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June 1, 2014

Machine alignment with cardan shaft in place

Premature wear of cardan shaft joints is one of the most common causes of machine downtimes. But cardan shaft misalignment is no longer a fatality. With patented brackets and new measurement methods, this company says it has reinvented cardan shaft alignment. No longer is cardan shaft removal necessary, along with the associated costs and risks (crane hire, safety hazards, machine damage and intensive manpower). Using the specially designed bracket with a rotating arm, cardan shaft alignment now takes a matter of minutes. The alignment condition is accurately measured only after as little as a 60 deg shaft rotation and the angular cardan misalignment can be corrected by moving the machine according to the displayed feet-correction values. The cardan shaft application is available with the company’s Rotalign Ultra iS alignment platform as of firmware 3.03. — Prüftechnik AG, Ismaning, Germany

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