Lift Check Used to detect excessive bearing clearances. If the shaft “lifts”, it can mean the bearings are defective. As bearings wear, internal clearances gets larger which can cause erroneous shaft alignment readings. A lift check is one way to test for excessive clearances. Using a magnetic bracket, mount the dial indicator to read off…

Shaft Alignment – Dial Indicator Fig. 1 Dial Indicator   Dial indicator is a valuable tool and can be used for variety of applications. Most common application is measuring shaft alignment. Working Mechanism: The dial indicator uses a precisely geared mechanism that is driven by a plunger to measure thousands of an inch. We will…

Soft Foot What is Soft Foot? “When one or two machine feet are not in the same plane as the other feet.” Soft foot is a major problem. One that can make a 30 minute alignment take hours or even days sometimes so it is a big source of frustration in the alignment process. You can…

Proactive Maintenance Proactive maintenance is an attempt to anticipate problems and resolve them before they become problem. It is also an attempt to design problems out or remove the root causes of problems. We can say that being proactive is a general approach that consist of wide variety of practices and strategies and utilizes various…

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