If you are planning to purchase some new thread gages, you should know how to maintain them properly. This will help your gages last much longer for you, which will not only save you money but also save you time. Below are three maintenance tips to help you so you can be ready before you make your purchase.
The Way the Thread Gages Are Used
If you have employees that have never used thread gages, make sure they get the proper training on how to use them. This will ensure they treat the gages well and use them correctly. Do not ever force thread gages into anything that is being checked. Always push or turn the gages slowly and using very little force. If you do force the thread gages in any way, then the gage may be damaged, as well as the part you are using the gage on.
Watch how you handle the thread gages. For example, if you touch the surfaces of the gages and you have any type of moisture or oil on your skin, this would cause the gage to rust very easily.
When you are finished using the thread gages, clean each one. You should clean them with a type of lubricant that is made for this purpose. If you are not sure where to purchase this lubricant, talk with the company you purchased the gages from, such as WESTport.
Inspect the gages that you use frequently and look for any signs of damage, such as scratches or dents. If you notice any of these things, stop using the gage immediately.
When you are finished using the gages, you need to make sure you store them correctly. If you do not they will not last as long as they normally would, and this could also cause damage to them.
First, separate out the gages by type. Put each type in a different storage container. You can use plastic containers or plastic storage boxes. Both things can be purchased at most home improvement stores. No matter what you store the gages in, make sure you keep them away from areas that have high humidity, high heat, chemicals, and moisture. If you have a cabinet, you can put the storage boxes or containers inside the cabinet. Mark each box or container so you know what type of gage is in them. This will help you when you need the gages.