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Long Island Indicator Service

The Companion Reference Book on Dial and Test Indicators
by René Urs Meyer

This reference book is temporarily out of print while we prepare the updated 2017 edition

There have been so many changes in the past two years that it has become necessary to create a new edition. It should be available by Spring of 2017.

 

Table of Contents

How to use this book 15

Long Island Indicator Service 16

Test Indicators 20

  • Brand Comparison 20
  • Notes on Manufacturers 20
  • User serviceability 27
  • Technical considerations 28
  • Features 29
  • We welcome your comments 31

Test Indicators 32

What can go wrong? 32

B&S Bestest 36

  • America's most popular Swiss made dial test indicators 36
  • Questions and Answers 37
  • Bestest horizontal indicator with carbide contact point 37
  • Bestest indicator set 39
  • Bestest indicator - vertical style 39
  • Repairs 40
  • Questions and Answers 40
  • Related topics 41

Bestest and Tesatast horizontal test indicator 42

  • Spare parts list 42
  • Notes 44

Bestest and Tesatast vertical test indicator 45

  • Spare parts list 45
  • Notes 47

Blake Co-Ax 48

  • The original center locating indicator - indicador de diametro 48
  • Co-Ax use and specifications 48
  • What is the smallest hole that can be centered? 49
  • Spare Parts 49
  • Beware of copy cats 50
  • Set up and use 50
  • Serial numbers 51
  • Warranty & Repair Service 51
  • Q&A about the Blake Co-Ax indicator 51

Blake Co-Ax center locating indicator 52

  • Spare parts list 52
  • Feelers 54
  • Repair Notes 54

Girodtast 55

  • Swiss test indicators 55
  • Girodtast specifications 55
  • Girodtast repair 55
  • About the Girodtast contact point 55

Compac test indicators 57

  • Compac test indicator 57
  • Spare Parts 57
  • Repairs 58
  • Contact Points 58
  • Holders and Attachments 58
  • Deciphering model numbers 58
  • Deciphering calibration data 58
  • Compac metric 58
  • Discontinued Compac models 59
  • A brief history of Compac indicators 59

Compac Test Indicators (inch) 60

  • Horizontal style 60
  • Vertical models 60
  • Parallel style 61
  • Compac spare parts 61
  • Compac black dial / yellow dial 61
  • The Not-So-Secret Code 61
  • Metric models 62
  • fe / fges / fu / fw 62
  • Important calibration information 62
  • Repair Service 63
  • Contact point length 63
  • SPI equivalents 64
  • A word about Compac 64
  • Questions and Answers 65

Compac 66

  • High Quality Metric Dial Test Indicator 66
  • Horizontal Short Range - Single Revolution 66
  • Horizontal Long Range - Multiple Revolutions 67
  • Vertical Long Range - Multiple Revolutions 67
  • Parallel Long Range - Multiple Revolutions 68
  • Important calibration information 68
  • Compac Indicator Repair 69
  • Contact Point Length 69
  • Q&A 70

Compac Test Indicator 71

  • Single Revolution Series 240 - Inch models - Horizontal Style 71
  • Black dial - yellow dial - white dial 71
  • Important calibration information 72
  • Contact point length 72
  • Compac indicator repair service 73

Compac test indicator spare parts 74

Horizontal Series 210 and Vertical Series 220 74

Compac test indicator spare parts 79

Swiss made series 240 (horizontal model with single revolutions) 79

Interapid test indicator 82

  • Premium Quality Swiss Indicators 82
  • Horizontal Interapid test indicator made in Switzerland 82
  • Extra long contact point 84
  • Vertical Interapid test indicator 84
  • Interapid indicator features 85
  • Interapid repair 86
  • Is Interapid any good? 87
  • Important calibration information 87
  • Using the correct contact point 88
  • Problems with repeatability 88
  • Interapid older models 88
  • Interapid dove tails and stem attachments 89
  • Questions and Answers about the Interapid indicator 89

Interapid test indicator 94

  • Spare parts - repair parts 94
  • Notes 98
  • How to tighten a loose bezel 99

Interapid Indexable Contact Point 100

Bent Contact Point 100

Kafer Test Indicator 101

  • Made in Germany 101
  • Test Indicator with glass crystals 101
  • German (DIN 2270) standards 101

MarTest Test Indicator 102

  • Fühlhebelmessgerät - Comparateur à levier 102
  • The major features of the MarTest indicator 102

