Re-Aligning Canada Journey

MEMO 2014

The Re-Aligning Canada Journey

Misaligned rotating equipment;
Why is it still an issue 200+ years after the industrial revolution?


Rotating equipment operating under misaligned conditions seems, still to date, to be the most common factor, in the industrial maintenance manager’s nightmares. Or shall we say, thorn in their side. Again and again, vibration analysts come back with diagnosis of misalignment on rotating equipment. So one would wonder; how is that possible in 2014, when, highly sophisticated methods have been around for over twenty years? Still today, 200+ years after the industrial revolution, misalignment is still the most common cause to premature failure and unplanned stops. And it can so easily be avoided.

Why has the industry not eliminated the problems related to misalignment? The question presents itself with many answers; lack of training, not allowed enough time to do proper alignments, pre-alignment tasks such as soft foot check, thermal growth compensation, dynamic measurement, simple inadequate torqueing of bolts. All these could be possible as to why in 2014, misalignment is still an issue

Do people really understand the needs and benefits of doing good alignments? Data will show the effects on power consumption, bearing life, and overall mill efficiency.

This presentation will focus on discussions showing the needs and benefits of having a proactive maintenance strategy incorporating skill sets and tools for keeping machines in line and online as well as interactions with the audience discussing the whys of their misalignment scenarios. We will address; why is training an issue, why is soft foot not checked, why is thermal growth not compensated for.

Overall information on why you need to join us in re-aligning Canada, and how you can start doing it with, in some cases, as little investment, as some basic training and changing the mindset of the maintenance team and management.
Keywords: mesure dynamique,expansion thermique,pré-alignement,désalignement,alignement laser,formation,maintenance
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