Why Machine Alignment Is Beneficial To Building Product Manufacturers

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Product manufacturers and companies that produce building materials such as housewrap, fiberglass, flooring, fiberglass, wallboard, shingles, cores, and tubes can derive great benefits from shaft alignment of their machine equipment. There are many advantages associated with precision alignment of process lines and machine components.

  • Accurate Measurement free of reading errors.
  • Elimination of reaction forces, thus reducing consumption of energy and saving power.
  • Higher operating efficiency
  • Enhancement in product quality, as vibration is reduced.
  • Increased production rate and decrease in unplanned downtime.
  • Increase in Mean Time Between Failure, thus extending machine availability
  • Seal repairs are declined by 60% with precision alignment.

Almost any industrial manufacturing equipment requires precision alignment during their lifetime.  Planning early inspections, correcting smaller issues and performing regular maintenance goes a long way in ensuring smooth production lines, which is very important during high-demand phase, when downtime is not an option.

Roofing Manufacturers Can Cut Down Significant Costs

Like a majority of manufacturing process lines, roofing production relies on cutters, drums, chains, motors, gears and rolls that all toils together to produce a quality stuff. Precision alignment helps in improving the overall runnability of the product line, reduction in waste and product quality issues, and a boost to component’s life expectancy. On the other hand, misalignment can lead to decreased line speed and uptime.

Why Gypsum Board Line Alignment is Important

As we see the ascent of the construction industry, the demand for gypsum board has increased significantly. This in turn puts pressure on board manufacturers to operate their production lines at an optimum speed, with minimum product scrap and downtime.  Misalignment can take a toll not only on production and energy consumption, but also the entire chain linked with it.

There are plenty of options in alignment solutions and tools available in market for manufacturers to use. However, the most important thing here is to understand a few basics behind machine alignment before you make an informed decision. You would want to choose the most reasonably priced, yet effective solution for your machine or production line. Most of the costly issues faced by manufacturers today is primarily due to component misalignment.

How Often Do You Require An Inspection?

There is no simple answer to this question, since a number of factors can affect the process, and these should be considered when creating a product inspection plan at your facility.

  • Machine Type: Inspection intervals can vary depending on the type of machine. A typical paper machine running at optimum speeds requires inspection every 12-18 months. A sampling inspection should also be carried out in major sections, including reel, calendar, dryers, press and wet end.
  • Machine Age: You may assume that a newly installed machine line may require alignment inspections at longer intervals, but that is not true. The most critical time to carry out inspections is during the initial operation. The biggest factor at this point is foundation settling.

Maintenance Practices: Typical maintenance plans include component lubrication, gear clearance inspections, housekeeping and vibration monitoring. During scheduled downtime, it may also be important to reposition components such as couplings, bearings, rolls and drive components.

by George Chitos

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