VibrAlign Shaft Alignment Training

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Current Training Averages

  • Only 19% have received expert training in Alignment

  • 30% were trained "on the job" or by a salesperson

  • 51% of Aligners have no formal training

The Effects of Misalignment

  • Seal Failures
  • Bearing Failures
  • Wasted Energy
  • Increased Vibration
  • Excessive Heat

Not only is the mechanical seal one of the most expensive components, when they fail fluid leaks will occur.

When bearings fail you’ll also experience secondary machinery damage, which can be 3-5 times as expensive to repair than if the bearing had been replaced.

Misalignment makes a machine less efficient, resulting in wasted energy and higher power consumption.

Misalignment is the number one cause of excessive vibration. As vibration levels increase, machinery reliability decreases.

Excessive heat indicates you have machinery problems. Not only does it pose a safety concern, it can contribute to the breakdown of lubrication.

Solution? Meet Our Trainers

james
tom
stan
david
brad
mac

James Pekarek

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 4+ years of field experience
  • 2+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
"Toughest Alignment Accomplished"

Toughest alignment so far was a large positioning winch on a US Army Corps of Engineers dredge ship in the Mississippi river. The positioning winch pulls the ship up river while it is dredging mud from the bottom of the river. We were aligning the drive motor for the winch and the river current was causing the ship to sway back and forth. This was making the winch drum roll back and forth a few degrees and it was slow enough that we didn’t notice for quite some time. Once we realized what was happening, we had to disconnect the winch cables from the positioning booms and manually reel in the cables. Then we were able to complete the alignment.

Tom Shelton

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 27+ years of field experience
  • 2+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
"Toughest Alignment Accomplished"

Flexible bases are the most challenging alignments in my opinion. When a base is made out of a flexible material such as rolled steel, it can be difficult to maintain the position of the components for alignment. Restructuring these types of bases is sometimes necessary to maintain a solid alignment.

Stan RiddleTraining Team Leader

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 30+ years of field experience
  • 15+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
"Toughest Alignment Accomplished"

High vacuum blower on a paper machine. Alignment was easy, but the room temperature was 136 degrees.

Wind turbine in Idaho. The alignment was easy, but at 7000 feet above sea level, the air was a little thin (after climbing 270 feet up a ladder).

David ZdrojewskiVibrAlign Founder

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 35+ years of field experience
  • 30+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
"Toughest Alignment Accomplished"

It was a wind tunnel with 6 machinery elements:
(2) 60,000 hp motors and (2) 100,000 hp motors driving wooden fans at each end. The entire machine train had to be aligned. The coupling diameters exceeded 72 inches. Hard to rotate and hard to move.

Brad Case

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 29+ years of field experience
  • 29+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
"Toughest Alignment Accomplished"

I had only been aligning machinery for approx. 2 years when I helped a customer with a jet pump alignment at a Coker unit at a refinery in Oklahoma. At that time in my career, no one had “taught” me yet about the pitfalls of cupped washers on hold down bolts.

As I remember the driver was difficult to move horizontally and each time the hold down bolts were tightened the alignment went out of tolerance. After fighting this for a few hours I finally looked at the big picture and discovered the cupped washers. After replacing the washers we finally got the driver to “stay put” when the hold down bolts were tightened.

Mac Maccormack

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 36+ years of field experience
  • 22+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
"Toughest Alignment Accomplished"

The toughest one so far was realigning a new construction installation of a Paper Mill Repulper. To make a very long story short, I started at the base and worked through every aspect of the alignment to the output shaft of the gearbox.

Solution? Meet Our Trainers

james
tom
stan
david
brad
mac

James Pekarek

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 4+ years of field experience
  • 2+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
Toughest Alignment Accomplished

Toughest alignment so far was a large positioning winch on a US Army Corps of Engineers dredge ship in the Mississippi river. The positioning winch pulls the ship up river while it is dredging mud from the bottom of the river. We were aligning the drive motor for the winch and the river current was causing the ship to sway back and forth. This was making the winch drum roll back and forth a few degrees and it was slow enough that we didn’t notice for quite some time. Once we realized what was happening, we had to disconnect the winch cables from the positioning booms and manually reel in the cables. Then we were able to complete the alignment.

