Gauges are critical to successful stamping operations

Take a step into our designated Quality Area and you will find Larry, Ultra’s Layout Inspector, hard at work performing various quality tests by hand or with the help of technology. 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.

The first key measurement for this part involves checking the distance between the pins and 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.

The second key measurement involves verifying the height of the part in various locations 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.   We replicated these pads on the gauge.

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