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 Portable Metrology Fuels Optimization Under the Hood

Take a closer look at how Hendrick Motorsports uses technology to deliver speed and actionable data to win big and gain recognition for excellence.
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

Reducing Failure Costs with Air Gaging

Check out how Baldor switched from mechanical gaging to faster, more repeatable air gaging systems that improved their process capabilities, reduced their manufacturing costs, and improved the cycle times in their rotor machining cells.
Coordinate Measuring Machines

Automated Measurement & Inspection

Here are some of the latest advances in automated measurement that can help improve the productivity and capability of your inspection processes.
Laser Scanners

Handheld Quality Assurance: The Latest Metals Identification Trend

Not only does incorrect material impact metal fabrication and final finish processes that delay job delivery, it can place your shop at risk to premature component failure and potential disaster in mission critical applications. But now there is a new way for shops to effectively identify alloy grade, confirm elemental composition, and further streamline metals verification for greater quality control and assurance.
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.
Optical Measurement Equipment

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.
Other Gages and Gaging Equipment

Aluminum Extruder Reaps Profits from Innovative Temperature Measurement

Check out how this innovative pyrometer from AMETEK Land delivers high accuracy in a three-in-one capability for extrusion press exit, extrusion press quench zone and strip mills at Sapa Profiles UK.
Software

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.
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

Third Generation Absolute Inductive Encoders Increase Safety

With improved vibration specifications, a more durable multi-turn gearbox and increased permissible axial motion of the shaft, ExI 1100 series rotary encoders from Heidenhain are ideal for automation and robotics safety-related applications up to SIL 3, Category 4 PL e.

Complete 3D Analysis of Tools and Parts

By combining a transmitted light camera and laser sensor to scan, then digitize cutting tools and production parts, the Walter HELICHECK 3D non-contact CNC measuring machine from United Grinding can create 3D models of those tools and/or parts that users can save, process, analyze and measure.

Optical Measurement of Small Cylindrical Profiles

The high resolution camera in the VICI MTL 1 from Optical Gaging Products resolves intricate features in small turned medical parts, while its software uses thread analysis, compared radius and chamfer tools to measure small features with simple programming techniques.