Navigating LASER Shaft Alignment for a Frame 501 Gas Turbine: A Comprehensive Guide

Achieving proper shaft alignment is critical for the efficient and reliable operation of a gas turbine like the Frame 501 model 9Westinghouse, Siemens, Mitsubishi). Precision in alignment ensures optimal performance, extended equipment lifespan, and reduced maintenance costs. In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on obtaining alignment readings for a Frame 501 gas turbine.

  Step 1:  Ensure you have the necessary tools: a laser alignment system, such as FARO Vantage Laser Tracker, dial indicators, calibrated targets, and appropriate safety gear. Make sure the gas turbine is safely shut down and all moving parts are stationary (Lock Out-Tag Out). Prepare a safe work environment.

Step 2:  Set Up the Alignment Equipment, mount the laser alignment system and dial indicators on stable surfaces near the coupling points. Securely attach calibrated targets to the shaft or coupling faces. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper setup and positioning.

Step 3:  Establish a Reference Point by rotate the gas turbine shaft to find the position where the alignment readings are at their highest point. This is typically referred to as the “12 o’clock” position. Zero the alignment equipment at this reference point to establish a baseline.

Step 4:  Take Initial Readings by slowly rotating the gas turbine shaft a full revolution, while monitoring the alignment readings on your equipment. Note the maximum and minimum values recorded during the rotation. These readings indicate the misalignment and help you understand the magnitude and direction of adjustments required.

Step 5:  Analyze the Readings by comparing the alignment readings with the manufacturer’s specifications or industry standards. Calculate the offset (axial misalignment) and angular misalignment based on the recorded values. Assess whether adjustments (moves) are necessary for optimal alignment.

Step 6:  Make Adjustments based on the analysis, determine the corrective actions needed. This may involve shimming, adjusting mounting bolts, or other techniques. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for making adjustments to ensure precision.

Step 7:  Recheck Alignment after adjustments/moves are made, re-measure using the same process as before. Verify that the alignment readings have improved and are within the acceptable tolerance.

Step 8:  Repeat and Finalize the alignment process as needed, making incremental adjustments until alignment readings are within the desired specifications. Once in tolerance readings are achieved, finalize the adjustments and ensure all equipment is properly secured.


Conclusion: Obtaining accurate alignment readings for a Frame 501 gas turbine is a meticulous process that demands attention to detail and precision. By following this comprehensive guide, you can ensure that your gas turbine is operating at its best, with improved efficiency, reduced wear and tear, and optimized performance. Proper alignment not only benefits the gas turbine but also contributes to overall operational success and reliability.



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✔  W501AA

✔  W501B

✔   W501D

✔   W501D5


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✔   W501D5A – SGT6-3000E

✔   W501F – SGT6-5000F

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✔   M501F

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