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Bore gages and ID gages are designed for dimensional measurement or assessment of the internal diameter of components.  Bore gages and ID gages are available that employ variable or fixed mechanical, electronic or pneumatic technologies. Specialized bore gaging tools have the capability to measure the degree of roundness (lobes), taper or internal steps, grooves or serrations.  Some devices are set to test for a standard bore gage, displaying a deviation from the norm, while others are designed to simply measure the component in question.

Types of Bore Gages and ID Gages

Mechanical Gages

Mechanical bore 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.  Bore micrometers, calipers, indicators, plug gages, ring gages or snap gages are examples of mechanical gages.

Electronic Bore Gages

Electronic gauges 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.

Air Bore Gages

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.

Other Types of Bore Gages and ID Gages

Specific types of bore gages and ID gages include internal calipers, slot gages, indicating bore gages, dial bore gages, and 3-point bore gages.


 - Calipers

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.


- Slot Gages

Slot gages are expanding collet type gages used for comparative measurement of small holes.  The gage is expanded in the hole and then removed and measured with a micrometer or other external (OD) gage. Alternately, the hole or slot gage can be set and used to check if a hole is above or below a specific size or tolerance.


- Indicating Bore Gages

Indicating bore gages are gaging devices for comparative measurements where the linear movement of a spindle or plunger is amplified and displayed on a dial, column or digital display.  Typically, indicators have a lower discrimination (0.001" to 0.0001") and greater range (+/- 1.000" to +/- 0.050" total) compared to comparators.  The level or precision is sufficient for measurement of precision ground parts and for the calibration of other gages.


- Three Point Bore Gages

3-point bore gages have three contact points mounted on arms that expand out from a central point.  3-point bore gages can detect lobe or out-of-roundness conditions, which is an advantage over 2-point ID gages.  These gages can have either a dial bore indicator or a digital display.


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  • Calipers

    Calipers typically use a precise slide movement for inside, outside, depth or step measurements. Some caliper types are used for comparing or transferring dimensions.

  • Depth Gages

    Depth gages are used to measure of the depth of holes, cavities, or other component features.

  • Dimensional Indicators and Comparators

    Dimensional indicators and comparators measure where the linear movement of a precision spindle or probe is amplified.

  • Gage Blocks

    Gage blocks are manufactured to precise gagemaker tolerance grades for calibrating, checking, and setting fixed and comparative gages.

  • Height Gages

    Height gages are used for measuring the height of components or product features.

  • Micrometers

    Micrometers are instruments for precision dimensional gaging consisting of a ground spindle and anvil mounted in a C-shaped steel frame.  Noncontact laser micrometers are also available.

  • Snap Gages

    Snap gages are used in production settings where specific diametrical or thickness measurements must be repeated frequently with precision and accuracy.

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