About

Tom Shelton

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 27+ years of field experience
  • 2+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
Toughest Alignment Accomplished

Flexible bases are the most challenging alignments in my opinion. When a base is made out of a flexible material such as rolled steel, it can be difficult to maintain the position of the components for alignment. Restructuring these types of bases is sometimes necessary to maintain a solid alignment.

About

Stan RiddleTraining Team Leader

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 30+ years of field experience
  • 15+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
Toughest Alignment Accomplished

High vacuum blower on a paper machine. Alignment was easy, but the room temperature was 136 degrees.

Wind turbine in Idaho. The alignment was easy, but at 7000 feet above sea level, the air was a little thin (after climbing 270 feet up a ladder).

About

David ZdrojewskiVibrAlign Founder

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 35+ years of field experience
  • 30+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
Toughest Alignment Accomplished

It was a wind tunnel with 6 machinery elements:
(2) 60,000 hp motors and (2) 100,000 hp motors driving wooden fans at each end. The entire machine train had to be aligned. The coupling diameters exceeded 72 inches. Hard to rotate and hard to move.

About

Brad Case

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 29+ years of field experience
  • 29+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
Toughest Alignment Accomplished

I had only been aligning machinery for approx. 2 years when I helped a customer with a jet pump alignment at a Coker unit at a refinery in Oklahoma. At that time in my career, no one had “taught” me yet about the pitfalls of cupped washers on hold down bolts.

As I remember the driver was difficult to move horizontally and each time the hold down bolts were tightened the alignment went out of tolerance. After fighting this for a few hours I finally looked at the big picture and discovered the cupped washers. After replacing the washers we finally got the driver to “stay put” when the hold down bolts were tightened.

About

Mac Maccormack

Years of Shaft Alignment Experience
  • 36+ years of field experience
  • 22+ years as a shaft alignment trainer
Toughest Alignment Accomplished

The toughest one so far was realigning a new construction installation of a Paper Mill Repulper. To make a very long story short, I started at the base and worked through every aspect of the alignment to the output shaft of the gearbox.

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Why Vibralign Training?

OUR TRAINERS HAVE OVER 100 YEARS OF COMBINED SHAFT ALIGNMENT EXPERIENCE.

OUR TRAINERS HAVE OVER 100 YEARS OF COMBINED SHAFT ALIGNMENT EXPERIENCE.

The VibrAlign trainers are masters in their industry. Besides delivering training, all of our instructors develop and improve the content in our training classes, and contribute to the alignment community by writing helpful articles on our blog.


LEARN THE VERTI-ZONTAL COMPOUND MOVE

Developed by VibrAlign in 2011, the Verti-Zontal Compound Move is the fastest way to perform shaft alignments. With Verti-Zontal, after measuring the vertical and horizontal misalignment, the user makes corrections in both axes before tightening the bolts and remeasuring. Now users can make alignments in just one or two spins of the shaft. See what our customers have to say about the Verti-Zontal method in this video.


OUR COURSES ARE CURRENT, COMPREHENSIVE, AND CONSISTENT

OUR COURSES ARE CURRENT, COMPREHENSIVE, AND CONSISTENT

The VibrAlign training curriculum has been refined over years of time-tested field use, and is constantly being updated. Our classes use the latest technology to keep the material streamlined and consistent. The same course materials are used by all of our trainers, so whether you’re in New York or California you know you’re receiving the same VibrAlign training experience.

What REAL Aligners Are Saying

Interviews with Aligners after Shaft Alignment Training

“What would have taken me half a day… is now going to take me an hour."

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“I know I can go back and use what I learned today on the job. Definitely.”

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“Two moves or less. If you do any more than that, its you, not the process.”

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