DEPTH GAUGES & MICROMETERS
Digital, dial and vernier depth gauges and depth micrometers from Mitutoyo & Insize
Depth Gauges & Depth Micrometers
What are depth gauges?
A depth gauge is used to gauge the hole depth on a feature, groove, drilled hole, workpiece edge or any other required depth measurement. A common application would be to gauge whether a hole is drilled to the correct required depth.
How do you use depth gauges?
Standard depth gauges have a wide base which allows the gauge to rest on a surface whilst the reading took place. The scale would then be pushed (via a thumb roller or by hand) down to the base of the hole where the scale would be read. Depending on the type of depth gauge, this scale would be read manually (vernier or dial) or on a digital readout.
What different types of depth gauge are there?
For the most part, depth gauges conform to a uniform layout; wide base with a long scale which descends into a hole until it reaches the floor. As stated, readouts are available in vernier, dial or digital variants. Dial and vernier gauges are also supplied with different graduations depending on the level of accuracy required.
Various types of depth gauges are available to cover different applications. Vernier hook depth gauges feature a hook for measuring between a component face and the underside of grooves. Miniature depth gauges are perfect for precision small hole depth measurements. Certain thread gauge ranges also feature interchangeable bases, with extension bases available for situations where a wider base is required. Similarly, extension rods increase the depth range in which a gauge can measure.
What is the difference between a depth gauge and a depth micrometer?
A depth micrometer is used to measure depth whereas depth gauges just check or ‘gauge’ depth. Depth micrometers are used predominantly in inspection settings as they are much more accurate than depth gauges.
What features do depth gauges have?
Depending on the type of depth gauge, different features are present. Most depth gauges are made of a stainless steel substrate for protection in general workshop conditions.
Digital depth gauges have the most features present. Many feature data output (either through RSC32/USB or built-in wireless connectivity) into statistical measurement systems and automatic power off. Mitutoyo digital depth gauges feature their ABSOLUTE system, meaning you don’t have to reset the origin after switching on.
Accuracy can also vary greatly based on the model. On dial depth gauges or vernier depth gauges, graduation indicates the increment by which the scale increases, which could be either 0.1mm or 0.01mm. Naturally, dial indicators with a 0.01mm graduation will be more accurate than ones with 0.1mm. Digital indicators, by virtue of its numerical readout, provide more accurate measurements than dial indicators and eliminates any human error encountered by manually reading the scale.
What brands of depth gauges do we supply?
Cutwel supply dial depth gauges, vernier depth gauges, digital depth gauges, digital depth micrometers and vernier depth micrometers from market leading measuring tool supplier Mitutoyo and Insize. Depth gauges from Insize are perfect for general workshop applications and feature a comprehensive range of sizes, styles and accessories. Mitutoyo depth gauges feature advanced functionality, premium build quality and high accuracy for inspection-grade measuring applications.
IP class protection in depth gauges
IP (Ingress Protection) is an internationally recognised standard of measuring the effectiveness and level of protection against dust, water, coolant, steam and other external sources of damage. An IP rating consists of 2 numbers: the first describes the level of protection against the intrusion of foreign bodies to components within the tool, whereas the second details the extent of protection against moisture.
Depth gauges are supplied in a variety of IP classes including:
IP65: Dust tight with no ingress of dust for 2 to 8 hours. Also protected against jets of water with limited ingress permitted.
IP67: Dust tight with no ingress of dust for 2 to 8 hours. Also protected against full water immersion for up to 30 minutes at depths between 15cm and 1 metre.
Can you calbirate depth gauges?
In theory, it is possible to calibrate depth gauges. However, for most practical workshop uses calibration should not be required.
If you would like to discuss calibrating your depth gauge, please get in touch with Cutwel today.