3 Tips for Proper Care and Maintenance for a Measuring Tool
Precision is of the utmost importance for metalworkers. That means the measuring equipment you use must always be in perfect working condition. A measuring tool helps ensure that the dimensions and shape of the product are in line with the design specifications.
If your measuring tool doesn’t work properly, it can slow down your processes, offer inaccurate measurements, and compromise the quality of your work. Keep your machine shop operations smooth and successful with these tips for proper care and maintenance for a measuring tool.
As with any tool, a lot of measuring tool maintenance practices come down to keeping everything clean. Dust, dirt, and debris can build up on the measuring surfaces and cause inconsistencies in your readings. To keep your measuring tools clean, wipe them down with a soft cloth after every use. Avoid abrasive materials and make sure the cloth is clean before you wipe down your measuring tools. Take extra care to remove dirt and oil, which can cause premature wear and corrosion.
Accuracy is the core attribute of any measuring tool. Over time, measuring tools can become less accurate due to wear and tear or exposure to environmental factors. That’s why calibration is an essential part of proper care and maintenance for measuring tools. Calibration will detect inaccuracies that can occur after accidental damage from rough handling, vibrations, improper storage, and other mishaps.
You can calibrate some measurement tools on your own by simply checking their readings against a standard measurement and then making adjustments or repairs to ensure your tool is accurate. However, some tools require more complex calibration performed by qualified professionals.
Finally, it’s important to store your precision measurement tools properly to maintain their accuracy and longevity. Keep them in a clean, dry location that is free from dust, dirt, and other contaminants that can cause damage. Store them in their protective cases or covers to prevent accidental damage, and properly label and organize each measuring tool so that you can find it quickly whenever you need it.