Keys to Carrying Out Dimensional Inspections When Making Parts

A dimensional inspection is designed to compare a part to its original designs/plans. Then if there are inconsistencies, you'll identify them and be able to change them for a part's betterment. You'll just need to take these precautions when having one of these inspections performed.

Refine Part Dimensions First

Before you carry out a dimensional inspection on a part that you're trying to bring to market, you need to refine its dimensions first. Then you'll have a concrete baseline to compare your inspection results to, letting you see if adjustments are needed or if parts are just fine the way they are.

Whatever part you're trying to make, iron out every major dimension until you're sure these details are where they need to be. You may need to make some prototypes to test these dimensions too, just to make sure you're comparing dimensional inspection reports with the right set of data.

Let Professionals Decide What Measurement Tools to Use

There are a number of tools that can be used to carry out dimensional inspections for parts. Rather than trying to choose them yourself and potentially having accuracy issues, you should just let a dimensional inspection lab help you with this assessment. Then there won't be any miscalculations to worry about.

They'll see what parts you're looking to have assessed and get your input on specific elements you want to be measured. They can then turn around with the appropriate tool recommendations that ultimately give you accurate measurements to compare with designs/plans.

Get Adjustment Recommendations 

If you find out your parts aren't complying with original plans based on results from a dimensional inspection, then it's a good idea to get professional recommendations for what specific adjustments are needed. Maybe it's making the part bigger in height or making a section thicker than it already is.

A dimensional inspection lab can help you with these assessments just like they can with recommending the appropriate measurement tools. They'll include a report of your dimensional inspection, showing how far off dimensions are if they don't comply with the specified dimensions. Then you can easily make part improvements that have a positive impact.

The best way to see if parts comply with designs is to have them go through dimensional inspections. As long as you do your best to set up this analysis for success in the beginning, you'll have an easier time getting back key results that make part development optimized.