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# CONTENT

1.0 Title2
2.0 Objectives..2
3.0 Introduction2
4.0 Apparatus8
4.1 Industrial Apparatus.8
5.0 Experimental Procedure.9
6.0 Results & Data Analysis10
7.0 Discussion of Results.
8.0 Conclusion.
9.0 Recommendation
10.0 References

1.0 TITLE
CALIBRATION OF A DIAL GAUGE

2.0 OBJECTIVES
1. To calibrate a Dial Gauge using Calibration Tester and Computerised Calibrator (
Optimar 100 )
2. To find the error on each reading of the dial gauge
3. To obtain accuracy of the gauge
4. To analyse and compare the values of error obtained by Calibration Tester and
Computerised Calibrator ( Optimar 100 )

3.0 INTRODUCTION
A dial gauge is the most commonly used mechanical type comparator. It is used to
make a relative measurement between the work piece and gauge block from the same
reference plane. Usually comparators are used to compare a measurement with a known
standard with a high degree of accuracy. The dial gauge has some basic components
which are a small clock and a plunger (stylus probe). This gauge works when there is
very slight upward pressure applied on the plunger that causes it moves upward. The
upward movement of the plunger is converted into the rotary movement of an indicator
on the dial gauge. Besides, the dial gauge is widely used in all types working industries as
it has excellent accuracy in measurement. This is because the dial is divided into 100
divisions and one complete revolution of the indicator corresponds to 1mm linear
movement of plunger. This means that each division on the dial indicates a movement of
0.01mm.

Dial Gauge
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## In addition, there are some advantages and disadvantages of dial gauge:-

Relatively inexpensive
Some systems can perform all five dial indicator measurement techniques
Little chance of distorted readings
Highest accuracy compared to others equipment
Easily repaired
Needs to be carefully adjusted before use
User must know how to read and take a reading
Need to handle carefully to avoid damage on components

Dial gauge is basically well known as it is widely used around the world. There are
many applications of dial gauge that available and commonly used for some several
functions.
i.

## It usually is used to check the out of roundness of a part on a lathe machine.

The dial gauge is clamped in a holder which in turn is mounted in a lathe tool
holder. Any roundness variation on a work piece is detected by slowly rotating
the work piece and bringing this contact with the dial gauge contact point.

ii.

The dial gauge is preferred extensively for inside, outside and depth
measurement. For example is dial calliper gauge.

iii.

Dial bore gauge is another type of application of dial gauge. It is used for
checking engine block cylinders for size, taper, bell mouth and ovality. It may
be used to test the holes for true size and to check other surface irregularities
such as concentricity (out of roundness).

iv.

Dial indicating snap gauges are used for determining the acceptance of a work
piece as per the specified tolerances.

Actually, there are also many different types of dial gauge available and each of them have
their own characteristics and functions.
Types of Dial Gauge

Picture

## Plunger Type Dial Gauge

A dial gauge that is robust and sturdy
Fitted with Swiss brass bush bearings
A dial gauge with strong and smooth metal
bezel
It is also supplied with tolerance pointers
Has tungsten carbide ball anvil
Metric gauges conform to IS2092-1983 and for
the European market to DIN878-1983
Inch gauges conform to ASME B89.1.10M2001
Each gauge carries a calibration certificate that
gives the actual values
0.001mm x 1mm dial gauge which is fitted
with 8 jewels and conforms to JIS B-75031997
It also was exported to 46 countries all over
the world

## Lever Type of Dial Gauge

It has auto reversal mechanism
Has been fitted with jewels and Swiss
miniature ball bearings for smoother operation
A device that has highly sensitive at the same
time and also suitable for workshop use
Inch gauges conform to ASME B89.1.10M2001
Metric gauges conform to IS 11498-1985 and
for the European market to DIN 2270-1985
Each of gauge carries a calibration certificate
that giving actual values
Commonly in two bezel diameters- 28mm and
38 mm
The metric gauges have 2 mm tungsten carbide
ball stylus while for inch gauges have 0.08inch tungsten carbide ball stylus. Both of them
are supplied with 8 mm spigot assembly as
standard supply

