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[PDF] Press Release: Alignment check at a height of 2700 m
[PDF] Press Release: Alignment check at a height of 2700 m

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Alignment check at a height of 2700 m
Laser-optical measurement on primary driveof the Dachstein southern face cable car
 At the Interalpin exhibition 2013 in Innsbruck, PRÜFTECHNIK presented the latest technologies for laser-optical alignment and condition monitoring of artificial snow blowersand lift systems. The following report describes the successful measurement of a drive train.
Given the high altitude of the location, it is necessary, especially in winter, to transportvisitors to and from the Dachstein glacier with the cable car. A high availability of the liftsystem is therefore essential. For this reason, the main gear installed in the summit stationwas transported to the valley station by means of the auxiliary gear for overhaul during thefour-week inspection shutdown that took place at the beginning of 2012. (See Fig. 1: View of the overall drive unit)To assess the actual alignment condition prior to disassembly, it was necessary to measure both the alignment of the two 315 kW motors to the input shaft of the gear, as well as thedrive wheel, which is connected to the drive shaft of the gear by means of a curved gear coupling. (Fig. 2: Gear with output shaft in foreground)Since the time frame for the inspection was limited and the system had to resume operation
for the Austrian “energy holidays”, it was decided to conduct the measurements with a laser 
shaft alignment system. The fast and easy method of measuring with very good repeatabilityand the diverse report options were the factors that led to this decision. In the process of asystem presentation, Volker Strack, an engineer at PRÜFTECHNIK Alignment Systems, waschosen to conduct this out of the ordinary task.
“Johannes Schlömmer, Deputy Manager of the Planai
-Hochwurzen cable car company,coordinated the measurements and was immediately convinced by the simplicity of the
The Deputy Manager of the Planai-Hochwurzen cable car company, Johannes Schlömmer,was the responsible on-site employee. He coordinated the measurements and wasimmediately convinced by the simplicity of the system. With the measurement data, which hereceived in the form of a report, he was able to plan and implement any necessary corrections prior to reinstallation of the drive train.First, the rotating axes of the two drive motors in relation to the gear input shaft weremeasured (Fig. 3). For this purpose, a chain-type bracket was attached to one half of the clawcoupling and the laser mounted. On the other side, toward the flywheel mass, the sensor wasmounted on the collar/flange of the claw coupling by means of a magnetic bracket. Since it
was possible to uncouple the gear “by hand”, the input shaft turned easily, making it possible
to achieve a complete revolution for the continuous measurement mode. Using this mode, arotation of as little as 60° is necessary.Between measurements the sensor and laser had to be dismounted as the cable car wasrequired to ferry the first group of artisans to their work site at the summit station.At the end, the alignment of the drive wheel shaft to the gear output shaft was measured atthe left and right of the curved gear coupling (Fig. 4).It is noteworthy that the system had to operate at the slowest speed here, since the high torqueneeded for turning the drive shaft could not be achieved by hand. There were minor deviations between the extension and retraction, due to the change of load and direction.The measurement data was then analyzed using ALIGNMENT CENTER software, whichshowed that the system had operated with astonishingly good alignment during the past 43years. The technicians, back in 1969 when this system was put into operation, had performedexemplary work using conventional measurement methods back then. (Figs. 5 + 6: Screensfrom the ALIGNMENT CENTER software)Meanwhile, Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen GmbH has acquired a laser alignment system,which is currently being used successfully on the pumps of the artificial snow blower systems.
Photos:Fig. 1: View of the overall drive unitFig. 2: Gear with output shaft in foregroundFig. 3: Motor 1 with flywheel mass and brake discFig. 4: Structure of the system at the output shaftFig. 5: Screen from the ALIGNMENT CENTER softwareFig. 6: Screen from the ALIGNMENT CENTER software
Dipl.-Ing. Volker Strack PRÜFTECHNIK 
Technical Office AustriaThe Dachstein region:The Dachstein southern face cable car in Ramsau/Dachstein was constructed in 1969. In 2003it was acquired by Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen GmbH in Schladming, which also operatesthe Planai and Hochwurzen cable cars on the southern side of the Enn Valley. In 2003 and2004 the drive system was converted from diesel motors to electric power, making itnecessary to install a high voltage overhead power line up to the summit station. The valleystation is reached via the Dachstein toll road. The cable tramway runs without a single
support from the valley station at an elevation of 1,692 m to the “Hunerkogel” summit station
at an elevation of 2,687 m, surmounting a difference in elevation of 1,000 m. The Dachsteinsouthern face cable car also provides access to the glacier skiing area on the Dachstein glacier with the training centre for cross country skiing on the Schladming and Hallstätter glaciers. In1997, UNESCO declared the Dachstein massif and the inner Salzkammergut and parts of theAusseerland a world heritage site.

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