Mitutoyo test indicator 104

  • Series 513 Dial Test Indicators 104
  • Mitutoyo "Truetest" indicator with slanted dial and long range 104
  • Mitutoyo "Quick-Set" Dial Test Indicator Series 513 105
  • Mitutoyo indicator repair 106

Mitutoyo test indicators 107

  • Pocket Type Series 513 – Last Word style 107
  • Mitutoyo Test indicator with 2.75" long contact point 108
  • Mitutoyo indicator repairs and parts 108

Mitutoyo Test Indicator Attachments and Accessories 110

  • Clamps and holders for regular Mitutoyo test indicators 110
  • Holders specifically for Mitutoyo Pocket Type indicators 111

Mitutoyo Test Indicator Spare Parts 112

Mitutoyo test indicators (old models) 112

Starrett 711 Last Word Indicator 115

  • Last Word Attachments 115
  • Accuracy 116
  • Some notes about using your Last Word indicator 116
  • Repairs - Last Word indicator 117
  • Repair it yourself 117
  • How old is my Last Word indicator? 118

Starrett Last Word dial test indicator 119

  • Spare parts list 119
  • Notes: 120

Starrett 708A - 709A - 708B - 709B Indicator Parts List 122

Note: 123

Tesatast test indicators 124

  • With 8mm diameter attachment 124
  • Repairs 124
  • Tesatast Top Mounted Dials - Horizontal models 125
  • Tesatast end mounted dial 126
  • Tesatast side mounted dial 126
  • Some interesting questions 127

Xtest Indicator 128

Interapid look-alike made in China 128

Test indicator accessories 130

  • Made in Switzerland for Bestest, Interapid, Compac, Tesatast 130
  • and all other high quality test indicators 130
  • Stem attachment - fixed or swivel style 130
  • Dovetail shank (fixed stem) 131
  • Swivel dovetail holder 131
  • Angle holder 132
  • Rectangular or cylindrical shank 132
  • Tesa test indicator holding clamp 133
  • Compac centering holder 133
  • Interapid height gage bar with clamp 133
  • Interapid Indicator Swivel Holder 134
  • Interapid Reducing Sleeve (adapter) 134
  • Stem Adapter Sleeve (bushing style) 134
  • Compac Turning Holder 134

Test Indicator Contact Points 135

  • Genuine MTC contact points with carbide, ruby, Nylon or Teflon balls 135
  • Which contact point to choose? 135
  • What are the contact points made of? 136
  • Ruby, Nylon and Teflon points 136
  • Longer contact points 136
  • Cosine error 137
  • Interapid 137
  • Tesatast 140
  • Compac 140
  • Girodtast (Fowler) 141
  • Starrett 142
  • Mitutoyo 142
  • Teclock and SPI 143
  • Federal 144
  • Mercer 145
  • Bestest 146
  • Micro-Hite 350 / 600 / 900 148
  • Tesa-Hite 350 / 600 148
  • Tesa-Hite plus D 350 / 600 148
  • Mahr Puppitast 148
  • Kafer - Kaefer - Käfer 149
  • Peacock 149
  • Alina 150
  • MarTest 150

Crystal Installation 151

  • New crystals for test indicators 151
  • Why didn't we think of this before? 152
  • Crystal Ordering Chart 152
  • How to replace a test indicator crystal 153

Horizontal Test Indicator Model Equivalents 157

  • Vertical Test Indicator Model Equivalents—Inch reading 162
  • (end mounted) 162

Metric Test Indicator Model Equivalents 164

  • Horizontal models—Standard Type—Metric 164
  • Vertical models—Jig Bore Type—Metric 167
  • Lateral models—Parallel Type—Metric 167

Dial Indicators 170

  • For what it's worth: some considerations 170
  • Can a dial indicator be repaired? 170
  • Jeweled vs. non-jeweled 170
  • Stem diameters: 3/8 inch vs. 8 mm 170
  • Lug backs vs. flat backs 171
  • Right side up vs. upside down 172
  • Dial size: how big is too big? 172
  • Why isn't the dial hand set to high noon? 172
  • Dial configuration: continuous or balanced? 173
  • Digital vs. mechanical dial indicator 173

About standards and specifications 175

  • AGD standards and specifications 175
  • Military Specifications 176
  • ANSI specifications 176
  • DIN 177
  • What has ISO got to do with it? 177

