Available from Mahr Federal, the Standard Elements modular gaging system features standard components to enable users to quickly configure and implement gaging solutions. The components combine the flexibility and versatility of a general gage with the speed and accuracy of a custom or dedicated gaging solution, the company says. The system is designed for ID, OD and length measurements in short-run and quick-change-over environments.
Modular components include solid reference anvils or contacts, a sensitive contact, part references or backstops, and a readout. The components are designed to be as small as possible so that a high number of measuring points can be inspected within a small area of the workpiece. Because the multi-gage measuring devices are constructed of common elements, they can be reconfigured for various applications ranging from simple parts to complex workpiece geometries.
A choice of readout systems and different mechanisms for guiding the moving part of the stylus are available, according to the accuracy requirements of the measuring task. This flexibility is said to reduce both development and implementation time. Input and computation options include the ability to create multiple inputs from different sensors (LVDTs, digital probes, analog or air sensors) and the use of gaging computers with gaging software for multiple part programs, part classification, and data storage and analysis. Standard Elements are available with or without integrated pneumatic probe retraction, spring blade or ball guidance, with measurement strokes ranging to ±2.5 at ±10 mm accuracy to 0.5 microns.
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