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.      

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. 
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

Under the Radar

With a need to focus on monitoring process quality during the manufacturing process, this laser radar system provides a unique alternative to the shortcomings of the traditional inspection methods.
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

Advanced Micro-Hardness Testing

Wilson VH1102 and VH1202; Introduced by Buehler. The instruments feature deadweight loads from 10 g up to 2 kg and nine different, automatically selectable loading stages. The VH1102 model is equipped with a turret providing four positions, including an indenter for Knoop or Vickers and two standard objectives for 10x and 50x magnification at normal working distance. The VH1202 model is equipped with a six-position turret, including two indenters for both Knoop and Vickers, and an additional objective with 5x magnification at long working distance.  (photo courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Buehler)
The Wilson VH1102 and VH1202 introduced by Buehler offer a flexible, cost-efficient and reliable solution for Knoop and Vickers micro-hardness testing without any user intervention with high precision and repeatability within a minimum of time.

Portable Metrology

Ideal for measuring complex parts with tight tolerances, the Revolution Series HB Shop Floor CMM from AIMS is the only mobile 5-axis CMM on the market. Built around Renishaw 5-axis technology, it can cut inspection time from days to minutes for many applications, such as aerospace parts, so that shops can gain speed without sacrificing accuracy.
Taking measurements at ground zero on the machine or the shop floor is the name of the game, and here are some of the latest portable metrology systems that can provide those competitive capabilities.

Encoder Diagnostics Tool for Mobile Use

Ideal for mobile use, the compact PWT 100 standalone device from Heidenhain checks the function and adjustment of encoders and displays position values so the user can read out online diagnostics, shift datums and perform further inspection functions.
The compact standalone PWT 100 testing device from Heidenhain supports multiple serial interfaces to check the function and adjustment of encoders.