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Automated Alignment Levels the Playing Field

Posted 2/2/2017

"There is no substitute for hard work." That's what Thomas Edison, the Father of Modern Invention, believed. And he's 100% right. Nothing builds character faster than working hard for your dreams. But what if you could do the same amount of work with less effort and fewer errors?


Whenever society has chosen automation over manual labor, it has been to remove the difficulty of human error. Yes, some of it has been about convenience, but overall, automation in industrial and manufacturing environments has resulted in better products, a safe workforce, and a budget that doesn't break the bank.


When it comes to the manual alignment of a machine, the work has always been done with two men and a wrench. And two men and a wrench can do a lot of work with more accuracy than most people would believe. But when it comes to precise alignment, there's only so much that two men and a wrench can do by hand.


There is more than one way to align a machine in today's industry. So if you choose to align your machine by hand, what are you leaving on the table? 


Sliding block alignment systems can reduce the time needed to get a machine balanced. Workers can even use a laser alignment system to make sure that a machine is square. But even when workers get the machine close to specifications, they can't guarantee that all the machine's pads are actually touching the floor, which is an important factor in making sure your machine functions at peak capacity. An automated alignment system, like Tru-Lign, can track which pads are making contact, ensuring even weight distribution.


Automated alignment can provide documentable maintenance records at the push of a button. With a single click of the mouse, you can create or update a record of what adjustments were made to your machine and when. Automated alignment provides a level of safety and ease that manual methods simply can't offer.


But more than anything, automated alignment removes human error from the equation entirely. It literally levels the playing field, because with automated alignment anyone can get the job done. Anybody can align any pad on any machine at any time, and it's always the same.