Bore Gauges
It has carbide-tipped stationary and moving
anvils that make it high wear resistance
Also has small bores from 10mm to 18mm
In addition, highly versatile 18-50mm bore
gauge can cover a large range for which one
needs to generally purchase 2 bore gauges
having ranges 18-35mm and 35-60mm
While the third bore gauge covers a range of
50-150 mm and it is used in Automobile,
Aircraft, Engine and Pump manufacturers
It has extra wide bridge which ensures
automatic centering in the bore. Selfcentralising feature of this bore gauge also can
make that the measurement can be done with
minimum of skill
Bore gauge is furnished in a sleek wooden case
containing measurement anvils and extension
rods with necessary tools

Thickness Gauges
Can be found in different throat depths, thus
suitable for different measurement
requirements.
Usually can be used for quick measurement of
thickness of sheets, paper and leather
It is supplied with 10 mm anvil as standard. 20
mm and larger available on request
It is designed in different readings and travels.
In series J130, J138/L, and J142, measurement
pressure is independent of the user, resulting in
accurate readings of thickness without
personal bias.
J138. 'Push Down Type' thickness gauge is
particularly useful where fine measurement is
not required
This gauge quietly easy to use for the
measurement as it has well-balanced balanced
frames and handgrips coupled with lightweight
Thickness gauges also has fulfil the
requirements of AGD standard available for
the American market

Depth Gauges
It can be used for measurement of wide variety
of depths as it is supplied with a set of
extension rods
It also has Tungsten Carbide contact point for
longer life
Not only that, it is used for quick and easy
measurements of bore depths
Depth Gauges Base with 80 mm length
hardened and ground to the highest degree of
flatness
For the American market, Depth Gauges
meeting the requirements of AGD standard
available

## Back Plunger Type Dial Gauges

A device which is highly accurate worm
mechanism
It has gauging plunger at right angle to the dial
that make it suitable for difficult inspection
locations
Another characteristic is it has robust brass
case and metallic bezel
For the American market, inch gauges
conform to ASME B89.1.10M-2001

Besides, in order to obtain Dial Gauge accuracy, we need a Dial Gauge Calibrator
Tester. A Dial Gauge needs to be calibrated because calibration is important as it is a
comparison between measurements. The periodic calibration is of vital importance for quality
assurance as well as cost reduction. For this case, a Dial Gauge Calibrator Tester plays
important role as it can be used to determine the deviation of readings of a Dial Gauge. The
set of Dial Gauge Calibration Tester enables us to test four different kinds of precision
measuring instruments and all the required accessories are included in the set. All tolerances
and range have been standardised by Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS).

4.0 APPARATUS

Dial Gauge

## 5.0 EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE

Manual calibration
1. The dial gauge was set up for calibration manually.
2. The dial gauge was then set up on the calibration tester.
3. A series of Dial Gauge readings were taken in the 0-5 mm range.
4. The micrometer head of the Calibration Tester was set to zero.
5. Holders of Dial Gauge Calibration Tester adjusted so that there is light pressure on the
spindle of the Dial Gauge.
6. The Dial Gauge was then set to zero.
7. For readings 1.0-2.0mm, an increment of 0.1mm was taken and then recorded.
8. For readings 2.1-4.0mm, an increment of 0.2mm was taken and then recorded.
9. For readings 4.1-5.0mm, an increment of 0.5mm was taken and then recorded.
10. All data have been recorded and is scheduled to perform the analysis.

Computerized calibration
1. Tests to calibrate the indicator dial is mounted to the lever type indicator test.
2. Dial indicator placed in a vertical guide to a height that can be adjusted easily and quickly.
3. Test automation is a process that uses only the spindle drive motor.
4. Computer-aided measurement system error compensation using a device to measure the
test without loss of accuracy.
5. The test is set for calibration by the operator.

