In industrial processes, thread gages are some of the most valuable tools there can be, but you really don't hear a whole lot about them because they are one of the smallest tools that are used in different applications. Thread gages are handheld tools that are designed to give precise measurements of the pitch of screw threads. Whether you are an industrial business owner yourself, an average handyman, or you are just a regular joe or jane with curiosity about industrial tools, you probably want to know a little more about these tools. Here is a look at some of the most common applications for thread gages.
Measuring Plumbing Pipes
Plumbing pipes and components that screw together have threads that must be adequately sized when a plumber has to install new lines. In the even they come across a threaded pipe and need to know the exact size of the threading, they can use a thread gage to get the measurements instead of haphazardly trying to measure them by hand or estimate the size. Because threads are always designed to industry standards, there are only so many sizes out there, so a thread gage is capable of giving the precise thread spacing for replacement parts.
Measuring Automotive Components
If you are working on a car's engine, have to replace a bolt, but only have the hole to determine the size of the bolt you need, you have to know the size of the threads inside of the hole. In this situation, a thread gage would be especially useful. Without one, you would be left having to pick up multiple bolts to try and find one that will fit or using a rethreading tool to cut new threads and use a larger bolt, which isn't always going to give the best fit.
Measuring for Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturing companies don't always make every single part of what it is they are assembling in the factory. Most often, they utilize parts made at different facilities to create a whole product, at least to some degree. If a manufacturer is assembling a product that involves the use of parts made by a third-party, they may not have the exact thread spacing for proper hardware placement. With a basic thread gage, the employees can quickly get measurements of receptacles in parts, so they know exactly what type of bolt or screw they need to complete the build.