| Belt-driven machinery
downtime caused by
misalignment is a
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The SKF BeltAlign TMEB 2
SKF Maintenance Products, a division of the SKF Group, has
extended its range of precision alignment instruments with
the introduction of the SKF BeltAlign TMEB 2; a laser-driven
belt alignment tool. Designed to further enhance plant efficiency
and productivity, this addition to SKF's range of instruments
will be welcomed in all industries, which utilise pulley and
belt drive systems.
One of the common reasons of belt-driven machinery's unplanned
downtime is pulley misalignment. Pulley misalignment can increase
wear on pulleys and belt as well as vibration and noise levels,
which can result in unplanned machinery downtime caused by
breakdown. Another side effect of increase vibration is premature
bearing failure. And that too can cause unplanned machinery
Traditional methods, such as using the naked eye or a straight
edge, are the most common alignment methods. However, these
methods are inaccurate and require trial and error, which
is time consuming.
The new SKF BeltAlign TMEB 2 aligns the pulleys where it
most counts - in the grooves. V-guides and powerful magnets
allow the BeltAlign to be fitted in the grooves of the pulley.
With only two components, a laser-emitting unit and a receiver
unit, the BeltAlign is easy and fast to attach. The three-dimensional
target area on the receiver unit allows the easy detection
of misalignment as well as its nature; whether it is horizontal,
vertical, parallel or a combination of all three. Armed with
this precise information, the operator can easily make the
appropriate adjustments until the laser line corresponds with
the reference line on the receiver unit.
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.