Are Pin Gauges Really Accurate

The important words here are proper use and proper care. Because these pins are so basic and seemingly inexpensive, they are very often abused and misused. A bit like reliable people who make few demands, others tend to take advantage of them! Keep you sets clean and free from rust. After use, wipe the fingerprints […]

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Oops, I Missed My Precision Measurement By .0003 Inch

The average consumer has no idea at all just how precise the mold making process must be in order to manufacture our cell phones, computers, automobiles and thousands of other products. Imagine for a moment that you split a hair, then split one of the pieces, then split one of those pieces, and then finally […]

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How To Choose The Right Coordinate Measuring Machine

The uses and applications of a CMM are almost endless for mold making, tool-and-die, aerospace and precision machining operations. The right machine, used properly, can save huge amounts of time and free up highly skilled workers to focus on other tasks. CMM specifications What is the capacity of the machine? The price of a CMM […]

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The Truth About Precision Measuring Tools

Just consider, for a moment, how many manufactured items are within 10 feet of where you are currently sitting. You might see your computer, mouse, light switch, electrical plug-in, your desk, the lamp, ceiling light, your watch, and so on. All of these products are the direct result of a highly skilled injection mold maker, […]

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Why Would Anyone Want A Laser Scan Micrometer

Aerospace, automotive, mold making, and medical companies are just a few of the end users of these extremely versatile and useful gages. Production companies of all types use them to monitor exact measurements live, in an assembly line. How a laser scan micrometer works A laser beam is directed at a mirror, which is rotating […]

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3 Advantages Of A Video Based Vision System

There are many features to look for when considering a video based inspection system. The features range from simple desktop/PC based units to industrial sized floor models that are integrated with QC labs, production lines and engineering departments. Excellent for repetitive inspection during production runs. Consider, for example, a packaging line that applies labels to […]

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Why Precision Machining Makes Life Easier

What people do not realize though, is just how precise this work actually is. If you were to take a cigarette paper and divide it twice in the thickness, you would be in the realm of precision machining. All over the world, highly accurate machine tools are producing the pieces and components for the things […]

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Why The Precision Micrometer Has Not Changed In Hundreds Of Years

Probably every single machinist, toolmaker, injection mold maker, tool and die maker and precision machining specialist in the world has at least 1 micrometer. Most have several types as well, such as inside micrometers, depth micrometers, disc micrometers, digital micrometers, dial micrometers, etc. There is a difference, however, between what is known as a precision […]

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The Coordinate Measuring Machine Made Simple

One of the most common uses for a CMM is to inspect and measure EDM electrodes. This is a great way to check the dimensions and details of the electrodes prior to the actual burning in the EDM. The most efficient setup is to have the CAD data available at the CMM work-station, feed it […]

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Tips For Buying A Height Gauge

These styles are also listed in order of increasing accuracy. The vernier is the least accurate, though it is actually remarkably precise, the dial is more accurate, the electronic height gauges are even more accurate, and finally the gauge block based styles are the most accurate. The LS Starrett company has been making their vernier […]

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