SKF app makes shaft alignment quick, versatile and intuitive

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SKF app makes shaft alignment quick, versatile and intuitiveSKF is launching an innovative shaft alignment tool. The TKSA 51 is the first instrument designed for intuitive shaft alignments using tablets and smartphones. The app makes it quick and easy to set up of motors, drives, fans, gearboxes, pulleys and couplings, even by operators who use the instrument for the first time.

The new TKSA 51 comprises two compact and lightweight laser measuring units, designed to suit almost any application. Using the versatile shaft brackets, the instrument can be mounted on small machines with limited space, whilst extension chains, rods and magnetic holders are supplied for mounting the tool on large machines.

Connected wirelessly, the app uses real time data to provide a live 3D view of the measuring units. This gives operators the possibility to rotate the virtual machine at their convenience in all directions, making the alignment as intuitive as possible. Measurements are made by a simple touch of a button or by the hands-free automatic measurement function which just needs the shaft to be rotated to the next measurement position.

Jens Kammann, Product Manager at SKF Maintenance Products, notes: “Shaft misalignment is one of the main causes of machine failure. It creates additional forces and vibration that can damage machine components such as bearings, seals and couplings, adding considerably to operating and maintenance costs. Often, we find shafts not being aligned correctly because the applied method or instrument is time consuming and difficult to use, leading to mistakes and incorrect alignments. The TKSA 51 eliminates these problems, making it the ideal companion for every alignment task. As a result, engineers can significantly increase uptime, with the confidence that machines are correctly setup for efficient and cost-effective operation.”

The great measurement freedom is just one of the core features of the systems, allowing alignments in confined spaces as measurements can start at any angle and only require a total shaft rotation of 40 degrees. Further alignment adjustments are possible with alignment targets that, for example, can be set to compensate the thermal growth of the machinery. After each alignment check or correction, a comprehensive report is created that can easily be customised, emailed or uploaded to a cloud service for future reference. To aid the user, notification and helpful guidance menus are displayed if a problem occurs during set up, such as the detector being off centre or the laser beam being too close to the edge of the detector.

The TKSA 51 is supplied by SKF as a comprehensive system for all alignment tasks. The app can easily be downloaded and offers a fully functional demonstration mode for trying the TKSA 51 before purchase. Go to for further information.

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