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Which Laser System is Best for Aligning your Rolls

Blog: Modern Roll Alignment Techniques - Which is Best?

Making sense of your roll alignment options
As someone tasked with looking after roll machinery you understand that proper alignment is vital to keeping your equipment operating efficiently and productively.

Today, however, you are faced with choosing from among a sometimes confusing array of alignment technologies. In this complex marketplace, choosing the best solution for your particular applications and circumstances can be challenging and time-consuming—and mistakes can be expensive!
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IMTS 2018 Show Wrap Up

IMTS 2018 Booth Traffic Up 75%!

Hamar Laser’s new spindle alignment lasers and record attendance helped us have one of our best shows in 10 years
By Rod Hamar, President & CEO, Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc.

Rod Hamar talking with visitors about the new L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane
Rod Hamar talking with visitors about the new L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane

Hamar Laser has been exhibiting at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) for many years and this year’s show was definitely one of our best.

We enjoyed catching up with many of our customers and met a lot of prospective customers who are looking for easier and faster ways to solve a variety of alignment problems. Naturally, we’ve been busy providing information and quotations ever since the show!

Also lending a hand at the show was Guy Laverty, our Midwest Territory Manager for our extensive line of Geometry Products, and Ron Sullivan, our Brand and Distribution Manager for our Stealth Series™ Shaft Alignment Products.

A 30-year industry veteran, Ron Sullivan said the show was massive and overwhelming: “It really blew my mind just how many companies were there, and how much machinery and technology was on display,” he said.

Held in McCormack Place in Chicago from September 10-15, the exhibition was the largest IMTS ever, with more than 2,563 international exhibitors and 129,415 attendees in a vast 1.4 million-square-foot venue. Mark Albert, editorial director of Modern Machine Shop, dubbed it “North America’s greatest machine tool show.”

IMTS’s PDA lead retrieval system helped us respond quickly to leads. It pushed them online where they could be downloaded each day and processed by our support team: Amy Smith-McKeown, our Customer Support Manager and Teri Carlisle, our Training Coordinator.

Enhanced Spindle Alignment

Hamar Laser's new L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane was designed for CNC lathes, multi-turn machines and very large manual lathes
Hamar Laser's new L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane was designed for CNC lathes, multi-turn machines and very large manual lathes

We enjoyed demonstrating our new L-702 and L-702SP Spindle Alignment Lasers at the show and were happy to hear very positive feedback.

The new L-702 lasers add a compact squareness-checking capability to our standard spindle alignment laser. We designed them to fit into most lathes, even small ones, but also into multi-turn milling centers, a segment of machine tools that we think is underserved. As is our way, we made the L-702 and L-702SP as accurate as we can and think they will be the most accurate in the market.

During his more than 40 years of machine tool experience, Guy Laverty has heard from many people who call him after crashing a lathe. “They need to be able to check both the axis of rotation of the lathe and the squareness of the slide,” he said. “These compact new lasers will be great for quickly checking CNC lathes, multi-turn machines and very large manual lathes.”

Measuring Machines vs. Measuring Parts

Measuring Parts vs Measuring Machines
A relatively small investment in laser alignment can quickly pay for itself

As usual, our exhibit was in the Quality Assurance Pavilion (booth 135436), located among many large, well-known exhibitors offering part measurement, testing and Q&A products and services which helped bring traffic by our booth. As Guy put it, “We got a lot of steady traffic, all day, each day.”

For the last 10 or so years that I have attended this show, I am often stuck by an odd disconnect: Nearly all of the companies exhibiting in the QA Pavilion at this huge show are focused on measuring the finished parts after they have been manufactured, but very few of them focus on measuring the machines before they make the parts. We’re one of the few, the proud and the brave! Okay, maybe brave doesn’t apply, but few and proud!

So our biggest challenge is to help people understand that if you consistently measure and align your machines as part of a good preventative maintenance program before you start finding part quality problems, then your Q&A results will be much improved! This is just one reason why a relatively small investment in laser alignment can quickly pay for itself. Of course, you have to invest time and effort into consistently using these kinds of tools or else nothing will improve.

For our customers that really embrace this way of maintaining good machine alignment, they find that part quality does indeed improve and scrap rates fall. It doesn’t hurt that the speed of our lasers also helps to reduce downtime, especially after a machine crash, but also for the periodic PM checks.

International Space Station

Jan Christianson of Flex-Cable (right) and Dan Cress of Andrews University (left) with the L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple ScanTM Laser, Hamar Laser’s flagship alignment tool
Jan Christianson of Flex-Cable (right) and Dan Cress of Andrews University (left) with the L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple ScanTM Laser, Hamar Laser’s flagship alignment tool

Many customers stopped by our booth to say “hello” in person and shared some very kind comments about the various Hamar Laser systems they are using. It’s always great to hear how our products really do help our customers, and it’s such a compliment to hear how our lasers have become like a “Kleenex” or a “Xerox” where we sometimes hear people say, “You gotta Hamar that machine…!”

We also got reacquainted with some early customers. We were fledgling industry “pioneers” when my father, Martin Hamar, started the company in 1967, so some of these relationships go way back. Ron heard somebody say loudly, “Hamar Laser! I’m glad to see you guys are still around!” It was Jan Christianson of Flex-Cable, and Dan Cress of Andrews University.

As Ron put it, these gentlemen are real “rocket scientists,” very smart, well-educated engineers. Jan was working for a company many years ago that designed and built the custom CNC drilling system that Lockheed used to assemble solar panels for the International Space Station, or ISS. Back then, Jan had used an early design Hamar Laser system to check the straightness, flatness and squareness of the machine to the high tolerances they required.

The ISS is powered by an extensive solar array and it’s satisfying to know we played a part in that historic project!

