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Video launch of Hamar's L-743 Triple Scan Laser Checking the Alignment of a 6-Axis Floor Mill

 

Part 1 of a 5-part video showing how to use the L-743 Triple Scan® Laser Alignment system to check the alignment on a 6-axis horizontal floor mill. Part 1 discusses the L-743 capabilities, specs and system components. Part 2 shows how to set up the L-743 on the horizontal mill. Part 3 shows how to take data for all the main axes: X, Y, W and Z. Part 4 shows how to take data on the A & B Rotary Axes. Part 5 shows how to take flatness data on the main table and how to measure the Z Axis table for parallelism.

 

 

End of Support Announcement A-1532/A-1533 Single Axis Targets.

Effective February 23, 2016, Hamar Laser will no longer support the A-1532 and A-1533 Single Axis Targets. The replacement target is the A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target and R-1308 Single-Axis Readout. Please note, the R-1308 can be replaced with the R-1355-2.4ZB PDA Readout (displays the data for up to 10 A-1519-2.4ZB targets) or R-1307W-2.4ZB Readout (displays the data for up to 2 A-1519-2.4ZB targets).

End-of-Life Product

Replacement Part Numbers

1.       A-1532/A-1533 Single Axis Targets

A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target and R-1308 Single-Axis Readout

R-1355-2.4ZB PDA Readout

R-1307W-2.4ZB Readout

 

 

 

 

Please contact sales@hamarlaser.com or support@hamarlaser.com for pricing and answers to any questions you may have.

 

End of Support Announcement A-1519, A-1520 (Type I) Targets, R-1309 PDA IR Readout, & A-908 IR Receiver.

Effective  August 1, 2015, Hamar Laser will no longer support the A-1519, A-1519HR and A-1520 Type I Single-Axis Scan Targets.  We will also be ending support for the R-1309 PDA Readout and A-908 IR Computer Interface.  All of these items have been discontinued since 2004.  The end of support is due to the parts becoming very difficult to find and to our on-going efforts to speed up repair lead times, which are hampered by these targets that are very difficult to repair and bring back to spec. 

The replacement equipment is as follows:

 

 

End-of-Life Product

Replacement Part Numbers

1.

A-1519, A-1519HR Type I Single-Axis Target

A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Zigbee® Wireless Target

2.

A-1520 Type I Single-Axis Target

A-1520-2.4ZB Single-Axis Zigbee® Wireless Target

3.

R-1309 PDA Readout (IR)

R-1355-2.4ZB PDA Readout Zigbee® Wireless Commination

4.

A-908 IR Computer Interface

A-910-2.4ZB Zigbee Wireless USB Receiver

 

Please contact our Sales Department at sales@hamarlaser.com(ext. 114) for details and pricing for these replacements.

Stealth Series™ No-Worries, 5-Year Warranty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 18 April, 2015 Danbury, CT: Hamar Laser, U.S.-based manufacturer of the Stealth Series™ Shaft Alignment Lasers, announces an unprecedented 5-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty for its entire Stealth Series™ product line. In conjunction, Hamar has launched a new website (http://www.stealthalignment.com) dedicated solely to shaft alignment to showcase the clear advantages the Stealth Series™ laser systems have over competitor systems.

“It’s a warranty like no other in our industry, but it’s more than just a warranty. It’s a firm commitment to our customers that we will support them better than ever before, and strikingly better than any competitor in our space” states Mike Howard, Brand & Distribution Manager. He further describes the No-Worries philosophy as “a vehement passion for exceptional customer service and support.”  Howard goes on to outline the customer-focused elements of the No Worries, 5-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty:  “The No Worries philosophy incorporates a dedicated approach to delivering the best customer experience possible. Some key elements of our No Worries philosophy include:

  • A 30-day No Worries return policy. If a customer is in any way dissatisfied with the performance of their Stealth Series™ instrument, they can return it in new condition, with all accessories in its original packaging, and we will tear up the PO.
  • Free software & firmware updates for the life of the product.
  • An easy laser system upgrade path where customers can trade up from one Stealth Series™ laser system to another.

The 5-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty sets the bar for warranties within the laser alignment industry:

  • It is the only manufacturer-backed 5-Year warranty in the laser alignment industry.
  • The Stealth Series™ warranty offers a free loaner instrument to customers in the unlikely event of their instrument requiring a warranty repair.”

