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2023 Schedule and Closures

In 2023, our repair and manufacturing facility of Concentricity Alignment Tools (CAT)—also known as Electronic Radial Alignment Gauges (ERAG)—in Rochester, New York, USA will be closed on the following dates. We will be sure to notify you if any pending orders will be affected by this closing. Also, please refrain from sending tools for repair or calibration during these time. We are regularly operating Monday through Friday.

  • Monday, January 9, 2023
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 through Friday, January 27, 2023
  • Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Monday, May 29, 2023
  • Thursday, June 15, 2023 through Friday, June 16, 2023
  • Monday, July 3, 2023
  • Monday, July 24, 2023 through Tuesday, July 25, 2023
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 through Monday, September 4, 2023
  • Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Monday, September 25, 2023 through Tuesday, September 26, 2023
  • Thursday, November 23, 2023 through Friday, November 24, 2023
  • Monday, December 25, 2023 through Wednesday, January 3, 2024


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The Concentricity Alignment Tool ERAG

"Micro" CAT head, "Small" CAT head, and "Large" CAT head.
µCAT, SCAT, and LCAT measuring heads

If you really want to significantly reduce your repair outage time, our Concentricity Alignment Tool (CAT) is exactly what you need. Often referred to as an Electronic Radial Alignment Gauge (ERAG), we are the exclusive manufacturer of these tools.

Our ERAG Features

  • Does away with tightwire and/or laser alignment
  • Directly measures the amount of diaphragm misalignment with the rotor in place
  • Factory and field-tested method of diaphragm alignment since 1992
  • Alignment method proven thru thousands of hours of use
  • Depending on the turbine, adjustments can be made and final measurements taken, without having to remove the rotor
  • Cost effective — often pays for itself in one outage
  • Easy to use — direct numeric readout
  • Accommodates a wide range of turbine sizes
  • Very accurate (resolution to 0.0001 inch, accuracy of ±0.001 inch maximum)
  • Durable — units rarely require maintenance even after years of service
  • Parts are readily obtained from the factory and are usually field replaceable
  • See how to use the CAT tool

Basics of Operation

Inserted into the empty packing groove, the Concentricity Alignment Tool (CAT) allows annular space variations to be displayed on a LCD display as it is pulled through the packing groove as shown. The head “rub bars” ride on the turbine shaft and the head lever arm rides on the ID of the diaphragm. As the head is pulled through the packing groove, the lever arm follows the contour of the diaphragm ID and the dimensional variation is displayed. See the complete operating instructions and specifications on the CAT along with other EDS products under the “Turbine Tools” heading.


COVID-19 Pandemic

In the United States, COVID-19 coronavirus cases sharply increased during the start of 2022, but have dropped to manageable levels. Nonetheless, our facilities are fully operational. We have excellent containment procedures in place and do not have any reported infections nor symptoms. Our staff was tested most recently in December 2021 and there were no infections detected, and was fully vaccinated in May 2021 and December 2021. [Updated as of 2022-Jan-3.]

We have discontinued our procedure of quarantining equipment sent for repairs as there is little risk of transmission on surfaces. We will notify any customers receiving shipments from us if any infections occur on our premises.


µCAT Measuring Head for Low Radial Clearance

While our SCAT and LCAT measuring heads can be used with a wide range of turbine brush-seal grooves, the latest µCAT ("mu-CAT" or "micro CAT") fits where the others can't. The latest turbines for power generation being developed include stages with very small radial clearance. The µCAT can fit in the same width slot as the SCAT (0.500") and measure radial clearances from 0.200" to 0.250".

We have replaced this model with one that fits brush-seal grooves as narrow as 0.300". Look for an update soon.

0.200" to 0.250" radial clearance measurements
Original µCAT radial clearance

Please contact us for information about purchase or rental of this new tool.


Using the Concentricity Alignment Tool

Here are the basic steps to use the Concentricity Alignment Tool (CAT) in almost any turbine.

Step #1

Thread Tape
Insert tape measure into empty packing groove until it exits from the packing groove on the opposite side of the shaft.

Step #2

Attach Tape
Attach the head to the end of the tape using the tape clip with the wire retainer to secure the end of the tape to the head.

Step #3

SCAT at 9:00
Insert the head into the packing slot by depressing the lever arm.

Step #4

SCAT at 3:00 position00.0 meter
Pull the head to the 3:00 o’clock position using the tape measure and then “zero” the meter using the coarse adjustment on the head and the fine adjustment on the power supply.

Step #5

SCAT at 6:00 position-10.4 meter
Pull the head to the 6:00 o’clock position using the cable and take the reading.

Step #6

SCAT at 9:00-19.9 meter
Pull the head to the 9:00 o’clock position and take the reading.