Dial Indicators - Brand Name Comparison 178

  • Dial Indicator Score Card 188
  • (1) Spare parts availability 188
  • (2) Bezel and crystal replacement 188
  • (3) Repairability 189
  • (4) Durability 189
  • (5) Functional design 189
  • (6) Accuracy and precision 189
  • (7) Construction 189
  • (8) Long Range 190
  • (9) Bezel Rotation 190
  • (10) Where are they made? 190
  • (11) Serial numbers 191

Brown & Sharpe 192

  • 0-1" travel dial indicators made in Germany 192
  • Spare parts for MB216 and MW216 193

Compac dial indicators 194

  • Compac dial indicator 194
  • Spare Parts 194
  • Repairs 195
  • Contact Points 195
  • Lug backs and flat backs 195
  • Deciphering model numbers 195
  • Deciphering calibration data 195
  • Mercer Top Quality 195
  • Compac metric 196
  • Discontinued Compac models 196
  • A brief history of Compac indicator 196

Compac small dial indicators 198

with 8mm stem diameter - inch reading 198

Compac small dial indicators 199

with 8mm stem diameter - metric reading 199

Compac 200

  • Waterproof small dial indicator with 8mm stem diameter 200
  • Schematics with dimensions in mm for the above waterproof models 201
  • Repair Service 201
  • Other Compac dial indicators 201

Compac Dial Indicator 202

  • Metric indicator with 8 mm stem diameter 202
  • IP64 Waterproof models 202
  • Regular models (not waterproof) 202
  • Other Compac dial indicators are available 203

Lug Back 204

For Compac, Mercer and Tesa dial indicators 204

Käfer dial indicators 206

  • With up to 4” travel 206
  • When to use a long range indicator 207
  • Specifications of Kafer indicators 207
  • Important hints on how to use the Kafer indicator 207
  • Dial indicator calibration 208

Kafer - Käfer - Kaefer 209

  • Small metric dial indicator made in Germany 209
  • Other metric Kafer KM series dial indicators 209

Kafer High Precision Stossgeschutzt 211

  • Small (Group 1) metric dial indicator with shockproof movement 211
  • Small Dial KM 500 S 211
  • Small Dial KM 1000 S 211
  • Small Dial KM 4 S 211
  • User Replaceable Parts for models shown on this webpage 212

Kafer Dial Indicator 213

  • Versatile metric dial indicator made in Germany 213
  • Kafer M2T dial indicator 213
  • Kafer indicator spare parts 214

Kafer Dial Indicator 215

  • Shockproof metric dial indicator 215
  • Kafer indicator repair parts 216

"Universal" back plunger dial indicator 217

  • Metric back plunger indicator - Universal indicator 217
  • Spare parts and repairs 217
  • Other Options: Back Plunger indicators by Starrett 218

Mercer Dial Indicator 219

  • With very small 1-1/8" diameter face 219
  • Mercer repair and warranty service 219

Mercer Dial Indicator - small dial 220

  • Swiss Precision Dial Gauge with 40 mm Ø bezel – The best dial indicator available 220
  • Mercer Repair Service 221

Mercer Dial Indicator 222

Swiss Precision Dial Gauge with large 58 mm Ø dial 222

Mitutoyo 1” travel dial indicator 223

  • Maintenance, inspection and repair: some hints 223
  • Replacing the bezel and crystal 224
  • Other 1" travel Mitutoyo indicators 224
  • Questions about your Mitutoyo dial indicator? 225
  • Looking for something that costs less? 225

Mitutoyo .0001” dial indicator 226

  • Accurate, versatile, up-to-date dial indicators made in Japan 226
  • Mitutoyo Group 2 Dial Indicator .0001" with lug backs 226

Mitutoyo 2050S metric dial indicator 227

Some hints on maintenance, inspection and repair 227

Mitutoyo 2” travel indicator 228

  • Mitutoyo model 2424S-19 228
  • Precautions: don't, don't, don't... 228
  • Maintenance and repairs 229
  • Do you need a magnetic base? 229
  • Do you need a longer reach? 229

Mitutoyo Digimatic Indicator 230

Absolute digimatic indicator ID-S 230

Depth Measurement 231

  • Dial and digital depth gages for depth measurement 231
  • Digital Depth Gage 232

