About shaft alignment
Shaft misalignment breakdowns increase unplanned machinery downtime, resulting in higher maintenance costs and loss of production. Additionally, misaligned shafts can increase vibration levels and friction, which can significantly increase energy consumption and can cause premature bearing failures.
Traditional alignment methods, although very common, do not often produce the exacting degree of accuracy required by today’s precision machinery. The rough alignment methods still used nowadays, such as using a straight edge and feeler gauge, may be quick, but they can be inaccurate. Another traditional method employing dial indicators offers a higher degree of accuracy, but it requires specialist operators and can be time consuming.
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