The Fixturlaser EVO, introduced in April of 2014 by VibrAlign, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Fixturlaser products in the U.S., has been named a Gold Product of the Year by Plant Engineering Magazine. This is the second year in a row that a Fixturlaser alignment system has been named a Product of the Year in the Maintenance Tools & Equipment category.
In 2013 the Fixturlaser NXA was named Bronze Product of the Year. Prior to 2013, VibrAlign has won Product of the Year Awards in 1992, 1998, 2006, and 2008 for their range of Fixturlaser alignment tools.
The new Fixturlaser EVO laser alignment tool is highly compact, durable, and lightweight, making the unit easier to handle, but just as rugged as its larger, more full-featured predecessor, the Fixturlaser NXA. Like the NXA, the EVO offers an intuitive interface, realistic 3D animations, and a five inch full-color touchscreen display. The handheld display unit weighs less than a pound, making the EVO feel more like a tablet than an industrial alignment device.
The EVO’s wireless sensors, despite being equipped with 30mm CCD detectors, are the smallest on the market, making it easy to get precise, reliable readings even in tight spaces. The dual sensors allow the EVO to continually read the true position of the shafts, even as uncontrolled movements are experienced during the alignment process.
The EVO is the evolution of shaft alignment tools and is ready to handle all of your alignment challenges. The unit also comes with a bevy of alignment utilities like soft foot check, FeetLock for testing alternate solutions in situations where the movable machine is base bound or bolt bound, thermal growth check, a database of target values, and a memory manager for saving and recalling alignment data.
The Product of the Year award recognizes new products that help engineers, technicians, and manufacturers do their jobs safer, faster, and better. Members of the Plant Engineering staff choose the finalists from submissions in sixteen categories. The award winners were announced at a live event hosted by CFE Media in Chicago, IL on Monday, March 23rd.