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This month marks my 41st year of being involved in industrial maintenance. Early on during my apprenticeship in a machine shop, as an outside machinist, I thought living long enough to know everything was not going to be possible. Even now I am reminded of this from time to time. I am also reminded that…

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Pipe Strain Was the Issue

Have you ever struggled with a precision shaft alignment, even though you did everything right? (Preformed the pre-alignment steps, controlled backlash, etc., etc.) So, what was different? Maybe it was pipe strain. An alignment check of a new installation of a 40 HP, 3600 RPM motor/pump  revealed the vertical angular misalignment was 3.2 times the…

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Maintenance Strategies: Part Four – Proactive Maintenance

Proactive Maintenance includes a number of maintenance strategies, such as Precision Maintenance, Reliability Based Maintenance, Reliability Centered Maintenance, and Root Cause Failure Analysis. The idea is to anticipate and solve problems before they become problems. Reliability Centered maintenance would begin with a study done on a piece of equipment to gain understanding of all its…

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Precision Alignment of Machines Installed on an Incline

Occasionally industrial machinery is not level relative to earth, but is designed to operate on an angle. Those angles can be: • Driver High • Driver Low • Angled to the left or right (as viewed from one end) Regardless of the orientation, these machines can be effectively and easily aligned with any Fixturlaser Shaft…

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VibrAlign Introduces the New Fixurlaser EVO

The new Fixturlaser EVO laser shaft alignment system is designed to put the power of alignment in the aligner’s hands.  The computational display unit is especially compact, able to fit in one hand like a tablet, leaving the other hand free to rotate the sensors on the shafts and enter data on the touchscreen, while…

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