Bricking Solutions, a full solution provider of refractory installation equipment, offers the Radialign Laser Alignment Device, which increases radial alignment accuracy during refractory install for longer brick life, minimized downtime and reduced mechanical stress on the kiln. The Radialign is part of Bricking Solutions’ full-service product offerings for refractory maintenance.
“The key to efficient refractory maintenance is making sure it’s done right the first time,” said Heather Harding, Bricking Solutions managing director.
“Bricking Solutions’ tools ensure accuracy and efficiency for refractory installation. Radialign helps masons achieve highly accurate measurements in less time than the plumb line method as well as ensure the quality of their work as they move forward for long-lasting results.”
The Radialign is a cutting-edge replacement for the traditional practice of using radial welds and a plumb line to determine alignment — a time-consuming method with a high risk of calculation errors due to distorted or worn away weld seams. The Radialign produces a continuous laser light parallel to the kiln’s axis that is intercepted by a rotating pentaprism device. The laser is refracted perpendicularly onto the circumference of the kiln shell, allowing masons to accurately mark along the kiln before beginning refractory work and creating an exact reference for installation.
The precision of the Radialign’s laser and pentaprism allows exact placement of each row of brick to be perpendicular to the kiln, reducing wear and extending brick life. The laser system can be assembled and ready for use in 20 minutes, enabling masons to mark over 100 feet (30 meters) of kiln shell in less than an hour, significantly reducing downtime required by other methods. Additionally, the Radialign allows masons to project a display on the kiln surface every 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters) for more accurate marking, compared to the variable spacing between radial welds. In some cases, the Radialign’s accuracy has even identified improperly installed retaining rings that contributed to less efficient refractory installation.
The Radialign Laser Alignment Device is comprised of three parts – the laser assembly, pentaprism assembly and plumb bob assembly. The laser Class IIIA has an effective range of 500 feet (150 meters) and is ideal for new refractory installation in rotary kilns 10 feet (3 meters) and larger. It comes with a durable transport box to keep the laser safe and ensure continued accuracy. The case also contains laser safety goggles, marking card and chalk, rechargeable batteries for both the laser and pentaprism assemblies and an A/C adapter. The Radialign Laser Alignment Device is covered by a one-year limited warranty.