L-702/L-702SP Lathe & Machining Center Systems

Newly designed, the L-702/L-702SP Lathe & Machining Center Alignment Systems are replacements for our workhorse L-700 Spindle laser that has been used to align spindles in lathes, CNC turning centers, transfer-line and rotary-dial machines for over 20 years.  With the L-702SP’s scan plane and few accessories, the system can be used on CNC boring mills, gantries and machining centers, too.

The L-702 Laser Alignment System comes in 2 configurations:

  • 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.
  • L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane – this adds a perpendicular scan plane to the L-702 spindle laser beam for checking cross-slide, turret-axis squareness on lathes, and checking other milling axes in CNC multi-axis, mill-turn machines.  With some accessories, it can also check the alignment of CNC boring mills, gantries and machining centers.

System Highlights

  • Fast: Easy setups let you do a quick alignment check in 15 minutes and get full alignment data in 25-30 minutes on most machines.
  • Easy: Laser and target mount directly into the spindle and tailstock, respectively, allowing the entire length of even the largest lathes to be quickly and easily aligned without changing setups, replacing cumbersome and impractical alignment test bars.
  • Accurate: Ultra-high resolution of .00001 in. (0.00025 mm) combined with software to correct mounting errors produces a very accurate alignment, less than .0001 in. (0.0025 mm) and .0001 in/ft (0.0083 mm/m) under good environmental conditions.
  • Lathe9 Software: Large, easy-to-see alignment displays, live alignment data and spindle graphics, and a 6-step procedure guide users through the alignment with on-screen help instructions.
  • Machine Tool Geometry Software: Takes data for all axes of boring mills, machining centers and other machine tools, calculating straightness, flatness and squareness results and providing a comprehensive report on the alignment of the machine tool.
  • Spindle8 Software: Large, easy-to-see alignment displays, live alignment data and spindle graphics, and a 4-step procedure guide users through aligning spindles to master parts on transfer-line spindle applications.

Key Features

  • L-702/L-702SP mounts in the spindle to project its axis of rotation out to 100 ft (30 m).
  • The laser and target both offer a .500 in. (12.7 mm) mounting stud for simple fixturing to hold them in place. 
  • Center resolution of .00001 in. (0.00025 mm) and angular resolution of .00001 in/ft (0.0008 mm/m).
  • Live measurement data in 4 axes (V center, V angle, H center & H angle) simultaneously.
  • Windows 7/8/10-based Lathe9 Software with large, color graphics corrects mounting errors, calculates shim values and provides an alignment report showing all the alignment parameters of lathe alignment.
  • Windows 7/8/10-based Machine Tool Geometry Software: Takes data for all axes of boring mills, machining centers and other machine tools, calculating straightness, flatness and squareness results and providing a comprehensive report on the alignment of the machine tool.
  • Windows 7/8/10-based Spindle8 Software with large, easy-to-see alignment displays, live alignment data and spindle graphics, and a 4-step procedure guide users through aligning spindles to master parts on transfer-line spindle applications.
  • Vertical and horizontal angular adjustments  to precisely adjust the laser to the spindle’s axis of rotation or to align laser plane to reference points.
  • Rechargeable LiPo battery runs the lasers for up to 8 hours.
  • Compact and rugged 4 x 2.9 x 1.7 in. (101 x 74 x 45 mm).
  • Only needs 10 in. (254 mm) of space between spindle and tailstock or sub-spindle.

If you do not see your application listed, please contact us to discuss your requirements. We will be more than happy to provide a solution that’s right for your unique alignment problem.

Applications

Automotive

  • Transfer-Line Spindle Alignment

Machine Tools

  • CNC Horizontal Boring Mills
  • CNC Horizontal and Vertical Machining Centers and Gantries
  • CNC Multi-Turn Machining Centers
  • Cylindrical, OD/ID Grinders
  • Horizontal Boring Mill Indexing Checks for Deep-Bore Applications
  • Lathes & CNC Turning Centers
  • Rotary-Dial Machines

Plastics

  • Twin-Barrel Extruders

The L-702 Spindle Laser comes in 2 configurations:

  • 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.
  • L-702SP Spindle Alignment Laser with Scan Plane – this 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.
  • L-700 Lathe/Turning Center Alignment Capabilities

Complicated Lathe Alignment Checks Done with Ease

Measure headstock spindle-axis parallelism with the lathe-bed and saddle guide-rails, headstock-to-tailstock alignment and spindle-to-subspindle alignment. With a measuring range of up to 65 feet (20 m), even the longest lathe bed is easy to measure for parallelism to the spindle axis, eliminating the need for expensive and heavy test bars.

  • Lathe9 Step 3 - Headstock and Guideway Alignment Results

High Resolution and Accuracy Improves Part Quality

The L-702’s ultra-high resolution of .00001 in. (0.00025 mm) combined with Lathe9 software to correct mounting errors produces a very accurate alignment, less than .0001 in. (0.0025 mm) under good environmental conditions. This extremely high level of accuracy can dramatically improve machine performance and reduce scrap rates.

Measure Cross-Slide or Turret-Slide Squareness with Ease

Use the L-702SP Spindle Laser with it perpendicular scan plan and our A-1519-2.4ZB Single-Axis Scan Target to measure the squareness of the cross slide, turret travel or other axes on multi-turn machines.

  • L-702SP in Multi-Turn Machine

Live 4-Axis Data Speeds Alignment by 70%

The T-261A’s 4 alignment values update in real time, so without changing the setup, alignment errors can be quickly fixed, while watching Lathe9 software’s 4-axis display update with each adjustment. Lathe9 software also quickly collects the lathe bed’s straightness data, analyzes it, recommends shim and moves values for headstock and tailstock alignments. In most cases, alignment times can be reduced by 60-70%.

  • Lathe9 Step 6 Real-Time Adjustment Screen

Simultaneous 4-Axis Target

The T-261A 4-axis target measures both the horizontal and vertical center and horizontal and vertical angular readings simultaneously. This combined with Lathe9 Software allows you to see all 4 alignment axes updating as you make mores to the headstock or tailstocki.  This makes checking and correcting the alignment of the lathe’s components much easier and faster.

  • T-261 4-Axis Spindle Target

Alignment Data in 15 Minutes

The L-702 Spindle Alignment System is so easy to set up that you can do a quick alignment check in 15 minutes and the full alignment data in 25–30 minutes on most lathes. Our Lathe9 Software even corrects for mechanical mounting errors to provide the most accurate lathe alignment on the market today!

  • L-702SP Showing Scan Plane and Through Beam

Lathe9 Built-In, 6-Step Alignment Procedure

An easy-to-follow, 6-step alignment procedure is built right into Lathe9, along with popup instructions, that makes what can be a complicated alignment much simpler and easier to learn. Large color graphical displays allow the alignment data to be seen up to 20 feet (6.5 m) away.

  • Lathe9 - Step 1 Screen - Dimensions and Tolerances