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Intuitive, app-powered shaft alignment tool

26 July 2015

SKF has introduced a shaft alignment tool, the TKSA 51, which provides intuitive shaft alignments using tablets and smartphones.

The instrument comprises two compact and lightweight laser measuring units. Using shaft brackets, it can be mounted on small machines with limited space, whilst extension chains, rods and magnetic holders are available for mounting the tool on larger machines.

Connected wirelessly, the app uses real time data to provide a live 3D view of the measuring units. This allows operators to rotate the virtual machine at their convenience in all directions, making the alignment as intuitive as possible. Measurements are made by a simple touch of a button or via a hands-free automatic measurement function which just needs the shaft to be rotated to the next measurement position.

Alignments can be checked in confined spaces as measurements can start at any angle and only require a total shaft rotation of 40°. Further alignment adjustments are possible with alignment targets that, for example, can be set to compensate for thermal growth of the machinery. After each alignment check or correction, a comprehensive report is created that can be customised, emailed or uploaded to a cloud service for future reference.

The TKSA 51 is supplied as a comprehensive system for all alignment tasks. The app is easily downloaded and offers a fully functional demonstration mode for trying out the TKSA 51 before purchase.

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