Articles by Patrick Nugent

Measurement

Advances in Shaft Measurement

As shaft measurement systems have gained popularity, users have been demanding more and more capabilities from them.

The term “shaft measurement system” is standard industry parlance today, but to think of these gages as measuring only shafts is too limiting.


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Shaft Measurement Made Simple

There is growing popularity for a loosely defined class of shaft measuring systems that can accomplish checks faster than other methods, and do so directly on the shop floor where the shafts are made. Frequently used in Europe, shaft measuring systems are gaining U.S. popularity in a number of high-volume applications.
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Important Considerations in Error Compensation

No matter whether you are interested in a machine tool, a metrology system or another precision device that relies on mechanical motion, what errors of mechanical motion are compensated for and how they are compensated directly impacts that system’s ability to operate at the highest level of capability.
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Quality 101: Surface Analysis: Beyond Roughness

Most discussions on the quality of surface finish revolve around the measure of roughness. Indeed, roughness is the most common measure of surface finish, and parameters such as average roughness (Ra) and mean roughness depth (Rz) are the most commonly specified. But the ways to measure a surface and the reasons for doing so go far beyond roughness.
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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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