In addition to the best warranty in the market, Stealth Series™ customers realize many other benefits, according to Rod Hamar, President of Hamar Laser Instruments, such as:

  • “Stealth Series™ products are engineered, and manufactured here in the USA, while being sold and supported globally through a network of distribution partners.
  • Modular Couple6™ software that enables customers to easily add new features and functions to existing equipment.
  • There are no proprietary display boxes since the Stealth Series™ uses rugged, off-the-shelf Windows® tablets and PC’s, that are easily replaced if lost or broken for a fraction of the price of competitor proprietary display boxes.”

“Our Stealth Series™, industry-leading Dual-Beam™ and Dual-Fan™ technology allows us to offer high-performance, intuitive and yet affordable systems that are up to 15-times more accurate than competing products, which leads to faster alignments and happier customers” says, Rod Hamar. He adds “Our new website explains Stealth technology in detail, and nicely illustrates our many features and advantages via our informative product and Alignment Bytes™ videos.

“Our customers count on us to provide the most reliable, robust, rugged and repeatable product experience. The Stealth Series™ is poised to become the laser alignment system of choice for the shaft alignment industry,” states Martin Hamar, CEO and Chief Innovation Officer. About Hamar Laser Instruments: Founded and headquartered nearly fifty years ago in Danbury, Connecticut, Hamar Laser Instruments is the undisputed leader in precision laser measurement and alignment. Hamar Laser alignment products are proudly engineered, manufactured, and supported in the United States with sales and support capabilities worldwide. To learn more about the Stealth Series™ visit www.stealthalignment.com. Media Contact: M. Howard, Brand & Distribution Manager

New Stealth Series™ Package: S-670BCRT

Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc. introduces the Stealth Series™ S-670BCRT shaft alignment system package. The S-670BCRT is a powerful, high-end laser alignment system with modular upgrades available via simple software updates applied to the Couple6™ alignment software. With up to 10-times higher accuracy, a large 30-mm PSD, 30-foot operating range and an 8” Consumer-Rugged display box, the S-670BCRT offers the features and power of competitive high-end systems for a much more budget-friendly price. That combined with our intuitive and easy-to-use Couple6 software, and upgradeability to advanced features, means the S-670BCRT is the right choice for customers with tight budgets but more advanced coupling alignment applications. 

"The Stealth Series™ S-670BCRT combines our Dual-Beam™ tehchnology with robust industrial hardware and an excellent alignment feature set to enable customers to align almost any motor application and also easily upgrade features as needed" stated Rod Hamar, President of Hamar Laser Instruments.

New Stealth Series™ Package: S-660CRT

Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc. introduces the Stealth Series™ S-660CRT 3-Axis Shaft Alignment System package. The S-660CRT is now the most feature-rich and powerful, entry-level, laser alignment system on the market. With up to 5-times higher accuracy, a large 20-mm PSD and an 8” Consumer-Rugged display box, the S-660CRT offers the features and power of competitive mid and high-end systems for a fraction of the price. That combined with our intuitive and easy-to-use Couple6 software, and upgradeability to advanced features, means the S-660CRT is the choice for most motor shaft alignment applications.

"We are constantly striving to provide the most accurate, intuitive and best system for the lowest price possible,” says Rod Hamar, president of Hamar Laser Instruments, “and the S-660CRT is our newest offering in our unique, high-tech Stealth Series™ Shaft Alignment lasers.”

S-640/S-650 Shaft Alignment Discontinued Notice

Effective March 1, 2015, we will no longer support the S-640 and S-650 Shaft Alignment lasers due to a shortage of replacement parts and calibration station issues.  As a way of saying thanks for so many years of success with these lasers, we are offering our S-640/S-650 customers a special trade-in discount toward the purchase of one of our new line of Stealth™ Series shaft alignment laser systems.  This offer will expire on April 30th, 2015.  Please contact our Sales Department at sales@hamarlaser.com(ext. 114) for details.                        

Here is a list of replacement lasers: 

 

End-of-Life Product

Replacement Part Numbers

1.

S-640 Shaft Alignment System

S-660T 3-Axis Wireless Shaft Alignment System

S-670T 3-Axis Shaft Alignment System

2.

S-650 Shaft Alignment System

S-670T 3-Axis Wireless Shaft Alignment System

S-660BT 5-Axis Shaft Alignment System – Basic Model

S-680T 5-Axis Shaft Alignment System

 

 

 

Stealth Couple5 Software Discontinued Notice

As of January 1, 2015, Hamar Laser is discontinuing the Couple5 Win CE 6.0 PDA and Smart Phone Platform due to support and EOL issues with the Windows CE 6.0/6.5 operating system. This means we will no longer offer for sale the following Stealth Series™ model numbers: S-660S, S-660P, S-670P and S-680P. We will continue to support the platform for as long as possible. Please contact sales@hamarlaser.com to hear about our offer to trade in your PDA and Couple5 software toward the purchase of a new rugged tablet with our very popular Couple6 software.

