Hill Cox

Hill Cox

Hill Cox is the chairman for the technical committee for the American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association and president of Frank Cox Metrology Ltd. He can be reached at hill@frankcox.com or at 905-457-9190. 

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Auditors Guide to Calibration Reports

A document without data is not much of a report
July 1, 2014

I regularly take shots at quality auditors for some of their antics but thought that, in the interest of fairness, it was time to turn my sights on issuers of calibration reports for some of their antics.


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Pursuing Pitch Diameter

Learn More About Thread Metrology.
June 2, 2014

Most threaded products such as fasteners are verified using fixed limit gages when their ability to assemble with mating parts is of primary concern.


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A Master

What Do You Expect Your Master To Do For You?
May 1, 2014

Nothing makes life easier than having a ‘master’ for the dimension(s) you have to measure. But a simple request for one with a dimension attached to it, for example, is not enough information to get something that will do what you want it to.


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Calibration Cycles

Calibration frequency will vary with the application
April 1, 2014

A lot of people play fast and loose with the frequency of calibration on their gages, masters and instruments.


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Another Look at Gage Block Calibration

The two-part series on gage block calibration continues.
November 6, 2013
The long awaited moment has arrived. Your blocks are back from the lab complete with a calibration report outlining the measured size of each piece in the set. Now what?
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Gage Block Calibration

Consider these steps before going through the process.
October 9, 2013

Gage blocks are the most used physical representation of length available to companies requiring the highest order of precision for their work.


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Practical Checks on Measurements

Is there a way to improve calibration—without ramping up costs?
September 11, 2013
Many companies have their equipment calibrated on a regular basis and believe all will be well until they are calibrated again.
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Identify or Qualify?

Everything doesn’t need to be calibrated
August 5, 2013

In metrology we have similar benign bits of hardware that can create havoc if misapplied, but in the grand scheme of things rarely are.


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How to Get Accurate Calibration Prices

Prevent problems and price changes by following these tips.
July 9, 2013

Many calibration customers become frustrated with their calibration sources because of price changes after they’ve sent a purchase order and the gages to the lab.


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How Long Are Calibration Reports Valid?

Consider these factors in looking at a calibration report.
June 17, 2013

This question is rarely, if ever, asked but assumptions regarding the length of time involved regularly pop up, especially when measurement disputes are the situation into which such assumptions are injected.


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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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