“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.