Laser Alignment

Laser Alignment

Laser shaft alignment is a form of corrective maintenance. A modern replacement of traditional DTI (clock-gauge) alignment, taking a significantly less amount of time and having greater accuracy, it is the way forward in shaft alignment. A misaligned machine creates a damaging force in particular angles within the rotation, this force causes damage over time to various parts of a machine (coupling, bearings, seals, gears, etc...) Alignment uses a laser and a receiver which measures the lasers displacement upon rotation, giving correction values which can be performed to ensure the machine is then properly aligned and the damaging forces are reduced significantly.

Benefits of Laser Alignment

There are many benefits to why laser alignment is performed:

  • Significantly extends MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) - the average time between failures is increased by laser alignment by reducing the damaging forces which machines are often left subject to. These forces are constantly applied to crucial parts of machinery such as the bearings, coupling, gears and seals.
  • Reduces operational temperatures - operating temperatures are often increased by misalignment forces, this temperature increase can lead to premature failure and unnecessary downtime. Couplings often show the highest increase of temperature due to misalignment, therefore coupling life is significantly longer once correctly aligned.
  • Warranty purposes - when installing a new machine, it is often written in the small print of the warranty information that; if installed and not aligned correctly, the warranty may be void. Even new machines aligned at manufacturers require a new alignment once installed on site.

Types of Laser Alignment

There are 2 basic types of lasers:

Straight-Line Laser Systems - designed for steam turbine bore and shaft alignment applications.

Continuously Rotating Laser Systems - designed for split or horizontal-joint flatness measuring applications.

Applications for Laser Shaft Alignment

Laser Shaft Alignment offers benefits in any industry where rotating equipment applications are deployed:

  • Alignment Shafts
  • Alignment Measurement
  • Alignment Shims
  • Alignment Systems
  • Bearing Failure
  • Coupling Alignment
  • Drive Shaft Alignment
  • Foundation Settlement
  • Gearbox Alignment
  • Horizontal Alignment
  • Industrial Alignment
  • Laser Alignment
  • Laser Alignment System
  • Motor Alignment
  • Prop Shaft Alignment
  • Pump Alignment
  • Roll Alignment
  • Vertical Alignment

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