Ultra-Precision Machining

Facilities and Machine Capabilities

L.A. Gauge provides customers with a one-stop-shop for precision machining. With stringent controls and state-of-the-art equipment, we avoid part stress and micro-cracking to provide high quality components. Our plant is designed for the machining and polishing of various metallic substrates including Beryllium, Forgings and Castings.

Our Manufacturing Facility:

  • Provides Ultra Precision Machined Components since 1958
  • We operate in our own 30,000 sq. ft. facility since 1968
  • Has a Class 100 Laminar Flow clean room on site
  • Provides Nickel Plating per AMS 2404, Anodize of Be & Al, chemical conversion coatings (OV Processes)
  • Provides optical coatings per customer specifications (OV Processes)

Click below to find the listings of our facilities and capabilities:

Inspection Instruments

•CMM – Zeiss MC 850 with Calypso software (33 x 47 x 23)

•CMM – Zeiss Accura with Calypso software (32 x 48 x 36)

•CMM – Mitutoyo B241 with QC500 software (24 x 24 x 24)

•Taylor Hobson Talyrond, Model 73 ( 12” Dia.) and Model 385 (10” Dia.)

•Able to measure linear, flatness and spherical dimensions and tolerances to .000002 in.

Turning Centers

•1 – Mazak Nexus 400 (with Scales) CNC Turning Center (23” Dia. x 40”)

•1 – Mazak Nexus 250 (with scales) CNC Turning Center with Live Tooling (13” Dia x 12”)

•4 – Hardinge CHNC CNC Precision Chucking Lathes (6” Dia. x 8”)

•1 – Ikegai TUR25 3-axis CNC slant bed Turning Center (17” Dia. x 23.5”)

•1 – Nakamura-Tome Slant 3 CNC Turning Center (17” Dia x 20”)

•7 – Hardinge Tool Room Engine Lathes.

•2 – LeBlond Tool and Die maker Lathes (14” Dia. x 48”)

•1 – Hitachi Seiki T515 Turning Cell (12” Dia. x 10”).

•1 – CNC Vertical Lathe (23” Dia. x 40”)

CNC Milling Centers and Jig Bores

•2 – Mitsui-Seiki VX550-5X CNC Vertical Machining Center, 5 Axis (22” x 24” x 18”)

•1 – Mitsui-Seiki VX750-5X CNC Vertical Machining Center, 5 Axis (30” x 30” x 27”)

•1 – Mitsui-Seiki HU63A-5X CNC Horizontal Machining Center, 5 Axis (35” x 24” x 34”)

•1 – SNK/Nissin Max-410i CNC Vertical Machining Center, 5 Axis (18” x 18” x 16”)

•1 – Fadal VMC-4020 CNC Vertical Machining Center, 4 Axis (20” x 40” x 18”)

•2 – Fadal VMC-4020 CNC Vertical Machining Center, (20” x 40” x 18”)

•1 – Fadal VMC-3016 HT CNC Vertical Machining Centers, 4 Axis (16” x 30” x 27”)

•1 – Fadal VMC-3016 HT CNC Vertical Machining Centers, (16” x 30” x 27”)

•1 – Fadal VMC-3020 HT CNC Vertical Machining Centers, 5 Axis (16” x 30” x 27”)

•1 – Fadal VMC-3020 Vertical Machining Center, 4 Axis (20” x 30” x 25”)

•1 – Haas VF-2 CNC Machining Center with Touch Probe, 4 Axis (30” x 16” x 15”)

•1 – Yasda YBM64OV CNC Jig Bore, 4 Axis (23” x 15” x 13”)

•1 – Matsuura MC-800VF CNC Vertical Machining Center (31” x 17” x 19”)

Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM)

•1 – Mitsubishi MV 2400 S

•1 – Mitsubishi FA20S CNC wire cut EDM, 4 Axis (20” x 14” x 12”)

•1 – Fanuc CNC Wire Cut EDM, 3 Axis (21” x 15” x 16”)

•1 – Charmilles Electrical Discharge Machine (Die Sink)

•1 – Charmilles Roboform CNC Electrical Discharge Machine (Die Sink)

Jig Bore / Grind

•1 – Moore #2 Jig Bore with 0.000020” digital readout.

•1 – Moore #3 Jig Bore with 0.000020” digital readout.

Hone / Lapping

•1 – Sunnen Hones (1 – Automatic).

•3 – Centerless Roll Lap Machines.

•5 – Veridrive Lap Heads.

•2 – Lapmaster (24”)

Grinding Centers

•5 – Crystal Lake O.D Grinders.

Chemical Processing / Other Capabilities

•Precision Deburr using 12 power magnification.

•Assembly and Test.

•Structural Bonding.

•Stress Relieve and Heat Treat

•Ultrasonic Cleaning

•Specialized Coatings and Beryllium Passivation

•Electroless Nickel Plating per AMS2404

•Conversion Coatings and Chem Film

•Black Anodize of Aluminum and Beryllium

Special Instruments

•1 – Nikon Micro – Video Measurement System. Accuracy to .000002”.

•2 – Alina-Round Proficorder with Recorder – Accuracy to .000001”.

•2 – Cleveland Inst.-Micro Comparator – Accuracy to .0000005”.

•1 – Talyrond 73, Reference 5 computer and magnetic work holder.

•2 – Sheffield I.D Comparator – Accuracy to .000005”.

•1 – Leitz Interference Microscope to 500X.

•2 – Davidson Interferometers to check optical flatness.

•1 – Comparison Autocollimator to check flatness.

•1 – Bauch & Lomb DR-25 Optical Gauge – Accuracy to .00002”.

•10 – Johansson Mikrokator Comparator – Accuracy to .000005”.

•2 – Profilometers with Linear Pilotors to check flatness.

•2 – J & L Optical Comparator.

•2 – 400mm TESA Electronic Height Gauge

•2 – Toolmaker Microscope with Digital readout

•15 – Bausch & Lomb Stereo Microscope – 45 to 70 zoom

•2 – Aus Jen 212 Surgery Microscopes – Twin View, 40X

•6 – Optical Flats to 12”

•3 – Gauge Block Sets – Accuracy to .000001”

•1 – Digital Profilometer

•12 – Air Columns and Spindles – Complete with Master Rings

•2 – Heidenhain Digital Length Gauge Systems – Accuracy to.0001MM

•2 – Environmental Hot/Cold Cycling Ovens, -100 to +1500(deg)F

Machine Engineering

Part of our one-stop-shop service is to assist our customers with design and cost engineering support. Using the latest engineering software and thorough planning procedures, our manufacturing engineers determine the most cost-effective approach to produce high quality products.

Our software used includes:

    • MasterCAM
    • Solidworks
    • AutoCAD
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro
    • Ashlar Vellum 3D Software
    • DNC Interface to CNC Machines
    • IGES and Step File Data Compatibility
    • Shop Travelers & Job Cost based on Epicor v10 for enterprise resource planning