Machine Alignment Basics – Understanding the causes of soft foot.

When aligning machine trains, one of the most frustrating problems can be the problem caused by soft foot. If you have a soft foot problem within your machine train, you will struggle to get any sort of repeatability with your coupling alignment results.

A soft foot can be described as a machine foot that lifts from the machine’s base when the bolt is loosened. First step to solving this problem is to understand the underlying reasons that the soft foot is occurring.

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