One of the most potent tools in condition monitoring is the laser alignment technique. Ultimately, there is nothing as straighter as a beam of light. So lasers are undoubtedly the best way of monitoring and testing the alignment of machine parts. They are now vital in detecting even the smallest misalignment of components that could lead to later disastrous breakdowns, even complete machine failure.
In a machine, shafts are specially designed to run in perfect alignment. Hence, any slight deviation will lead to the disproportion and increase unwanted pressure on seals, drives, bearings, and other shafts. Lasers, either through mobile equipment brought in by maintenance engineers or built-in as a monitoring component of the equipment, ensure constant alignment of shafts for efficient production.
Features of Laser Alignment:
The Laser Alignment technology allows precision alignment within less than 1/100th of a millimeter, which is vital for smooth running. The Shaft should operate in just one direction. Any movement horizontally or vertically will lead to the best working of a machine.
Although misalignment can be detected through vibration analysis, the modern laser tools help predict possible future breakdowns. The ability of these measurement tools to detect tiny misalignments saves manufacturers a fortune.
Benefits of Laser Alignment:
Laser alignment will save downtime and subsequent loss of production in the first instance. Laser alignment is useful in detecting even the smallest misalignment in a machine.
Even though this small misalignment allows the machine to keep running smoothly, it can still have a detrimental effect on other devices. When a misaligned shaft comes into contact with other parts, it increases energy consumption, excessive wear, and greater friction.
It is likely that smaller components, such as bearings and seals, will fail due to this increased wear. Although they are smaller and negligible than a laser-aligned shaft, every part of the machine must stay working in synchronization, so it is vital that shafts are continually aligned to perfection.