John Lambert Speaking at 2018 CMVA Ontario Chapter Technical Conference & AGM

Less than 2 weeks to go!

The CMVA Ontario Chapter will host the 2018 Annual Technical Conference & General Meeting on June 6, 2018, at OPG/Kinectrics at 800 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario.

Our very own John Lambert, President of Benchmark PDM, will be speaking at the conference on bringing the new ANSI Machinery Installation and Shaft Alignment Standard to the Canadian rotating machinery industry.

In addition to technical presentations from CMVA members, there will also be several exciting tours of Kinectrics laboratories: seismic testing, forensics & metallurgy, analtiuc chemistry & oil analysis, and specialized nuclear tooling.

To register, please email the CMVA Ontario Chapter at cmva.ontario.ec@gmail.com so they can confirm your registration.

Cost:  CMVA Members: free; Non-members: $60; Students: $20 (lunch is included).

Agenda:
Morning to Mid-Afternoon:  
Technical Presentations, Case Studies and Kinectrics Tours
Mid-Afternoon
Annual General Meeting, incl. Executive Committee Elections

Date &Location:
9 am – 4 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Conference Room KR260
Ontario Power Generation Kipling Site
800 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5G5
https://goo.gl/maps/ZiKFX15Lxor

5-Step Shaft Alignment Procedure

This 5-Step Shaft Alignment Procedure is a Motion Graphic that outlines an easy and effective way to align your rotating equipment and brings you one step closer to best practices for your alignment program. Contact us here for your free Easy-Laser Shaft Alignment Wall Chart!

Easy-Laser & Benchmark PDM Support NAIT’s Training Activities with Laser Shaft Alignment Tools Donation

Laser shaft alignment tools and measurement systems from Easy-Laser are used in the training of service technicians at colleges around the world. One example is the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

The industry is facing (and experiencing) a major challenge in terms of preparing the service technicians and millwrights of the future for working life. A larger number of people in this professional group are now approaching retirement, and so considerable efforts are required in terms of training to fill the vacancies that are arising.

In order to meet the demands of industry for skilled, versatile people with sound professional knowledge, it is necessary to have training courses that are at the forefront from a technical perspective. With around 500–800 students participating every year in their apprenticeship programs for maintenance technology and mechanics, NAIT is one of the largest polytechnic colleges in North America in this field. The students take part in a four-year apprenticeship program in which they have the opportunity to work in industry at the same time as learning about operating lathes, cranes, pump repair work, hydraulics, compressor technology and machinery installation (including alignment). The course focuses on teaching the basics, before gradually raising the apprentices’ knowledge level over the four years.

In order for the apprentices to be as attractive as possible to the labour market, it is important for NAIT to be able to offer training using the very latest technology within the respective areas. When it comes to alignment, this means high precision laser-based measurement tools. Easy-Laser, which is a leading manufacturer of laser shaft alignment tools and measurement systems, alongside Benchmark PDM, has donated an advanced laser shaft alignment system from its latest product family, Generation XT. The system, XT660, will be used in the training of service technicians and mechanics at NAIT.

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John-Paul Lambert of Benchmark PDM demonstrates the Easy-Laser® XT660 in one of the Millwright Programs training classrooms.

The laser shaft alignment tool was handed over to Jim Clarkson at NAIT by Mikael Terner (Easy-Laser AB) and John-Paul Lambert (Benchmark PDM) in January 2018. John-Paul Lambert conducted a short training session regarding the system for instructors and students at NAIT. The training was filmed by NAIT’s Film School and will be used internally.

“We are extremely proud to work with a college like NAIT and to ensure that they can offer their students absolutely world-class training using the latest technology in the industry,” says Mikael Terner from Easy-Laser AB.

Benchmark PDM’s John-Paul Lambert was very impressed with NAIT’s facility and millwright program. “What a pleasure it was to provide these laser shaft alignment tools and the training to a group of people who are excited about using it. It was a pleasure to work with the students who are in great hands with the instructors at NAIT. A big thank you to our Alberta partner BHD who made this possible.”

“The laser shaft alignment tool donated by our industry partners helps us support our students with cutting-edge technology. As a post-secondary, funding is limited, and we rely on our industry partners to keep us relevant and up-to-date with the latest developments. These types of donations ensure that we are training our students on modern equipment used by industry and allows us to better prepare our graduates to enter the workforce with the skills that make them highly successful and sought-after,” says Malcolm Haines, Dean School of Skilled Trades.

