Categories: Shaft Alignment,Machinery Maintenance,Other Topics

Cardan Shaft Alignment in the Belly of a Boat

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By on January 18, 2021


If you have read any of our blogs, you have seen we run into some unique alignment scenarios. During a recent class in a shipyard, there was a need to perform a Cardan Shaft Alignment in a boat with very little space to work in. It also required shooting the lasers through a hole in a bulkhead.

Looking from the S sensor through the bulkhead at the M Sensor mounted on engine output shaft

S Sensor mounted on propulsion unit

It was a challenge, but the guys rose to it and the result was an excellent alignment. It doesn’t always turn out that way, but sometimes the impossible just takes a little longer!

For additional information here’s a link to our training video on Cardan Shaft Alignment:

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About the Author

Mac was a Journeyman Millwright at a Kimberly-Clark paper mill in Washington State before moving into a Maintenance Team Leader position. Later, he moved to Kentucky where he went to work for Wausau Paper as Maintenance Team Leader on a new mill start-up. This is where Mac was first introduced to VibrAlign. “I was so impressed with the people, passion, and products of VibrAlign. I had always hoped to one day give back some of the knowledge I have been fortunate enough to gain from others in my field. VibrAlign has given me that opportunity.”

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