Articles by George Schuetz

When Air Blows Mechanical Gaging Away

You don’t have to be a gage engineer to appreciate the flexibility of air gaging
January 7, 2014

It is perfectly natural that machinists should have an affinity for mechanical gages. To a machinist, the working of a mechanical gage is both straightforward and pleasing.


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Chasing Microns: Getting the Most from Dimensional Gages

If you’re trying to measure to microns, every micron counts.
November 1, 2013
In the production environment, where tight tolerances are a way of life, it’s critical to think about gaging requirements before putting instruments out there and possibly having them not meet expectations.
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Measurement

Modular Measurement

Modular multi-gage systems provide flexibility for high precision, short run inspection.
August 1, 2013

Traditionally the length of a production run was a key factor in the selection of a dimensional gaging system.


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Measurement: Enemies of Precision Measurement

September 1, 2012
Watch out for these accuracy-attacking elements.
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Quality 101: Considerations for Measuring Large Precision Bearings

January 6, 2012
Mechanical bearings, including ball, roller, taper roller, needle, spherical and cylindrical, to mention a few, have been in use for hundreds of years, with countless designs, applications and sizes, and just as many measurement requirements that need to be defined and verified.
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Measurement: Air Gaging for Orthopedic Devices

September 30, 2011
Air gaging has become the inspection tool of choice for controlling critical parameters in the medical industry.
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Quality Measurement: Driving to the Finish

January 1, 2011
The automotive industry has special needs that make dedicated surface finish gages a necessity.
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Quality 101: Digital Calipers Go Beyond Basics

June 30, 2010
Measuring calipers have been around for nearly 150 years. In that time they have evolved into full-featured digital measuring systems. But it is a testament to the simplicity and versatility of the original design that the evolution has been so slow and that so few changes have been required to produce the instruments we are familiar with today.
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Levels of Precision: A Field Guide to Dimensional Gages

June 2, 2010
Conceptually, the dimensional measurement process is quite simple. You get a drawing for a part-an electronic computer-aided design (CAD) file, blueprint, napkin doodle or whatever-which indicates certain critical part dimensions and tolerances: a particular diameter, for instance, must be 2.2370 inches ±0.0002 inch. All the manufacturer needs to do is to machine the parts to that dimension, then measure them to document that they are within the specified tolerance. What could be easier than that?
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Quality 101: Make It Snappy

May 27, 2009
There are many ways to measure an outside diameter (OD), including scales, micrometers, calipers, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), optical beams and vision systems. The choice depends on many factors including tolerance, run size, operator skill, part size and, of course, budget. An easy, fast, accurate and economical way of making such measurements is with an adjustable snap gage.
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