Why Align with a Laser System?

October 29, 2013

Typically,  the need for shaft alignment will be identified from high vibration or thermal data obtained from running equipment, or any time a new installation takes place. Although there are many methods of measuring misalignment between two shafts, a laser system will help the millwright perform the job accurately and in a timely manner. By definition, […]

Testimonial: Central Carolina Tech prepares students for challenges in the predictive maintenance field

October 24, 2013

We have a strong focus on our predictive maintenance training program of which laser shaft alignment and vibration monitoring play a very important part for us and all the local manufacturing businesses that we serve. Using LUDECA’s support and more intuitive tools like the SHAFTALIGN and the VIBXPERT we find that we can better prepare […]

Give your Equipment The Finger

October 22, 2013

The Finger as a Sensor and Other Things That Are Of Utmost Importance! Toyota did a study to find out why some equipment failed prematurely. They found that something like 80% of premature equipment failures could all be traced to three rather simple causes; causes that could have been prevented or remediated before they led […]

Moving Beyond our Human Senses to Detect Changes in Machinery Condition

October 17, 2013

UPTIME • October/November 2013 “Many different tools have been used over the years to detect changes in machinery condition. The human hand,  eye,  and ear have been the oldest tools used to detect conditional changes in machines. It is important to understand the value and limitations of our human senses.” Most machines give some indication […]

PRUFTECHNIK made it to the finish line with SHAFTALIGN and a SolarCar Project

October 15, 2013

As announced back in April and as a result of PRUFTECHNIK Alignment Systems’ sponsorship of the SolarCar project,  we are pleased to announce that they have made it to the finish line.  The solar-powered vehicle “SolarWorld GT” has returned to Bochum, Germany after its journey around the world making honor to their motto “PRUFTECHNIK keeps the world […]

Congratulations to the winners of the CMRP of the Year Award! @SMRP

October 8, 2013

Yesterday the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) proudly announced the winners for the inaugural CMRP of the Year Award as follows:   Terrence O’Hanlon,  CMRP ( takes the top honor in the Veteran Professional category.  Christopher Mears, CMRP (ATA/Arnold Engineering Development Center) is our Rising Leader winner. Mr. O’Hanlon and Mr. Mears were selected by […]

Fun Trivia: What's Wrong with These Shaft Alignment Pictures?

October 8, 2013

Take a look at these pictures and see if you can figure out what is wrong with each machine relating to alignment and precision maintenance. These are actual machines we have recently encountered in the field and thankfully we were able to correct before additional damage occurred. 1.  Here is a motor that is turning […]

Does your Facility have an Aligned and Balanced Approach to Equipment Reliability?

October 3, 2013

You’re 17 times more likely to introduce defects during equipment startup than during normal equipment operation.  Additionally,  over 90% of rotating equipment has defects at startup that result in premature equipment failures. Misalignment and unbalance are two of the most commonly overlooked conditions that lead to the unwanted statistical results referenced above.  Misalignment in equipment […]

Are you in tune with your #ConditionMonitoring Database?

October 1, 2013

A successful condition monitoring program is only as good as the database for it that is configured by the end user. A condition monitoring database should be treated as a living entity. The database can only grow and fulfill its main objective by constantly having information added to it to continuously strengthen the database. When […]