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Shaft Alignment

Industrial Maintenance & Technology


Course Length

8 Hours

Max Attendees


Course Description

Participants will learn basic alignment, applications, techniques, and equipment used.  In the lecture portion of the course, participants will learn about various couplings, problems they may encounter during alignment, and the different equipment they will use in the hands-on labs. Participants will use equipment such as straight edge, dial indicator, and lasers in the hands-on portion of the course.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Select and install the proper coupling on the equipment shafts.
  2. Check for issues that may impeded proper alignment of the equipment.
  3. Set up and use selected equipment to align various shafts.

Course Outline

  1. Rigid Couplings
  2. Flexible Couplings
  3. Mechanical Flexible Couplings
  4. Material Flexible Couplings
  5. Equipment Preparation
  6. Shims
  7. Dial Indicators
  8. Shaft and Coupling Runout
  9. Soft Foot
  10. Alignment Methods
  11. Alignment Sequence
  12. Temperature Considerations
  13. Rim and Face Alignment
  14. Reverse Dial Alignment
  15. Laser Alignment