Special Applications

Bespoke solutions for measuring non-standard applications

  • Universal Gauge Full Set
    The Bowers Universal Gauge's ingenious modular format enables it to be quickly configured to suit almost any measuring challenge. Whether measuring internally or externally, the Universal's clever constant pressure device ensures accuracy and consistency of reading. The gauge's findings are displayed on its built in clear digital readout. The unique modular construction of the Bowers Universal Gauge facilitates the fitting of a large variety of measuring contacts and adaptors, enabling countless measuring tasks to be completed with ease. Accessories for the measurement of threads, grooves, splines, gears, hole centres, and many others are available as standard, whilst special adaptations for more unusual applications can be quoted on request.
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  • Internal Measurement of Soft Drink Can
    The Challenge: Bowers was approached by a soft drink can manufacturer to develop a method of measuring the internal diameter of the crimped base of a soft drink can. The Solution: Bowers' Special Applications Team developed: • 3 Point XT Anvil head based on 35-50mm body size, used with XT Holematic Xtreme pistol grip. High accuracy measurement of groove that’s inaccessible to a typical caliper • 3 Point XT Anvil head used with XT Holematic Xtreme pistol grip. Measurement of internal diameter with 360 degree wrap-around anvils prevents/limits distortion of the thin walled can Features: • Higher accuracy • Improved ease of use • Faster inspection Potential Industries: • Food & Drink • Aerosols • Sheet Metal • Food Processing • Packaging
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  • Internal Measurement of Surface/Subsea Valve Cavity-Seat Pockets
    The Challenge: Bowers was approached by a well-known solutions provider to the global oil & gas industry to develop a method of measuring the internal cavity in valve bodies. Features to measure include: • Internal diameters inside seat pocket • Internal spot face distance between flats • Internal spot face to diameter measurement The Solution: Bowers' Special Applications Team developed a solution utilising a one-piece right angle adapter to allow entry down a perpendicular bore. This allows measurement to take place at 90 degrees to entry of the bore. An optimised anvil form and guide pieces aid entry and position the measuring head correctly for higher accuracy measurements and ease of use for operator. Features: • Higher accuracy • Improved ease of use • Faster inspection Potential Industries: • Oil & Gas • Hydraulics • Industrial Pipework
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  • Measurement of Dovetail Slots & Turbine Blade Grooves
    The Challenge: Bowers was approached by a well-known industrial turbine manufacturer to develop a method of measuring dovetail slot width and position in a circular component. The datum for the measurements was taken from the shoulder of the slot replicating the final ‘In Service’ blade datums. The Solution: Bowers' Special Applications Team developed a special 2 Point head solution based on the popular Bowers XT system. The system incorporates tungsten carbide ball contacts for high accuracy. The Bowers XT digital readout offers the capability to send data for SPC and part traceability. Advantages over Competitor Solutions: The Bowers dovetail variable gauge is able to output the actual size and position as opposed to competitors' attribute (Go / No Go) gauging. The gauge has a long working life and doesn’t wear like attribute gauging. Potential Industries: • Aerospace • Nuclear • Turbines • Power Generation To view a video of the Dovetail Gauge measuring a component click here.
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  • Bench Mounted Gauging System
    The Challenge: The challenge was to design a high-accuracy gauging system for 24/7 operation with zero drift, allowing extended periods between recalibration and removing all operator influence. The Solution: The solution developed by Bowers' Specials Applications Team comprised a bench mounted Superbore system with high accuracy measurement probe, speed controlled pneumatic actuator and all steel gauge body construction for temperature stability. Interchangeable measuring heads with high accuracy squaring collars and ceramic measuring anvils. Super hard and low friction coatings utilised on internal workings for high volume 24/7 capability. Features: • Automatic or semi-automatic measurement of internal features • Can be used for plain bores, threads, grooves, splines, etc. Potential Industries: • General • Automated • High volume
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  • Intex Beam Gauge
    Developed to measure both internal and external diameters and lengths, the Intex gauge's aluminium extrusion beam gives it a rigid yet lightweight quality, making it ideal for shop-floor environments. The simple release of a locking thumbscrew enables the gauge's measuring direction to be changed quickly and easily.
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  • Intex Beam Gauge
    Developed to measure both internal and external diameters and lengths, the Intex gauge's aluminium extrusion beam gives it a rigid yet lightweight quality, making it ideal for shop-floor environments. The simple release of a locking thumbscrew enables the gauge's measuring direction to be changed quickly and easily.
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  • Intex Beam Gauge - Standard contacts
    Developed to measure both internal and external diameters and lengths, the Intex gauge's aluminium extrusion beam gives it a rigid yet lightweight quality, making it ideal for shop-floor environments. The simple release of a locking thumbscrew enables the gauge's measuring direction to be changed quickly and easily.
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  • Bowers Carbon Fibre Comparator Beam Gauge
    Designed to measure both internal and external diameters and lengths, the high modulus carbon fibre beam is stiff, lightweight and has an extremely low co-efficient of thermal expansion (CTE). Suitable for measuring high accuracy diameters and lengths up to 4000mm+.
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  • Special Bore Measurement - Screw Threads
    To measure effective (functional) diameter, pitch diameter, major diameter, between M4 - 300mm. / No. 8 UN - 12" diameter.
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