Is IT your Ally or Enemy?

July 30, 2012

Information Technology (IT) is a critical business function and is involved in almost every job function within a company. IT departments and their employees are often viewed as making our jobs more difficult or impossible to complete. Why does this happen? IT departments have the responsibility to provide tools (computers,  software, systems, etc.) that create […]

Do you complete visual inspections during your vibration or CM data collection?

July 25, 2012

Visual inspections of equipment should always be completed during vibration data collection or the collection of any type of condition monitoring (CM) data. This important function is often overlooked and valuable information on the condition of your equipment lost. Looseness and many other conditions are commonly found as a result of a vibration analysis program. […]

Lathe Alignment Tip

July 23, 2012

When machining workpieces in a lathe,  it is imperative that the ways be aligned to headstock, and that the tail stock centerline is collinear with the centerline of rotation of the head stock. Accurately measuring misalignment between two rotational centerlines on machines that are not coupled and cannot be rotated at the same time (as is […]

Problem Solved | Machine Train Alignment of a Fan Coupled to a Fluid Drive Coupled to a Motor

July 18, 2012

Problem Overview A customer approached LUDECA with a machine train alignment consisting of a fan coupled to a fluid drive coupled to a motor. This particular machine train had limited movement/adjustment available (See Figure 1). Due to the nature and geometry of the machinery,  the fan on the left was stationary, and both the fluid coupling […]

Use your vibration data collector for rounds logging

July 16, 2012

One of the most overlooked features of a good vibration data collector is the ability to enter important process information such as temperatures,  pressures,  equipment lubrication levels, equipment speed and much more. Documentation of process data is important for your production department. This information is important to the Condition Monitoring (CM) Analyst as well.  Changes in process […]

Document your Condition Monitoring Failures

July 11, 2012

It is common knowledge that it is critical to document the financial savings that result from Condition Monitoring (CM) activities such as vibration analysis. It is also common knowledge that it is often difficult to get management to provide routine funding for additional CM technologies and/or related training. Have you considered the possible value in […]

Damien Hamm and Luís Sánchez join our Service Department

July 9, 2012

LUDECA is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Service Department,  Damien Hamm and Luís Sánchez. Damien Hamm served 9 years in the U.S. Army as an Automated Logistical Specialist/Infantryman. He is a graduate of the ITT Technical Institute with an A.S. in Computer & Electronics Engineering Technology. Damien is a […]

Kyle Daniels and Timothy Rogers join our Alignment Division

July 5, 2012

LUDECA is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Laser Alignment Division,  Kyle Daniels and Timothy Rogers. Kyle Daniels is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering,  and Brown University with a master’s degree in engineering and innovation management.  His experience is […]

New VIBXPERT II Balancer —Field balancing in one plane or two planes

July 2, 2012

LUDECA,  INC. introduces the VIBXPERT II Balancer,  the latest addition to the PRUEFTECHNIK family of portable measurement devices. The VIBXPERT II Balancer is a rugged yet lightweight device for field balancing of rotating machinery in one plane or two planes. Unbalance is one of the most common causes of increased levels of vibration in plant […]