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Gage Type / Technology
   Type       
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   Bore Gage       Bore gages are used to measure the inside diameter of a hole, bore, or blind hole at shallow to very deep (~0.03 inches to several feet) depths into the bore. 
   Caliper       Calipers use a precise slide movement for inside, outside, depth or step measurements. While calipers do not typically provide the precision of micrometers, they provide a versatile and broad range of measurement capabilities: inside (ID), outside (OD), depth, step, thickness and length. Shop tool, spring-type or firm joint calipers consist of two legs with a scissor action and are usually used for comparative gaging or measurement transfer; although some spring-type calipers have dial indicators. 
   Custom / OEM Gage       Custom gages cover individual gages as well as gaging systems or stations for particular OEM applications.  Micrometer heads, air gaging rings or snaps, custom ring gages, go / no-go gages or functional gages, gaging stations, gaging systems, and tire or impeller-profiling systems are often customized or configured for particular applications. 
   Depth Gage       Gages are used to measure depth. Depth gages usually consist of a solid base with a protruding rod or slide. The solid depth base provides a reference and support across the opening. 
   Gage Block / Master       Master or setting gages, gages blocks, and other dimensional standards are used to calibrate, check, or set variable or fixed limit gages.  Gage blocks, angle gage blocks, pin gages, precision ball gages, ring gages, setting discs, and truncated thread plug gages fit into this category. 
   Gage Head / Probe       Gage heads or probes are electronic, pneumatic, optical, or mechanical gaging units that connect to a remote display, readout, or analog amplifier.  In some applications, probes are used in conjunction with other gages, such as a plug gage with an integral electronic probe. 
   Gage Set / Tool Kit       Gage sets include several gages and accessories packaged into a kit, usually in a case with adjusting tools. Tool kits sometimes contain alternate extensions and contact tips, holders, bases, or standards. 
   Gaging System / Station       Gaging systems or stations are larger, more complex units for large-scale gaging. They are usually available in bench top or floor mounted configurations. These devices may consist of several gages, fixtures, or other components for holding or manipulating parts during inspection.  Typically, systems or stations have specialized gaging or inspection systems customized for particular OEM application.  Air gaging stations, gear testing systems, form gaging systems, tire profiling systems, and universal gaging systems are example of these types of products. 
   Go - No Go / Functional       Go / no-go, functional, or attribute gages provide a precision tool for production comparative gaging based on fixed limits.  A go / no-go gage consists of a fixed limit gage with two gaging limits based on the plus / minus tolerances of the inspected part. Plug, ring, or snap gages are common types of go / no-go or functional gages. 
   Height Gage       Gages are used to measure height. Common types include Vernier height gages, micrometer height gages, surface gages, and other height gaging units. 
   Indicator / Comparator       Test indicators, indicators, and comparators are instruments for comparative measurements where the linear movement of a precision spindle is amplified and displayed on a dial or digital display. Test indicators have sufficient accuracy for shop or production gaging and are often machine mounted.  Indicators have a higher degree of precision compared to test indicators and are used for inspection gaging and in monitoring precision grinding operations.  Comparators provide the highest level of precision and accuracy of the instruments in this group and can be used to check other gages. 
   Optical - Laser       Laser micrometers and gages are instruments that measure extremely small distances using laser technology. 
   Micrometer       Micrometers are instruments for precision dimensional gaging.  They consist of a ground spindle and anvil mounted in a C-shaped steel frame. Micrometers are available in scale, digital, and dial variations. 
   Micrometer Head       Micrometer heads or jig borer micrometers consist only of the spindle and drum portion (no frame or anvil).  Micrometer heads are OEM components built into microscopes, machine tools, medical equipment or other metrological systems to provide precision measurement or positioning.  Jig borer micrometers and end measuring rods (fixed standard) are commonly used to set spacing and table locations. 
   Pin / Plug Gage       Pin / plug gages are production functional gages for go / no-go assessment of hole and slot dimensions or locations compared to specified tolerances. 
   Snap Gage       Snap gages are functional or attribute gages used in production settings where specific diametrical or thickness measurements or go / no-go assessment are repeated frequently.  They provide a fairly high degree of precision compared to other gages. 
   Special Function / Form Gages       Specialized gage or gaging system for measuring gear parameters (gear roll testers), spring free length and diameter, tire profiles, impeller or prop attributes, or other dimensional parameters for specialty applications. 
