Rotating Machinery Laser Shaft Alignment

by | Aug 4, 2015 | Asset Management, Reliability

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

Improving the reliability of your production assets requires a combination of people, processes and tools. For maintenance technician to diagnose issues during rounds portal machinery health analyzers play an important. We’ve shared how in posts such as Running Bump Test Helps Spot Machinery Resonance, Diagnostics to Detect Rotating Machinery Misalignment and Detecting and Analyzing Impact Energy on Rotating Equipment.

Laser Alignment Using the CSI 2140

Laser Alignment Using the CSI 2140

These posts with embedded videos show some of the diagnostics in the CSI 2140 machinery health analyzer. Recently this portable analyzer added an interface to laser shaft alignment fixtures, making technicians’ field time more productive. The CSI 2140 communicates with the CSI 8240 sensALIGN laser fixtures up to 15.25 m (50 feet) via Bluetooth. Together, these pieces comprise a complete system to perform this alignment process.

Emerson’s Tom Nelson notes that this capability guides technicians through a three-step process that to aid in performing precise alignment. These steps include (1) enter dimensions, (2) measure misalignment, and (3) move machine.

During the machine move, the technician can watch the change in alignment in real-time on the display. The live display can be used during both horizontal and vertical moves, and the laser fixtures can be placed at any angle. Instant feedback on the alignment status is provided by a bulls-eye graphic.

All of this data collected with the CSI 2140 is available to be uploaded wirelessly to a single database using the AMS Machinery Health Manager software to capture the before and after conditions for the historical records and future troubleshooting.

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