Testimonial: ROTALIGN alignment tool saves labor and time on printing press installation

May 31, 2012

At Fleming Enterprises we service the needs of the printing industry: printing press line installations, repairs and revisions. A typical sixteen-color line (eight perfecting units) and associated equipment can run over 150′ long and require section to section alignment not to exceed .003″ in any plane. About 15 years ago, we rented a ROTALIGN system […]

Congratulations to ABC National Craft Championships Winners

May 29, 2012

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners in its 2012 National Craft Championships competition, held at the association’s EdCon & Expo, April 24-27 in San Antonio. “ABC is honored to recognize the winners of the National Craft Championships for their high-quality workmanship, technical knowledge and safe work practices,” said 2012 ABC National Chairman […]

Overcome the Obstacles to Successful Predictive Maintenance

May 23, 2012

PUMPS & SYSTEMS • May 2012 “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ?— Frank A. Clark “So easy that even a caveman can do it, ” as stated in a popular TV commercial, could easily be used to describe today’s predictive maintenance tools because they work so […]

Strobes are important tools. Every vibration analyst should have one.

May 21, 2012

A strobe lights is an inexpensive tool that every vibration analyst should have. Typically, strobes are used to determine the operational speed of equipment. However, a strobe can be used for many other troubleshooting activities. For example, coupling inspections can be completed to identify wear or other issues. The strobe can be set to a […]

Vibration Data Collection | Safety Strap

May 16, 2012

The safety strap which is included with the analyzer should be checked for condition prior to each use. Most safety straps use Velcro and the Velcro is there for your safety. The strap is designed to separate to prevent injury should your cables become tangled in the rotating shaft or some other moving part of […]

Thoughts On Dowel Pins In Machine Feet

May 14, 2012

Background The practice of dowel pinning machinery was originally conceived within the U.S. Navy, well over a century ago. This innovation was triggered by the need for a solution to the extreme conditions faced onboard naval surface vessels and submarines by directly-coupled rotating machinery with respect to hull and foundation deflection related to changing temperatures […]

Is Soft Foot really important?

May 9, 2012

Soft Foot has often been noted as the most inexact science portion of Shaft Alignment. Historically, when people think of Soft Foot, they often want to neglect, ignore, or otherwise do everything possible to not deal with it. This is one of the traps that leads down the path of bad habits, bad alignments, and […]

Accelerometer Magnet Placement

May 7, 2012

An accelerometer is often used with a magnet to couple the sensor to the machine. The coupling between the magnet and machine is critical to ensure quality vibration data is acquired. Placing the magnet onto the machine can create an impact which can shock the sensor for several seconds. Collecting data during this time can […]

Cardan shaft alignment simplified using latest laser technology | Demo video on paper mill roll.

May 2, 2012

By Daus Studenberg – Applications Engineer There are certain cases where it is necessary to make sure that two machines have a considerable amount of parallel radial offset. Such machines are usually coupled by a cardan shaft where more than 4-6 degrees of angle exists between the cardan coupling and the machines. Once the offset […]