October 2018 Product Spotlight: Measurement and Inspection
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on various inspection and measuring machines and equipment, much of it on display at IMTS 2018.
The image gallery above, based on Modern Machine Shop magazine’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight, features a variety of equipment and software related to measurement and inspection from Beta LaserMike, Alicona, DWFritz, Zeiss, Creaform and MC Machinery Systems. Several of these technologies were displayed at IMTS 2018 last month.
Swipe through the gallery for details, and follow the caption links for more information about each item.
This shop has a plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets.
The irregularity of a machined surface is the result of the machining process, including the choice of tool; feed and speed of the tool; machine geometry; and environmental conditions. This irregularity consists of high and low spots machined into a surface by the tool bit or a grinding wheel.
Simple "roughness" measurements remain useful in the increasingly stringent world of surface finish specifications. Here's a look at why surface measurement is important and how to use sophisticated portable gages to perform inspections on the shop floor.