In your manufacturing facility, if your products contain thread components you will be using thread taps. When you use thread taps, you need to measure the accuracy of the threads tapped in the components. In order to inspect the threaded components, you will be required to make use of thread gauges. These are simple inspection tools that are available in both standard sizes and also custom sizes that are made as per customer specifications. Customers have a wide range of questions and various doubts when it comes to the use of thread gauges. Here are a few such questions that will help you have a better understanding of the thread gauges.
Which is the best material for the UN thread gauges and metric thread gauges? Most of the trusted brands in the industry make use of hardened steel for the thread gauges. This is considered to be the best option for thread gauges because the thread gauges are used with a variety of materials and as such the wear and tear level will be high. The material used should withstand this wear and tear and that is why we need durable material like hardened steel.
How long will the thread gauges last? This is one of the most common doubts that customers have. They like to know this because only based on that they will be able to source their thread gauges for their future requirements. The challenge however in answering this question is that there is no straightforward answer. Even if you have sourced exceptional quality thread gauges, the life of the thread gauges will depend on how extensively the thread gauges are used. If you are going to use the thread gauges just a dozen times every year then it would last for decades. On the other hand, if you are going to inspect hundreds of components every day then you may need to replace it every month. The best way to assess this is to pay attention to the rate of wear and tear. Calibrate the thread gauges regularly to ensure that it is still in good shape to give you accurate readings.
Is it possible to order the thread gauges in small volumes or in single units? When you order your thread gauges from the manufacturers directly, you may need to meet their minimum order quantities. This will vary from company to company. You will have to screen the industry to find the most flexible companies in the industry when it comes to the minimum order quantities. You will definitely find companies that are ready to process even single unit orders. You may need to invest a bit more time to identify such companies while at the same time ensuring that your manufacturers are capable of delivering the thread gauges of the highest standards.
Can the thread gauges be sourced from China? Yes, they can be sourced from China as long as you have a credible supplier to take care of your needs.