Time is Money: The true cost of belt alignment.
In some arenas there are perceptions about belt alignment. Opinions such as, close is good enough, you can eye ball it, string works just fine, a straight edge is all you really need still persist. In one case I heard of using an 8 foot fluorescent light bulb, claiming that it is best thing you can use, because they are all manufactured to be perfectly straight.
The reality is that when you are changing worn belts, pullies, bearings, motors, bases, shafts, installing a new machine or just re-tensioning belts. Your time is money, investing resources to perform a job and getting a poor result is a waste of both.
The scenario is the same for any, municipality, hospital, hotel, water treatment facility, scrap processor, laboratory, food or beverage processor, university, paint manufacture, power plant, refinery, steel mill, foundry or in other words, everyplace that has belt driven machinery. And belt driven machinery requires periodic attention of the drive system and there are costs associated with it.
Announcement: Belt Alignment Trainer
Mike Olszewski inventor of the B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool® announces release of the BAT-TR-12 Belt Alignment Trainer. Mike O stated that he saw a need to make a trainer that matches the accuracy and quality features of the B.A.T. The motive behind the design is to make it look and act like a real belt driven machine. The trainer is very robust and has horizontal adjusters, vertical adjusters and actual ball bearings. Mike O. stated, “The new trainer is built to last a lifetime, simulates a real machine, simulates a real alignment and makes belt alignment training fast and easy.”
Why Two Lasers Are Better Than One
When it comes to belt and sheave alignment, you could opt for single-laser alignment systems.
The problem? They don’t work – at least not very accurately or quickly.
The B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool® features two cross-firing green lasers with GlowLine® targets. In a nutshell, you no longer have to waste time and energy switching targets and lasers – which means you can align your machines 75% faster than you could on single-laser systems. You face a slew of problems when a machine’s belts and sheaves are misaligned, ranging from premature belt failure, excessive vibration and noise, premature sheave wear and unequally stretched belts.
Industries That can benefit from the BAT
Businesses in any number of industries could benefit from using the B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool to solve their machinery’s alignment issues.
As long as your business deals with belt-driven equipment – whether you’re in the HVAC, energy, utility, food and beverage, and mining industries – the B.A.T. can help you get your machinery up and running smoothly and efficiently 75% faster than other alignment methods.
Correcting the Five Common Types of Misalignment
There are five main types of misalignment that can plague belts and sheaves on your equipment.
The B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool’s patented dual, cross-firing lasers quickly and accurately identify each of them, saving you downtime on adjustments and saving your equipment from premature failure.
Seven Signs Your V-Belts and Sheaves are Misaligned
Misalignment is a major problem when it comes to premature wear and failure of your machines’ V-Belts and sheaves.
Regardless of the severity of the problem or the type – angular or parallel – misalignment will increase wear and fatigue on a belt – possibly destroying it within hours or days. To save yourself time and money down the road, look for these signs of misalignment:
Top Five Benefits of The B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool®
The B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool was created to simplify the process of correcting the alignment problems that belt-driven pieces of machinery are bound to face.
Here are the top five ways the B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool can make your life easier.
Tighten up your belt and pulley processes
Your equipment’s belts and pulleys are at the foundation of your business.
Making sure they’re working in proper alignment as part of your preventative maintenance procedures is a critical component of your company’s efficiency and success. The B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool® allows you to easily identify problem spots and make adjustments to belts and pulleys, saving you time and preventing future problems. (more…)
Addressing the issue of soft foot
Soft foot refers to distortion occurring at the base of a rotating machinery.
This happens when at least one machine foot is not the same height as the others. A common problem on machine frames, soft foot can make it difficult to properly correct shaft misalignment. It can cause machine vibration and reduced motor life if not addressed. The B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool can be utilized to identify soft foot, among other mechanical problems.
How the B.A.T. Belt Alignment Tool® can improve belt alignment
Any HVAC service technician will tell you that belt alignment is key to having your system work properly and efficiently. Even if a belt is only slightly out of alignment, it can increase energy use, cause damaging vibration and decrease the lifespan of your machine’s belts and pulleys.
While traditional methods for checking alignment (visual judgment, strings, straight edge) can be helpful, they’re rarely accurate. A belt that is only out of alignment a small amount may meet industry standards but is still not running as efficiently as it should.