How To Get Proper Gearbox Alignment

How To Get Proper Gearbox Alignment

Date: April 10, 2017

In order to function efficiently, industrial gearboxes must be aligned precisely with motors and other drives. The alignment of your gearbox refers to its positioning in relation to the drive unit. Correct positioning ensures the gearbox input and output shafts are properly aligned with the respective shafts of adjoining components.

Misalignment of a gearbox occurs when the gearbox and the adjoining unit are arranged out of line in a way that alters the as-designed rotation of gears and pinions. Misalignment can cause undue forces on the shafts, coupling, and their components. This undue force causes stress that leads to wear, breakdown, and potential failure of the unit. To prevent plant failure due to breakdowns related to shaft misalignment, consider hiring professionals for alignment services.

Conducting gearbox alignment

Gearbox shafts can be aligned quickly with a laser shaft alignment system. The straightforward process consists of two laser units that are attached to the shafts, with one unit on each side of the coupling. Measurements are recorded from three points. One way is to rotate the shaft though segments of 30 to 40 degrees. Another way would be to use a moveable fixture in the case that the shaft will not rotate. The system will automatically measure the alignment of the shafts and display whether or not they are positioned correctly. This system is also able to indicate the exact amount of offset misalignment.

How to keep your gearbox aligned

Consider hiring a professional gearbox maintenance company with a laser shaft alignment system. A technician can use this type of system to determine if there is a misalignment and then fix the issue. You can also schedule regular maintenance and inspections to ensure your gearboxes are functioning efficiently and are properly aligned.

For more information on gearbox maintenance

At Amarillo Gear Service, we work with our clients to ensure their industrial gearboxes remain operational for the duration of their intended lifespan. We ensure that every unit we refurbish and repair leaves our facilities in like new condition. If we notice potential causes of failure during the repair stage, we notify clients immediately. The result is that many of our industrial gearboxes perform better once they are returned and are less prone to damage and further problems.

Amarillo Gear Service is a division of Amarillo Gear Company, which has been in operation since 1917. When you need affordable, high-quality repair or renewal, contact the experts at Amarillo Gear Service in Amarillo, Texas. You can reach us by calling (806) 622-1273 or Contact Us by email to receive more information on our Amarillo Gear™ and Marley™ gearbox repair services. We will be glad to tell you more about the regions we service and the quality workmanship we can bring to the repair or renewal of your drive.

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