ROTALIGN ULTRA Slashes Time from Days to Hours on 5-Machine Train Alignment

April 28, 2015

We recently visited a water treatment plant in Boca Raton, FL and needed to align an interesting five-machine train. The train consisted of a 1000 HP motor short-coupled  to a clutch, water pump, another clutch and diesel engine (see Figure 1): The main drive unit is the dark gray motor on the right, which spins […]

Top 4 Don'ts for Field Balancing with a Tach

April 21, 2015

The following blog relates to those who field balance using a photo or laser tach and reflective tape. By far the most common pitfall to field balancing is a problematic tach signal. When one balances a rotor using one’s field balancing unit (VIBXPERT II, VIBXPERT or VIBSCANNER) the equipment is recording the energy displayed at the frequency […]

Is everyone aligned with your company standards?

April 14, 2015

I recently spoke to a reliability engineer who was rolling out our alignment and vibration equipment to 15 plants across the U.S. This customer got us involved early on in the process. They didn’t just set aside budget money for the equipment purchase, but also enough to properly train their field service personnel on the […]

The Devil is in the Details when it comes to equipment setup in a vibration database

April 7, 2015

Recently, while assisting a customer in setting up a vibration database, the subject of creating the best trending template for a boiler feed water gearbox came up. This particular application requires trending templates to monitor a complex machine train consisting of four separate machines. For the purpose of this discussion we’ll concentrate only on the […]