INCREMENT GO

LIMIT (

RETURN

LIMIT (

AVERAGE

0.0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
3.0
3.2
3.4
3.6
3.8
4.0
4.5
5.0

0.0000
-0.0002
+0.0018
+0.0010
+0.0004
+0.0020
+0.0002
+0.0002
-0.0018
-0.0022
-0.0026
-0.0010
-0.0002
-0.0002
+0.0020
+0.0020
+0.0002
+0.0006
-0.0012
-0.0020
+0.0002
+0.0004
+0.0002
+0.0008
+0.0004
-0.0030
-0.0024
-0.0018
+0.0002
+0.0002
-0.0022
+0.0004
-0.0024

-0.0016
0.0996
0.2004
0.2994
0.3996
0.4982
0.5988
0.6960
0.7968
0.8976
0.9984
1.0990
1.1996
1.2986
1.3981
1.4996
1.5982
1.6974
1.7970
1.8972
2.0016
2.2026
2.3996
2.5996
2.7970
2.9996
3.2014
3.3994
3.5984
3.7964
4.0026
4.4996
5.0024

+0.0016
+0.0004
-0.0004
+0.0006
+0.0004
+0.0018
+0.0002
+0.0040
+0.0032
+0.0024
+0.0016
+0.0010
+0.0004
+0.0014
+0.0019
+0.0004
+0.0018
+0.0026
+0.0030
+0.0028
-0.0016
-0.0026
+0.0004
+0.0006
+0.0030
+0.0004
-0.0014
+0.0006
+0.0016
+0.0006
-0.0026
+0.0004
-0.0024

-0.0008
+0.0003
-0.0011
+0.0002
0.0000
-0.0001
+0.0005
+0.6979
+0.0005
+0.0023
+0.0021
+0.0001
+0.0003
+0.0008
-0.00005
+0.0008
+0.0008
+0.0010
+0.0021
+0.0024
-0.0013
-0.0015
+0.0001
-0.0002
+0.0013
+0.0017
+0.0005
+0.0012
+0.0007
+0.0017
-0.0002
0.0000
0.0000

0.0000
0.1002
0.1982
0.2990
0.3996
0.4980
0.5998
0.6998
0.8018
0.9022
1.0026
1.1010
1.2002
1.3002
1.3980
1.4980
1.5998
1.6994
1.8012
1.9020
1.9998
2.1996
2.3998
2.5992
2.7996
3.0030
3.2024
3.4018
3.5998
3.7998
4.0022
4.4996
5.0024

## Table 1: Data of Go, Return, Limit and Average readings

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AVERAGE
LIMIT ( )
+0.0008
+0.0001
+0.0007
+0.0002
0.0000
+0.0001
0.0000
-0.0019
-0.0025
-0.0023
-0.0138
0.0000
-0.0003
-0.0008
+0.00005
+0.0008
-0.0008
-0.0010
-0.0021
-0.0024
-0.0007
-0.0030
-0.0001
+0.0001
-0.0013
-0.0017
-0.0005
-0.0012
-0.0007
-0.0012
+0.0004
0.0000
0.0000

Indication Error
Whole measuring range
1/2 revolution
1 revolution
2 revolution
Narrow range adjacent error
Retrace error
Repeatability error

Results

Tolerances

Unit

-4.58
2.22
-3.82
-3.82
3.18
3.17
1.36

15.00
9.00
10.00
15.00
8.00
5.00
5.00

m
m
m
m
m
m

and RETURN
GO

0.005

RETURN

0.004
0.003

Limit (mm)

0.002
0.001
0
0

-0.001
-0.002
-0.003
-0.004

Increment (mm)

