The world of metrology can
be slick and sexy, with large-part inspection devices priced
in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, or simple and mundane,
with inexpensive gages designed to take quick measurements
of thousands of parts. Although the CMMs, height gages,
surface measurement gages and the hundreds of other metrology
tools get all the attention, the fixtures that hold the
devices or parts in place are just as important to ensure
Walk onto any shop floor and you’ll inevitably see
gage fixtures holding down the fort. Like the metrology
tools they support, these fixtures can be pricey or cheap,
simple or complex. Selecting the right fixture is just as
important as selecting the right gage for the measurement
Some gage manufacturers supply the fixtures needed to
hold their devices, some work with fixture suppliers and
some let their customers purchase fixtures on their own.
And don’t forget the quality technicians who cobble
together custom fixtures themselves.
To help you in your quest for the perfect gage fixture,
Quality Digest has assembled a directory of gage fixture
suppliers. Some of the companies listed sell their fixtures
only with the inspection devices they sell; others custom
design fixtures for anyone.
As with all Quality Digest directories, this guide is
in no way meant to endorse or exclude any particular organization.
We suggest that you use this directory as a starting point
in your research. Talk to your gage suppliers. Surf the
Net. See what your suppliers and vendors are using.