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Ins and Outs of Height Gages

Know your height gages for efficient and accurate measurements. A height gage does exactly as its name indicates—measures the height of a workpiece. A height gage is a measuring instrument in which a slider with a measuring stylus moves relative to a measuring scale on a beam and in which this motion is along a single vertical axis nominally perpendicular to a reference plane on the instrument base. Height gages are normally used on a granite surface plate to measure and/or scribe part features from a datum plane. Generally a scriber, test indicator, touch probe or CMM-style probe is used to locate the measured feature. Height gages are an indispensable instrument for quality control. There are several types of mechanical and electronic height gages to choose from, depending on a company’s needs and budget. Mechanical height gages have been...

Improving the Inspection Process

Michael Nahum, Ph.D., is presi- dent of Micro Encoder Inc., Kirkland, Wash., a wholly owned R&D subsid- iary of Mitutoyo Corp., Kawasaki, Japan. MEI develops new technologies and software for products, such as small hand-held measurement instruments like calipers and micrometers, and capital equipment like machine vision systems and coordinate measuring machines. The company employs a combined 85 people at its 30,000-sq.-ft. (2,787-sq.-m) facility in Kirkland and 4,000-sq.-ft. (372-sq.-m) facility near Los Angeles. These facilities include state-of-the-art temperature and vibration controlled laboratories, electromagnetic and optical test and measurement equipment, more than 15 machine vision systems and five CMMs. Nahum spoke about the company’s areas of focus, how part miniaturization influences inspection, new metrology devices and techniques that can help part manufacturers meet their needs, and what still needs to...

New Product Announcement – MeasurLink 8

We are pleased to announce the release of MeasurLink 8 Real-Time SPC software. MeasurLink 8 is the replacement for MeasurLink 7 including Real-Time, Process Analyzer, Process Manager, Gage R&R and Gage Management. For more detailed information including part numbers, download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for  MeasurLink 8....

New Product Announcement – Wide Field of View Video Microscope Unit

We are pleased to announce the release of the new Wide Field of View Video Microscope Unit (Wide-FOV VMU). The Wide-FOV VMU can be integrated into custom equipment easily, while supporting Mitutoyo's Finescope Objectives. Horizontal and vertical models help avoid wide-FOV camera interference, when combining two or VMUs. This exciting new optical unit further establishes Mitutoyo as an industry leader in the Microscopy field. For more detailed information including part numbers, download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for Wide-FOV VMU....

New Product Announcement – 505 Series Dial Calipers

This notice is to inform you of changes to our 505 Series Dial Calipers. Due to product enhancements and changes to specifications and features, new part numbers have been created.
Update Overview
-  Improved finish on sliding surfaces for longevity
-  Removal of TiN coating on sliding surfaces without sacrificing wear life
-  New font for easier readabilityFor more detailed information including new part numbers, download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for the  505 Series Dial Calipers. 

New Product Announcement – QIPak V 5.0


QIPak V 5.0

We are pleased to announce the release of the new QIPak V 5.0, vision inspection system software for use with our new line of Quick Image Generation C, as well as Generation B, measuring systems. This version incorporates numerous innovative new measurement features and a measurement guide for beginners to immediately start using the system without opening a manual. This Quick Image software provides a solution with measurement efficiency in mind. This exciting new version further establishes Mitutoyo as an industry leader in Vision measurement and inspection.
For more detailed information download a pdf file of the New Product Announcement for  QIPak V5.0.

Mitutoyo Introduces MiCAT Planner Automatic Measurement Program Generation Software

Mitutoyo America2150_MiCatPlanner Corporation, a leader in the field of precision measuring tools and instruments, today introduced the MiCAT Planner automatic measurement program generation software that uses 3D CAD models and Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) to enable one-click automated generation of measurement programs. With this new program, a complex program that previously would have taken five hours to complete manually can now be completed in 15 minutes. Aerospace, defense and medical device manufacturers will realize significant savings in time and money by making the automatic measurement program generation software MiCAT Planner a part of their digital product definition strategy. “Mitutoyo’s MiCAT Planner software is changing the relationship between people and precision measurement with one click,” said Larry Maggiano, senior systems analyst at Mitutoyo America. “Our software program reduces programming...

Northern Illinois University Honors Dr. Jim Salsbury

Northern Illinois University Honors Dr. Jim Salsbury, Mitutoyo America Corporation, for Contributions to Metrology Education

At their 2014 Scholarship Banquet and Alumni Awards event, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) awarded the Department of Technology “Honorary Alumnus” to Dr. Jim Salsbury, Corporate Metrologist, Mitutoyo America Corporation. Dr. Salsbury and Mitutoyo have a long history of actively supporting metrology education at NIU. In 2003, Mitutoyo started working with the Department of Technology in the development of a metrology laboratory. In the initial development, Mitutoyo provided micrometers, calipers, hardness testers, as well as other important measurement equipment. In 2008, Mitutoyo officially established the Mitutoyo Metrology Laboratory on the NIU campus to provide an enriched, hands-on, educational experience for technology and engineering undergraduate students. The laboratory is one of the best-equipped educational metrology laboratories...

MHR-14 Formula Hybrid Competition

Mitutoyo sponsored University of Michigan's Formula Hybrid car takes 1st place for endurance/dynamic events and 5th place overall. Listed highlights by day: Monday (4/28)
  • Check into competition
  • Electrical pre-inspection (pass)
  • Mechanical inspection (fail)
Tuesday (4/29):
  • Mechanical inspection (pass, 1st team to pass in the competition)
  • Marketing presentation (3rd place)
  • Design presentation
  • Electrical inspection (fail)
Wednesday (4/30):
  • Tilt Test (pass)
  • Electrical inspection (fail)
  • Missed both acceleration and autocross dynamic events
  • Issue with electrical system was ground fault detection not working reliably; the electrical and controls divisions worked through the night, and rectified this.
Thursday (5/1):
  • Electrical inspection (pass)
  • Rain test (pass)
  • Noise test (pass) - due to our lack of a tachometer, we had to tell the inspector what RPM we were revving at using an oscilloscope; the RPM had to be 8500, and have a maximum dB level of 110. We passed with 110dB.
  • Brake test (pass, 4th try)
  • Endurance event at noon - 22 laps completed,...

MCOSMOS v4.0 Release



We are pleased to announce the release of MCOSMOS v4.0.  For a complete outline of new features and enhancements download a copy of the MCOSMOS v4.0 announcement. If you would like further information or assistance regarding MCOSMOS v4.0, please contact your Mitutoyo sales representative or the Mitutoyo sales office in your area. Literature: To be released