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13

14

15

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7.0 DISCUSSION

## Calibration is a comparison between measurements. One of known magnitude or correctness

made or set with one device and another measurement made in as similar a way as possible
with second device. The device with the known or assigned correctness is called the standard.
Based in table 1, the data show that the increment of Go and Return test of dial gauge. In
this experiment, the increment was started at 0.0mm until 5.0mm than there was return from
5.0mm until 0.0mm.For Go in the half revolution at increment 0.5mm the limit Go is higher
which is 0.0020 compare to the other than the increment at 0.0mm because the initial
experiment at 0.0. Then, in the 1 revolution, the higher limit at 1.0 that is limit 0.0026mm
compare to the other and the lowest limit at 0.1mm and 0.7mm that is limit 0.0002mm. The
others in 2 revolution, the higher increment limit at 1.4mm,1.5mm and 2.0mm. The limit is
0.0020mm. Then the overall Go increment at 1.0mm that is 0.0026mm.
After the Go increment had done at 5.0mm, the experiment were returned and in the 2
revolution, the higher limit at increment 1.8mm that is 0.0030mm limit compare to the other
increment and the lowest increment limit at 1.2mm and 1.5mm, that is 0.0004mm. Then, in
the 1 revolution, the higher increment limit at 1.8mm that is 0.0030mm and the lowest
increment limit at 1.5mm and 1.2mm that is 0.0004mm compare to the others increment in
the 1 revolution. After that, in the half revolution, the higher return increment at 0.5mm, the
limit is 0.0018mm and the lowest increment at 0.1mm,0.2mm and 0.4mm, that is 0.0004mm
compare to the others increment.

Based on table 2, the data tabulated of error occur and the limit. The whole measuring range
obtained are 0.0030mm, tolerance (
. The indication error of half revolution is
0.0020mm, tolerance (
The indication error of one revolution is 0.0026mm,
tolerance (
). The indication error of two revolution is 0.0020mm, tolerance
(
). The narrow range of near error is 0.0024mm tolerance(
). The
indication of retrace error is 0.0024mm tolerance(
).

From the graph, we can see the data of Go and Return slightly and can read the higher
increment and the lowest increment. The graph of manual dial gauge test is little bit different
than graph of automatically dial test. This happen, because of some error when doing the
experiment. Some mistakes or error that we known is the thimble might be turned more
which exceeded the reading at the dial gauge thus causing slight errors. At certain time, the
spindle of the dial gauge did not retract to its original position which also causes some error
in readings. Then, at the parallax error when reading the apparatus. That is the most error that
student doing when construct the experiment.

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8.0 CONCLUSION

In conclusion, based on the results obtained and plotted graph, the dial gauge shows
some errors in its readings which means is sligtly inaccurate. From the calibration graph, the
greatest deviation is at the dial gauge reading of 3.0mm which shows GO value of -0.003mm.
However, a Computerised Dial Gauge Calibration Tester is used in this experiment and the
experiment is also assisted in a closed area under the supervision of qualified technicians.
Hence, our objectives of this experiment have been achieved.

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9.0 RECOMMENDATION

1. Use magnifying glass in order to proper read the dial gauge and micrometer reading values.
2. Slowly and carefully rotate the dial gauge to make sure the readings is not wrongly taken
because it is very high sensitive.
3. Try not to move or drastically colliding with the equipment or work table which will affect
the dial gauges needle (readings of dial gauge).
4. Carefully clamp the dial gauge in suitable fixture under the contact point number of times of
specimen. The test is repeated at two or three points along range of the gauge.
5. Take the average between five revolution of readings to reduce the percentage error by do the

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10.0 REFERENCES
1. Mohan Sen, 2006, Basic Mechanical Engineering ,first edition, Laxmi Publications (P)
LTD, pp 76-77
2. John Piotrowski, 1995, Shaft Alignment Handbook, second edition, Library of Congress
Catalog-in-publication Data, pp 233-234
3. Anand K Bewoor,Vinay A Kulkarni,2009, Metrology & Measurement, Tata McGraw-Hill
Education Private Limited, pp 40