Other Gages and Gaging Equipment

Aluminum Extruder Reaps Profits from Innovative Temperature Measurement

Check out how this innovative pyrometer from AMETEK Land delivers high accuracy in a three-in-one capability for extrusion press exit, extrusion press quench zone and strip mills at Sapa Profiles UK.
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Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Articles

Exploring Part Deviation with Surface Plate Measurement

The Millimar C1200 from Mahr Federal uses a digital display to produce the smooth motion of an analog meter. Users can view the analog scale, numeric digital readings, or both. Display range is ±5000 µm and reading resolution 0.1 µm. The display may be adjusted to the ideal viewing angle (0 deg to 90 deg) and the C1200 unit can also be wall-mounted.
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.

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.

 

Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Industry News

Olympus Receives Edmund Optics Gold Supplier Award

Olympus receives the Edmund Optics Gold Supplier Award for their on-time delivery and quality products.  In 2015, they provided an overall on-time delivery rate of 97.13 percent and quality rating of 100 percent. In the first quarter of 2016, they achieved a score of 100 percent for on-time delivery and quality.
The award recognizes their service of on-time delivery and high quality products.

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.

 

Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Products

FABTECH 2016: Tube & Pipe

Booth N-6100: The full electric YLM CNC 38MS AE rotary bender from J&S Machine features a new look, software system and design changes.
Take a closer look at some of the tube and pipe fabrication technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Semi-Custom Dimensional Measurement of Sheets, Discs and More

Booth N-7215: The ProTable X from Accurate Technology is a semi-custom dimensional measurement system designed to measure sheets, discs and more with an accuracy of ±.003 in across the entire linear range of measurement, which can be up to 48 in W x 120 in L.
The battery operated ProTable X semi-custom dimensional measurement system from Accurate Technology provides accuracy of ±.003 in across the entire linear range of measurement up to 48 in W x 120 in L.

Next Generation of Tape Measures

The dual-sided printing with blueprint scale on the bottom side of the tape measure provides even more functionality while working overhead and with blueprints.
New Magnetic Tape Measures from Milwaukee Tool have an improved finger stop mechanism that protects the user's fingers during retraction while maximizing stability during layout applications.