January 2019

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Turbomachinery: Increase rotating equipment uptime with laser shaft alignment

The cost of failing to properly align shafts or belts on rotating machinery adds up to more than the need to physically fix damaged machinery.

The cost of failing to properly align shafts or belts on rotating machinery adds up to more than the need to physically fix damaged machinery. Misalignment can lead to a range of issues, including excessive energy consumption, seal and bearing failure, premature breakdown of equipment, damage to couplings, unplanned shutdowns and productivity losses. In fact, as much as 50% of damage to rotating machinery is said to be caused by shaft misalignment—yet it is relatively simple to fix and prevent if the right tools are used. Laser shaft alignment equipment can maximize equipment uptime and availability, as well as deliver a host of other benefits including reduced energy consumption (as much a

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