Prolonging The Life Of The Thread Gauges Through Strict Maintenance Protocols
One of the constant expenses that you will have in any manufacturing setting is the sourcing of different types of inspection tools such as Whitworth thread gauge or UNEF thread gauge. Your thread gauges are exposed to the highest level of wear and tear. As a result, they need to be replaced frequently.
You would be forced to replace your UNEF thread gages and other thread gauges frequently not only because of the highest level of wear and tear but also due to the other forms of damages. By following certain basic best practices, it is possible to extend the life of your thread gauges.
First of all make sure that you are sourcing only the finest quality thread gauges. If you use the best quality thread gauges, you do not have to worry about frequent breakages or frequent damages to the thread gauges. Good quality UNEF thread gages and Whitworth thread gauges will be able to withstand the highest level of wear and tear.
Secondly, make sure that everyone who is designated to use the thread gauges know how exactly to use the thread gauges. They should be given a complete orientation on the right usage of the thread gauges. Only when someone that is not trained uses the thread gauges, they get damaged fast.
Thirdly, the thread gauges should be stored in a safe place. They should not be exposed to excessive heat or excessive cold. Exposure to all forms of chemicals should be avoided. If your thread gauges are exposed to chemicals then they could be damaged due to corrosion of the surface.
Similarly, if you have used any lubricants or oil during the use, make sure that they are wiped clean before they are stored between usage. Exposure to industrial oil can also lead to corrosion and damage of the thread gauges.
The next important factor to consider when it comes to extending the life of the thread gauge is that you should avoid dropping the thread gauges. Even if the thread gauges are made of hardened steel when you drop the thread gauge they could be damaged easily.
Regular cleaning is required before and after the use. The component that is being inspected should also be cleaned thoroughly. You will be surprised to learn how this simple step can protect your thread gauges from damage. After the tapping of the thread, the newly tapped component is likely to carry residual metal particles. These particles can cause friction while using the thread gauges. If someone untrained uses the thread gauges, they will exert undue force trying to tighten the thread and in the process damage the component as well as the thread gauge.
Regardless of all these measures, you should know that your thread gauges need to be replaced from time to time. The frequency at which they need to be changed will depend on the number of components that is inspected every day and every month.