Measuring Hot Steel - A Custom Measuring Solution
The Starrett Custom Gage Division was asked by a customer to develop a new gage for measuring the diameter of hot steel flat stock while in the heat treatment process.
The existing measuring devise utilized a gage with a crude fractional dial (right) that did not provide accurate or repeatable results. In addition, it often stuck to the hot steel and ruined the piece being measured. Even worse, on several occasions the old process caused burn injuries to the operator.
The customer needed a new solution that provided precise and reliable results, a much lower scrap rate, and ensured operator safety.
The application presented some difficult challenges. Any operation that requires contact with hot steel is dangerous and must be of very brief duration.