Many factors have contributed to the need for more precise equipment alignment. Some of these include: increased rate of production, increased rotation speed of coupled equipment, and reduction in manufacture tolerances of equipment.
This course covers the basic principles of alignment, how to perform an alignment using the traditional method, and how to perform laser alignment.
The main goal of alignment is to increase the life of rotating equipment. An adequate alignment of equipment increases the life of bearings, stability of rotors, decreases wear of couplings, and therefore increases their life. It also decreases the mechanical failures of seals, maintains adequate space between rotors, eliminates the possibility of shaft ruptures and decreases vibration levels.
Topics covered in this course include:
- preparation for alignment,
- correction of soft foot,
- alignment steps,
- alignment methods,
- alignment including the thermal expansion factor,
- laser alignment, and
- suggestions for practical exercises.