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Surface Roughness Tester Reduces Need for Fixtures

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L.S. Starrett Co.’s SR160 surface roughness tester performs complex analysis to test against customer specifications.

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Starrett’s SR160 surface roughness tester performs complex analysis to test against customer specifications. The device is suitable for safety, aerospace, automotive, precision bearings and other manufacturing applications within a shop environment. Operations include incoming inspections, final inspection before shipment, process control on production lines and large-components checking.

The SR160 splits into a display/control unit and a traverse unit via a slide and lock mechanism, connected using Bluetooth technology. The screen provides a detailed graph of the measurement area, and can be electronically oriented in four ways for ease of viewing. The tester can help to reduce part scrappage, as well as monitor conditions such as tool wear while promoting traceability. In addition, the tester can be used on flat or curved surfaces as well as upside down, reducing the need for riser blocks, stands or other fixtures. 

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