Hamar Couple6 Software FINAL Build for Windows XP

As of November 15, 2014, Hamar Laser will release a final build of our Couple6 software for our customers who still use Windows XP. Due to support issues with foreign language versions of Win XP, we need to switch to .Net 4.5 Framework, which is not supported in Win XP.  All future updates to Couple6 will only support Win 7/8 operating systems.  To continue to receive future Couple6 updates, upgrading to Windows 7 will be required.  Of course, this will not affect users who currently run Couple6 on a Windows 7/8 machine.

Two New S-660ST Videos

Please visit our YouTube channel to see 2 new videos on our best-of-class, entry-level shaft alignment system, the S-660ST. Part 1 focuses on the features and benefits and Part 2 shows an actual demonstration.

New Alignment Bytes™ Couple6 Software Videos

Please visit our YouTube channel to see our new line of Couple6 Software videos called Alignment Bytes™. Each video focuses on one of our advanced shaft alignment software features and shows how it's used.

HLI Exhibiting at IMTS 9/8-9/13

Hamar Laser will be exhibiting at this year's IMTS show from September 8 through the 13th at McCormick Place Convention center in Chicago, IL. Please stop in to booth #N-6314 to see our full line of laser alignment products as well as some new software, enhancements and laser fixtures.

HLI Exhibiting at Turbomachinery, 9/22-9/25

Hamar Laser will be exhibiting at this year's Turbomachinery show & Pump Symposia from September 22 through the 25th at the George Brown Conventions center in Houston, TX. Please stop in to booth #1906 to see our fully wireless, IP67 line of Stealth Series(tm) shaft laser alignment products, all of which run on Win 7/8 off-the-shelf tablets. We will also be showing our bore alignment and leveling lasers. In addition, we will display some new software, enhancements and laser fixtures for our products.

Current Job Openings at Hamar Laser:

Please send qualified resumes to sales@hamarlaser.com

Optical-Mechanical Assembly Technician
Responsibilities includeassembling small, high-precision production units, subassemblies, repairs of existing products, troubleshooting production and repair problems, soldiering, assembling and connecting electronic PCBs.

Must have the following experience and skills:

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and micromechanical assembly skills.
  • Soldering ability and basic understanding of electronics a plus.
  • Ability to read blueprints and work from assembly drawings.
  • Ability to effectively troubleshoot a mixture of products, repair, reassemble, and test.
  • Be a self-starter, who will work independently on production assemblies and repairs.
  • Familiarity with micrometers, calipers, multi meters, and other measuring tools.
  • Have good computer skills including MS Office products.
  • Ability to multi-task on a variety of technical jobs while keeping the work organized.
  • Openness to cross-training within the department to learn other skills and work processes.
  • Experience with optics a plus.
  • Ability to work with high-tolerance specifications a plus.
  • Ability to inspect incoming parts with micrometers a plus.
  • Prefer3+years experience in a high-tech manufacturing plant.
  • Requires high school diploma or equivalent. Technical school diploma a plus.

HLI & Hyatt End Distribution Relationship

Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc. has ended its distribution relationship with Hyatt Industries, LLC of Vancouver, Canada. Hyatt is no longer an authorized distributor for Hamar in any country. Please contact Hamar Laser directly if you are interested in purchasing our products.

We are also looking for qualified distributors for our Stealth Series™ Shaft alignment products in the U.S. & Canada. If you are interested in becoming a distributor, please contact Rod Hamar at sales@hamarlaser.com or call our main number.

See New S-680T Video

We are pleased to announce we have a new video on our S-680T Wireless 5-Axis Shaft Alignment system. Please click below to see it and be sure to check back on our You Tube Channel for more videos coming. www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0oVY8Yjdlc

HLI Launches New Blog

Hamar Laser is pleased to announce we have launched a new blog, called Zeroing in on Alignment. We plan on posting interesting (we hope!) articles on the do’s and don’t’s of laser alignment, tips, case histories and some general comments on the lasers in our industry. Please visit the blog and sign up today! We look forward to hearing your comments!