Easy-Laser AB has a development program aimed at helping technical colleges and courses to access the very latest technology in laser shaft alignment tools and measurement systems. Are you interested in taking part? Please contact Mikael Terner:

mikael.terner@easylaser.com
+46 766 35 10 51

ABOUT NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta. Learn more

Generation XT Keeps Growing With Two New Products For Shaft Alignment & Vibration!

Generation XT, Easy-Laser’s app-based system for laser measurement and alignment of rotating machinery, is expanding again. The XT system is now ready for explosive atmospheres. We introduce the Ex/ATEX-approved XT550 Intrinsically-Safe Shaft Alignment system for hazardous/explosive environments.

With the XT550, we go intrinsically safe! The newest member is developed for hazardous areas and is easily operated through the XT app. The XT550 is an advanced measurement system for alignment of horizontal and vertical/flange mounted rotating machinery.

The XT550 system comes in two configurations; with or without an EX/ATEX approved display unit. It works with the XT Alignment app which also runs on most iOS and Android units, as well as XT11 Display Unit (however XT11 is not Ex classed). The systems measuring units are approved in accordance with the latest ATEX directive and are shock, dust and water proof.

The XT550 features dot laser which makes it possible to perform measurements on large machines over long distances. You also have access to advanced measurement methods, such as continuous sweep and multipoint.

For more information on the XT550, visit our product page here. Check out the video below!

Easy-Laser® XT280 Vibration Tool

Easy-Laser has also launched a new vibration measurement tool called the XT280. Just like the E-Series’ E285 Vibrometer, the XT280 is an excellent accessory or add-on to your XT shaft alignment system. It can be used in different ways and with different displays! Use it as a “stand-alone” tool with the built-in display, use it with the XT11 Display unit (from your shaft alignment system) or download the free XT app for your phone or tablet and use the Vibration Values program. It is an easy-to-use vibration tool that quickly diagnoses vibration level, unbalance, misalignment and looseness. You can compare your readings with the ISO standards and document the results with a pdf report!

Click here to visit the product page for more information on the XT280 Vibration Measurement Tool.

Easy-Laser Receives Another Award for its XT11 Display Unit!

The following was written by our partner Easy-Laser® AB and can also be viewed on their Blog here.

One of the best tablets of the alignment industry has received the Red Dot Design Award 2018!

The origins of the Red Dot Design Award date back to 1955. Its distinction, the Red Dot is established internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design. Here are some of the criteria the jury evaluates:
  • Degree of innovation
  • Functionality
  • Formal quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability
This is the second time our XT11 is recognized for its design by a professional jury. Last year we received the iF Design Award for excellent design and ergonomics for “industrial products”.
Easy-Laser XT11 runs our XT Alignment app, which can also be run on iOS and Android phones and tablets. This is a unique feature in the alignment industry – the user can combine display units and different types of measuring units to suit their needs and budget – but will only have to learn one program! Still, because of the rugged design many users prefer to use display devices like the XT11 in industrial environments.

 

The XT11 has some smart functions, like the screen-lock button which prevents unintentional clicks on the touch screen when you move around the machine you measure. As an option, you can fit your XT11 with a thermal imaging camera, opening up even more possibilities to optimize your machinery for smooth operation.

Learn more about the Red Dot Award
Learn more about the XT11 in the video below:

 

“Good Vibrations” – MRO Magazine article from KSB Pumps

MRO Magazine recently published a good article by Mehran Masoudi from KSB Pumps on vibration in pumps and pumping systems. As we know, vibration can cause serious problems or issues for maintenance departments. This article provides some tips on things like potential sources of vibration, pump vibrations on critical speeds, piping system vibrations and diagnosing them and advice for controlling certain vibrations. Use these tips from one of the most knowledgeable engineering pump solution’s provider in the industry to stem downtime at your plant!

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Welcome to Benchmark PDM’s new website!

Hello and welcome to our new website!

It has taken some time but we are officially launched with our new and improved look and are very pleased with the final product. You will find the site easy to navigate, with up-to-date information on any of our products. Benchmark PDM is committed to the customer and end-user so if there is anything not on the site you would like to talk to us about, please don’t hesitate to call and ask! We will continue to serve and provide the Canadian industry with excellent Laser Alignment systems from Easy-Laser for Shaft to Shaft and Belt Alignment as well as Geometric Measurement. We are also very experienced in Condition Monitoring products including vibration, balancing ultrasonic instruments.

