Thread Gauges Care – Best Practices

Are you tired of replacing your Metric thread gauges and UN thread gauges frequently? There could be a number of reasons why you are required to replace your thread gauges very frequently.

Depending on the extensiveness of the usage, you need to have a preset replacement schedule so that the UN thread gauges that you use are in good condition making them suitable for inspection of all the threaded components. Here are some of the best practices in thread gauge care that you might want to pay attention to so that the integrity of the thread gauges is not compromised.

When using the thread gauges take time to check both gauge and the part to be inspected is clean. If there are burs in the thread grooves, it will damage the gauge or the person checking the threaded component could may exert force while checking and damage the thread gauge. The tool should be cleaned before and after use.

Extreme care should be taken in storing the inspection tool. They should be protected in plastic holders and stored in a box that is free from dust and oil. If the thread gauge is exposed to oil and if it is stored with the oil, then it could get corroded by the oil and it would become unusable for checking the accuracy of the threaded components.

Moisture could damage the thread gauges very badly as they can form rust and once rust is formed, you will never be able to use the gauge for inspection purposes again. Similarly, you should avoid exposing your thread gauge to excessive heat or direct sunlight. Heat will make the thread gauges expand and you will not be able to get accurate inspection results.

Often thread gauges are damaged when they are not properly labeled. When you do not label the thread gauges, you could use them to test the wrong products and in the process you could damage the tool. You could easily avoid such issues when your tools are properly marked.

In case you are required to transport the tools regularly from one location to the other, it is important that you take adequate care so that the tools do not damage each other. They should be packed individually in plastic tubes when transporting and when storing them. Using them outside the designated workstation is not the best thing to do. Only those who are designated to use the too should be given access. If everyone has free access to the thread gauge, it will result in fast wearing out of the tool. If the tool wears out it cannot be used for inspection.

These are some of the basic measures that you need to take to keep your thread gauge safe and free from damages. If you have taken the time to purchase the best quality thread gauge they will not be so easily damaged. When you are replacing your thread gauge make sure you source the finest quality gauges.

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