Soft Foot (Short Leg)

Since we consolidated shims on last week’s blog post, this week we will be focusing on how to check for Short Leg a.k.a Soft Foot.  Some of the effects of soft foot could include: bearing failure due to loss of clearance, gear mesh alignment in a gearbox due to loss of clearance, premature motor failure dueContinue reading “Soft Foot (Short Leg)”

Consolidating Shims

Following up on last week’s blog post about inspecting motor bases, this week we take a look at shims.  Just like machine bases, shims are also a key part in the foundation of the reliability of an asset.  While walking around the facility have you noticed more than 4 shims on a piece of equipment?  Did you knowContinue reading “Consolidating Shims”

The value of Strobe Lights

In keeping with the focus of Reliable Manufacturing®, this week we are going to start with a tool that can be used to do a simple check on machinery to assess the asset.  The strobe light is a simple, inexpensive and easy to handle tool, a Strobe light, can be used for performing preliminary inspections onContinue reading “The value of Strobe Lights”

Which CM tool offers the biggest bang for the buck?

This is a question that we are often asked at the Tribe. While all PdM tools will always provide plenty of ROI if properly implemented over time, there are a couple that will provide significant returns for a very small outlay. One of these is the humble strobe light. For a few hundred dollars andContinue reading “Which CM tool offers the biggest bang for the buck?”

How Well do you Understand Precision Alignment?

There are many techs today who have “come of age” in the laser era. While nearly all can successfully perform an alignment with the laser, do they truly understand what is going on. We often try to make alignment way more complex than it really is. Offset misalignment is pretty easy to understand…just move theContinue reading “How Well do you Understand Precision Alignment?”