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.      

Are You Ready for the Industrial Internet of Things?

Is your shop still stuck reacting to customer problems that have already happened? The power of smart manufacturing can make you more competitive by unleashing actionable CMM measurement data that alerts you and your customer at the same time that something has happened – so that you can respond proactively.
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

Free Innovative Tool Presetter App Optimizes Machining Precision

Requirements for the Elbo Controlli Tool Presetter app from Koma Precision include an Okuma machining center equipped with OSP-P300, an Elbo Controlli presetter (Sethy Six, Hathor Six) running software 2.4 or above, and a valid network connection. (first view)
The Elbo Controlli Tool Presetter App from Koma Precision enables users to easily measure tool radius and length and directly send the offsets to the Okuma OSP-P control to update the local tool offset table.

Automated Inspection of Translucent, Punched, Turned, Formed and Laser Cut Parts

The O-Select measuring system automatically detects the location of the part; manual alignment is no longer required. The system is automated during the generation of measuring programs and the measurement itself. Measurements are initiated at the push of a button: the operator places the workpiece in the measuring field and launches the program. Within seconds, the camera captures the contours, analyzes all characteristics and documents them in PiWeb quality data management software. (Photo courtesy of Zeiss Industrial Metrology)
The O-Select optical measuring system from Zeiss is ideal for checking the dimensional accuracy of distances, radii or angles in punched, turned and formed parts, injection molded parts, and laser cut parts.

NDT Inspection Lamp Complies with ASTM E3022 Standard and Rolls-Royce RRES 90061

The Spectroline TRITAN 365 inspection lamp produces a nominal steady-state UV-A intensity of less than 5,000 µW/sq cm at 15 in and a large 4 in diameter coverage area at 15 in with a minimum UV-A intensity of 2,500 µW/sq cm. The faceplate has integral black light filters to reduce the output of wavelengths longer than 400 nm. Visible light emission is less than 1 ft-candle. The UV-A lenses reduce the rate of solarization, a common problem with traditional lenses. A rubber bumper with a Borofloat glass lens protects the LEDs from damage.
The Spectroline TRITAN 365 from Spectronics uses three ultra-hi-flux UV-A LEDs for NDT inspection plus an intense white light LED to illuminate dark work areas.