Effective alignment is very important for machine alignment. Laser alignment is a proven method to help maintain machine alignment with more accuracy and reliability than any other alignment system. However, alignment results can sometimes be below expectations, which can be resolved with a thorough pre-alignment visual check before beginning the laser alignment process.

This quick process pre-alignment visual check can detect any problem before beginning the alignment, leading to more precise alignment results. Taking about fifteen minutes to perform, the pre-alignment visual check will save time on the alignment process as well as provide the assurance of properly aligned machines after laser alignment.

7-step visual inspection checklist for effective pre-alignment

1. Check the base plates are secure and the foundation is stable.

2. Clean the foundation of all debris, and look for typical signs such as oil or metal shavings.

3. Ensure there's no indication of a crumbling foundation by checking for flatness and twist on the foundations and frames using the laser system.

4. Look for oil leaks and/or any other kind of leaks.

5. Check for worn or broken parts inside and out; look over the coupling for wear or loose parts; examine shafts and belts for wear; and look for cracks in the machine feet and any wear on the machine casings.

6. Carefully check all exterior elements such as conduit, pipe or ductwork strain for wear or any other sign of weakness.

7. Perform a lift check.