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Case Study: Properly aligned sawmill equipment lasts longer, saves money for Brunson client

Brunson Instrument Company
By Brunson Instrument Company on Mar 20, 2017 10:43:48 AM

Brunson helps Buchanan Hardwoods use precision alignment to uncover costs and add revenue to their bottom line

Buchanan Hardwoods - a leader in the lumber industry, supplying hardwood products to markets worldwide - came to Brunson Instrument Company in 2016 after installing a new carriage track in their Alabama sawmill.

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How to use Simple Geometry to Align Complex Machines – Part 2

Matt Settle
By Matt Settle on Feb 25, 2016 9:20:36 AM

Proper alignment is a core requirement for industrial processing equipment. In this blog series, we are learning to speak the "language" of machine geometry to bridge the communication gap between machinists and metrologists. By representing components as geometric entities, we clarify the alignment requirements and define which instrument is best suited for the task. 

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How to use Simple Geometry to Align Complex Machines – Part 1

Matt Settle
By Matt Settle on Feb 8, 2016 3:51:15 PM

In our previous post, we introduced machine geometry as a common "language" for machinists and metrologists to discuss precision alignment challenges. Defining machine components in terms of geometry allows each party to use terms and concepts everyone can understand.

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Understanding Machine Geometry and Alignment

Matt Settle
By Matt Settle on Sep 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

 I have a German friend who tells me that a number of local dialects are spoken across his country. These German dialects vary enough that communication problems sometimes happen. So when people from different areas find themselves having a hard time understanding each other, he says they switch to “High German”, which everyone is taught in school from an early age. This puts them on a common ground for communication.

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How Much is Machine (Mis)alignment Costing You?

Steve Addington
By Steve Addington on Aug 20, 2015 3:07:00 PM

If you work in the lumber industry, misaligned machines may be costing hundreds of thousands—sometimes millions—of dollars in lost revenue.

Poorly aligned equipment is a hidden drain on valuable resources and a major contributor to costly breakdowns, lost production and product waste. A fundamental requirement for optimizing sawmill machinery is precision alignment. It is also one of the most overlooked activities in a mill. In this blog post, we'll discuss how proper alignment can uncover these hidden costs to add new revenue to your bottom line.


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Tim Brown
By Tim Brown on Mar 30, 2015 1:05:44 PM

brunson-alignment-services-screenshotEverybody wants to get in on the best kept secrets, right? Well, we'd like to share one of ours with you. While we haven't been real vocal about it, our expert field technicians have quietly been serving the industrial marketplace for decades, transforming one process after another by working directly with our customers to provide the machine alignments that are critical to their success.

Today, we are making this expertise accessible to everyone. is our new alignment services website, providing a direct connection to our Technical Services group for on-site machine inspection and precision alignment solutions.

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Overcoming Parallax

Tim Brown
By Tim Brown on Feb 10, 2015 9:46:00 AM

One of the conditions encountered when using telescopes is parallax. To perform optical alignments properly, you should have a clear understanding of parallax and the procedures used to eliminate it. 

Parallax exists when the two lens systems of a telescope (the objective system and the ocular system) are not both focused on the reticle plane. You can check for parallax by moving your head up and down as you look through the scope. If you see relative motion between the reticle pattern and the target, you should correct the parallax by properly focusing the ocular and objective lens systems.


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Behold the Sight of Parallel Rolls!

Bethany Hoppenthaler
By Bethany Hoppenthaler on Sep 24, 2014 9:29:59 AM

The view of parallel rolls is a beautiful thing - and not just the rolls that often accompany your favorite pasta dish! We're talking about industrial rolls.  When they're precisely parallel, they produce faster throughput, higher quality, and more uptime.

Rolls that are not precisely parallel might result in problems like:

  • Vibration
  • Premature roll and bearing wear
  • Improper web tracking, wrinkling and tearing
  • Uneven coatings
  • Substandard registration

We're often asked how to make rolls (or other components) parallel. One way to approach the job would be like this:

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