Precision Alignment - Laser Series


This 3-day course focuses on specific procedures for using today’s laser alignment systems and the fundamental concepts and skills required to perform precision alignment. This unique approach provides not only an understanding of the specific procedures to follow for the laser system being used, but also builds the foundation required to understand how and why the system works the way it does.


***Up to 50% of this seminar consists of guided hands-on activities, so it is requested that participants bring their instrument to the course.***

Primary Objective

The overall course objective is to align two coupled rotating machinery shafts to specified tolerances using a laser alignment system, including proper planning, rough and precision alignment processes, per approved procedures.

Recommended For:

  • This course is recommended for those who align machines, those who detect, investigate and resolve premature machinery failure due to misalignment, as well as those who direct activities related to alignment and machine reliability.
  • This course is appropriate for those maintenance, engineering, technical support, and management personnel whose job functions involve alignment of rotating machinery.
  • Students learn to set-up laser system components, obtain a valid set of alignment measurements, interpret measurements, and make adjustments using the move monitoring functions of the laser system.



  • No prerequisite Laser Alignment experience is required prior to taking the class.
  • No prior experience in vibration analysis or condition monitoring is required.
  • The purpose of this seminar is to introduce the student to these Laser Alignment techniques.
  • Good math skills and the ability to use and interpret graphs and tabular information will be beneficial in order to maximize understanding.
  • General familiarity with using today’s Laser Alignment instruments is beneficial and a variety of such instruments will be demonstrated during interactive class exercises.

Seminar Agenda

Introduction and Overview

  • Review of shaft alignment fundamentals
    • Rotational centers
    • Offset and angular misalignment conditions
  • Pre-alignment procedures
    • Planning for alignment
    • Rough alignment
    • Precision alignment
  • Review of dial indicator alignment methods
    • Advantages, disadvantages, and sources of error:
      • Straight edge/thickness gauge methods
      • Rim-face dial indicator methods
      • Reverse dial methods
  • Laser alignment systems overview
    • Using valid set alignment measurements
    • Interpret measurements
    • Making adjustments
    • Using the move monitoring functions
Parallel and Angular Misalignment: Courtesy of SKF

Fundamental Horizontal Machine Alignment Processes

  • Setting up the laser system
    • Basic operation and major components
  • Measuring and entering the dimensions
    • Software programs and key features
  • Obtaining measurements
    • Alignment of machines with horizontal shafts
  • Interpreting results
  • Making moves
  • Alignment completion

Dealing with Alignment Challenges

  • Base-bound and bolt-bound conditions
    • General types of soft foot
    • Detect and correct soft foot conditions
  • Dynamic movement
    • Thermal growth and machine operation
Precision Shaft Alignment: Courtesy of SKF

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Seminar Fee: $1395





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Charlotte, North Carolina  28208