Alignment Course

Maintenance Training
 Registration Closed
Date: 2012-12-11 00:00 - 2012-12-12 00:00

The Vibration Institute Shaft Alignment Specialist certification is based on the Vibration Institute Guideline No. 2 Requirements for training and certification of personnel: Shaft Alignment of Rotating Machines.  The program has four levels of certification relating to the skills of personnel to align machines and machine trains using basic and advanced instruments and techniques. 
Category II:
Individuals are qualified to perform shaft alignment procedures on industrial machinery using the reverse radial and rim-face method on a two element drive system according to established and recognized procedures.
Minimum Recommended Experience:  12 months 
Minimum Training Hours:  24 hours
Body of Knowledge/Training Course Topics
Alignment Background Information (6 hours):
  • Four Ingredients for Successful Alignment
  • Symptoms of Misaligned Rotating Machinery
  • How Shaft Misalignment Causes Failures
  • Basic Journal and Anti-friction Bearing Design
  • Basics of Static and Dynamic Forces
  • Definition of Shaft Misalignment
  • How Flexible Couplings Work
  • Examine Variety of Flexible Coupling Designs
  • Measure and Maintain Proper Shaft to Shaft Distances
  • Coupling vs. Alignment Tolerances
  • Recognize Misalignment on Running Machinery
  • Recognize Misalignment from Vibration Analysis
  • Recognize Misalignment from Thermography
  • Quantify the amount of Misalignment
  • Relationship Between Offsets and Angles and mils/inch at Flex Points
  • Acceptable Misalignment Tolerance Limits
  • Step-by-Step Alignment Process
  • Time Requirements to Properly Align
Preliminary Alignment Checks and Corrections (6 hours):
  • Use, Care and Operation of Dial Indicators
  • How to Measure Runout (both rim and face)
  • Faults that Cause Excessive Runout Conditions
  • Difference Between Runout and Surface Profile
  • Acceptable Runout Limits
  • What is Soft Foot and Why Should it be Corrected
  • Measuring and Correcting Soft Foot
  • Piping, Ductwork and Conduit Strain
  • Hands-on Runout Practice on Demonstrator
  • Hands-on Soft Foot Practice on Demonstrator
Measuring Misalignment (6 hours):
  • Rough Alignment Methods
  • The Reverse Radial Method
  • The Face-Rim Method
  • Advantages/Disadvantages of Each Method
  • Validity Rule
  • Measuring and Compensating for Bracket Sag
  • Basic Operation of other Measurement Systems
  • Hands-on Practice Reverse Radial Method on Demonstrator
  • Hands-on Practice Face-Rim Method on Demonstrator
Correcting Misalignment (6 hours):
  • Mathematical Equations for Single Unit Corrections from Reverse Radial Measurements
  • Graphically Model Reverse Radial Measurements using the Point-to-Point Graphing Technique
  • How to Adjust the Graphing Set-up to Plot Readings from Asymmetrical Reverse Radial
  • Practice Alignment Corrections on Training Demonstrators from Reverse Radial Measurements
  • Mathematical Equations for Single Unit Corrections using the Face-Rim Method
  • Graphically Modeling the Face-Rim Method
  • Practice Alignment Corrections on Training Demonstrators from Face-Rim Measurements
  • Understand How to Find Movement Restrictions and Boundary Conditions
  • Plotting Restrictions and Boundary Conditions on the Alignment Model
  • Determine a Variety of Possible Realignment Solutions from the Alignment Model
  • Tools and Field Techniques to Control Lateral and Axial Movement of Machinery



All Dates

  • From 2012-12-11 00:00 to 2012-12-12 00:00