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.      

Eliminating Defective Fasteners with 3D Inspection

As lightweight materials sweep the industry, fastener manufacturers have discovered how to overcome the problems of achieving zero defects through 100 percent inspection.
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.
Coordinate Measuring Machines

How Negative-Stiffness Vibration Isolation Improves CMM Performance in Precision Surface Measurement

High-throughput CMM laser interferometry surface measurement systems  can be negatively affected by plant low-frequency vibrations, which can distort the interferometry measurements and deliver inaccurate readings. Here's how to prevent that from happening.
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

Laser Encoders Deliver Part-Per-Million Accuracy in Composite Machining

Laser encoders from Renishaw deliver part-per-million accuracy during week-long machining cycles on 40 meter long composite wing skins being built by Flow Corporation. 

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 Inspection Systems

The first use of CT scanning for metrology in U.S. was performed by Exact Metrology to inspect wall thickness, porosity and void analysis of an aluminum casting using a Metrology Grade GE v|tome|x 300 CT Scanner with Nanofocus Tube and Microfocus Tube. The blue paint visible in some of the images was applied by the customer to indicate stress areas where leaking or breaking was suspected. (first view)
A review of some of the new technologies and latest innovations in metrology now being used for testing and measurement.

Diamonds in the Rough

Mahr Federal offers two new optical surface measuring systems for fast non-contact 3D scanning and evaluation of very small to medium sized surface details on a wide range of components, including optics. The MarSurf WM 100 uses a white light interferometer, and the MarSurf CWM 100 (shown here) includes both white light and confocal microscopy.
The demand for improved surface quality is increasing the need to effectively measure and analyze fundamental roughness and waviness parameters, contour and form error, and more. Here are some of the newest systems that efficiently meet this demand.

Simple, Visible Inspection

Tailored for small and medium-sized shops, PiWeb sbs quality data management software from Zeiss connects all gaging and inspection devices into one common reporting system that standardizes reporting and personalizes graphical representation of measured parts for easier and faster communication.
Take a look at some of the latest advances in quality assurance software to help your shop remain competitive.