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Your Paper Machine Alignment Questions Answered

OASIS knows a thing or two about paper machine alignment. We started providing machine alignment services to paper makers 35 years ago, and though we have grown over the years and now provide our precision measurement and mechanical services to a variety of industries, a large amount of our work continues to be done in pulp & paper mills across North America.

Holding true to our belief that an educated customer achieves the greatest success, we gladly share our knowledge here in our blog and at industry events, such as PaperCon and other TAPPI produced events, and ICE USA (International Converting Exhibition). In fact, OASIS will be presenting in two sessions at the upcoming PaperCon 2017 in Minneapolis, MN on April 24-26, 2017 – show details are provided below. 

Thank you for visiting our industry blog! In this post, we provide you with quick access to all of our previously published articles on paper machine alignment. If you have questions on any of the information provided or would like more on a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us!

How to Align Machines – Getting Back to Basics

With many options in alignment tools and solutions available to manufacturers today, it is important to understand some basic principles of machine alignment so that you are making an informed decision when selecting the best solution for your particular machine or production line. Read Post

How Often Do You Need a Machine Alignment Inspection?

One of the questions OASIS customers most often ask is “How often do I need to have my machine inspected for alignment?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. In this post, we provide the top three factors that can determine how often alignment inspections are needed and discuss the reasons why there are no set rules that can be applied. Read Post

Importance of Precision Alignment for Wet End Upgrades

Competition in the paper industry can be intense – and getting the most from your paper machine is crucial. To remain competitive, paper companies are often upgrading (modifying, rebuilding and/or adding components to) their older machines in order to boost production and improve quality. Read Post

Overlooking Rockers and Rocker Plates Can Lead to Dryer Component Failures

The many components in a paper machine – both big and small – when working together correctly, keep the paper making process running smoothly. Unfortunately, it is easy to neglect some of the less visible components that are of importance. A prime example are the rockers and rocker plates within many common dryer sections. Read Post

Paper Machine Reel Alignment Can Help You Avoid Real Issues

In this two-part series, we discuss the importance of alignment in the reel section of your paper machine and provide some of the issues caused by misalignment, as well as the benefits of precision alignment. In the second post, we provide more detailed information on how to align the various components that make up a reel section including the reel drum, reel rails, primary arms, secondary arms and spools. Read Series

Precision Alignment of Winders

In this four-part series, we discuss the effects of misalignment on product quality and winder components, inspection and alignment techniques, alignment of the slitter section, rider roll ways, winder drums, rider roll and core chucks, and conclude with tolerance guidelines and information relating to the importance of periodic alignment “tune-ups”. Read Series

Paper Machine Applications Where Laser Trackers Excel

For most areas of a paper machine, the use of optical tooling continues to be the best option for gathering alignment inspection data. However, the capabilities of some of the newer, innovative 3-dimensional measurement tools such as laser trackers excel in several areas of the paper machine. Read Post

Fourdrinier Alignment Inspection is Now Much Faster and More Efficient

The Fourdrinier is one area of the paper machine where paper makers can benefit from the use of newer alignment technology such as the innovative AT960 laser tracker with T-Probe. Read Post

Reduce Costly Alignment Issues with Preventative Inspections

Paper mills can spend weeks and even months scheduling and planning their shutdowns, but can overlook day to day checking that could save time and money. Using a preventative maintenance strategy for alignment inspection of paper machine components is a highly suggested course of action. Read Post

Planning Paper Machine Roll Maintenance

In order to operate your paper machines at the high speeds, longer operational periods, and higher operating efficiency required in today’s competitive environment, a planned roll maintenance policy should be adopted. Read Post

Proper Bowed Roll Alignment Helps Reduce Uneven Web Tension

Bowed rolls can often be found in several areas of a paper machine and on most converting machines. The main function of bowed (or spreader) rolls in web production equipment is to spread the web and/or keep the web flat, as it runs through the processes. Read Post

Join us at PaperCon 2017  

OASIS is presenting on Tuesday, April 25th in the OpEx Maintenance & Reliability Workshop!

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Fourdrinier Inspection is Now Much Faster and More Efficient with New Laser Tracker Technology

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Reel Component Misalignment Can Cause Real Issues

Be sure to visit us in the exhibit hall in booth 930!

Download a FREE VIP Exhibit Hall Pass now!

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