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Video: Concepts of Shaft Alignment – Backlash

VibrAlign, Inc. has released a new video entitled “Concepts of Shaft Alignment: Backlash”.  The video describes and depicts how coupling backlash can cause measurement errors and illustrates two guidelines for controlling backlash. The video series was based on ideas for […] Read More

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The Importance of Roughing-in Machines before Performing a Shaft Alignment.

During our Best Alignment Practices Training classes our staff of VibrAlign Trainers stresses the importance of rough aligning the machines as part of the pre-alignment steps.  The main reason to do so is to minimize the coupling influences on the […] Read More

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What if you had to leave a machine slightly misaligned? What would you choose, angle or offset?

As alignment professionals we all want to do the right thing and perform the best shaft alignment possible; however there may be a time when you have to choose and knowingly leave a machine slightly misaligned for the short-term until […] Read More

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How to Convert Dial Indicator Specs

How do you convert dial indicator specifications to laser alignment specifications? We often ask customers “what is your alignment specification or tolerance that you are trying to achieve?” What we hear most of the time is “zero” or “two thou” […] Read More

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The Alignment Triangle

No, it is not the place where good alignments get lost – never to be seen again! It is a way of thinking about locating machinery feet so that the shafts are in alignment, even when the feet of the moveable […] Read More

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Words to Make You Stop & Think

What the…?? What did it say again…?? But I just did that… How in the world…?? There’s no way… Sacre bleu! We hear phrases like these in class and in the field. Chances are if you’ve been aligning equipment for a […] Read More

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Shaft Alignment Education

We at VibrAlign love educating folks on the benefits of shaft alignment. Twice last month, Lev Nelik (aka Dr. Pump) of Pumping Machinery invited Mike Keohane of VibrAlign to speak on the virtues of shaft alignment and how it improves […] Read More

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Which Way is Up?

An interesting situation arises when the base of the equipment you are aligning is purposely out of level. Which way is up? This picture shows a setup we used during a recent training class to illustrate the technique (no photos […] Read More

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30-Minute Alignments

One of our trainers recently taught an XA Pro class at a large chemical company in Western Kentucky. Normally, our training classes consist of one day of classroom training, and ½ day of field alignments done by the students. During […] Read More

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Should There Be A Shaft Alignment Training Class for the Maintenance and Reliability Professional?

In the past, maintenance mechanics learned alignment through apprenticeship programs or by working with other experienced maintenance mechanics. Some were taught in-house through training programs or through local community colleges. Many of these eventually moved up into manager or supervisor […] Read More

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Pre-alignment Steps Save $$$

There are many types of tools with which we can perform an accurate shaft alignment. For most of us, laser alignment is considered the most accurate and effective. But shaft alignment can be done with reverse dial indicator sets, or […] Read More