The Microgage spindle alignment kit from Pinpoint Laser Systems is a new alignment and measurement system for lathes, turning equipment, spindles and related machinery. The company says the turnkey spindle alignment kit is easy to use and transport on the shop floor. It is well-suited for aligning lathes, adjusting boring mills, aligning drive shafts, setting up spindles, adjusting barfeeders and so on. The kit provides information on runout, centerline offset, parallelism, concentricity and other useful parameters that can guide machinery back to optimal alignment.
The system has a round laser that is secured into a chuck or attached to the end of a shaft or spindle. A dual-axis receiver is placed on the tailstock, tool holder or another piece of equipment to receive the laser beam. As the laser and the receiver move relative to each other, the digital display provides a precise reading of the alignment and machine’s characteristics. The system can measure to a precision of 0.0001" and its laser allows for alignments over distances as great as 150 ft. The company’s Capture software is included in the kit, providing easy-to-follow screen instructions and informative data displays to further assist the alignment of spindles and lathes, the company says.
The system is battery-operated and all components are machined from anodized aluminum or stainless steel for wear resistance. It includes a compact carrying case to store the components.