Precision Gaging

Within the industrial sector, precision gaging typically refers to full scale gaging systems with SPC software and computer integration. These gaging systems are used for automated gaging to incredibly precise tolerances, often under a micron. Precision gaging systems are used in many manufacturing applications, from machining to metal stamping.

Precision Gaging Solution Providers

Kurt Engineered Systems: Kurt is a leading manufacturer of precisions gaging systems, including robust LVDT transducers that can survive in the harshest environments. Kurt gaging systems include full USB integration with computer SPC software to provide instant shop floor data collection as part of the gaging system.

Gaging Examples

Some form of precise measurement is required for almost all manufacturing processes, to ensure that the completed part fits within the necessary specifications. Precision automated gaging is often a part of the quality control process, making sure that parts are consistent from part to part within the tolerance ranges of the product or application.

One example of an automated gaging solution is the manufacture of soda cans or bottles. Each can or bottle rolls of the manufacturing line and is then measured by the gaging system (or perhaps every 3rd or every 12th is measured, depending on the needs for precision and the dangers of one being slightly off). In the case of this beverage industry example, the gaging system is most likely measuring the width of the aluminum can, and probably measuring it in several places.

The width of the can needs to be consisted from can to can, but also from the top of the can to the bottom of the can. Flaws or inconsistencies in the width could result in failure when pressurized, or could indicate that more material is being used in the manufacture than is necessary, resulting in higher materials costs.

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