Effects of Misalignment
Five most common negative effects misalignment can have on your machinery.
- Seal Failure:
Mechanical seals are very expensive, and when one fails, fluid leaks can adversely affect other machine components.
- Bearing Failure:
In addition to the replacement cost of bearings, you can also suffer damage to other components, with an even greater loss to downtime.
- Energy Loss:
Misalignment makes a machine less efficient resulting in wasted energy and higher power consumption.
- Increased Vibration:
Misalignment is the number one cause of excessive vibration. As vibration levels increase, machinery reliability decreases.
- Excessive Heat:
Excessive heat indicated you have machinery problems. Not only does it contribute to the breakdown of lubrication; it can also pose a safety concern.
Shaft alignment of rotating equipment is an essential part of machinery maintenance.