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Anderson Process Now Offers Precision Laser Shaft Alignment Services!

February 26, 2009

Precision Laser Shaft Alignment Services Now Offered to Our Customers.

Precision alignment is a process that ensures that machinery is installed in a precise manner to maximize its operational life. It should be performed on every installation of rotating equipment, no matter how small, no matter how critical.

Precision alignment will lead to reduced maintenance and operational costs, and increased product quality. There are a number of ways that this process will save money.

First, misalignment is the leading cause of bearing failure. Mis-alignment destroys bearings, seals and couplings long before they reach their life expectancy. When a motor fails (the most likely component to fail) it can cause secondary damage to the driven machine (pump, fan, compressor, etc.), increasing the cost of the failure as much as 10 times.

How much does a precision alignment cost at the time of installation? Prevention of one major failure will more than justify the cost of precision alignment tools.

According to a report published in the Journal of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), “precision alignment resulted in extending bearing life by a factor of eight in a large class of rotating machines. Other reported benefits were a seven percent savings in overall maintenance costs and a twelve percent increase in machine availability. Machine breakdowns attributed to misalignment were cut in half.”

Precision alignment also reduces vibration in the machine. Excessive vibration can result in early machine failure and, sometimes, poor product quality. That results in production material being scrapped. Vibration can affect the quality of paper and steel due to hammering of misaligned rolls.

So, you’ve heard all of this before. Alignment saves bearings, seals and couplings. How else does precision alignment help me save money?

Motor efficiency in a precisely aligned machine increases. Increased motor efficiency equals less power equals lower energy bills for your facility. At today’s energy prices, those savings can be significant. Precision alignment ensures the smooth, efficient transmission of power from the motor to the driven machine. Stresses inside a misaligned machine are caused when it to pulls against pipes, ducts, hold down bolts, etc. These stresses are transferred internally to rotors and stators causing more energy to be used to turn the motor.

  • Services Offered
    • We provide precision laser alignment services to all pumps and most rotating equipment or machinery
    • Laser shaft alignment
    • Laser alignment for all train shafts with multiple couplings
    • Laser alignment from motor to pump
    • Laser alignment from gear box to pump
    • Coupling alignment