The Key to Successful Alignment

May 30, 2011

When craftsmen are given the task of laser alignment, quite a few assumptions are made. One very common assumption is that now that a laser system is being used, anyone can do alignment. Another is that since a laser is being used, everything is alignable. Put a laser system on an unalignable machine and you […]

Cardan Shaft Alignment

May 26, 2011

May 2011 • MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY Cardan Shaft Alignment: These applications aren’t as straightforward as others. Their special considerations call for special tools and approaches. A cardan shaft is, in the simplest terms, a spacer shaft with a universal joint coupling on each end. (Its name comes from a 16th-century Italian mathematician, Girolamo Cardano.) This type of arrangement […]

Factory evaluation audit and training for LUDECA service center

May 23, 2011

To ensure the highest quality service of your laser alignment tools, our Service Center recently underwent an in-depth factory evaluation audit which included extensive hands-on factory training for our service technicians. This also covered the EDDYTHERM bearing heaters and use of our new test and service diagnostics computer system with all our alignment systems. The […]

Flexible Couplings and Misalignment

May 18, 2011

Some coupling manufacturers will sell couplings claiming that the coupling can take shaft misalignment. While this is true for most flexible couplings, it can be easily misinterpreted. Flexible couplings are designed to withstand, without damage, some shaft misalignment. Sometimes it is perceived that, since the coupling can take the misalignment, the machines can run under […]

HRSG User's Group designates Steam Plant Mentors

May 16, 2011

The HRSG User’s Group steering committee honored seven long-term participants in the organization’s activities as Steam Plant Mentors for their significant contributions over the years. Executive Director Rob Swanekamp explained while presenting a customized vest to each mentor, Because the training at our conference so heavily relies on audience participation, these loyal attendees provide the […]

Thank you for support at National Craft Championships – Millwright Competition

May 11, 2011

As the Project Manager for the Millwright Competition and a member of the 2011 ABC Craft Championship Committee, I want to thank you and your company for your support for the Millwright competition.             Even though I have never used that particular laser, it was very easy to use and only took about five minutes […]

Problem Solved: Bolt-Bound Pump-Gearbox-Motor Train

May 2, 2011

A black liquor pump-gearbox-motor train in a paper mill in the Southern US, was found bolt-bound at the motor’s outboard feet. After measuring the misalignment at both couplings between pump and gearbox, and gearbox and motor, the OPTALIGN SMART revealed a large 155 thousandths move required, at the motor’s outboard feet. This move could not […]