Those involved in the installation with then be able to tell you the way forward. This helps to mitigate whichever risks could come about.

Hear more from Roman Megala in this podcast by James Kovacevic and learn more on how to improve your machinery installation process!

Download our 5 Element Machine Installation Infographic to help you outline 5 important elements of machine installation including Foundation, Anchoring, Isolation, Baseplate Level, and Flat plus Alignment. Together with our Easy-laser XT770G shaft alignment system plus the addition of our versatile XT20 laser transmitter, measure the straightness and flatness of machine foundations and bases with precision and reliability!

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