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Reduce Errors From Poorly Designed Machinery – A Retrospective on Machinery Shaft Alignment

January 4, 2022

March 2021 – Pumps & systems In olden times, when hard work beyond the ability of a few humans was needed, a horse or a team of oxen was the solution. Even greater power requirements were fulfilled by wind or watermills. This form of driving machinery lasted for centuries and the mechanical components involved required […]

Condition Monitoring & Vibration Classification Standards Awareness: Part 9 ISO 10816-21:2015

December 14, 2021

Disclaimer: The author is not trying to present himself as an authority on all available CM standards. This blog post is simply an attempt to help those who may be unaware that such guidance exists or of the extent of such standards.   We previously discussed a series of international standards pertaining to condition monitoring […]

Bolt Bound Made Easy: Optimizing Alignment

December 7, 2021

When you are bolt-bound or base-bound on a critical machine train—usually one that is very difficult to move—it is not enough to just fix (make stationary) individual pairs of feet to obtain alternative shimming or moving solutions. You need even more flexibility, such as the ability to minimize moves across all the feet. The concept […]

Acoustic Lubrication Implementation – Part 4 The Right Data

November 16, 2021

We previously discussed in this series, Acoustic Lubrication Implementation – Part 3 – 4 Tips to Assemble the Right Team. In this follow-up blog, we will discuss The Right Data.   “Opinion should spark your ideas, but data should direct your decisions​”​ I promised it is time to touch technology in Part 4. Well, I lied […]

Condition Monitoring & Vibration Classification Standards Awareness: Part 8 20816-9:2020

November 9, 2021

Disclaimer: The author is not trying to present himself as an authority on all available CM standards. This blog post is simply an attempt to help those who may be unaware that such guidance exists or of the extent of such standards.   We previously discussed a series of international standards pertaining to condition monitoring […]

Make Uncoupled Laser Shaft Alignment Easy with These Two Tools!

November 2, 2021

When performing shaft alignment, the alignment is typically measured by rotating both shafts at the same time. Why is this? The reason is that the coupling is already installed, so it is convenient to do. The other reason is that rotating both shafts is the only way to measure the true rotating centerline of the […]

Diesel Engine to Wastewater Pump Alignment

October 26, 2021

The Problem: The customer complained of excessive vibration on a wastewater pump driven by a diesel engine. Upon performing an alignment check, the machine shafts were found to be grossly misaligned. Furthermore, proper alignment was found to be impeded by a base-bound condition of the engine combined with external horizontal forces caused by the exhaust […]

Acoustic Lubrication Implementation Part 3 – 4 Tips To Assemble The Right Team

October 19, 2021

We previously discussed in this series, Acoustic Lubrication Implementation Part 2 – 7 Diagnosis To Get You The Right Mindset. In this follow-up blog, we will discuss The Right Team.   “Environment Shapes Behavior”​- Jacque Fresco By now you got the big picture and right mindset, now it is time to gather the right team. […]

Condition Monitoring & Vibration Classification Standards Awareness: Part 7 ISO 20816-8:2018

October 12, 2021

Disclaimer: The author is not trying to present himself as an authority on all available CM standards. This blog post is simply an attempt to help those who may be unaware that such guidance exists or of the extent of such standards.   We previously discussed a series of international standards pertaining to condition monitoring […]

Alignment Tips For When The Situation Gets Tough

October 5, 2021

The following tips are ideas to consider for when “the going gets tough”, meaning that problems like residual soft foot, “bad geometry”, or becoming bolt-bound impede your ability to easily obtain an excellent alignment. But first, a few definitions: Residual soft foot: More soft foot than you are comfortable with, but can’t do anything about. […]

I’m a failure – What are you going to do? 15 Activities to Prevent This From Happening

September 27, 2021

I’m a potential failure! I am the result of improper equipment design, procurement, installation, maintenance, and operation. I exist under extreme conditions for which I was never designed. I haven’t hidden or been silent, but most have ignored me and all have allowed me to grow. I’ll become a risk of severe damage and injury. […]

Acoustic Lubrication Implementation Part 2 – 7 Diagnosis To Get You The Right Mindset

September 21, 2021

We previously discussed in this series, Acoustic Lubrication Implementation – Part 1 The Big Picture. In this follow-up blog, we will discuss The Right Mindset.   “MAN CANNOT THINK OUTSIDE HIS CULTURE”- JACQUE FRESCO To lay the foundation for implementation, the right mindset and culture must take top priority. Both technology and skills need a […]

Condition Monitoring & Vibration Classification Standards Awareness: Part 6 ISO 10816-7:2009

September 14, 2021

Disclaimer: The author is not trying to present himself as an authority on all available CM standards. This blog post is simply an attempt to help those who may be unaware that such guidance exists or of the extent of such standards.   We previously discussed a series of international standards pertaining to condition monitoring […]

Is Rough Alignment Needed for Shaft Alignment?

September 7, 2021

In general, laser shaft alignment systems have increased the ability to eliminate misalignment defects.  There are many systems on the market, with varying capabilities, but the core benefit has been that the computer and laser work together to create an alignment report that can be used to assess and determine corrective action. With advances in […]

What is Machine Train Alignment and How Important Is It? Part 3

August 31, 2021

We welcome you to read the previous blog in this series, “What is Machine Train Alignment and How Important Is It? Part 2”   ANALYSIS 2: THE REFERENCE MACHINE IN THE TRAIN CANNOT BE MOVED  Now we have to face the situation of the big 172 mils moves at DF2, Compressor 3 back foot. For this, […]

Acoustic Lubrication Implementation – Part 1 The Big Picture

August 24, 2021

I was taught by people much more clever than me not to pay attention to features, but look out for benefits. Not only me but the entire team I belong to has the same mindset. A real journey that everyone in the industry should take when considering changes or improvements through technology & culture is […]

Condition Monitoring & Vibration Classification Standards Awareness: Part 5 ISO 20816-5:2018

August 17, 2021

Disclaimer: The author is not trying to present himself as an authority on all available CM standards. This blog post is simply an attempt to help those who may be unaware that such guidance exists or of the extent of such standards.   We previously discussed a series of international standards pertaining to condition monitoring […]

Don’t Let Hercules Install Your Equipment Bearings!

August 10, 2021

It seems that every maintenance department has at least one Hercules that uses more muscle than technique to complete maintenance activities.  Brute force and strength are occasionally required to complete a task.  Having Hercules around is important when those moments arise. However,  applying care and good technique are usually better. Over 90% of rotating equipment has defects at startup […]

Shaft Alignment Tips to Get Within Precision Tolerance

August 3, 2021

Shaft Alignment is a critical step in any world-class maintenance program, and when done properly, can help decrease unscheduled downtime and keep equipment running longer and more efficiently. This means machines need to be aligned within the recommended tolerances based on the RPM of the equipment. However, this is sometimes easier said than done, especially […]

What is Machine Train Alignment and How Important Is It? Part 2

July 27, 2021

We welcome you to read the previous blog in this series, “What is Machine Train Alignment and How Important Is It? Part 1”   ANALYSIS 1: ALL MACHINES IN THE TRAIN CAN BE MOVED  Since ALL 4 machines in the train can be moved we have many options. Option 1: Let’s see what the minimum […]