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.