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Four SKF Laser Alignment Tools to Banish Downtime

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Misalignment is a leading cause of component failure. Whether it's your bearings, couplings or electric motor, misalignment is often the culprit of premature failure.

Ensuring that your machinery is correctly aligned is one of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your equipment. After all, it's only when everything is properly lined up that it can operate to its full potential.

Luckily, SKF has a range of laser alignment tools that have been designed to reduce machine breakdown due to misalignment, helping you to minimise your downtime and promote productivity.

Here are four of our favourite SKF laser alignment tools, to keep your equipment lined up and working at its best.

1. SKF TKSA 41 Shaft Alignment Tool

Accurate shaft alignment is essential to maintain machine uptime and keep maintenance costs to a minimum. But it isn't always easy to ensure that your shafts are perfectly aligned.

This is where the SKF TKSA 41 shaft alignment tool comes in.

The SKF Shaft Alignment Tool TKSA 41 provides the perfect solution to shaft misalignment in almost any application. Complete with two wireless measurement units, large-sized detectors and powerful lasers, this laser shaft alignment tool can perform precision measurements quickly even in the most challenging environments.

There's no need to waste time manually adjusting dials or running unnecessary tests - simply use the shaft alignment tool on the shaft in question to quickly and easily align your machinery.

2. SKF Belt Alignment Tool TKBA 40

Keeping your V-belts correctly aligned is essential for optimum machine performance. If they're not aligned, you'll suffer from increased wear and tear, as well as a loss of efficiency.

The SKF belt alignment tool TKBA 40 has been designed to make V-belt alignment quick and easy. With its intuitive user interface and simple one-button operation, this belt alignment tool is perfect for use in any industrial setting.

This belt alignment tool aligns the grooves of the V-belt pulley. This means that it can be used on pulleys of any width, even if the width of the pulleys is unequal. Whether there's horizontal, vertical or parallel misalignment present, the TKBA 40 belt alignment tool will detect it and assist you in aligning your belt drive.

3. SKF Shim Kit

To help with accurate alignments of shafts or belts, SKF shim kits com in useful to perform the small adjustments required.

This handy toolkit contains a range of pre-cut metal shims in popular dimensions, so you’ve got a selection of shims ready whenever you might need them. Simply select the appropriate shim size and thickness, and you're good to go.

The SKF shim kit is ideal for use in machinery where the position of the components is constantly changing, such as injection moulding machines or presses. It's also ideal for applications where the accuracy of the alignment is critical, such as wind turbines or gearboxes.

4. Belt Frequency Meter SKF

If you're looking for a tool to help you align your industrial belts, look no further than the SKF belt frequency meter PHL FM10/400.

This innovative device uses a sensor and infrared beam to detect vibrations of the belt to ensure that the belt is running at the optimum frequency. It does this by measuring the vibration of the belt to calculate its natural frequency. This is then displayed on the device as hertz (oscillations per second). This number is important to ensure that the belt is running at its optimum frequency, helping to protect the belt from premature wear.

The lightweight SFK belt frequency meter can detect frequencies ranging from 10 Hz right up to 400 Hz, making it suitable for use on almost any application. Not only that, but its simple design means that no specialist training is required for operation, keeping your costs to a minimum.

In Summary

Keeping your machinery aligned is essential for optimum performance and minimum downtime. SKF offers a range of alignment tools to make the process quick and easy, no matter what the application. From shaft alignment tools to belt alignment tools and shim kits, there's a tool for every need. So don't waste time - align your machinery with SKF and start seeing the benefits.

If you need assistance in choosing the right maintenance products for your machinery, our knowledgeable team are on hand to help. We'll take the time to really get to know your business, so that we can support you in finding the right resolution to your application challenges. Give us a call today to find out how we can help.