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Measurement Consulting Services

Using Surface Texture Measurement to Solve Problems

Many times a critical development or warranty issue may be related to some fundamental characteristic of the surface texture of a component. For example, clutch and brake surfaces may have similar surface texture average roughness (Sa) but may perform quite differently.

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Michigan Metrology's measurement consulting services provide the expert advice to understand the causes of wear, vibration, squeaks, leaks and more. We provide the surface measurement data you need to quantify issues, understand their causes and provide specifications to control and eliminate the root issues.

Peened Surface

Measure Wear

Many components may prematurely wear-out in the field causing excessive warranty cost and potential safety concerns. For example,  electronic sensors and switches typically have a mechanism involving a sliding contact between two elements which may fail if either experiences excessive wear.

Worn Sensor

Michigan Metrology provides the 3D surface roughness measurement of the surface, resulting in a number of parameters that characterize the various features of the surface such as height distributions (Sa, Sq, Ssk, Sku,...), peak heights/valley depths (Spm, Svm, Spk, Svk, ...), spatial information (λq, Δq, Slopes) and advanced analyses (PSD, Volume, Surface Area, Fractals).

We provide 3D quantitative depth measurements of the wear patterns in various components. Our surface roughness measurement services have been used to analyze field returns and to quantify the wear rates for new designs.

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