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...
Advanced Grinding Solutions at GrindingHub

Advanced Grinding Solutions at GrindingHub

No less than eight of Advanced Grinding Solutions’ principals are exhibiting at the forthcoming GrindingHub exhibition including Rollomatic in Hall 7 on Stand C70, Tschudin and HandlingTech in Hall 9 on Stand D5, Bahmuller in Hall 10 on Stand D70, Krebs & Riedel...
Portal Milling Machine Provides Years of Smooth Operation

Portal Milling Machine Provides Years of Smooth Operation

Large machine tools are a large investment. Fortunately for Neuman & Esser (NEA), the benefits it gained from Starrag’s Droop+Rein proved equally sizable. “The Droop+Rein is one of our best workhorses in the stable,” says Alexander Peters, NEA managing partner....
Rotary Grinders Leave Cleaner Build Plates

Rotary Grinders Leave Cleaner Build Plates

Metal additive manufacturing removes many bottlenecks from the manufacturing process, but it also introduces a notable new one: users must remove all residual metal from build plates before reusing them. The latest rotary grinders can provide an efficient alternative...
Machining 101: What is Grinding?

Machining 101: What is Grinding?

On its surface, grinding seems simple: a machine takes a rotating tool (usually a wheel) with abrasive grains and applies it to a workpiece’s surface to remove material. Each grain is its own miniature cutting tool, and as grains dull, they tear from the tool and make...