Sunday, February 12, 2012


BENEFITS OF GOOD MACHINERY ALIGNMENT Industry worldwide is losing billions of dollars a year due to misalignment of machinery. The heart and soul of virtually every industrial operation pivots on keeping rotating machinery in good working order. Countless processes are dependent on the successful operation of rotating machines that produce electric power, fuels, paper, steel, glass, pharmaceuticals,the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the buildings we live and work in, and the vehicles that transport us across the surface of the Earth. Just about everything you see around has some how been influenced by rotating machinery of some kind.The primary objective of accurate alignment is to increase the operating life span of rotating machinery. To achieve this goal, machinery components that are most likely to fail must operate well within their design limits. As the parts that are most likely to fail are the bearings, seals, coupling, and shafts, the accurately aligned machinery will reduce excessive axial and radial forces on the bearings to insure longer bearing life and rotor stability under dynamic operating conditions. Union Millwrights with precise alignment training and correct procedures will reduce the possibility of shaft failure from cyclic fatigue; it will minimize the amount of wear in the coupling components, alleviate the amount of shaft bending from the point of power transmission in the coupling to the coupling end bearing, and it will maintain proper internal rotor clearances.In a nutshell, accurate alignment will do nothing, but the good things and the key part of making this happen centers on the Union Millwrights who are responsible for installing, troubleshooting,maintaining, and operating this machinery. Millwright Ron

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