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Alignment Introduction

If you need a refresher course, or you want to know what shaft alignment is all about, then this one-day course is ideal. With a walk through alignment benefits and methods, combined with hands-on exercises, your understanding and appreciation of shaft alignment will skyrocket.

Course description


1-2 days (depends upon the amount of hands-on time)


Course Description:

Machines that have been precision aligned run longer, and cost less to run. Misalignment greatly reduces the life of bearings, seals, shafts and couplings. This course will provide an overview of the benefits of alignment, soft foot correction, dial-indicator and laser alignment methods, and how to move the machine.

Who should attend?

If you have to align machines, and you already have some experience with shaft alignment, then this course will prove to be an excellent refresher.

On the other hand, if you want to know more about shaft alignment, its benefits, and the dial indicator and laser alignment procedures, then this course will give you a very good introduction.

What is unique about this course?

Mobius makes it unique. We use 3D animations and software simulators that completely demystify and demonstrate the alignment process – you need to see them to believe them! You will completely understand the readings and the three-dimensional alignment process. If you have previously performed shaft alignment, you will find that all of those steps and instructions will suddenly make a whole lot of sense – you will find yourself saying 'Ah, now I understand" (and "I wish I took this course years ago").


Introduction to Shaft Alignment


* Why is misalignment so important?

* Bearing damage

* Seal damage

* Coupling damage

* Vibration

* Energy consumption

* Product quality

* Downtime and production capacity

* Detecting misalignment

What is misalignment?

* What is misalignment?

* A closer look at misalignment

* Shaft fatigue

* Even bent shafts have rotational centerlines

* Offset and angular misalignment

* Alignment conventions

* Specifying misalignment

* Using feet corrections to specify misalignment

* Using Total Indicator Readings to specify the misalignment

* Using offset and angularity to specify alignment targets

* Angularity targets

* Visualizing tolerance

* Tolerances and speed

* Spacer couplings (jack shafts) conventions and tolerances

* Published tolerances

* Dynamic movement

Pre-Alignment checks and soft foot

* Pre-alignment tasks Determining the alignment state

Determining the alignment state

* Using a straightedge or feeler gauge

* Using dial indicators

* The Rim and Face method

* The Reverse Dial method

* Reverse dial method

* Dial indicator limitations

Laser alignment systems

* Laser alignment systems

* Moving the machine

* Moving the machine vertically - shimming

* Moving the machine laterally

* Summary

In addition to viewing the 3D animations and using the alignment simulator software, time will be spent hands-on performing shaft alignment jobs