Spindle8 is an alignment program for single or dual-spindle alignment applications. The software runs on any computer running Windows 95/98 or Windows ME. The laser and target are connected through an interface to a computer running Spindle8, and the software provides a real-time display, showing changes in alignment as they are made. The Spindle8 software is based on a 5-step checklist, with illustrations and step-by-step instructions prompting the user for information to complete each stage of spindle alignment. The checklist steps are as follow
The user is queried for machine dimensions at specified points, all of which are clearly labeled. If the alignment involves dual spindles, that is specified in this step. Other information, such as alignment tolerances, target setup, units of measure, and company information is also entered by clicking on the various tabs of the setup screen. All settings can be saved or loaded from previously saved files.
Using the NORMIN method, Step 2 prompts the user to perform this procedure to compensate for target and laser mounting errors. Each position of the target and laser is illustrated on screen as the user makes the appropriate rotations and records the readings.
WAY VERIFICATION (STRAIGHTNESS AND FLATNESS)
This step provides a coarse check of the straightness and flatness of the wing-base ways to verify that they are in tolerance. Readings are taken with the spindle head in both retracted and advanced positions and the user is advised how to adjust the wing-base ways to bring them into specified tolerances.
RECORD DATA/ADJUST FIRST ANGLE
This procedure determines if the wing-base ways are parallel to the spindle's axis of rotation and allows the user to align them within the specified tolerance. The NORMIN method is used, and 3 sets of readings are taken with the spindle in both the retracted and advanced positions. While performing this step, the screen will always indicate the position for the laser and target. This is a static screen that gives the user the choice of which angle to correct first: either the angle of the ways to the wing base (Angle I) or the angle of the wing base itself (Angle II). After making the choice as to which angle to align first, the user can then bring up a live screen to perform the alignment.
ADJUST SECOND ANGLE AND CENTER
Step 5 provides a live display for adjusting center and slope of the whole wing-base assembly. Shim and move values are calculated and displayed on screen, and the display indicates when specified tolerances have been satisfied.
Once the alignment has been completed, a report can be generated that includes collected data and graphical views of the alignment. These reports can be saved, modified and printed. The program also offers a random data mode that allows the program to be run without being hooked up to the alignment hardware. This simulation allows the user to become familiar with the software before performing an actual alignment.
- Single or dual-spindle capability.
- Easy-to-follow checklist, with illustrations and step-by-step instructions prompting the user for information to complete each stage of spindle alignment.
- Real-time graphs and readout displays update dynamically, showing changes in alignment as they are made.
- Random data mode allows the program to run without hardware, for training prior to performing an actual alignment.
- Generate and save reports that include collected data and graphical views of the alignment. Reports can be modified and printed.
- User-definable tolerances