SKF Introduces Shaft Alignment Tool TKSA 51

Nov. 22, 2016
Tool and app enable precise alignment of shafts in rotating machinery.

The new SKF Shaft Alignment Tool TKSA 51 performs with a dedicated app to enable precise alignment of shafts in rotating machinery across industries.  Designed for intuitive shaft alignments using tablets and smartphones, the tool reportedly makes it easy to set up motors, drives, fans, gearboxes, pulleys and couplings, regardless of an operator’s level of experience.

The TKSA 51 consists of two compact and lightweight laser measuring units and shaft brackets to mount the tool, whether on small machines with limited space or on larger equipment using supplied extension chains and magnetic holders.

With the tool mounted, the wirelessly connected TKSA 51 app uses real-time data to provide a live 3D view of the measuring units, allowing operators to rotate the virtual machine at will and in all directions to achieve alignment.  Measurements at any angle can be made by a touch of a button or by using the system’s hands-free automatic measurement function, which only requires the shaft to be rotated to the next measurement position.  Other user-friendly features include notification and guidance menus displayed to assist operators during setup and use.

Upon completion of an alignment check or correction, a comprehensive report is created for customizing, emailing or uploading for future reference or trending.