The 90-Line Beam Bender turns the reference beam from the Microgage 2000 and turns it exactly 90 degrees, making it ideal for squaring machinery and equipment, setting and adjusting parallel tracks and rails, aligning web rollers, idlers and wheels, checking gantry travel and position, monitoring and adjusting machine tools, and assisting in geometric alignment. The existing laser is square to the incoming beam within 0.0006 degrees, about 0.001 inches over an 8-ft distance. The aluminum block, anodized-coated housing allows several adjustments, which can rotate the existing beam through a full plane. It can be adjusted with a precision rotary mount, and positioning the 90-Line is easy with its 2-axis stage mount.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.