When alignment and balance issues arise, ALS provides Laser Alignment and Dynamic Balancing services to put things right again.
When considering the causes for equipment failure and associated downtime, machine misalignment and imbalance are characteristically among the top concerns. Linked with material, fabrication and distortion issues, misalignment can result in excessive wear on bearings and seals, fatigue of shaft and coupling, vibration issues, lowered machine performance, degradation of parts and a reduced asset lifespan.
Imbalance caused by eccentric mass produces high level run speed vibration and lead to premature failures.
ALS’s condition monitoring services are equipped to determine when rotating equipment encounter misalignment or become out of balance, both of which commonly occur with rotating equipment. When such issues arise, ALS inspectors use laser alignment and dynamic balancing services to return assets to their correct state.
ALS’s experienced inspectors provide field or in-situ balancing services designed to ensure that equipment is accurately balanced. Without having to send equipment off-site, the need to dismantle machinery is eliminated and the service becomes inherently less time inducive.
Some typical applications include, but are not limited to:
- Belt pulley
- Mill drives and pinion – girth gear assembly
In-situ balancing is a flexible method that can be performed when best suited for a company. Having the ability to perform the technique day or night, downtime and disruption to operational scheduling is minimised.
Laser Alignment Services
When misalignment is identified in rotating machinery, it is important that this misalignment be corrected with extreme accuracy. As without exact alignment, an asset’s health and output is compromised, and the potential for critical failure grows immensely.
Advantages of Laser Alignment
Overall, when the rotating machinery is in alignment, vibration, noise and structural stress is minimised whilst the machines life, product quality and personnel safety are all enhanced. The main benefits include:
- Assets can operate at an increased productivity output as breakdowns caused by premature failures of bearings, couplings and shafts, mounting bolts and excessive vibration level is greatly reduced.
- Power consumption and heat generation is lowered.
- Ongoing maintenance and labour cost are lowered.