Shaft Alignment Level 1

This 3 day course provides the basic information and guidelines to implement quality shaft alignment for standard rotating machine systems.

Laser alignment is an essential component of a viable maintenance strategy for rotating machines. In isolation each strategy can help to reduce unexpected machine failure, but taken together they form the hub of a proactive maintenance strategy that will not only identify incipient problems but allows extending machine operating life considerably.

Each section covers one or two examples of the available methods for measuring the required parameters, although many of these methods are available.

Through this Certification Course, participants have the opportunity to accrue 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

  • A definition
  • Machine catenary
  • Operation above critical speed
  • Alignment parameters
  • Angularity, gap and offset
  • Short flexible couplings
  • Spacer shafts
  • Alignment tolerances
  • Coupling strain and shaft deflection
  • Couplings and misalignment
  • Bearings
  • Seal wear
  • Machine vibration
  • Symptoms of misalignment
  • Machine installation guidelines
  • Measurement and correction of soft foot
  • Alignment by Eyesight
  • Trial and error method
  • Rim and face method
  • Reverse indicator method
  • Indicator bracket sag
  • Basic operation requirements
  • Laser alignment cuts energy costs
  • Laser alignment improves pump reliability
  • Laser alignment improves  bearing & seal life
  • Laser alignment reduces vibration alarms
  • Thermal growth calculations

Course Info

Course Length:

24 hours


1 seat x 365 days*

CPD Points: 3

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