Alignment of gearbox and motor: signs of misalignment
How do you fix misaligned gears? It’s a question we get a lot. And to that, we say: leave it to the pros. However, before we take the next steps toward the alignment of the vessel’s gearbox and motor, we’ll give you a few signs to look out for when it comes to the misalignment of these particular assets. Please contact On Site Alignment if any of these occur in your situation. We’re happy to help you on your journey both on-site and onshore on a global scale.
Signs of gearbox misalignment
There are a number of causes that can lead to shaft misalignment, which is often the main cause for a gearbox or motor to start malfunctioning. For instance, thermal effects or power transmission can make a difference in both parallel and angular shaft alignment as well as the alignment of other gearbox components. Signs to look for when you’re unsure if your alignment is on point:
- Damage to seals or couplings
- Gearbox vibration
- Increasingly shorter bearing life
- Damage to gears
- Seal leakage
When misalignment of the gearbox has already taken place for a longer period, you might start experiencing these signs:
Excessive preload on bearings
Bearing cage failure
Pitted gears, races and/or balls
Fix misaligned gearboxes: how it’s done
Our team of experts has gained years of experience leading up to providing an ideal solution for problems such as misalignment of gearboxes and motors. Due to this, we’re able to fix your problem with you on site immediately, or we’ll schedule an appointment if that has your favor. Starting with an elaborate survey to establish the cause of gearbox failure. This can be both vibrational as well as thermographic. Once we’ve mapped the condition of your assets, we’ll ensure vibrations and temperatures are well within limits for your future travels and keep the alignment of rotating equipment optimal.
Do you need help determining whether your gearbox or shafts are misaligned? Please give us a call if you have any questions or issues. Our team of experts is ready to help you with gearbox alignment, no matter where you are in the world.