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July 03, 2017 //By John Cove
Flexible force measurement: materials testing on the move
Force measurement is an essential part of product manufacturing across a vast array of industries. However, relying on large and expensive force measurement machines is not always feasible — or even necessary — in all manufacturing applications. 

Using a portable device enables quality control managers across manufacturing, engineering and research and development sectors to perform accurate batch testing while on the move. The inspection of parts, like those in aerospace, is ideal for handheld force measurement. However, non-repetitive applications, such as reverse engineering, rapid prototyping would also benefit from the technology.

There are common misconceptions that handheld force measurement devices provide less accuracy than traditional, static machines.

However, that’s not necessarily the case. Starrett’s DFC Digital Force Controller, for example, features measurement accuracy within 0.1 per cent full scale with internal data sampling at 25kHz. Quality control engineers can use the advanced device as a universal interface to set up tests and configure load and distance limits and break limits, as well as crosshead travel direction and speed. Using a handheld device gives production teams more flexibility, knowledge and greater independence. Production will no longer rely on relatively longwinded quality inspection measures, nor will the team have to wait for the quality control department to move and measure larger parts and products. With the possibility of measuring parts whenever they want, at any point in the production process, production teams can perform better quality control themselves and as a result, make fewer mistakes.

About the author:

John Cove is marketing manager of measurement and metrology expert, Starrett - www.starrett.co.uk - He can be reached at jcove@starrett.co.uk.


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