New Training Center in Sarasota, FL

Hamar Laser is pleased to announce the opening of our new national training facility located in sunny Sarasota, FL. The new training center offers specialized training courses for students in various areas of our laser alignment and software products.

The center is managed by our worldwide laser alignment expert, Mr. Darel Ford. Mr. Ford has more than 30 years of laser alignment experience, not only as a trainer but also as a long-time service technician, which gives Mr. Ford an unparalleled depth of knowledge to impart to his students. He has expertise in all applications utilizing our world-renown laser alignment products. In addition, he is an expert at achieving the highest accuracy possible out of our laser products and knows from hard-earned experience, what works and what does not.

All of Mr. Ford’s experience has gone into the content of our training courses. Each course covers the basics, such as setup, calibration, laser theory and troubleshooting. In addition, we can customize each course to the specific needs of the students, providing valuable time saving short- cuts and hands-on training for almost any laser alignment application.

The courses are structured to offer an intensive mix of hands-on,workshop-style practice and in-depth analysis of alignment methodologies, which will teach the students the practical skills necessary to maximize the benefits of our lasers. The courses feature the latest,advanced laser alignment technology and methods employed in the laser industry. On completion of training, each student will be able to correctly setup the laser on various different kinds of machinery; conduct precision measurements; identify symptoms of misalignment; understand precision standards; undertake appropriate calculations and where necessary,conduct acceptance testing and commissioning of complex equipment utilizing our lasers.

Class duration varies from 4 - 40 hours depending on the area of application and the details included in the course.Each participant will receive a certificate of achievement to acknowledge their enhanced maintenance skills.

More details about the training programs offered by Hamar Laser can be found here.

 

End of Support Announcement L-719-723 Lasers

September 6, 2013

Dear Hamar Laser Customers,

Thank you for your continued loyalty to Hamar Laser over the years. We truly appreciate it!

We are sad to announce an end to an era of our popular scanning lasers, the L-719 and L-720 Series lasers. They were our first series of scanning diode lasers and served us and our customers very well over the 12 years we made them and the 10 years we continued to support them. However, the replacement parts are getting hard to find and, more importantly, so are the techs with the skills necessary to fix them, so we have decided it is time to call it quits.
Accordingly, effective December 24, 2013, we will no longer support the L-719, L-720, L-720M, L-722 and L-723 lasers. As a way of saying thanks for so many years of success with these lasers, we are offering our L-719 and L-720 Series customers a special trade-in discount toward the purchase of one of our new line of scanning lasers. This offer will expire on December 24, 2013. Please contact our Sales Department at sales@hamarlaser.com (ext. 14) for details.

Here is a list of replacement lasers:

 

End-of-Life Product

 

Replacement Part Numbers

1.

L-719 Levelscan Laser

L-730 Precision Leveling Laser
L-740 Ultra-Precision Leveling Laser

2.

L-720/L-720M Levelscan Laser with Plumb Beam

L-741 Ultra-Precision Leveling Laser with Plumb Beam. Note there is no direct replacement for the L-720M

3.

L-722 Dual Scan® Laser

L-732 Precision Dual Scan® Laser
L-732WW Precision Dual Scan® Laser
L-742 Ultra-Precision Dual Scan® Laser
L-742WW Ultra-Precision Dual Scan® Laser

4.

L-723 Triple Scan® Laser

L-733 Precision TripleScan® Laser
L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple Scan® Laser

We truly appreciate your continued support and use of our products and we look forward to serving you for many years to come!

Sincerely,

Roderick M. Hamar

 

New Entry-Level Wireless Shaft System

Hamar Laser is pleased to announce our our newest addition to our popular Stealth™ Wireless shaft alignment systems: the S-660 Wireless 3-Axis Shaft Alignment System,designed for the entry-level end of the market. The S-660 features standard wireless communication, Dual-Fan™ Technology, PDA smart phone, color software and 5x higher accuracy, which makes it the best value in entry-level shaft alignment lasers. Over 45 years of laser alignment experience has gone into the design of the S-660 to produce a system that is unparalleled in the entry-level class of the laser alignment market. More info...

 

Discontinued Product Announcement

Effective June 1, 2013, Hamar Laser will no longer sell the A-1532 and A-1533 Single Axis Targets. The replacement target is the A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target and R-1308 Single-Axis Readout. Please note, the R-1308 can be replaced with the R-1355-2.4ZB PDA Readout (displays the data for up to 10 A-1519-2.4ZB targets) or R-1307W-2.4ZB Readout (displays the data for up to 2 A-1519-2.4ZB targets).
Please contact sales@hamarlaser.com or support@hamarlaser.com for pricing and answers to any questions you may have.

