DXP Pacific Industrial Pumps

The Finer Points of Laser Pump Alignment

You can achieve optimal pump alignment—technology, technique, and laser alignment being paths to get you there. Keep reading to learn from DXP Pacific’s strategies.  

Technology and Technique

At DXP Pacific, we often utilize old-school manual pump alignment techniques in addition to high-tech solutions like laser pump alignment. Lasers offer unprecedented accuracy and speed, but there are some classic tricks of the trade we believe should never go out of style. This combination allows us to achieve such excellent alignment results for all rotating equipment.

Let’s take a look specifically at the benefits of laser pump alignment. There are several key advantages to this advanced methodology:

  • Prevent Seal and Bearing Failures—Misaligned pumps can experience increased vibration as the rotating parts move out of sync and centrifugal force is compromised. Misalignment can cause premature wear of bearings, seals, and couplings, among other internal damage between the misaligned rotor, stator, and housing. Laser alignment can help ensure everything is correctly aligned during operation to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the equipment, saving you money over time with less maintenance required to replace worn bearings, seals, and couplings.
  • Optimized Pump Performance—As you might expect, machinery runs better when all key drive components are properly aligned. This prevents equipment failures and costly breakdowns and ensures your pump system is operating more efficiently and effectively.
  • Extended Pump Lifespan—When the pump equipment is aligned and optimized from the start—and properly maintained over time—everything lasts longer. You get more life out of your pump system and its vital components.

Fast and Accurate Alignment Results

Laser alignment is the fastest and most accurate way to ensure two or more rotating shafts are perfectly co-linear. Laser alignment allows very little room for error, while the technology allows for streamlined results. Focus on alignment during installation to make sure everything is set before operation. Then, it will be part of your routine maintenance program. The shafts should be checked and realigned periodically to avoid potential problems. Things naturally shift a little over time, and even the most minor misalignments can be troublesome.

Laser Alignment at DXP Pacific

DXP Pacific employs a team of expert pump equipment technicians who understand and utilize the finer points of laser alignment, along with some manual techniques that will enhance what can be achieved by technology alone. Our technicians are trained to use the latest laser alignment tools that meet the strictest industry standards.

Unless your staff is fully trained to utilize laser pump alignment technology, the process is generally best left to the experts. Alignment is not something that should be done with any guesswork. You can’t afford to have errors in the measurements and adjustments. A professional laser alignment will save you time and money in the long run. You can make sure the job is done right by trained pump alignment specialists, while avoiding potential problems and failures in the future.

To learn more about our laser alignment services, as well as our custom installation services and ongoing pump system maintenance plans, contact DXP Pacific today.