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The Surface Texture Answer Book Now Available

Q&A-style guide addresses common surface texture topics

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 12:00

(Digital Metrology Solutions: Columbus, OH) -- A new resource makes it easier to find answers to surface texture-related concepts and applications. The Surface Texture Answer Book answers more than 100 commonly asked questions regarding surface texture measurement, analysis, interpretation, specification, and application.

“Surface texture is more than just a number from a measurement device,” says co-author Carl Musolff. “It’s a microscopic world with huge implications for many industries and applications. Our goal with this book is to help technicians and engineers quickly address their questions, regardless of their level of experience with surface analysis. But more than that, we want this book to be a learning resource that will benefit readers far beyond their immediate need.”

“Every day in my work I answer questions like, ‘What is filtering?’ and ‘What is waviness?’” says Mark Malburg, co-author and president of Digital Metrology Solutions. “These are important questions about measuring and specifying surfaces, most of which are not taught in schools. We found there was a real need for a resource to directly address these kinds of questions in a user-friendly, non-academic way. This book includes hundreds of figures to help make texture visual, which we’ve found is the best way to help readers grasp and retain these concepts.”

The Surface Texture Answer Book draws on information from numerous resources, as well as the authors’ combined 70 years of industry experience. Topics focus primarily on two-dimensional measurement techniques, which represent the vast majority of surface texture measurements in industry today. The book also touches on some important aspects of 3D (areal) measurement, which is becoming more prevalent in development and industrial applications.

“We believe that this book clarifies a lot of the concepts, and misconceptions, relating to surface texture,” says Musolff. “We hope readers will be able to come to the book for a particular answer, then encounter other topics along the way that expand their knowledge as well.”

The 400-page paperback book is available through amazon.com and through the digitalmetrology.com website.

About the authors

Carl Musolff is an industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience in product development, wear analysis, failure analysis, materials, metallurgical engineering, and surface texture analysis and specification. He has worked on thousands of projects to improve performance and longevity across a variety of components and applications. Musolff is deeply immersed in understanding surfaces from a functional perspective, and he has drawn on his passion for teaching to mentor dozens of engineers and technicians.

Mark Malburg is the president of Digital Metrology Solutions. With more than 30 years in applied surface metrology, he is the chief architect of a range of standard and custom software for surface texture and shape analysis. Malburg has consulted in numerous industries ranging from optics to aerospace. He is a regular participant in national and international standards committees and has helped shape many of the standards that govern surface specification and control.

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