Sensor Provides Alignment Accuracy

Sept. 18, 2014
LUDECA, RS5 sensor, shaft alignment, reliability, maintenance, condition monitoring, Optalign Smart machinery alignment system, chemical processing, process engineering, chemical engineering

Ludeca introduced the RS5 sensor for the Optalign Smart machinery alignment system. Its XL HD detector and InfiniRange functionality make its measurement range expansive, even over long spans. Five-axis technology allows simultaneous live move tracking in both planes for machine corrections, with the sensor at any rotational shaft position.

A faster CPU and MEMS inclinometer ensure a finer acquisition of misalignment data during a continuous sweep. Hundreds of measurement readings are automatically taken during shaft rotation, ensuring repeatable results even in harsh conditions with vibration and under unfavorable mechanical constraints such as coupling backlash. The RS5 sensor permits accurate results with as little as 60 degrees of shaft rotation, starting and ending anywhere. Users can view and compare results in the results table, which stores readings before starting with alignment corrections.

The integrated ambient light compensation makes accurate measurements possible even in strong, direct sunlight. New battery technology delivers reduced energy consumption for long laser and sensor runtimes in the field. The RS5 laser and sensor are fully waterproof, shockproof and dustproof.

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