Welcome to Quality Digest's 1998 Gage Manufacturers Guide. In this guide, which you can download by clicking here, there are more than 160 gage manufacturers that produce a wide range of gaging products. From air gages to vacuum gages, from handheld snap gages to laser profiling gages, and from electronic readout to dial indicator gages, you will find them all contained in this guide.
For each company, we provide contact information and a matrix listing the types of gages it sells. For gage types that don't fit within our existing categories, we include a description of the product in a text block alongside the company's name.
When choosing the right gage for your application, it's important to keep in mind three requirements, according to Tom Stewart, sales and marketing manager for Marposs Corp. They include specified part tolerance limits, characteristics to be gaged and the manufacturing or end-product priorities vs. critical characteristics to be gaged. To help with your gage selection, read Stewart's article, "Selecting the Right Gage," which begins on page 35.
You might also consider the results of a Marposs survey of 250 metalworking companies that rated various types of gages for their design robustness and reliability; system accuracy, flexibility and user-friendliness; resolution; speed; sensitivity to environmental factors; and more. As would be expected, attribute gages get high ratings for user-friendliness but low ratings for gage R&R. Some types of variable gages, on the other hand, while providing excellent accuracy and gage R&R, may not be as user-friendly or may require special operator training. Understanding your application and the people who will be using the gage is critical to your choice.
We hope that this buyers guide and the gage articles in this issue will help you in your gage purchasing decision. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the editorial department at telephone (530) 893-4095 or e-mail us at gages@quality digest.com.
As with all Quality Digest buyers guides, the 1998 Gage Manufacturers Guide is intended to provide readers with helpful information. Only those companies responding to our requests for information are listed. The products listed in this guide have been neither evaluated nor endorsed by Quality Digest.
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