ALT Lightning Rail

Introducing the ALT (Automated Layout Technology) Lightning Rail, the first fully-automated CNC marking machine created specifically for the layout of commercial handrails.

From picket railings, stair stringers, ladders, and more, the Lightning Rail provides a layout in any configuration by transforming your designs to a printed layout on a rigid steel-framed table.

The Lightning Rail drastically reduces the time it takes to lay out a handrail. In just minutes, the layout is transferred to the fabrication table, ready for materials. Forget about the countless hours spent with tape measures, squares and soapstone.

Production time is cut by more than 50%. Fabricators load their drawing to the controller and just press print. They can then start gathering their materials for the project while the layout is happening.

Manual layouts can lead to mistakes. But with the Lightning Rail, layouts are made with the highest level of accuracy — virtually assuring the correct layout, every time.

Call the Ocean Machinery sales team TODAY at (954) 956-3131 or Toll Free 1 (800) 286-3624 or fill out our online info request form for more information on the ALT Lightning Rail Layout Table.

ALT Lightning Rail


A single handrail project using a traditional manual layout could take more than 4 hours to produce. With the Lightning Rail, that production time could be just under 2 hours, if not faster. A layout that normally would take 2 1/2 hours using the traditional method can print onto our surface in just over 5 minutes.

  • Straight-forward interface that is intuitive to operate and works with any DXF file.
  • Its compact design can fit easily into your existing fabrication environment.
  • Its unique functionality can also be used on complex designs and to lay out many other items.
  • Layouts wash off with a simple odorless, biodegradable solution.
  • Tables are offered in 4-foot or 8-foot widths.
  • Table length is just under 30 feet.
Table Size:
  • 4′ x 30′
  • 8′ x 30′
Messer Global Control:
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB, 32-Bit
  • 15″ LED color touch screen
  • > Intel®, 2.2 GHz, 2 cores
  • > 2 GB DDR3L – RAM
  • > 2.5″, 320 GB SATA hard drive
  • Two(2) USB ports
  • EtherCAT I/O bus communication system
  • UPS battery backup
  • Wireless hardware for connection to customer-supplied network (optional)
  • 10/100/1000 MBaud Ethernet port (Standard)
Marking Equipment:
  • This sytem produces a dot approximately 1/8″ (3mm) wide. A series of these dots can be used for line, arc or character marking.
  • IP65 certified (wash down and dustproof, not waterproof) for industrial environments.
  • Red ink is included (other colors available).
  • Mechanical fuse collision protection system.
  • Operates in 23° F to 113° F (-5° C to +45° C). 10% – 90% non-condensing humidity.
  • The machine gantry utilizes special aluminum extrusions to provide a light but extremely rigid structure.
  • The machine is driven by backlash free rack and pinion drives in both axes providing excellent motion control required for precision gantry systems.
  • The Lightning Rail is driven by 840 watt AC servo motors coupled to precision planetary gear reducers producing an accuracy of +\- .004″ in any 72″ area with repeatability of .004″.
  • Travel speeds are up to 1700 inches per minute, increasing your productivity.

Please call for more information about the ALT Lightning Rail Layout Table 1 (800) 286-3624


Please call for more information about the ALT Lightning Rail Layout Table 1 (800) 286-3624

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