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  • Hamar Laser to Exhibit at Forest Products Expo

    June 21, 2019

    Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc. will demonstrate its precision laser alignment systems during the Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition in the Georgia World Congress Center, from June 26 through 28 in Atlanta, Georgia. We’ll be exhibiting in Booth #953.

    Saw Mills

    Change is afoot in the lumber processing industry: Saw mills have begun aligning their machinery with lasers instead of conventional methods like optical theodolites and wire. As many mills are discovering, lasers from Hamar Laser Instruments offer many advantages over these older methods and other laser systems, including greater ease of use, higher accuracy and excellent repeatability.

    L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple Scan Laser Alignment System
    Hamar Laser Instruments’ L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple Scan® Laser Alignment System

    At the show, we’ll be exhibiting our L-743 Ultra-Precision Triple Scan® Laser and L-733 Precision Triple Scan® Laser, which feature 3 extremely precise auto-rotating laser scan planes that let users make multiple alignment checks from a single setup. They are ideal for quickly and accurately checking and adjusting all of the most critical alignments in saw mills, including checking log carriages for straightness and flatness/level; checking support rollers for squareness; and checking saw blade squareness, parallelism and plumb.

    Come visit us and see for yourself why so many mills are switching to laser alignment!

     

  • Modern Roll Alignment Techniques – Which is Best?

    November 28, 2018

    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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  • Hamar Laser Digital Library on YouTube

    November 27, 2018

    Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc. announces it has launched a new Digital Video Library on YouTube. The library features laser alignment training videos that were shot in our Sarasota, FL training center by our 25 year alignment veteran, Darel Ford, who is one of the top experts in the laser alignment industry.

    To make it easier to find a video to answer your questions, we have organized the videos into several categories:

    •  Operational videos – These videos show the basic operations of the major components of our laser systems, such as: laser, target, readout and software. For example, there are videos for the L-743 Ultra Precision Triple Scan® Laser, A-1519-2.4ZB Wireless Target, R-1307B-2.4ZB Readout, the L-111 Laser Stand Assembly, and more.
    • Laser setup videos – These are the “nuts and bolts” of setting up a laser alignment system that can be applied to any application. We call aligning a laser to reference points, “bucking-in” or “buck-in”. In this set of videos, you’ll learn about 2-Point and 3-Point Buck-ins with our L-730/L0740 Series Scanning Lasers. These techniques can be applied to our bore and spindle lasers, too.
    • Application videos – These videos show how to apply the basic laser setup principles to specific applications with detailed step-by-step instructions. Learn about these main alignment applications: bores, extruders, surface flatness/leveling, gantry-style machine tools, lathes, roll parallelism and more.

    And this is just a start as we have more videos coming, such as software and support videos! So keep stopping by for new video updates and please subscribe to our HLI DL Channel.

    Digital Library Tablet
    And for those who cannot access the internet or would like to have a portable training aide, we are offering a 10-inch tablet pre-loaded with all the training videos, troubleshooting guides from our Hamar Knowledge Base, manuals, application notes and brochures. The tablet has up to 6 hours of battery life to view videos and read through application notes even while “on the job.” Contact us at sales@hamarlaser.com for a quote.

    Or visit our new Digital Library now!

  • IMTS 2018 Show Wrap Up — IMTS 2018 Booth Traffic Up 75%!

    September 17, 2018

    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.”

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  • L-702/L-702SP Lathe and Turning Center Alignment System

    September 13, 2018

    The L-702 and L-702SP are new alignment lasers that make aligning lathes, turning centers, etc. very easy and very fast.

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  • S-1387 Machine Tool Software New Release

    September 11, 2018

    Analyze and correct machine tool geometry errors – flatness, straightness, squareness and parallelism 

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

    September 5, 2018

    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: 
    • 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.

  • Hamar Laser Introduces Next-Generation L-702/L-702SP Spindle Alignment Lasers

    September 5, 2018

    Compact and versatile new L-702 and L-702SP Spindle Alignment Lasers help manufacturing plants cut costs and boost productivity

    • The L-702 Spindle Alignment Laser is a straight-line laser for spindle alignments in lathes, turning centers, OD grinders, slant-bed lathes and transfer-line and rotary-dial machines.

    • The L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane adds a perpendicular scan plane to the L-702 spindle laser beam for checking cross-slide, turret axis squareness and other milling axes in multi-axis, mill-turn machines.

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

    July 20, 2018

    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

  • M-124-LiPO Rechargeable 9V Battery Pack

    June 15, 2018

    An alternative power source for most of our scanning and straight-line lasers 

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  • R-1356-2.4ZB with New Read15 Software

    April 25, 2018

    Hand-held convenience, wireless communication via the ZigBee® Networking protocol, and multi- purpose Read15 alignment software 

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  • New Video: L-700 4-Axis Lathe Alignment System – Capabilities and Specs

    September 20, 2017

    This video shows 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

  • New 5-Part L-743 Floor Mill Video Series

    June 30, 2016

    A 5-part video series showing how to use the L-743 Triple Scan® Laser Alignment system 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. Part 4 shows how to take data on the rotary and other sub axes. Part 5 shows how to take flatness data on the main table and how to measure the sub table for parallelism.

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

    February 23, 2016

    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.

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