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New SKF Shaft Alignment systems offer built-in alignment process and wireless modules

The SKF TKSA 60 is designed for individuals with fundamental alignment knowledge, but without extensive experience.  The system reminds users of the correct tools and materials to use before going to the location where the alignment takes place.  A built-in visual inspection process helps users identify oil levels, leakages and wear indications. It also helps users compare inspection results to specifications and prioritize corrective actions.  Both the TKSA60 and 80 provide a color screen for detailed graphics and a measuring distance of up to 10 meters.

A more advanced unit, the SKF TKSA 80, includes all of the features of the TKSA 60 and additional features including a comprehensive database structure to store OEM specifications for a wide range of rotating equipment.  The system also enables users to create and store templates for plant machinery, building and alignment sequence history, all of which optimize management of the alignment process.  The TKSA 80 also accommodates large machine train alignment, and reminds users to perform a run out check to look for bent shafts.

“The SKF Shaft Alignment systems are an important addition to SKF’s portfolio of sophisticated handheld instruments built on more than 100 years of knowledge of rotating machinery,” says Karl Vietsch, SKF Alignment Center of Excellence.  “The SKF Shaft Alignment systems allow users to optimize a plant’s uptime and overall productivity through their built-in, intuitive alignment process.  This is just another example of how SKF is putting the power of knowledge engineering into the hands of plant maintenance personnel.”

In addition to its built-in alignment process and wireless modules, the SKF Shaft Alignment systems display values and guidance in real time for accurate horizontal and vertical misalignment corrections.  Graphics can be swapped from one side of the machines to the other to accommodate user position.  Additionally, an energy efficiency indicator shows the estimated energy wasted due to shaft misalignment.

Complementing SKF’s new TKSA 60 and TKSA 80 Shaft Alignment systems are its TKSA 20 and TKSA 40.  The TKSA 20 is an easy to use laser shaft alignment tool designed for both beginners and experts, while the TKSA 40 offers a graphical interface and additional features, such as the ability to check alignment using the tolerance check function.

For more information on the complete range of SKF Shaft Alignment products, visit to download related literature and product information.

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2010 were SEK 61,029 million and the number of employees was 44,742.

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