Auto Accessories Manufacturing

Ron Sullivan with show-goers from an auto accessories manufacturing company in Mexico
Ron Sullivan with show-goers from an auto accessories manufacturing company in Mexico

It was good to see so many prospective customers navigate to our booth with a show guide or a phone app in their hands. These folks didn’t just stop by. They had specifically sought us out after doing some careful show prep, sometimes through our digital showroom, IMTS.com.

One group like this was from a large manufacturer of automotive accessories in Mexico. The company uses a very large stamping press to manufacture critical parts, but doesn’t yet have an in-house capability for checking and aligning its machinery. After some drive mechanism failures they had outsourced this work but weren’t satisfied with the results. Having in-house measuring capabilities will let them tackle alignment issues quickly and without having to wait to get on the contractor’s schedule.

They were very interested in our L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple Scan® Laser for roll-type machinery for a variety of measurements, including machine roll parallelism, plus flatness and leveling*. The L-743 is our flagship alignment tool. As Guy said, “The L-743 is a wonderful tool. It’s extremely accurate, powerful and versatile, and no one else has an alignment product that can do what this one does.”

*Our L-742 Ultra-Precision Dual Scan® and L-732 Precision Dual Scan® lasers are often used for roll alignment applications, but the L-743 can be used for roll alignment with additional capabilities to meet some companies’ specific requirements.

Miles for Manufacturing 5K

Ron Sullivan at the Miles for Manufacturing 5K finish line. His smile says it all!
Ron Sullivan at the Miles for Manufacturing 5K finish line. His smile says it all!

And finally, we often heard visitors saying they were concerned about the “great brain drain” that is making it extremely hard for companies to hire qualified younger people for jobs in manufacturing (a problem we face at Hamar, too). So we’re really proud that Ron represented Hamar Laser in the “Miles for Manufacturing 5K” fundraiser that was held during the show.

Miles for Manufacturing supports educational efforts that will help to fill the employee pipeline, so that down the road the manufacturing sector has a viable pool of well-trained and educated candidates to fill positions that are being vacated as experienced workers age and exit the workforce.

Thanks to caring people like Ron, the event raised $28,000, exceeding the organizers’ goal by $3,000. Enthused by the 5K, Ron said he will be participating in other Miles for Manufacturing events “because it’s a good cause and a good way for us to give back to an industry that provides great careers for all of us.”

Looking Forward to 2020!

On that hopeful note, I’d just like to say that after this year’s exciting show we’re looking forward to IMTS 2020. In the meantime, please visit the Hamar Laser website if you want more information about us, and get in touch if we can help!

 

HLI at IMTS to show new L-702/L-702SP Lathe Alignment Laser

L-702 in Lathe cover shot

Come see us at booth 135436 at the IMTS show at the McCormick Center September 10-15, 2018 and take a look at our new L-702/L-702SP Lathe Alignment Lasers.

  • The L-702 will be a replacement for our L-700 Spindle Laser for mounting directly into a spindle of a lathe, turning center, rotary-dial machine or transfer-line machine to check the various spindle-axis alignments of these machines:
    • Headstock spindle-axis parallelism to guideways, guideway flatness and straightness and headstock spindle-axis alignment to tailstock or subspindle.
  • The L-702SP features a built-in scan plane that is perpendicular to the laser beam so that the squareness of cross-slides, turrets or other axes in multi-turn machines can be added to the above alignment checks.

Both lasers are compact and light weight and feature rechargeable lithium ion batteries and are compatible with our T-261A Simultaneous 4-Axis Target and A-1519-2.4ZB Wireless Scan Targets for extremely fast alignment checks and realignments using our real-time data update feature.

 

New video: L-700 4-Axis Lathe Alignment System - Part 1 Capabilities and Specs

Part 1 of 2 videos showing the L-700 4-Axis Lathe Alignment System's features and capabilities. The L-700 can be used for lathes, turning centers, turret lathes, OD grinders, rotary-dial machines and transfer line spindle alignments to align headstock spindles to the main bed, saddle bed and also check tailstocks or subspindles. The L-700 offers a real-time, 4-axis measurement system with our Windows-based Lathe9 software that guides the user through the alignment checks on a lathe. It is very simple to operate, highly accurate and 2-3 times faster than traditional methods.

 

END OF LIFE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR S-1380B READ8 VERSION 3.XX

Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc. announces End of Life for Read8 version 3.61 software. This announcement marks the final milestone of the lifecycle management phase of the 3.X release family.

The tables below explain the Read8 life cycle management milestones as well as important information regarding dates and support options during this period.

Table 1. Milestone and Date for version 3 of the Read8 Software

Milestone Definition Date
End of Life date (EOL) The EOL milestone signals the point at which phone support is no longer available for a particular software release family. At this time, the software will be removed from the corresponding download site(s) and will no longer be actively supported. Product information will be limited to the historical material available on Hamarlaser.com or other online resources and is subject to removal at a future date. July 20, 2018

 

Products Affected

The product numbers affected by this announcement and their replacements are listed in Table 2 (below). The software versions listed in the Product Replacement / Alternatives column represent the migration path for this discontinued software release family.

Table 2. Product part numbers affected by this announcement

Product Description Software Versions Affected Product Replacement / Alternatives
S-1380/S-1380B 3.47, 3.61

S-1403 - Bore9 is a replacement for the Bore Module in Read8

S-1404 - Lathe9 is a replacement for the Spindle Mode in Read8 for lathe applications

S-1391 - Spindle8 is a replacement for the Spindle Mode in Read8 for transfer line spindle applications

S-1401 - Read11 is a replacement for the multiple scan target mode in Read8

For More Information

For more information about any of the replacement software please contact our Sales Department. Sales@hamarlaser.com

 

New 5-Part L-743 Floor Mill Video Series

 

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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