SKF TKSA 71/PRO Shaft Alignment Tool
- Measuring units with wireless charging pods Trolley case
- With additional storage space Standard
- Comprehensive accessories and dedicated software applications
- Up to 10 m measurement distance, disturbance compensation, measurement flexibility, only 40° total rotation, automatic measurement and customized alignments with target values
Designed for professional alignment in harsh industrial environments, the TKSA 71 complements SKF's offering with a high-end shaft alignment tool. The instrument is very versatile with ultra-compact measuring units for use in extremely narrow spaces. Its dedicated software applications enable different types of alignments, including horizontal and vertical shafts, spacer shafts and machine trains. Superior alignment performance and long-term industrial durability are achieved with an innovative instrument design that offers high measurement accuracy and excellent protection against dust and water in harsh environments.
Shaft Alignment Overview
Shaft misalignment is one of the most significant and most preventable contributors to premature machine failure. When a machine is placed in service with less than optimal shaft alignment, the following conditions are likely:
- Poor machine performance
- Increased power consumption
- Increased noise and vibration
- Premature bearing wear
- Accelerated deterioration of gaskets, packing, and mechanical seals
- Higher coupling wear rates
- Increased unplanned downtime
Proper alignment is achieved when the center lines of each shaft are co-linear when the machine is under load and at normal operating temperatures. This is often referred to as shaft-to-shaft alignment. If the shafts of a machine train are not co-linear, when the machine is in operation, they are misaligned. In essence, the objective is to have a straight line through the centers of all of the shafts of the machines.
The SKF Shaft Alignment for TKSA 71 is a wireless shaft alignment tool that allows an easy and accurate method for aligning the shafts of a driving machine (e.g. electric motor) and a driven machine (e.g. pump).
Principle of Operation
The TKSA 71 is a Line Laser Shaft Alignment System and it has two measuring units that are mounted on each shaft, or on each side of the coupling. After rotating the shafts into different measuring positions, the system calculates offset and angular misalignment values between the shafts. The values are compared with user defined tolerance limits and adjustments of the machine can be made instantly.
During the measuring procedure, measurements are taken in three positions, each separated by at least 20°. As the shafts are rotated through an arc, any parallel misalignment or angular misalignment causes the detectors to measure the difference in their positions relative to each other.
Positioning information from the measuring units is wirelessly communicated through Bluetooth Low Energy to the displaying device, which calculates the amount of shaft misalignment and advises corrective adjustments of the machine feet.
If the shafts of a machine train are not co-linear when the machine is in operation, they are by definition misaligned. While the actual shaft positions can be illustrated in three dimensional space and the center lines can be defined mathematically, it is easier to relate the relationship between shafts at the coupling as an offset, an angle, or any combination of the two in the vertical and horizontal axes.
The TKSA 71 functions quickly and intuitively using six software apps tailored for different alignment jobs. Designed for use without prior training, these simple-to-use apps are available free of charge for both Android and iOS platforms. Common features include comprehensive, automatic reports, export and sharing options, instructional videos within the app, built-in tolerance guidelines, 3-D live view, disturbance compensation and a fully functional demonstration mode.
SKF TKSA 71D2/PRO Comprehensive Wireless Laser Shaft Alignment System with Rugged Display Tablet
- Brand: SKF
- Product Code: 71D2/PRO
- Availability: Pre-Order
Tags: Laser Shaft Alignment