Rough shaft alignment
Problem: Two shafts must be aligned, but no alignment instruments are available. Solution: Wrap a short piece of #12 AWG solid copper insulated wire tightly around each shaft. Strip about an 1 in.
Problem: Two shafts must be aligned, but no alignment instruments are available.
Solution: Wrap a short piece of #12 AWG solid copper insulated wire tightly around each shaft. Strip about an 1 in. of insulation off the "pointer" ends, and bend the ends at 90-deg angles toward each other. Line up the ends with a 1/8-in. gap between them. Now you can align the shafts, rotating them by hand and keeping the pointers aligned while adjusting the equipment mounts.
Contributor: Don LeSage, Fred Usinger, Inc., Milwaukee, WI; 414-276-9100
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
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