Inspec Insights

Three Keys to Maximizing Measurement Tool Lifespan

by Steve Maykovich, Gage Technical Leader 

Proper care, through maintenance and regular calibration can extend the life of your measurement equipment.

First maintenance, begin with visual inspection.  Looking at your tools can reveal common problems such as damaged or worn jaws on calipers, chipped or worn contacts on micrometers, and worn or incorrect contact points on test indicators.  These may seem insignificant but they add up and can contribute to measurement error.  Make sure to get your tools repaired before small problems lead to larger ones.

Second calibration, a regular calibration cycle to a known and traceable standard is a good idea for most and a requirement for many. Sending your equipment and gaging to an Accredited Calibration Lab you will help maximize the life and effectiveness of your gages.

Lastly proper care, this includes things like keeping gages cased or out of harm’s way when not in use. Making sure the lid on a case of gage blocks closed after a selection is made. Not wringing gage blocks over an open case in case the blocks are dropped. 

One other thing to consider, when purchasing new tools, is the materials it’s made of.  Choices can range from steel to chrome plate, ceramic, and different carbides.  Each of these have different wear characteristics which play into the life of the tool. Micrometers and calipers with carbide contacts and jaws are superior to steel.

So by taking these few simple steps you can better manage your precision gages thereby maximizing their life. 

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