SKF announced the introduction of the TKSA 31 shaft-alignment tool
for easy laser alignment at an entry-level price. Developed for rotating
machines in industrial applications, the instrument helps customers
identify and correct shaft mis-alignments to improve equipment uptime
and reliability, and lower maintenance costs.
The TKSA 31 and previously announced TKSA 41 are sharing the same
design, but TKSA 31 has a lower price than its big brother TKSA 41. In
return, the smaller version has lower measurement flexibility and is
lacking the camera function that allows pictures to be added to TKSA 41
alignment reports. Both tools are designed to make shaft alignment easy
and intuitive, even for operators with minimal experience.
Comprised of two measuring units with large detectors and bright
lasers, the TKSA 31 reduces the need for pre-alignment and provides
precise measurements, even in challenging conditions. The embedded
soft-foot tool helps establish the basis for successful alignment.
The TKSA 31’s liquid crystal display (LCD) with touchscreen
navigation makes alignment fast and simple, and measurements can be
performed by using the well-known 9-12-3-o’clock positions with
additional flexibility of 40º around each. The tool’s live view supports
intuitive measurements and facilitates horizontal and vertical machine
Because the instrument enables automatic measurements by detecting
when the heads are in the correct position, operators can use both hands
to rotate and hold the shafts in place. After each alignment, the TKSA
31 automatically generates a customized report with notes about the
application, and each report can be exported as a portable document
format (PDF) file. The built-in machine library helps to organize
alignment reports and provides an overview of all machines.