In the last week, we have had conversations with two prospective customers who are challenged with aligning the tailstock or sub-spindle on a lathe with the primary spindle. They way this is traditionally performed is by securing pieces of stock in both chucks, then machining both to see if they come out identically. If they are off, adjustments are made (usually to the tailstock), and another machining run is performed. The process is time consuming, and when adjustments are being made, there is no indication as to just how much adjustment is needed.
We will be able to help both of these customers with this measurement. With the Easy-Laser system, it is easy to measure the alignment of these two spindles. The measurement takes under a minute, and once completed displays both vertical and horizontal misalignment, both offset and angular. A further benefit is that the needed adjustments are displayed, and can be viewed live as the adjustments are being made. The distance between the two spindles can be up to 60 feet, so even the largest machines can be aligned. Measurement resolution can be as fine as .005 thousandths, more than enough for any machine.