Measurement & Inspection

Manual and automated analog and digital gages, instruments, scales, tests and other devices, integrated systems and techniques used to report, record, and manage the data of precise physical dimensions, weight, temperature, pressure, current, voltage or other process value being generated from the forming, fabricating, welding or cutting of material.      

How Instant Measurement Brings Instant Results (and Heavy Traffic)

By measuring up to 99 dimensions in less than three seconds, the machine shop of this medical manufacturer realized immediate return on investment in their new system that inspects small, tight-tolerance components – and anything else, from milled parts to dimensions on laser marking.
Experts
Ballbar Systems

Learning New Tricks with Ballbar Analysis

Advanced ballbar testing enables this semiconductor component supplier to achieve better-than-new machine tool accuracy and extend machine life for unconventional silicon processing.
Bore Gages

Cutting Through Surface Noise: Easy Cylinder Head Inspection

This high-intensity, multidirectional lighting camera technology makes easy imaging of challenging part features on machined heads to provide a clear advantage for this automotive supplier.
Coordinate Measuring Machines

How to Minimize the Dynamic Error of CMM

The COORD3 Universal CMM from Perceptron uses the latest REVO-2 5-axis measuring system to minimize CMM dynamic error by managing all part feature scanning motion within the REVO-2 head.
Laser Scanners

One Step Closer to the Factory of the Future

As the Factory of the Future learns how to manufacture parts as seamlessly as possible, portable metrology is making major inroads for machine control in large robots used for assembly operations that previously involved very expensive fixed tooling, multiple operators, and many days to accomplish these tasks. 
Non-Destructive Testing

Emerging Trends in Nondestructive Testing

This review of some new products shows how advanced technologies are bringing flexibility and a wider range of applications to NDT inspection booths, pre-inspections and screening applications used in shops.
Other Gages and Gaging Equipment

Exploring Part Deviation with Surface Plate Measurement

The Millimar C1200 from Mahr Federal is a low-cost, easy-to-view and easy-to-use Digital IC Amplifier with a new high resolution, high color contrast display that provides clear and very responsive analog readings with selectable scales.
Software

All-Touch CMM Software

This touch technology introduces smart phone productivity into the operation of coordinate measuring machines, portable arms and laser trackers.
Surface Roughness/Finish

Prerequisites for High Surface Quality

The flawless surfaces required in mold making demand large cutting volumes during the roughing sequence, but a perfectly finished surface at the end. This analysis from Heidenhain examines how, along with high quality machine tool mechanics and control performance, the optimal milling result necessary to do this depends heavily on the measuring technology.
Measurement & Inspection: Products

Next Generation of Tape Measures

The dual-sided printing with blueprint scale on the bottom side of the tape measure provides even more functionality while working overhead and with blueprints.
New Magnetic Tape Measures from Milwaukee Tool have an improved finger stop mechanism that protects the user's fingers during retraction while maximizing stability during layout applications.

Real Time Non-Contact Measurement of Round Pipe And Profiles

The Profile360 G4 in-line, real time, non-contact measurement system from Starrett is ideal for continuously monitoring OD, OOR, and circumference for round pipe and profiles in diameters up to 1,600 mm. By providing 100 percent inspection that immediately displays the results of all line adjustments, it improves quality and production yields, decreases start-up time and reduces the cost of scrap and rework.
The Profile360 G4 in-line, real time, non-contact measurement system from Starrett is ideal for continuously monitoring OD, OOR, and circumference for round pipe and profiles in diameters up to 1,600 mm.

Software for Tube Inspection

The scalable TubeShaper software system from Hexagon applies the versatile measurement capabilities of their ROMER Absolute Arm CMM to tube production, tube and pipe inspection, reverse engineering of tubes and tube assemblies, and tube gauging.  (view one)
The scalable TubeShaper software system from Hexagon can interface directly with one or more CNC tube benders to calculate and apply correctional data within the production cycle to streamline operations and almost completely eliminate scrap.