Imagine your task for this week is to develop a hand tool gaging solution for a large rotor with an ID of nearly 400mm. Given the size and the large diameter, it is unlikely the part can be brought to a gage or even a CMM for an in-process check.
Today, there are myriad ways to breathe new life into existing gages without the need to invest in new gaging. Users are familiar with the gages they have. They may be under quality control cycles, are easy to use, provide good results, and have proven themselves over time.
Digital gaging, involving the software and hardware used to capture and process digital measurements, has grown dramatically in the past two decades. It has also made quality more efficient and effective.
While some calibration challenges are ever-present, calibration—as with so many things this past year—has changed because of the pandemic. Manufacturers may have extended their calibration cycles for gages that were not being used, or put off calibration.