March 30, 2012
A Leg to Stand On?
By Stan Riddle
A VibrAlign trainer recently conducted a shaft alignment training class on the Fixturlaser XA Pro. This 1 ½ day class includes one day of classroom training, followed by a half day of field training, usually on the customer’s own in-plant machinery, using their new shaft alignment tool.
While conducting the classroom portion of the training, one of the maintenance managers commented, “We’ve got a pump we’d like for you to help us align. It was recently installed, but it hasn’t been aligned.”
The machine is a 75hp motor, driving a centrifugal pump. A brief inspection of the pump revealed one other problem – one that could shorten the life of the machine as much as misalignment.
Do you see it? How could this affect the effectiveness of the alignment? What would you do different?