3D Surface Roughness and Wear Measurement, Analysis and Inspection
contract measurement lab as part of a production supply chain

A Measurement Lab as Development Partner

February 20, 2024

Startups, incubators, “skunk works…” when a company is in startup mode, everything is happening at once. Manufacturing processes are being designed while funding is being secured and sales are being

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Metal Forming Tribology & Surface Metrology Workshop

January 9, 2024

Thursday, March 28th, 7:30am–1:00pm EST Michigan Metrology, Bruker, and ASM-Detroit are sponsoring a complementary Metal Forming Tribology/Surface Metrology workshop on March 28, 2024, 730am–1pm.  The morning session will include a

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Surface Roughness, Texture, and Tribology short course, May 8–9 2024, learn the fundamentals of surface roughness, friction, and wear analysis, and their applications in manufacturing and product development.

Surface Roughness, Texture and Tribology Short Course

January 4, 2024

May 8–9, 2023 Registration is now open for the Surface Roughness, Texture, and Tribology short course, held in Livonia, Michigan, May 8–9, 2024. The 2-day class offers a unique opportunity

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Are you relying on average roughness (Ra) to control your surfaces? We made this short animation using data from Digital Metrology Solutions, Inc. to show that very different surfaces can all have the same Ra value...and that Ra alone can't tell you which one you've manufactured!

Average Roughness

December 12, 2023

If you rely on average roughness (Ra) to control your surfaces, check out this short animation. It shows that very different surfaces can all have the same Ra value…and Ra

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Where is the wear?

December 11, 2023

A joint post with Digital Metrology Solutions. How would you measure the wear on this porous surface? This friction material was subjected to a laboratory wear test and measured by

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Remembering Jim Wyant

December 11, 2023

This week we are saying goodbye to James C. Wyant. Jim was a giant in optics and optical metrology for over 40 years, and his guidance shaped many of our

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medical device surface roughness and surface texture for bearing surfaces, bonding surfaces, blood flow

What surface finish does a medical device need?

November 14, 2023

For a medical device to function over a long lifespan, we need to accurately specify, measure, and control its surface finishes. Yet, most surface finish specifications rely on parameters that

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On November 28, Surface Ventures will be hosting their first Mini-Symposium, gathering renowned experts in the fields of tribology, surface engineering and metrology for a series of presentations on tribological coatings and surfaces.

Register for Free Tribology & Surface Roughness Mini-Symposium

November 13, 2023

On November 28, Surface Ventures will be hosting their first Mini-Symposium, gathering renowned experts in the fields of tribology, surface engineering and metrology for a series of presentations on tribological

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My surface got shinier…but the average roughness stayed the same!

October 31, 2023

I have a surface with a certain average roughness value. When I polish the surface, it gets shinier…but the measured number hasn’t changed.! What’s going on? Here’s an example to

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Average Roughness—in surface texture measurement, it's one of the most frequently specified surface roughness parameters. In this video we look at how average roughness (Ra, or Sa) is calculated for 2D (profile) and 3D (areal) measurements. We look at what Ra can — and can't — tell us about a surface. And, we discuss the differences between Ra and Sa, and some similar parameters that you may encounter in surface texture analysis software.

How Do We Define Average Roughness?

October 17, 2023

Average Roughness—in surface texture measurement, it’s one of the most frequently specified surface roughness parameters. In this video we look at how average roughness (Ra, or Sa) is calculated. We

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