The Key to Accuracy: Measurement Systems
When working in manufacturing, measurement systems are often the key to accuracy. While we learn how to measure with a ruler in grade school, in these types of environments, precision and exactness are essential; you cannot get those types of measurements with a ruler. Depending on the application and industry, you may need to use a roundness gage, a total indicator reading gage, a diameter measurement gage, a thickness gage, or even another type of system, to get exactly what you need. Let’s take a deeper look at what measurement systems actually are, why they are important, and what we have to offer here at ABTech!
What is a Manufacturing Measurement System?
As aforementioned, there are a multitude of different types of measurement systems that are used in manufacturing; each one being quite different. There are roundness gages, which are used to check roundness, runout, flatness, concentricity, parallelism, and perpendicularity. There are also total indicator reading gages for ODs, IDs, and faces of cylindrical parts, which can be used when you are not in need of a full roundness gage. But there are other types of measurement that need to be done in manufacturing, which is where some of these other systems come into play.
There are gages built for diameter measurements. These can be used while a part is still on a machine, such as a lathe or a grinder. There are also thickness gages, used to measure exactly what it sounds like: thickness. In all, there are measurement systems to fit almost, if not every, precision need in the manufacturing industry. And yes, there is a significant need.
Why is Accurate Measurement Essential?
At this point, you may be wondering, “so what?” What is the purpose of measurement systems that have such exactness? The answer being that there are many purposes. In general, accuracy and quality are essential to almost every application. Imagine if the sleeves on your jacket were different lengths, or the wheels on your car were of different diameters. This would lower the quality of the product, oftentimes inhibiting the usage.
When you look more closely at precision manufacturing, the need for accurate measurement becomes even more important. For example, thickness gages, which are ideal for measuring precision machine components, are perfect for lenses. The optics industry is dependent on accuracy and precision; lenses should not be two different thicknesses as that could alter vision, or even distribute weight unevenly. While that is just one example, it is evident that accurate measurement is absolutely necessary in manufacturing.
Measurement Systems at ABTech
At ABTech, we offer an abundance of measurement systems to fit the needs of our customers. We have a roundness gage, the standard of which measures parts up to 32 inches in diameter and 2,000 lbs in weight. Our MicroTIR (total indicator reading) gages, measuring the same size parts, are a perfect substitute for the full roundness gage.
Our diameter measurement gage can measure the diameter of parts to 0.001” accuracy. And our thickness gages, perfect for lenses, precision ground, or lapped parts, are more accurate than +/- 20 microinches. We also provide a setting master and various measurement accessories to ensure that every measurement need is met. Need to measure? ABTech has your back.
In manufacturing environments, precision measurement is vital to success. Whether measuring roundness or thickness, every measurement matters. Luckily, there are various tools and gages out there to help with near exact measurements. So if you are wondering how you can make your products to a particular accuracy, contact us at ABTech. We likely have a measurement system that can give you that key to accuracy.