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The SKF ShaftAlign TMEA 2
SKF Maintenance Products, a division of the SKF Group, has
extended its range of precision alignment tools with the introduction
of the SKF ShaftAlign
TMEA 2, a laser-driven shaft alignment tool. Developed to
further enhance plant efficiency and productivity, this addition
to SKF's range of instruments will be welcomed in all industries
where rotating machinery is used.
Shaft misalignment is responsible for up to 50% of rotating
machinery breakdowns. These breakdowns increase unplanned
machinery downtime, resulting in higher maintenance costs.
Additionally, misaligned shafts can increase friction, resulting
in higher energy consumption and can cause premature bearing
failures. To this end, industries spend vast amounts each
year to remedy the effects of misaligned shafts.
Traditional alignment methods do not produce the high degree
of accuracy required by today's precision machinery and are
often time consuming. In contrast, SKF's new ShaftAlign TMEA
2 combines pinpoint laser accuracy with simplicity of use.
The new SKF ShaftAlign TMEA 2 utilises the latest laser technology
for measuring and adjusting alignment. The two measuring units
can be easily attached to the shaft using either the magnetic
brackets or the chains. Each of these measuring units emits
a laser line, which is projected onto a line scale on the
other unit. This line scale makes it easy to detect the nature
of misalignment and facilitates rough pre-alignment. The display
unit provides clear "live-time" of both coupling
and feet values during the alignment process, making it easy
to align the machinery. The blank alignment reports, which
are supplied with the ShaftAlign, facilitate the documentation
of alignment jobs.
SKF Maintenance Products is a unit within the Swedish industrial
engineering company SKF, the world's leading supplier of products,
solutions and services in the rolling bearing and seals business.
SKF Maintenance Products provides maintenance solutions and
products, such as lubricants, automatic lubricators, instruments,
induction heaters and mechanical tools, for the bearing market.
Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, July 2003
For further information please contact Amal Hoetmer, Marketing
Communications, at SKF Maintenance Products.