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. 
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Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Articles

Back to Basics: How Air Gaging Works

Air gaging technology is continually improving as computer technology continues to evolve.  These systems can range from simple desktop readouts to full SPC computers with contour scanning capabilities.  As manufacturing requirements continue to become more complex, air gaging technology evolves to meet the demand.  For these reasons, air gaging will remain a viable measuring solution for generations to come.
Air gaging technology has its roots back over 70 years and is today a viable and highly reliable method for many applications in industries where a high volume of parts is produced or where the precision of hard-to-access dimensions makes other measuring techniques impossible.

Direct Load Position Sensing with Secondary Feedback Encoders

An adjustable cylinder honing tool in operation. By comparing the indicated positions of rotary and linear encoders to one another, the motion control system can monitor mechanical drive wear and tear over time. As the drive begins to exhibit increasing play and slop, the amount
of deviation between the two readings will increase and provide valuable information for preventive maintenance and predictive failure. (Photo courtesy of Fraunhofer)
To help verify machine tool accuracy in closed-loop motion control systems, direct load monitoring using secondary feedback encoders eliminates common sources of position error — mechanical backlash, non-linearity, and hysteresis — and saves money along the way.

As The World Turns

Robot places a machined bearing into the Equator’s measuring envelope (foreground), with part conveyor and Okuma twin-spindle lathe in background. Aluminum block on Equator’s fixture plate has hole in center which Equator uses to set its coordinate system. Part is placed in center of block for measurement.
A process-controlled hard turning cell in this Texas machine shop deploys programmable gages for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings – and the cell pays for itself in 18 days.

Hard Gaging Goes Soft

Equator measurement results are presented as variable data so the machinist can compare the current part with recent measurements, rather than get a simple pass/fail result.
Jet engine component maker Meyer Tool reduces its hard gage costs by replacing multiple costly hard gages with a single software-driven Equator gage from Renishaw.

 

Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Industry News

Hexagon Metrology to Cohost Workshop with the National Institute for Aviation Research

Hexagon Metrology's workshop will focus on measurement solutions for common aerospace challenges.

Direct Interface Between CGTech and ZOLLER TMS Tool Management Solutions

Direct interface between CGTech Zoller and ZOLLER TMS Tool Management Solutions.
CNC verification and simulation software developer CGTech and ZOLLER, a presetting and measuring machine manufacturer, announce a newly developed tooling management interface that increases overall machining effectiveness by reducing the operating costs in tool presetting, simulation and prove-out.

Metrology Conference Brims with 3D Measurement Innovations and Information

The Coordinate Metrology Society's Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference attracted more than 500 professionals worldwide in the 3D portable measurement and inspection field.

 

Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Products

Going Deep

The 3753 Electronic Depth Gage from Starrett is a versatile, easy-to-use tool for measuring depth, slot width, small section sizes, hard-to-reach areas and other applications.
There may be many ways to check a depth dimension on a part, but the fastest and most accurate is with the digital depth gage. Here are some that can meet your deepest needs. 

Computerized Measuring Tools

The improved electronics in the Ultra-Cal III Electronic Depth Gage from Fowler combine the advantages of the "Ultra-Cal III" Swiss-patented measuring system with the rugged design of a full 12 in capacity depth gage to replace conventional vernier and dial depth gages and depth micrometers.
The Ultra-Cal III Electronic Depth Gage from Fowler measures from 0-12 in with improved electronics, including direct RS232 output.

SPC and Data Tracking

With a hardened and micro-lapped base and measuring face, the ABSOLUTE Digimatic Depth Gage from Mitutoyo features SPC data output and can keep track of the origin point once set for the entire three-year life of the battery.
The ABSOLUTE Digimatic Depth Gage from Mitutoyo can keep track of the origin point once set for approximately 20,000 hours (three years) under normal use.