The Microgage 2D is for aligning production machinery and equipment. A narrow laser beam provides a measuring reference line and the transparent receiver determines the position of a machine or sub-assembly relative to the laser beam. This new receiver operates at distances of more than 100 feet and delivers measuring precision of less than 0.0005 inch. The system and the transparent receiver are well suited for lathe and spindle alignment; checking machine tool runout, roll and web alignment; and precision bore alignment.