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Know Your Alignment Tolerance

Know Your Alignment Tolerance

Blog posts   •   Oct 16, 2018 08:11 GMT

Fixturlaser have done what we will to form the exactness shaft alignment method faster and easier for the user of our tools. To help maintenance personnel throughout alignment a tolerance table “pops up” on the unit screen (of our tools) once getting into dimensions for the machines being aligned. The tolerances square measure supported industry standards.

Compressor Rod Runout with the NXA Runout Probe

Compressor Rod Runout with the NXA Runout Probe

Blog posts   •   Oct 08, 2018 14:18 GMT

The Runout Probe provides a digital linear displacement measurement, much like a dial indicator, but with the added benefit of electronic documentation through the Bluetooth connection with the NXA Display Unit.

Installation Errors – Hold Down & Jacking Bolts

Installation Errors – Hold Down & Jacking Bolts

Blog posts   •   Sep 26, 2018 06:06 GMT

Hold down bolts are designed to keep the machine in position after a precision alignment is performed. Jacking bolts are designed to help position a machine during the alignment. Jacking bolts are not designed nor should be used to maintain the position of a machine, that is the job of the hold down bolts. Let’s look at the design intent of each type.

Do You Have Bar Sag?

Do You Have Bar Sag?

Blog posts   •   Sep 19, 2018 08:58 GMT

So what is bar/rod sag? Simply put, it is how much the dial indicator mounting bar deflects when the rim dial indicator is install. How much the bar/rod deflects depends upon the type of bar (solid or tube), the length of the bar and weight of the dial indicator.

What is the Difference between Unbalance and Runout?

What is the Difference between Unbalance and Runout?

Blog posts   •   Sep 10, 2018 11:13 GMT

Unbalance and runout are two terms that we hear frequently in the predictive maintenance community. Both unbalance and runout can be serious issues and need to be addressed to prevent inefficient functioning and damage to machines.

Fixturlaser NXA OmniView for Vertical Alignment

Fixturlaser NXA OmniView for Vertical Alignment

Blog posts   •   Aug 31, 2018 06:37 GMT

OmniView is a unique function available only in the Fixturlaser NXA Pro and Fixturlaser NXA Ultimate. OmniView incorporates gyroscopes that aid in the alignment process for both horizontally and vertically mounted machines.

OMNIVIEW - The function of Fixturlaser NXA is extremely useful!
10 Important Steps of a Predictive Maintenance Plan

10 Important Steps of a Predictive Maintenance Plan

Blog posts   •   Aug 22, 2018 06:24 GMT

​As the resurgence of manufacturing and processing in continues, the requirements on all of us to do more with less will only grow more important in order to reach the needed profitability goals. Combine this downward pressure with the diversity of today’s plants and their mechanical components, and the overwhelming gap of skilled workers entering our industries is a recipe for disaster.

Fixturlaser SMC - Sensor mounting tips

Fixturlaser SMC - Sensor mounting tips

Blog posts   •   Aug 21, 2018 12:46 GMT

Establishing good habits with sensor placement will get you one step closer to determining the health of any machine.

Shaft Alignment Frustrations - 3 Common Reasons

Shaft Alignment Frustrations - 3 Common Reasons

Blog posts   •   Aug 15, 2018 11:55 GMT

The first most common reason for unpredictable alignment results is looseness of some kind.

Converting Dial Indicator Cold Alignment Targets with the Fixturlaser NXA

Converting Dial Indicator Cold Alignment Targets with the Fixturlaser NXA

Blog posts   •   Jun 25, 2018 06:51 GMT

Even though laser shaft alignment systems have been in use for over 3 decades some industries have alignment tolerances and cold alignment targets in dial indicator terms or language. Take for instance the gas compression and processing industry.

Fixturlaser ECO -  an affordable precision instrument.

Fixturlaser ECO - an affordable precision instrument.

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2018 11:09 GMT

Fixturlaser ECO is an entry-level system for shaft alignment. Wireless sensor units, 4” colour display, rechargeable batteries and an IP65 design that withstands harsh environments. Fixturlaser ECO is a high-quality system that is very easy to use.

What Size Shims Should I Use?

What Size Shims Should I Use?

Blog posts   •   May 29, 2018 09:08 GMT

I have always tried for a minimum of 50% contact, while making sure the shim is equal around the periphery of the bolt. In other words, there should be an equal amount of shim all the way around the bolt, except for the slot.

Generating an PDF Alignment Report with the Fixturlaser NXA

Generating an PDF Alignment Report with the Fixturlaser NXA

Blog posts   •   May 25, 2018 08:53 GMT

Now Fixturlaser NXA generates PDF reports that are clearly simple and excellent to share. Here's how to do it!

You Can’t Perform Precision Alignment on Un-precise “Stuff”!
Understanding Spacer Shaft Alignment

Understanding Spacer Shaft Alignment

Blog posts   •   May 08, 2018 08:29 GMT

The spacer shaft function is used when the alignment is performed on machinery using a membrane coupling. The membrane coupling is a typical high-performance coupling, with no backlash, used for maintenance free operation. It is also suitable for high speeds or high temperature applications.

Fixturlaser SMC - is definitely a time and money saver!

Fixturlaser SMC - is definitely a time and money saver!

Blog posts   •   May 02, 2018 10:48 GMT

Before we had the Fixturlaser SMC machine we would basically send an engineer out to site to go and investigate the pump problem, he would then return to office and write a recommendation report to the client. It use to take about two days.

Channel Strut as a Motor Sub-base?

Channel Strut as a Motor Sub-base?

Blog posts   •   Apr 16, 2018 11:09 GMT

At first thought it may sound like a good idea as the specialized fasteners in the channel make it easy to tighten the motor hold down bolts, however in reality it’s a cause for precision shaft alignment issues. Here’s why.

If It Moves Your Laser Will See It

If It Moves Your Laser Will See It

Blog posts   •   Mar 28, 2018 13:20 GMT

Laser alignment systems are a tool and as such show the user what is occurring “mechanically” during the alignment process, including if components are moving during said shaft alignment process. “If it moves, the laser will see it”.