Customized gauges establish design and quality standards for metal stamped parts

Take a step into our designated Quality Area and you will find Larry, Ultra’s Layout Inspector, hard at work performing various quality tests with manual instruments or with technology-based equipment. This precision work establishes and maintains that parts are stamped to meet their design print every production run.

Here is a Belt Guide in the PPAP process that is having its dimensions and features verified. Measurements need to be exact as this part plays a critical role in the performance of a motor.
Customized gauge to measure Honda belt guide

The first key measurement for this part involves checking the distance between the pins and the various surfaces of the part. And before every measurement “Zeroing In” is completed. What does that exactly mean? It is the starting point for a measurement to ensure accuracy and standardization.

Quality Measurements with Gauges

The second key measurement involves verifying the height of the part is the correct distance from the pads.  The pads are not a feature of the belt guide, but are located on the motor and alignment needs to be attained for correct operation.   These pads are replicated on the gauge.

Customized Gauges

These measurements are taken throughout the PPAP process and then again at 1st piece inspection. Ultra’s computerized workstations at the stamping press alert operators that set-up and in-process checks are due on the part.

Throughout this process, calibration is key so that the gauge’s measurement ALWAYS match the dimensions stated on the design print.   An error in the measuring device will result in parts that can’t fit in the motor as designed and won’t function properly. High-quality and consistent stamping operations require a commitment to quality from design-to-production.