AMETEK Germany opened a new state-of-the-art Customer Solutions Center in Weiterstadt, Germany, where visitors can find the latest news concerning the company’s many brands, and experience product demonstrations of technologies ranging from the field of elemental analysis, drive technology, optics metrology and surface measurement.
In this article, I wanted to go beyond the simple go/no go measurements that most air gaging is used for. Air gaging is a highly effective and efficient way for measuring these simple diameter requirements. It is also extremely repeatable on tight tolerances, but for this article, I wanted to focus on using air gaging to measure form requirements such as roundness, flatness, perpendicularity/squareness, taper, straightness, matching, and others.
Our Introduction to Surface Roughness Measurement guidebook is an excellent initiation to noncontact surface roughness measurement. It offers practical information on various topics to help make roughness measurement easy and efficient.
Specifications for surface texture frequently focus on surface “roughness”—the finer structures in the texture—often to the exclusion of the “waviness”—the larger structure of the texture. Unfortunately, problems related to sealing, vibration, noise, wear, etc., are regularly caused by issues hidden in the waviness domain, which cannot be captured by common roughness specifications.
Surface finish affects how a part will fit, reflect light, transmit heat, wear, distribute lubrication, accept coatings and more. The right finish should ultimately be determined by the part’s function and the engineering requirements of the application.
The L.S. Starrett Co., a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, metrology systems and more, will be demonstrating at IMTS a wide range of its latest solutions from Automated Vision Technology.