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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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.

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

NIAR partnered with Hexagon Metrology in an effort to become the most capable university-based aviation research center in the United States.
Hexagon Metrology's workshop will focus on measurement solutions for common aerospace challenges.

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.

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

Efficient Metals Impact Testing To Charpy And Izod Standards

The MPX Series from Instron offers a range of testing capabilities from 300 Joules to 900 Joules and it comes standard with Fracta™ Software, which allows for reliable data acquisition and reporting of absorbed energy. If more advanced impact analysis and reporting is needed, upgrading to Impulse™ Data Acquisition Software and instrumentation will allow for direct measurement of impact force and striker velocity.
The MPX Series of motorized pendulum impact testers from Instron are essential for metals impact testing to Charpy and Izod standards.

Hardness Testers Packed with Innovative Technology

HM-200® Series Micro Vickers Hardness Testers from Mitutoyo America are equipped with an electro-magnetic test force device making it easy to precisely set the desired force, between 0.403 mN and 19610 mN (HM-220). Objective lenses provide a long working distance with six available MH Plan objectives. The 10X, 20X, 50X and 100X types are used for measuring indentations; the 2X and 5X facilitate wide-field observation tasks. During test-site positioning, positioning information is displayed digitally; 25 X 25 mm or 50 X 50 mm stroke lengths are selectable. LED illumination offers a long service life with low power consumption.
HM-200® Series Micro Vickers Hardness Testing Machines from Mitutoyo America incorporate the latest optical systems for measuring indentation dimensions together with an electromagnetic test-force loading device – just two of many productivity-enhancing technologies designed into these machines.

Center Punch Quickly Measures Angles and Marking Pipe

The Sumner Center Punch is easy to use. Simply set the base on the pipe, turn on the inclinometer gage and adjust as needed until the desired angle is reached. Pull up the spring-loaded hammer and press the push button on the angled base to mark pipe. The inclinometer also includes a “zero” button to reset the angle to zero. 
The Sumner Center Punch from Sumner Manufacturing includes a digital inclinometer gage set on an angled base, ideal for measuring angles on pipe.