How to shim a vertical flange-mounted motor with ROTALIGN ULTRA

June 26, 2014

If you have a vertical flange-mounted motor and need to shim it to correct angularity,  our laser systems provide the following handy options to accomplish this: How to decide which option to use? MINUS: If you have plenty of shims already there, you can select this option minimize the amount of shims used, since the correction will […]

Location! Location! Location! Vibration sensor placement is crucial.

June 24, 2014

For the highest confidence level possible while doing predictive vibration analysis work,  location and placement of your sensor are crucially important to you. However, sensor placement is sometimes a trade-off between time, safety, and precision. Most equipment is mounted with the shaft oriented horizontally to the ground and the analyst must decide whether to take […]

Belts require certain best practice to ensure reliability

June 19, 2014

Proper location is very important when collecting vibration measurements on a belt system. If possible,  one reading should be taken in line with the sheaves and one reading perpendicular to them on each bearing. Vibration data resolution should be taken into account so that proper separation between belt and driver frequencies can be obtained. Care […]

You are the champion! Don’t let the vibration analysis or reliability program become a “flavor of the month” effort.

June 17, 2014

The scenario: You have just been informed that a corporate reliability initiative has begun. Your new assignment is to implement a vibration analysis program. You are disconcerted,  because you are not sure how to implement this new assignment or where to seek help. Many organizations implement a reliability initiative because their competition has already done […]

No excuses for misalignment with

June 12, 2014

As Published by BIC Magazine June/July 2014 issue “Companies lose money by running their equipment misaligned and unbalanced,  ” explained Frank Seidenthal, president of LUDECA Inc. “We want to help industry eliminate avoidable misalignment, unbalance and vibration-related failures. “You can increase machine reliability and minimize costly downtime through precision laser shaft alignment and proactive condition monitoring […]

Two examples of how vibration monitoring saved time and money in heavy industrial settings

June 10, 2014

New portable and online-monitoring systems help extend the value of vibration monitoring into the heaviest of industrial operations. Here’s a look at how users avoided serious motor failure in mining and detected a critical bearing failure in paper-pulp production by using the right vibration products at the right moment. Case Study #1: A Phosphate mine […]

Cincinnati MSD Laser Alignment Program Extends Asset Life Cycles with OPTALIGN SMART

June 5, 2014

Recently our customer,  Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD),  shared with us their successful findings with OPTALIGN SMART. Their Maintenance Department utilizes a variety of predictive technologies and preventive strategies to support their mission of improving equipment reliability and reducing downtime. They are committed to extending the life cycles of their assets with their already […]

16 Things Every Vibration Analyst Hates to Hear!

June 3, 2014

Every analyst has a few things they really don’t want to hear during the course of their work. These comments often indicate that proper maintenance activities have not been performed on the equipment,  or convey unrealistic expectations of the analyst’s abilities. For instance: “It has always run like that!” “It really was making a noise […]