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.
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Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Articles

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

The Composites Machining Center achieves repeatability of 0.0381 mm (0.0015 in) on its long X-axis using HS10 and HS20 laser encoders for position feedback.
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. 

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

Fully Automated Hardness Tester

The VH3300 from Buehler is equipped with patent-pending collision protection technology, a high-speed sample stage, DiaMet universal testing software and a 6-position test head with up to three indenters and three zoom objectives that can perform 150 make and measure indents an hour using the fully automated test program. 
The Wilson VH3300 Vickers / Knoop fully-automated hardness test system from Buehler is ideal for more advanced heat treatment processes like the aerospace, energy, construction and transportation industries that require hardness testing systems to be durable while maintaining precise control during critical test data generation.

Stud Sensor Prevents Scrap, Sorting

The Stud Thread Detector from IMI Norgren is the only sensor available that not only detects the presence or absence of a stud, but also senses whether the stud has threads or not.  
The IMI Norgren Stud Thread Detector is the only sensor for sheet metal fabrication that not only detects the presence or absence of a stud, but also senses whether the stud has threads or not.

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.