For several years, NEAC Compressor Service has applied laser technology in parallel with traditional methods to measure, assess and align reciprocating compressors. After sufficient experience and an accumulation of proof and checks, NEAC decided two and one-half years ago to incorporate laser technology into its core competence. It can be successfully utilized as part of a major equipment revision, for troubleshooting or for frame removal in the run of a foundation revamp. NEAC’s laser equipment was exhibited at the international NEA Compressor Day in May 2011 in Uebach-Palenberg, Germany, at an open crankcase in the recently extended NEAC Training Center. End users and other customers expressed vital interest in the technology. Depending on the situation, NEAC offers 2-D or 3-D laser equipment. In a 2-D system, the transmitter and detector define a laser beam reference line that is utilized to perform accurate checks of relative positions along that optical axis. The rec-tangularity of parts can be verified, as can surface planarity. In contrast to the 2-D laser, which is a relative measurement tool, 3-D laser technology consists of a tracker system that can scan objects and create true digital models. The equipment is highly technical and is manufactured with tight tolerances in the range of a few microns. Laser applications require education and practical exercise prior to the work in the field. NEAC can provide professional training for personnel interested in obtaining those skills.
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