   Thickness Gage       Gages are used to measure the thickness of metal sheets or strips, plastic webs or films, and other thin materials or sections of components.  Micrometers, calipers, laser micrometers, and indicating thickness gages are commonly applied in gaging thickness. 
   Thread / Serration Gage       Dimensional instruments, tools, or gaging components are designed for measuring thread size, pitch, or other parameters. Thread plug gages, thread ring gages, measuring wire, thread comparator, thread gaging rolls, thread gaging spring, and STI plug gages are used for thread measurement. Calipers and micrometers with point anvils or contact tips are used for thread or serration measurement. 
   Other Gage       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary type of gage. 
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   Technology       
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   Air / Pneumatic       Gages or gaging systems use the changes in flow or pressure in air nozzles or inlets internally located in air plugs, probes, rings or snaps or other pneumatic gages. Pneumatic comparators, digital readouts, analog amplifiers, columns or flowmeter / rotameter tubes are used to display air gaging dimensional data. 
   Electronic       Electronic gages use LVDT, capacitance, inductive or other electronic probes to sense the distance or displacement of a contact or stylus. Mechanical gages such as micrometers, plug gages, and snap gages may employ an integral electronic probe in addition to the mechanical gaging elements. 
   Mechanical       Mechanical gages use comparison or the physical movement and displacement of a gaging element (e.g., spindle, slide, stem) to determine the dimensions of a part or feature. Micrometers, calipers, indicators, plug gages, ring gages or snap gages are examples of mechanical gages. 
   Optical       Gages use optical, laser, or video-based technology to measure dimensional features.  
   Non-contact       Non-contact gages and gaging systems measure the dimensional features of a part without making contact with these features. Typically, non-contact instruments are used when a part's function or assembly does not allow for marring or damage to the part during measurement. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary technology types. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Specifications
   Range:       The total range length or dimensional range that gages can measure. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Resolution:       The best or minimum graduations for scaled or dial-indicating instruments, or the best or minimum resolution for gages with digital displays. 
   Search Logic:      All matching products will have a value less than or equal to the specified value.
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Measurement Scale
   Units:       
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   English       Gages and gaging systems are based on the English system of measurement (e.g., inches). 
   Metric       Gages and gaging systems are based on the metric system of measurement (e.g., centimeters, millimeters). 
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   Dial / Analog / Direct Reading Scale       Devices include dial displays, column/bargraphs, and direct reading scales. Dial displays use a pointer or needle mounted in a graduated, disc dial. The dial provides an indication of dimension or position around or from a zero reference point with dial graduations or styles, such as 10-0-10, 45-0-45, 4-0-4 or 50-0-50. Column and bargraph displays provide a graphical presentation of dimensional data. Direct reading graduated scales have rulings or graduations engraved or printed onto a linear, disc, or drum surface that provides a direct indication of the gaged dimension. Vernier scales provide additional amplification or an increased level of precision (e.g., thousandths).  
   Digital Display       Digital display types present metrology data in numeric or alphanumeric form. Micrometers, calipers, and indicators are available with digital displays. Gages with digital displays often have data output capabilities using serial or other formats.  Digital readouts are a precision type of digital display integrated into dimensional gages or systems. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Mounting / Features
   Mounting / Loading Options:       
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   Automatic / Inline       The part is automatically presented to the gage and measured without operator intervention. Inline devices are automatic gages used in a production line. In semi-automatic systems, a part is presented manually to the gage or gaging system and then measured automatically. 
   Benchtop / Floor       Devices are benchtop, table-based or floor mounted gages or instrument where a part is both manually loaded and measured. 
   Handheld / Portable       Devices can be operated while being held in the hand and/or are portable. 
   Machine Mounted       Gages are mounted on or within a machine tool or equipment for tool setup or travel measurement. Test indicators, dial indicators and micrometer heads are examples of gages that are often machine mounted. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized or proprietary mounting or loading types. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
   Gage Calibrator       Gages can be used to check or calibrate other gages. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   NIST Traceability       Gage can be traced to the National Institute of Technology Standards (NIST). These gages are compared to a master standard that is checked against a NIST standard. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   SPC Capability       Gages or gaging systems provide statistical variation or process control parameters based on the dimensional data obtained. Many of the systems have a PC interface and use specialized SPC software. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Tool Setting Capability       Gages are used for setting cutting tools in spindles, collets, or holders with respect to zero, or a reference point. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
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