Alignment Online Course

Leading Machinery Improvement

Precision Alignment: The Right Moves The First Time


Online Video: $995 for 6 months access.


Course Objective

To teach the techniques and skills needed to perform alignment in the shortest time and to increase awareness of its importance to obtaining the smoothest running machinery.


This comprehensive video program on the reverse indicator method of alignment provides step-by-step instructions on the use of this powerful technique. When trained with this video course, your maintenance staff will learn to install and align rotating machinery with confidence and efficiency. The precision methods stressed in the course will help you achieve the benefits of smoother and longer running machinery and the resulting reduction in costs.

Modeled after our alignment seminars, this course is highly effective for training new personnel and for periodic refresher classes. It is also an invaluable reference for experienced staff when troubleshooting alignment problems or aligning difficult machines.


Sample Video from the Course


Module 1

Module Time: 21 Minutes, 49 seconds
How misalignment reduces bearing and seal life; methods and tools used to align equipment

Module 2

Use of Precision Tools
Module Time: 14 minutes, 30 seconds
How to use alignment tools correctly, including accurate mounting and reading of gauges

Module 3

Pre-alignment Checks
Module Time: 18 minutes, 5 seconds
How to perform pre-alignment checks on the rotating equipment to ensure it will stay aligned and in good working order

Module 4

Soft Foot Analysis and Correction
Module Time: 50 minutes, 40 seconds
Why stiff frames and footings are important; consequences of insecure mountings, or “soft foot,” and how to correct it

Module 5

Reverse Indicator Method
Module Time: 33 minutes, 29 seconds
Principles and methods of reverse dial indicator alignment; how to compensate for sag of the alignment instrument, etc.

Module 6

Graphical Solutions to Misalignment
Module Time: 40 minutes, 55 seconds
How to calculate the exact shim sizes and positions required for proper alignment
(with examples)

Module 7

Moving the Machine
Module Time: 28 minutes, 13 seconds
How to move the machine, how to monitor those movements, and how to achieve
proper alignment
Module 8

Thermal Growth Introduction
Module Time: 29 minutes, 3 seconds
The phenomenon of thermal growth, how to calculate it, how it affects alignment, and how to compensate for it

Module 9

Graphical Solutions to Misalignment for Machines Subject to Thermal Growth
Module Time: 52 minutes, 53 seconds
How to use graphs to calculate the shims required when one or both machines experience thermal growth

Module 10

Module Time: 16 minutes, 44 seconds
Specific examples of problems that can occur in aligning equipment and how to recognize and solve them.

Module 11

Alignment Tolerance Guidelines
Module Time: 14 minutes, 6 seconds

The meaning of alignment tolerances provided by the coupling manufacturer and how to use them in evaluating a completed alignment