 

Hamar Laser launches New Site

Welcome to our new website! I think you’ll find it an excellent resource for information on laser aligning almost any kind of machine. We’re especially pleased to introduce several forums that allow you to request information or support, share success stories and interact with others who may have similar manufacturing challenges to yours. We have a large community of customers and we’re excited about enabling our users to talk to each other and to us.

 

The goal of our new site is to offer as much “how-to” laser alignment information as possible, but at the same time, make it easier for us to hear from you. We are really interested in your thoughts and ideas, so if you have any requests, please let us know. Our business was built on solving complex alignment problems that you told us about, so we can’t do that without listening to you!

 

Another goal of our new site is to make a concerted effort to combat one of our biggest challenges: lack of basic alignment knowledge. It is amazing how many times we’ve worked with extremely smart engineers, and even a few PhD’s, who make big mistakes from lack of understanding basic alignment principles. So we’d like to start a campaign of alignment education – and I hope you’ll check on my blog where I will share tips and tidbits on the various misconceptions we run into - and how to do the job right. Right now I only plan on a few blog posts a month, so don’t worry about getting endless emails on alignment tips.

 

New features in our site include: customer and tech support forums, a PDF Datasheet Download Page, a revamped and updated Product Index, and a What’s New page with lots of new products. We have more planned so please check back regularly.

 

At Hamar Laser, we not only started the laser alignment industry in 1967, but we also continue to set new standards with every product we introduce. We’re continuously looking for ways to make your job easier, improve accuracy and minimize machine downtime, so the more we hear from you, the quicker we can improve our products and make your life easier!

 

We look forward to hearing your feedback, so be sure to register on our forum and let us know how you’re doing (and how we’re doing.)

 

Finally, to our customers, we say a heartfelt, “THANKS! for all the years of being loyal Hamar Laser users!” And to our future customers, we say, “let us show you how easy machine alignment can be!”

 

Best regards,

 

Rod Hamar,

President

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HLI Announces Application and Support Forums

Hamar Laser is pleased to announce our new customer application and support forums. We want to hear from you so please register and let us know if you have any application questions or ideas you'd like us to know. We'd also like to hear your success stories and creative ways you have used our lasers to solve problems. Also our support forums will have lots of information on troubleshooting and fixing systems problems. Please register here...

 

End of Support Announcement


Wed, Oct 26, 2011

Dear Hamar Laser Customers,

Thank you for continuing to use our laser alignment products. We truly appreciate it!

Due to the extreme difficulty sourcing component parts for circuit cards for these products, effective January 1, 2012, Hamar Laser will no longer support the products listed below. The replacement products are listed below as well.

 

Old Part Number -Support Ended

 

Replacement Part Number

1.

A-517 Single Axis Target

A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target or A-1520-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target

2.

A-1518 Single-Axis Target with built-in display

A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target or A-1520-2.4ZB Single-Axis Wireless Target

3.

R-307 2-Axis LCD Readout

R-1307C 2-Axis LED Readout, R-1307-2.4ZB 2-Axis LED Readout with Wireless Capability

4.

R-308 Single-Axis LCD Readout

No direct replacement available. If the A-1519-2.4ZB is purchased to replace the A-517, then the R-1355-2.4ZB PDA Readout or the A-910-2.4ZB Wireless Data Receiver for laptops should be ordered to display the target data.

5.

R-307V Large LED 2-Axis Readout

R-1307C 2-Axis LED Readout, R-1307-2.4ZB 2-Axis LED Readout with Wireless Capability

6.

R-308V Large LED Single-Axis Readout

No direct replacement available. If the A-1519-2.4ZB is purchased to replace the A-517, then the R-1355-2.4ZB PDA Readout or the A-910-2.4ZB Wireless Data Receiver for laptops should be ordered to display the target data.

7.

T-251 Scanner Preamp (this was used to convert an R-307 to be used with an A-517)

No replacement available.

8.

R-355C/R-355D Computer Interface

R-358 Computer Interface for 2 or 4 axis targets only. Note: if software has been purchased, then for 2-axis targets order the R-1307-2.4ZB and the A-910-2.4ZB Wireless Data Receiver for laptops to wirelessly down the data into the software.

9.

L-120 PRY Base for L-722 and L-723

L-123 PRY Base.

Please contact Teri Carlisle at sales@hamarlaser.com with any questions you may have.

 

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