solutions down to the submicron level,” he explained, that often include combinations of probes, sensors, and air gages. To create complex—yet fl exible—solutions, Jen- optik recently introduced a fully adjustable air ring gage, according to Blind. “For example, in centerless grinding applications, that make parts with one diameter, in the past you had one gage that could measure one size. To make different diameters, you had to swap out the gage and that was very complicated, but now our adjustable air rings go in and out in no time.” He also pointed out that Jenoptik specializes in using high-pressure technology in its solutions, which leads to better overall measurements. While the standard for the range of air gaging measure- ments is around 0.005" (0.127 mm), Blind noted that their equipment can measure out to 0.010" (0.254 mm), with response times in the range of 10 milliseconds. “Air gaging used to be lame, old technology,” he re- marked. “It had a dusty feel to it. Once you can see what the new technology can do, it is amazing.”
Air-to-electric converters range in fl exibility and readout options, such as this four-plug unit from Stotz.