Articles by Hill Cox

Other Dimensions: Calibration Warranty?

Many customers think they're paying big bucks for numbers that have no errors attached to them.
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Other Dimensions: I Can Get It Cheaper

As gage buyers focus on price alone, it is only natural that gage suppliers will do the same.
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Other Dimensions: Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance criteria, like purchasing criteria, begin with workpiece tolerance.

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Other Dimensions: Reject!

Before contacting your gage maker about a problem gage, follow a few steps to help determine the problem as quickly as possible.
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Other Dimensions: Are You Beating Your Gages to Death?

There are a number of rituals followed in the quality field that drive gage makers crazy. The first one involves gages that are rejecting parts. The ritual: reject the gages. Another one involves gages that appear to wear out too quickly. The ritual: reject the gages.
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Other Dimensions

Should You Buy Masters for Your Thread Ring Gages? Gage users who have had bad experiences with rings that have not been set properly or who are just trying to keep their gage costs down, often ask "Should I buy masters for my thread ring gages?"
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Other Dimensions: Searching for Answers

In recent columns I presented answers to the most-asked questions regarding measurement and calibration, and I hope some of them have been helpful. As more companies start calibrating their gages and instruments, more questions arise, but many of them are answered in a 28-page document titled, "Searching For Zero."
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Other Dimensions: The Problem With Pins

Like many instruments in measurement, gage pins are misused.

There are few inspection departments that don't have one or more sets of what are commonly known as gage pins. Ranging in size up to 1 inch or 25 millimeters to about 2 inches or 50 millimeters long, they are very handy for a wide range of measuring situations. But, like many instruments in measurement, they also are misused.
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Other Dimensions: And the Other Answer is...

More common metrology myths are debunked.
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Other Dimensions: Go to the Source for Technical Support

The AMTMA considers opening its doors to support to users of metrology equipment
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