Best Method of Cleaning of Thread Ring Gages

#1
Can anyone provide any information for the best method for cleaning thread ring gages used in inspecting aluminum parts. We have a build up of aluminum particles in the threads, which prevents us from using these gages to inspect product.

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Jim Wynne

Super Moderator
#3
Can anyone provide any information for the best method for cleaning thread ring gages used in inspecting aluminum parts. We have a build up of aluminum particles in the threads, which prevents us from using these gages to inspect product.

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Have you tried compressed air?
 

somashekar

Staff member
Super Moderator
#4
Perhaps ultrasonic cleaning will help dislodge the aluminum particles, and later the compressed air. Aluminum tends to stick.
 

Jim Wynne

Super Moderator
#5
Perhaps ultrasonic cleaning will help dislodge the aluminum particles, and later the compressed air. Aluminum tends to stick.
This should only be necessary when debris has been allowed to accumulate, but it's a good suggestion in those cases. As prevention is always better than remedial action, it's a good idea to use compressed air to blow particles off of the part before using the thread gage, and then blow them off the gage immediately after use.
 
#6
Have you tried compressed air?
No compressed air ? I calibration dept uses a X-acto knife to pick the aluminum out of the threads. The aluminum particles gum up the threads and we can't inspect the parts. Our Quality manager won't send the gages out to an outside calibration lab to even find out if the gage is worn. I trusts our internal calibration lab.
 


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