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Fluke Deutschland GmbH
Freisinger Str. 34
85737 Ismaning
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PRÜFTECHNIK NDT GmbH
Am Lenzenfleck 21
85737 Ismaning
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LASER SHAFT ALIGNMENT TOOLS

A laser alignment system is the most efficient way to align rotating machinery shafts. Using an adaptive alignment system instead of conventional alignment tools saves you time and money, increases machine availability, prolongs service life and maintenance intervals, and lowers power consumption. Alignment tools from PRUFTECHNIK adapt to virtually any asset, situation, or user skill level.

Adapt to every shaft alignment challenge

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SYSTEM
SYSTEM
ROTALIGN Touch OPTALIGN Touch SHAFTALIGN Touch ROTALIGN Touch EX
Horizontal Alignment
Horizontal Alignment
Vertical Alignment
Vertical Alignment
Machine Train Alignment
Machine Train Alignment
14 machines 3 machines 2 machines 6 machines
Cardan shaft alignment
Cardan shaft alignment
In-Situ Standard (Offset) Standard (Offset)
Simultaneous V&H Live Move
Simultaneous V&H Live Move
Move Simulator
Move Simulator
Vibration Check
Vibration Check
Live Trend
Live Trend
Uncoupled PASS mode measurement
Uncoupled PASS mode measurement
Intelligent measurement modes
Intelligent measurement modes
Single laser technology
Single laser technology
Freeze-Frame Measurement
Freeze-Frame Measurement
Active Situational Intelligence
Active Situational Intelligence
Quality Factor measurement qualification
Quality Factor measurement qualification
Camera
Camera
RFID, WiFi with ARC 4.0 software
RFID, WiFi with ARC 4.0 software
Intrinsically safe product
Intrinsically safe product

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What is Adaptive Alignment?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Laser Shaft Alignment System? 

Modern maintenance teams are up against complex alignment problems. So, beyond any one particular shaft alignment tool, teams need a laser alignment system that can cope with virtually any alignment problem. And with expertise shortages, these laser alignment systems need to work regardless of an operator’s experience and skill. 

That’s where an adaptive laser shaft alignment system comes in. Thanks to modern software and other features, laser shaft alignment systems need to adapt to any situation and user experience level. A laser shaft alignment system also must maximize productivity as well as return on investment. 

Traditional shaft alignment tools let users either diagnose or correct misalignment, but not both. A modern laser shaft alignment system identifies misalignment and can also calculate precise measurements to achieve alignment. 

Single-laser Alignment System. A single-laser system eliminates the many frustrations and risks of inaccuracies that occur when working with two lasers firing in opposite directions. Single-laser alignment systems are faster than dual-laser ones, enable rapid completion of alignment tasks, and improve precision. 

How does laser shaft alignment work?

Laser shaft alignment which is sometimes referred to as coupling alignment is the process of aligning two or more shafts within defined and tolerated margin. This process can be simplified by using laser shaft alignment tools from PRUFTECHNIK which can complete shaft alignment by analyzing the following:

  • Horizontal Alignment

  • Vertical Alignment

  • Machine Train Alignment

  • Soft Foot

  • Thermal Growth

  • Short Flex & Spacer Coupling

  • Cardan Shaft Alignment

  • Vibration Check

  • Flatness

  • Straightness

What is a laser shaft alignment tool?

Laser shaft alignment tools address correcting the misalignment of rotating machinery. Alignment tools can perform complicated alignment measurements which reduces the amount downtime, repair time, and money spent to replace machines or assets due to improper alignment.

How to use a laser alignment tool?

  • Scan machine with RFID tag

  • Attach sensors to machine or asset to be aligned

  • Turn on laser sensors and begin measurement procedure

  • Listen for audible indication to tell when machine or asset is nearing alignment

  • Take a picture using the built-in camera to save as part of work order request and also which machine or asset was aligned.

  • Last step is scan the RFID tag to close the work order

Why is shaft alignment important?

Shaft alignment improves the efficiency in which machines and assets operate. If shafts are not properly aligned, it could reduce the life span of the machine, increase in parts costs, machine downtime, labor, and energy. Once proper shaft alignment is achieved motors run more efficiently, uptime is increased, and overall operating costs decrease. If misaligned shafts aren’t addressed it could lead to vibration, increased temperature or overheating, bearing failure, coupling failure, or shaft failure.

How many types of shaft alignment are there?

There are two types of shaft alignment which are angular and parallel, and both can be further divided into horizontal and vertical. Misaligned shafts could be caused by angular or parallel alignment issues.

What are problems caused by shaft misalignment?

When shafts are improperly aligned it can lead to the following issues:

  • Broken bearings

  • Vibration

  • Broken seals

  • Foundation bolt failure

  • Coupling bolt failure

  • Shafts break or crack

  • Excess generation of heat

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