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Calibration Checks: Why?

August 29, 2011

You have invested in a high-precision laser shaft alignment system or vibration data collector/analyzer. Why? Because you want more accurate alignments and vibration measurements, done in less time. But, what if some incident rendered your tool less accurate, or even wrong altogether? If accurate measurement and tight tolerances are key to your vital processes, this […]

Misaligned pumps can affect energy efficiency

August 22, 2011

PLANT SERVICES • JULY 2011 Misaligned pumps can affect energy efficiency Align pumps with laser accuracy. By Heinz P. Bloch, P.E., Process Machinery Consulting In brief: Intern approaches pump alignment with laser accuracy. Tips to compare the energy wasted by a hot coupling to the energy loss. Misalignment affects bearing load and excessive bearing load […]

Do you archive your historical vibration data or keep it around forever?

August 17, 2011

Do you archive your historical vibration data or keep it around forever?  If your Condition Monitoring department does not have a plan to deal with database management, then it is critical that you develop one. Usually, the vibration data has lost any historical value after a couple of years and keeping this data stored in […]

Video Presentation: Soft Foot

August 15, 2011

One hour long presentation by Alan Luedeking , training instructor and field service engineer for alignment of rotating machinery at LUDECA. Originally filmed at the CBM 2011 Condition Based Monitoring Conference at the Reliability Performance Institute in Fort Myers, Florida. This presentation is an in-depth treatment of the subject of soft foot, or machine frame distortion, in directly […]

Belt Maintenance Tip

August 8, 2011
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For future reference, write the sizes & types of belts used in your equipment at a safe but noticeable area of the belt cover/guard of the machine. Use a Reflectorized Arrow Sticker (yellow) for rotation direction specially on pulleys without direction indicators. Tip provided by Garry Villamil of TRILUX ELECTRONICS & LUMINAIRES, INC. By the […]

Machinery Lubrication Tip

August 1, 2011

In lubricating an electric motor bearing, long grease purge pipes create backpressure, which increases the chance of grease being forced into windings or excess grease remaining in the bearing. Therefore, drain pipes should be as short as possible and not have any turns if possible. Tip provided by Garry Villamil of TRILUX ELECTRONICS & LUMINAIRES, […]