No experience here in doing alignments, but now looking into getting a laser alignment system. Currently on the list is a Rotalign Ultra IS, Easy Laser E710, and a Fixturlaser NXA Pro. For you guys that do alignments what is your tool of choice. If you were to buy one today, what would you buy and why. Id like to try not to end up with something that will be regretted later. Something that will be important is the report generation feature, and I'm thinking that an emitter and receiver on both heads would be important. I'm not asking for the best brand name highest priced tool on the market only because of a name on it and a price tag, More like why would it be a good choice. Thanks for the help guys!
What types of machines are you aligning? Something that is close coupled (motor direct drive to a pump) or at the other extreme a cooling tower drive with a 25 foot composite shaft? It can make a difference and you haven't specified what you are aligning or the industry type.
Please email and Can send a recent specification for alignment equipment. MCloutier@maconwater.org.
John, I imagine it would be mostly the standard NEMA frame motors and whatever they are driving. Given the nature of the request, as all encompassing as possible. I have had request for both examples you've given.
I haven't used or seen the Rotalign Ultra IS, but I have been using Pruftechnik Equipment for the last 7 years, and wouldn't recommend anything else. We currently use the Optalign. I like the quick report features, the wireless heads, and the maintenance workers find it simple to use.
If you just intend horizontal alignments and don't require atex compliance I would recommend an SKF TKSA41. I have just come off a day training guys in the operation of it and yeah while I am biased....I can say with confidence it's a very user-friendly and capable unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQxjYplrsRg
The Rotalign device is regarding to me the best choice at all. If you want, you can use the Rotalign heads technology with Emerson CSI2140 device. Pruftechnik was an inventor of these technology. That is the reason all other uses more-laser/detector technology. The Rotalign system is very precise and can easy reach/meet excellent results. Few times I compare any other system with Rotalign. Results was always very acurate, repetitive and quite easy to take/measure. As you can read on an old Pruftechnik advertisment "There is a better way". I can fuly recommand it.
Yes, I have to note: please remember to consult/equipe some features. As an car in basic price is basic equipment / features. In case of better comfort - consultant job - is better to be ready for every situation and take some features with.
Hamar laser, their stealth line are great products
Agree with Mr. CZJKR,
Pruftechnik are masters in alignment when it comes to the Accuracy. Using Rotalign from decade, no issue till date.
We use Optilign Smart and I can recommend Prüftechnik. Stability is good and you can get repeatable results by the way. I think it is the most important point at this kind of tools. Otherwise you can go off the rails while alignment.