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Belt-driven machinery
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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 downtime.

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.

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