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ADVERTORIAL

Precision Alignment:

Why do it?

I

f greater reliability and uptime are of any concern to
you, then precision alignment is a key component in
achieving it as many machine failures and defects
can be eliminated up front by correctly installing
and aligning shaft and belt-driven equipment. This means
having clear and simple, yet meaningful, procedures in
place for the different tasks involved. LUDECA's 5-Step
Procedures for Shaft Alignment and for Sheave/Pulley
Alignment will help guide your facility and maintenance
staff to achieving precision maintenance.
Why is precision alignment so important?
The reasons are clear:

higher product quality. Unexpected breakdowns in production machinery may lead to costly waste from scrappage
and high restart costs for the production line.

1. Safety

Other Things to Consider:

The alignment procedures lay out the basic steps required
to align machines safely, reducing risk of injury and
increasing likelihood of a quality outcome. Checklists
simplify the workflow and serve to remind employees of
the processes required to consistently and safely perform
the precision maintenance task.

2. Reliability
Well-aligned machines run more reliably, with a greatly
reduced probability of failure. This allows better maintenance planning, greatly reduced repair and maintenance
expenses, increased uptime, and more profits.

3. Efficiency
A good alignment procedure ensures that machines are
aligned to the proper tolerances for the running condition
of the machines, taking into account such things as
thermal growth and anticipated positional changes. This
ensures that the greatest efficiency is achieved in your
running machinery, prolonging their health and reducing
power consumption. Studies have shown that well-aligned
machines result in a 3% to 10% reduction in power
consumption. Noise and heat generation is reduced,
producing a safer work environment.

4. Production Quality
Good alignment results in better product quality since
vibration is minimized, resulting in a more uniform and

MAY 2018

Alan Luedeking, CMRP, CRL -
LUDECA, Inc.

5. Training & Procedural Consistency
Once implemented, a procedure ensures all employees
involved in the activity face clear and consistent expectations and processes, leading to a better understanding
between all staff in the facility. Training expense can be
reduced since often only refresher training is required to
update understanding of the technology utilized as updates
are rolled out. Records should be kept that document
employee training.

■ The next step in precision maintenance and reliability
is the implementation of formal specifications that detail
every step in a task from safety to activity process to
documentation, to ensure that anyone involved can follow
the procedures and guidelines without confusion, and
reach the desired outcome for all machinery types in the
plant. Such specifications typically take from two to three
months to develop and a further two to three months to roll
out and fully implement. LUDECA has written a number of
these specifications for customers worldwide. Let us help
you as well.
For more information, contact me at 305-591-8935 or
email Alan.Luedeking@ludeca.com

LUDECA, INC.
Alignment | Vibration | Balancing | Ultrasound

1425 N.W. 88th Avenue Doral, FL 33172
Tel: 305-591-8935 Fax: 305-591-1537
Visit us at www.ludeca.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant May 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Six Steps That Cut Costs
Educating Work-REady Students
Revisiting Benefits Of A CMMS
Lube Safety Comes In Threes
SAP: What Does This SAP Error Mean?
Are Your Electrical Workers Qualified?
Is Your Site Susceptible To Cyber Threats?
Pinpoint Funny Motor-Ground Currents
Properly Select Pressure-Relief Valves
On The Floor
Solution Focus
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Cover2
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - 5
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Editorial
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Implementations
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Six Steps That Cut Costs
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Educating Work-REady Students
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Revisiting Benefits Of A CMMS
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Lube Safety Comes In Threes
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - 28
Efficient Plant May 2018 - SAP: What Does This SAP Error Mean?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Are Your Electrical Workers Qualified?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Is Your Site Susceptible To Cyber Threats?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Pinpoint Funny Motor-Ground Currents
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Properly Select Pressure-Relief Valves
Efficient Plant May 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Solution Focus
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Seeking Reliability
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