The Right Gage for Measuring Small Bores

The Right Gage for Measuring Small Bores

Over the years, this column has examined using air gaging and back pressure to measure small bores (under 1 mm/0.040 inch). Air gaging can be an acceptable way of measuring small bores, but it does not provide any form information; it only provides the flow area as...
Know the Performance Levels of Your Gages

Know the Performance Levels of Your Gages

Micrometers and calipers are essential tools in the manufacturing world. They are versatile and cost effective. For many applications, especially those at inspection stations where variety outweighs volume, they are the tool of choice. They also have kept up with...
Differential Gaging: 2 Big Benefits for In-Process Part Control

Differential Gaging: 2 Big Benefits for In-Process Part Control

Differential gaging usually refers to the process of using two sensing devices and combining the results into one measurement. The measured dimension is the change in the position of the two sensing components. I’ve noted previously that differential gaging has some...
Precision Measuring Tools and Gages: A Primer

Precision Measuring Tools and Gages: A Primer

There is a wide range of precision measuring tools and gages that should be considered as basic requirements in a metalworking operation for ensuring good quality control (QC) processes. Most gages are available in analog (mechanical readout) or electronic (digital...
What is CNC Machining? | Definition, Processes, Components & More

What is CNC Machining? | Definition, Processes, Components & More

What is CNC Machining? CNC 101: The term CNC stands for ‘computer numerical control’, and the CNC machining definition is that it is a subtractive manufacturing process that typically employs computerized controls and machine tools to remove layers of...
A road map for grinding and finishing stainless steel

A road map for grinding and finishing stainless steel

Imagine a fabricator lands a contract involving critical stainless steel fabrication. Sheet metal and tubular sections flow through cutting, bending, and welding, then land at the finishing station. The part consists of a plate welded vertically to a tube. The weld...