Safety in the Workplace

March 28, 2012

Many accidents can be avoided by simply following a company’s safety procedures. There are many things that might not be considered when thinking about safety. For example, keeping your workplace clean, and free of debris. If objects or spills are left around the work environment, anyone may trip or slip on them. Debris can also […]

Data Collection | Recognize Vibration Measurement Locations Automatically

March 26, 2012

In today’s industry, predictive maintenance plays a big role in keeping machinery operating in peak condition. Many maintenance departments strive to have a first class predictive maintenance program; they do this by collecting data on a continuous basis through routes with handheld data collectors to evaluate the health of the machines that are needed to […]

Rotalign Ultra, a King Awards Winner

March 22, 2012

Our ROTALIGN ULTRA Laser Alignment System is a winner in New Equipment Digest’s King Awards competition as one of industry’s best new products of the year. It has won a Silver Award in the Facilities/Maintenance/Plant Operations category. ROTALIGN ULTRA is the world’s leading platform for precision measurement applications from shaft alignment to bore centerline alignment, […]

8 Keys to a Good Balancing Job

March 21, 2012

When performing a Dynamic Balance procedure a few things should be considered: 1.  Inspect the structure/mounts and ensure there no cracks or loose bolts. 2.  If driven via a belt drive make sure that the belt is in good condition and properly tensioned. • Remember that the second harmonic of a belt frequency can be […]

For A Condition Monitoring Analyst, It’s Just The Facts

March 20, 2012

PLANT ENGINEERING • March 2012 Don’t contribute to unnecessary maintenance costs A condition monitoring analyst encounters many challenges. One of the primary ones is to determine when to report a defect finding. Should it be reported now or should reporting wait until the severity of the defect increases? How near is the problem that has been […]

Thermal Growth Monitoring | Using “CAD” for PERMALIGN Bracket Design and Installation

March 19, 2012

PERMALIGN is the world’s leading machinery positional change measurement system. Since 1986, it has proven itself as the most accurate and dependable solution for thermal growth measurement. PERMALIGN is a laser based system capable of detecting and accurately measuring both relative or absolute movement, depending on the prisms and setups selected. To this day, it […]

Problem Solved | Stern Tube Measurement on an Oil Tanker

March 14, 2012

On a recent alignment consultation, we were requested to verify the straightness of a stern tube on an oil tanker. It is critical that the stern tube be bored so that it matches the line of the propulsion shaft that will be passing through the center of it. The reason is that the next operation […]

What’s Shaking?

March 12, 2012

What’s shaking was a commonly used question many years ago to ask someone how things were going. It was very generic and could cover a vast range of things. It is still used today but the frequency in use has declined. When that question is asked of a person, they usually reply with “not much” […]

Follow a “Quality In, Quality Out” Process with your Data Collection and Analysis Activities

March 7, 2012

The vibration analyst is expected to use his or her tools to gather the right vibration data to determine the practical health of process equipment. To distill a systematic workflow of this task, it can more easily be understood in the terms of an “input – output” process. The inputs are data taken from the […]