Belt Hogs for Busses?

A creative application for the VibrAlign Belt Hog sheave alignment tool has paid off for New Flyer of America and one of its customers, King County (Seattle, WA) Metro Transit Division Fleet Engineering and Vehicle Maintenance. New Flyer is a major manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Belt Hog is used to align the pulleys that drive the AC Screw Compressor.

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Before using the Belt Hog, New Flyer was having to “warranty thousands of belts” because of premature failure. King County Metro was trying to reduce the number of “Road Calls” from bus breakdowns in its 1,400+ bus fleet. The Belt Hog has proven itself with New Flyer, King County and most importantly, its riders as belt failures and related “Road Calls” have been substantially reduced.

This highlights a creative use of a great laser alignment tool by maintenance professionals who build and maintain these assets with the goal to increase the mechanical reliability.

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About the Author

Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon has been involved in the machinery reliability business since 1985. After receiving a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, he worked for Update International for more than a decade involved with training programs for vibration analysis, machinery alignment, mechanical skills and maintenance management. Steve has been with VibrAlign since 1999 and is the Western Regional Manager and Gas Compression Segment Manager.
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  1. Andrew

    Cool application!

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