If you have any questions at all about any of our products, services, or training programs please contact us. You may also find some useful resources in our MAAD Maintenance Blog which includes technical articles, blogs, latest news and more. We would love to hear your thoughts on the new site so go to the Contact Us page and send us your feedback.

Best Regards,

John-Paul

Special End of the Year XT Generation Laser Alignment Offer!

Save your maintenance team and company time and money with an Easy-Laser XT Generation wireless shaft alignment system!

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In the Spring of 2016 we offered free or half price accessories like the D90 BTA, the E180 BTA and the E285 Vibrometer with the purchase of certain Easy-Laser Shaft Alignment systems like the E420 entry-level, E540 mid-range and E710 Professional. With the success of those promotional offers in conjunction with the new XT Generation line of alignment systems, we've decided to reintroduce this offer as an End-of-the-Year Special!

See below our end-of-the-year specials. For more details or to request a quote fill out our contact us form here! Click the alignment tool/instrument for more info.

  • Purchase one (1) XT440 Shaft Alignment system (12-0967) * and get one (1) D90 BTA Belt Alignment system for FREE! *this system must be used with customers own phone or tablet device (Apple or Android) using free XT Alignment app.

For a quote or more information please contact us here, call us at 1(800)598-1117 or email us at info@benchmarkpdm.com.

This offer is valid until December 31, 2017.

Benchmark PDM joins HP Reliability at PEMAC’s MainTrain Conference in Saskatoon

This week we joined up with HP Reliability’s James Kovacevic (pictured above speaking with PEMAC President, Susan Lubell) to exhibit at PEMAC’s MainTrain Conference in Saskatoon. HP Reliability are proud representatives of Benchmark PDM and Easy-Laser alignment and measurement systems in the South Western Ontario region. As such, we were happy to exhibit our brand new alignment systems: the Easy-Laser XT660 Shaft Alignment system and the XT190 BTA Belt Alignment system.

Distributing Easy-Laser products is only part of what HP Reliability does. To put it in a couple sentences, James explains that:

“We provide an online toolbox full of real world tips, techniques, and training your business can implement to achieve world-class efficiency and bring profit back to industry.

We cover every aspect of the reliability & maintenance process depending on your specific needs. From core fundamentals that will allow your organization to build a solid maintenance foundation, to the advanced techniques that have been refined over 12+ years of real-world experience on the shop floors.”

On top of exhibiting at the conference, James also was one of the speakers where he discussed PM Optimization – Integrating “Lean” Into Your Maintenance Strategy.

Easy-Laser release brand new XT660 Shaft Alignment and XT190 BTA Belt Alignment Systems

The Easy-Laser® XT660 is here!

We are happy to announce the next system in Generation XT, the Easy-Laser® XT660, which builds on Easy-Laser’s groundbreaking cross-platform technology. You can use your own iOS/Android phone or tablet as a display unit, or purchase the watertight, rugged XT11. Or why not do both? The app is free to download, both now and in the future. The choice is yours!

The XT660 offers measuring units with dot laser. You now have access to advanced measurement methods, such as continuous sweep and multipoint. You can perform measurements on larger machines and over longer distances. You have even greater potential to perform correct machine installation right from the start, by checking the twist/flatness of the base. In short, Easy-Laser® XT660 is the system for machine aligners who see the bigger picture.

Other new features in the XT Alignment app:

  • It is now possible to set intervals and time periods in order to register measurement values automatically in the Value program.
  • It is now also possible to e-mail measurement reports from the XT11.
  • New program: digital alignment of sheaves/pulleys (accessory required)
  • Improved graphics and interface.

Note that the other new features (above) in the app will also benefit users of the XT440 system. The new version of the app is expected to be available at the AppStore/GooglePlay and on our website at the beginning of October. Click here for more information on the XT660.

Easy-Laser® XT190 BTA

Easy-Laser is now also launching their new digital tool for belt drive alignment, the Easy-Laser® XT190 BTA. It can be used as “stand-alone” system with the built-in display, or you can download the free app for your phone or tablet. You can follow the adjustment of the machine in real time from the side of the machine where you are making adjustments. Other benefits include access to shim values, checking against the manufacturer’s alignment tolerances and the potential to document the alignment. You naturally also enjoy the same opportunities with our own display unit, the XT11! Click here for more information on the XT190 BTA.