Categories: Shaft Alignment

In Laser Alignment, Size Matters!

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By on May 8, 2014

When performing precision shaft alignment, regardless of the measuring tools being used, size matters.  Many coupled machines have obstructions around the couplings, such as transmitters, oil or cooling lines, conduit clamps, and many other components which can make precision laser shaft alignment challenging.

Sensor comparison

Fixturlaser’s new generation Bluetooth sensors (pictured on the left above) are the most compact laser sensors on the market, measuring in at only 33.5mm thick (approx.1-5/16” thick), yet still utilizing a 30 mm detector. See the comparison of the different sensor thicknesses of the major laser alignment tools above.  

Is that a big deal, you may say.  Yes-actually it is.  The more narrow the sensor:

  • The more easily it fits into tight places.
  • The easier it is to configure sensors and brackets to miss obstructions from other machinery components.
  • The easier it is to mount the sensor between the coupling hub and the machine frame.  This may be especially useful in situations where there is only a short length of shafting extending from the machine.

Bigger isn’t always better!

About the Author

Stan Riddle joined VibrAlign in 2008. He has over 35 years experience in aligning industrial machinery. Stan received his AAS Degree in Machinist Technology from Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, and also holds a diploma in Industrial Systems Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC, where he was also an instructor in the program.

Stan began his maintenance career working as a machinist and millwright for companies such as Weyerhaeuser, R.J. Reynolds, and Tyco Electronics. He also has over 25 years experience in Predictive Technologies, such as vibration analysis, thermography, oil analysis, and ultrasonic inspection. He is a certified Level III Vibration Analyst with the Vibration Institute, and is a Past Chairman and Board Member of the Piedmont Chapter.

Stan and his wife live in Yadkinville, NC.

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