Using a MAGIE to mount a laser tracker for Internal Alignment of Steam & Gas Turbines

The use of the MAGIE (Magnetic Angular Geometry for Industrial Equipment) arose because of these:

Problem / Opportunities
  • Metrology Tools Applications such as Laser Trackers, 3D Measurement Arms and Scanners onto CURVED SURFACES.
  • Concave Surface Applications such as mounting directly on turbine internal casing.
  • Convex Surface Applications such as mounting directly onto a cylinder/pipe.
Solution:  ACQUIP MAGIE Magnetic  Base for Curved Surfaces

Acquip engineers developed, designed and patented a magnetic mounting system that can affix to both flat and curved ferrous surfaces; The MAGIE (Magnetic Angular Geometry for Industrial Equipment).  This project was fueled by a necessity for a magnetic mounting solution for our Steam and Gas Turbine Laser Internal Alignment projects worldwide. This magnetic bracket system allows us to mount a laser tracker or other metrology system directly on the inner casing of a turbine, turbine diaphragm blades,  onto pipes, onto domes, and much more.

*Compatible with FLAT & CURVED Surfaces

Challenges & Considerations for non-MAGIE users

Concave Surface: A concave surface curves inward, resembling the interior of a bowl. When applying a magnetic base on a concave surface, such as a turbine internal casing, you should consider the following:

Contact Area: The contact area between the magnetic base and the concave surface might be limited to a smaller portion of the base due to the curvature. This can affect the overall stability and strength of the magnetic connection

Angle of Contact: The angle at which the magnetic base meets the concave surface can influence the strength of the magnetic attraction. If the angle is too steep, the magnetic force might be weaker as the magnetic field lines have a less direct path.

Stability: The curvature can make it more challenging to ensure a secure and stable attachment. The magnetic base might have a tendency to shift or detach if not properly aligned and positioned.

Convex Surface: A convex surface curves outward, resembling the exterior of a sphere or the top of a dome, or  cylinders, and pipes. Applying a magnetic base on a convex surface also has its own considerations.

Contact Area: Depending on the curvature and the size of the magnetic base, achieving good contact across the convex surface might be easier than on a concave surface. A larger contact area can lead to better stability and magnetic adhesion.

Angle of Contact: The angle at which the magnetic base meets the convex surface is important here as well. The angle can affect the efficiency of the magnetic connection and the force applied

Stability: While convex surfaces might offer a larger potential contact area, there can still be challenges in maintaining stability, especially if the convex surface is steep or uneven.


The patented ACQUIP MAGIE Mag Base (Magnetic Angular Geometry for Industrial Equipment) offers an immediate, effective and reliable solution that provides direct access even for your most challenging curved surfaces.  The MAGIE Mag Base’s strength, design, and portability puts it in a rank of its own that no standard flat magnetic base can challenge.

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