Western Gage's Micro IIi Readout Measures Tapered IDs, ODs
IMTS Spark: Western Gage’s Micro IIi air gage readout provides fast and accurate measurements of tapered internal and external diameters.
Western Gage’s Micro IIi air gage readout provides fast and accurate measurements of tapered internal and external diameters. The air gage instrument includes a built-in microprocessor, digital and analog displays, RS-232 serial data outputs, and auto calibration with master gages. Taper angles and datum diameters are displayed with resolutions ranging to 5 microinches or 0.1 micron. Applications include measurement of machine tool spindle tapers, toolholders and medical implant tapers. The company also designs and manufactures custom air gages for precision ID and OD match fittings, inspecting flatness, concentricity, perpendicularity and parallelism.
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The uses of working gage blocks are as varied as the number of gage blocks in a large set. The working blocks have an intermediate grade and are often used in the inspection or calibration lab, but they may also be found on the shop floor.
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