Squareness

Measuring Squareness on Machinery

Many machine tools rely on the squareness or perpendicularity between moving tables, slides, or tools in order to produce parts that are square. If machinery isn’t squared properly, it will negatively impact the quality of the parts being produced. Traditionally, the squareness of machine tools is checked by relying on granite squares or jigs and […] Read more ›

Gauging Level and Flat Using Laser Alignment Tools

The terms “level” and “flat” are used interchangeably and, in some cases, assumed to mean the same thing.  In fact, they are different, but both can be measured using laser alignment tools. Flat or flatness refers to the topography, curvature or smoothness of a surface or machine.  Sometimes engineers use the term “planer” when talking […] Read more ›

Bucking In

Bucking In or Do the Math?

When using a laser alignment system to check a machine or sub-assembly for straightness, flatness, bore alignment and many other geometric parameters, we often need to normalize the laser reference beam to some designated locations on the surface being measured. The laser reference beam is very straight and true but may not be aligned to […] Read more ›

squaring a machine

Squaring a Machine Tool with a Laser

Many machine tools rely on the squareness or perpendicularity between moving tables or slides and also the axis of travel for a cutting bit. Traditional methods for checking the squareness of machine tools rely on granite squares or jigs and fixtures coupled with precise dial indicators. The lengthy time and effort needed to perform these […] Read more ›