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Today, calibration systems should offer more than just calibration. As systems are customizable, they can be as simple or as complicated as you need. Generally, companies have various gages and tools, from handhelds to permanent fixtures, which all need calibrating, setting, and zeroing. Historically, calibration has been viewed as a financial headache and a logistics nightmare. The expense of tracking, scheduling, shipping, instrument downtime, and the actual calibration service really adds up. Currently, companies who implement in-house calibration find that the systems pay for themselves in short order. For in-house calibration and gage setting, you want accurate, repeatable, reproducible results from a versatile, cost effective, easy-to-use system. Finding your perfect system can be achieved in 4 easy phases. PHASE 1: INVENTORY YOUR INSTRUMENTS List your instruments to be calibrated, their calibration accuracy requirements, as well as what gages need setting. Once inventory is taken, consider three major points when choosing your equipment: accuracy, versatility, and environment. Of those, determining your desired level of accuracy is the key. Accuracy determines the work environment, operator skill, equipment size, and price. PHASE 2: REVIEW YOUR CALIBRATION AND SETTING REQUIREMENTS Some instruments need less accurate calibration than others. Calipers and micrometers often need a machine with less accuracy than do ring and plug gages (e.g. 0.001” vs. 0.0005”). If many of your gages need less accuracy or just setting, then consider a basic shop floor system. However, accuracy is not the only requirement. Don’t overlook another significant cost saver- versatility. A versatile system should operate as a gage setting master, which avoids the purchase and storing of expensive standard sets. Not to mention, a linear measurement function is proven to be indispensable. PHASE 3: CONSIDER YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT AND AVAILABLE SPACE If you need a shop floor machine, it should be durable enough to withstand the environmental rigors and increased usage found in a shop. Higher accuracy machines require a more controlled environment, e. g. temperature control, air quality, trained operators, and well defined procedures. No matter what type of environment, equipment size is a consideration. Do you have room for a machine with a large footprint? Or does a table-top or mountable machine fit better? PHASE 4: DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET AND SHOP YOUR OPTIONS Once your evaluation is complete, investigate all available options. Typically, companies with various gages balance their calibration program between in-house, manufacturer, and third party services. GAGEMAKER’S MIC TRAC Establishing in-house calibration grants greater control over the calibration process while saving time and money. The Gagemaker In-House MIC TRAC 4000 Series Precision Gage Calibration System enables you to inspect parts, calibrate and track a wide variety of gage styles, including ring and plugs. This innovative high precision metrology system with 1.00” travel guarantees extremely high accuracies to ±.00002 and a resolution of .00001” (traceable to the NIST). This system also enables you to track and maintain gage history and produce calibration certificates. Employing a versatile bench mounted length measuring system allows you to measure parts, Calibrate hand held gages, and preset indicator style gages. The Gagemaker Shop Floor MIC TRAC 3000 Series Gage Setting and Part Measurement System sets or zeros most gages with the standard resolution of .00005”, accuracies ranging from ±.0001” to ±.0004” (traceable to the NIST) and the digital read out is CE approved. The cost effective Force-Lok feature improves repeatability and reproducibility, along with being well suited for a variety of environments including the shop floor. For more information, contact Gagemaker today, www.gagemaker.com, email@example.com, or 713-472-7360.
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