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Laser alignmnt tips dealing with pipe stress

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  • 1. Pipe Strain Pipe Strain Question: Can we check Pipe Strain with our Rotalign® Pro? Answer: Yes, the Rotalign® Pro is great for checking Pipe Strain!Before the suction and discharge Do Not Loosen Pipe Strain Pipe Strainflanges are broken - take a "null" the Bolts Yet! ®reading with the Rotalign Pro. That is, Pipe Straintake a reading which will leave all zerosin the results screen. You do this bysetting up the Pro as you normallywould - then press M and then Pipe Strain Startthe sweep soft key but do not turn theshafts at all! Next press the softkey after which the Pro will tell you "This measurement is questionable!"Ignore the note & press the soft key & then press the yellow resultskey and you will have an all zero “null” alignment! Now start the “Move” mode by pressing the soft key. Next, observe what changes occur when the suction and discharge flanges are broken. The changes you see are exactly what the pipe strain is doing to the alignment at the coupling as you are monitoring the shaft centerlines!You might find 2 mils (.002”) to be a © Voelzow & Company, Inc. • Wingate, NC 2004very tight tolerance for pipe strain onsome applications. Some industrialplants have relaxed that to 5 mils(.005”) which might be a better startingpoint. As the people get where theyaccept the 5 mils they themselves willtighten the tolerances.Have a Grand Day!Norm Voelzow Voelzow & Company, Inc. P. O. Box 158 • Wingate, NC 28174 Phone: 704-233-9222 • Fax: 704-233-9211 E-Mail: voelzow@perigee.net 02/13/2004 Web: http://www.LaserAlignment.net/