Getting to the (Decimal) Point: Why Micrometers Are Important

It’s easy to underestimate the amount of work that goes into our modern-day conveniences. Most people don’t open the refrigerator door and contemplate the thickness of its various levels. Yet, without the materials used being carefully and appropriately sized, the refrigerator wouldn’t be able to keep the cold in, let alone keep the food from spoiling.

While this is a more common example, there are many things in this world that simply wouldn’t work if the size, dimensions or proportions were off, which is why a micrometer is so important. Follow this micrometer guide to help you understand this equipment type and its importance.

What Is a Micrometer?

The micrometer we’re referring to in this instance is a tool rather than a unit of measure (a micro-meter). The micrometer as a tool is used to gauge the thickness of a metal or a material to a very accurate degree. Many of them look like calipers with opposing ends joined by a frame and controlled by a screw dial. However, micrometers come in many different shapes and sizes.

Once calibrated, a micrometer can take the precise measurements of a material’s thickness or gauge with extreme accuracy, producing results down to 0.001. The material often measured is metal, but micrometers have additional properties and capabilities to gauge other materials.

Why Is Using a Micrometer So Important?

Using a micrometer is essential for many products and materials, helping promise certain quality and functionality. Some benefits of using this tool include:

  • Determining the ideal thickness: There are many products designed to use certain gages of certain materials. If the metal is too thin, it could become fragile and prone to breaking. If the material is too thick, the object might not function as desired.
  • Ensuring functionality: Imagine the hinge of a door. If it were too thick, the door would never close properly or would cause damage to the surrounding frame. While a door not closing properly might seem like a mere inconvenience, imagine the other things in your life that depend on being of a uniform thickness, such as the windshield of your car. If one spot was thinner than another, that imperfection could cause a weak spot, resulting in the windshield shattering on impact.
  • Creating consistent results: There are many things in our lives that require to be a certain gauge or uniform and even throughout, which is exactly what a micrometer is able to detect. If this weren’t the case, the results could range anywhere from inconvenient to catastrophic.

Calibrate Your Micrometer With Garber Metrology

When you rely on equipment like micrometers to provide such accurate measurements, calibration is vital. The calibration process will ensure your machinery always functions at its best, so you can continue to rely on the results your micrometer provides.

Calibration is exactly what Garber Metrology specializes in. Whether it’s for functionality, safety or saving your company valuable resources, Garber Metrology is the name to trust. We offer precision calibration services for comprehensive care and functionality. Our technicians have experience in several unique industries, allowing us to serve your company and your unique compliance standards.

When you partner with Garber Metrology for your calibration needs, you can ensure the best care. Our on-site and in-house technicians work to offer quality services with the least amount of downtime. We are always available for help, with an emergency response service that is open 24/7, every day of the year.

Contact Garber Metrology today to request a quote.