From calipers to micrometers, to indicators and all manner of gages and metrology equipment, there are literally hundreds of standard off the shelf solutions for measuring the vast array of parts that manufacturers make. And with the often-assumed mantra of “if it can be made, it can be measured,” why would any manufacturing entity or inspection department be concerned about measuring a part, regardless of its complexity? Well, in metrology, as in life, there are a healthy number of exceptions to the rules.
Consider an exotic aerospace defense part with a labyrinth of grooves, vanes, holes, slots, shoulders, lands—a non-standard part worth well into five figures per unit. After designing and manufacturing the part, the manufacturer realized there was no way it could accurately measure the part. Pressed to deliver the part, the manufacturer sought a solution for the quandary and consulted our special gage division. After quick and intense analysis, a solution was drawn up, approved, and a custom designed and built gage was provided that ultimately solved their problem.