checking for straightness

CNC Machine Laser Alignment for the “Every Man”

Application: Straightness and linear measurement solutions for CNC equipment Aligning most CNC machinery can be critical for proper performance. If your goals in aligning CNC mills, lathes and gantries is to ensure accuracy or simply to prevent machine tool wear, a laser alignment system is the most precise way to do this. Alignment in setting up […] Read more ›

Are Your Machines on the Straight and Narrow?

In order for a machine to work properly and produce high quality parts, it must be straight. Straightness can be measured using laser alignment equipment, which has a multitude of applications across industry. To set up laser alignment equipment for straightness measuring, the laser transmitter is mounted directly on the machine or on a tripod […] 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 ›

Checking Your Machine Tools For Wear With a Laser Alignment System

Lathes, milling machines, jig borers, grinding machines, and other machine tools all have moving slides or tables that experience wear.  Power failures, programming errors, and failing parts can result in machine tool failures and excessive damage to slides and ways when parts of the machine collide.  Checking your machine tools for excessive wear and damage […] Read more ›

What Alignment Problem Can We Help You Solve?

Recently, Pinpoint Laser Systems developed two new Laser Microgage mounts that can accommodate bore diameters as large as 3 feet and as small as 2 ½ inches for a large shipyard installing drive shafts.  The Laser Microgage projects a visible reference beam that extends out to 180 feet and is accurate to within 0.0005 inch […] 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 ›