Built for production operations, the Digimar 816 CL height gage from Mahr Federal is designed to provide accurate measurements without complicated procedures. According to the company, the gage’s user-friendly operation and advanced features and functionality improve dimensional measurement both on the shop floor and in the lab.
The gage incorporates a precise measuring head on stainless steel guideways and a dynamic probing system. Air bearings provide light, smooth movement, while an optical, incremental measurement system with a double-head reader that is impervious to dust and other contaminants ensures accuracy and reliability, the company says. It adds that the motorized measuring carriage minimizes operator influence on probe contact, improves accuracy and simplifies measurement runs. Also contributing to accuracy is the gage’s internal temperature compensation system, which features an integrated sensor that measures ambient temperature and automatically compensates for thermal expansion of the workpiece.
For ease of use, all standard functions can be initiated with a single keystroke. Additional functionality is available through the menu. Function keys are clearly defined with easy-to-understand icons, and repetitive measuring procedures are easy to automate, the company says. Teach-in mode enables users to program complex measuring routines and initiate those routines with a single key.
Measured values and the function being measured are viewed on the control unit’s high-contrast, back-lit graphic display. Useres can also retrace the measuring procedure in the list of measured values directly below the current value. Other features include dynamic functions, such as max-min for parallel and roundness deviation, and calculation functions, such as the distance between measured values.
The system’s memory can store as many as 99 measured values, and data can be output via USB or OPTO RS232. In addition to the main power adaptor, it incorporates a rechargeable battery for long operating time during independent measurement. The gage is available in two measuring ranges: 14” (350 mm) and 24” (600 mm).