Spindle Lifting Lever 233

For dial and digimatic indicators 233

Mitutoyo Backs 234

  • For Mitutoyo dial indicators and digimatic indicators 234
  • Indicator Group 2 (57 mm diameter) mounting screws are not included 234
  • Indicator Group 1 (40 mm diameter) mounting screws are not included 235
  • Indicator Group 3 (78 mm diameter) mounting screws are not included 235
  • Digimatic indicator 235
  • How can you tell if you have the ISO or the AGD type indicator? 235

Mitutoyo dial indicator and Digimatic indicator parts lists 236

  • Be aware of model numbers! 236
  • Mitutoyo dial thickness gage 236
  • Mitutoyo dial indicators 237
  • Digimatic indicators 237
  • Illustrated notes 237

Starrett indicator spare parts 239

Teclock dial indicators 241

  • AGD Group 2 (dial diameter approx. 2.2") 241
  • A note about Teclock 242
  • AGD Group 1 242

MTC Contact Points for dial & digital indicators 243

  • What kind of point to use 243
  • Ruby, Teflon and Nylon 243
  • Thread size 243
  • Metric and inch point converter 244
  • Contact Point Extensions 244
  • Make Your Own Contact Point 245
  • Round ball contact: cupped style in carbide, ruby, Nylon or Teflon 245
  • Mitutoyo style dial indicator points 246
  • Ball exposed style 246
  • Flat Carbide / Flat Nylon 247
  • Common Radius Points—20% off 247
  • Flat Point, Carbide Tip recessed 248
  • Roller Point 248
  • Carbide tipped needle point 249
  • Thin needle contact points "Adapt-A-Tip" 250
  • Button Point contact points 250
  • Conical contact points 250
  • Pin vise contact point 251
  • Federal Group 0 Points 251
  • Bent Point 252
  • Mitutoyo flat point - disc shaped 252
  • Mitutoyo spherical point, carbide tipped 252
  • Exposed Carbide Ball - Fractional Size 253
  • Knife Edge Point, carbide tipped 253
  • Flat AGD contact point (steel) 253
  • Right-Angle contact point (style 2) 254
  • Mitutoyo style needle point (tapered steel) 254

Crystal Installation 255

  • New crystals for dial indicators 255
  • Why didn't we think of this before? 256
  • Crystal Ordering Chart 256
  • How to replace a dial indicator crystal 257

Magnetic Indicator Stand 261

Mitutoyo Series 7 Universal Articulating Magnetic Stands 261

  • Serrated Anvil Indicator Stand 261
  • A word to the wise 262
  • Articulating Magnetic Indicator Stand 262
  • Mitutoyo serrated anvil indicator stand 263

Interapid Magnetic Base 264

Best Quality Swiss-made Magnetic Indicator Base 264

Interapid Measuring Stand 266

  • For professional metrology 266
  • Interapid small measuring stand 266
  • Interapid large measuring stand 266

Interapid magnetic indicator stand 267

Other quality magnetic base options 268

Miniature Dial Indicator 269

  • Model Equivalents Size 0 269
  • Size 0 (approx. 1.2" bezel) - Inch Models - 3/8" stem unless noted 269
  • Size 0 (approx. 30 mm bezel) - Metric Models - 8 mm stem 270

Inch Dial Indicator 271

  • Small dial model equivalents 271
  • Size 1** (approx. 1-1/2" bezel diameter) 271
  • Notes: 273

Metric Dial Indicator 274

  • Model Equivalents Size 1 274
  • Size 1** (approx. 40 mm bezel) - 8 mm stem 274

Inch Dial Indicator 277

  • AGD Size 2 Model Equivalents 277
  • AGD Size 2** (approx. 2-1/4" bezel diameter) 277
  • Notes 279

Metric Dial Indicator 281

  • Model Equivalents Size 2 281
  • AGD Size 2** (approx. 58 mm bezel) - 8 mm stem - M2.5 thread 281
  • Notes 283

Group 3 Dial Indicator Equivalent Models 284

  • Dial Indicator equivalent models with long travel 285
  • aka drop indicator—travel indicator 285
  • What kind of travel to use 285
  • Inch Group 2 (approx. 2.25" diameter dial) 286
  • Inch Group 3 (approx. 3" diameter dial) 286
  • Metric Group 3 (approx. 3" diameter dial) 286
  • Notes 286

Calibration of gages 287

  • Calibration procedures 287
  • Test indicator calibration 287
  • Dial indicator calibration 289
  • A complete micrometer calibration set 290
  • ASME Grade 0 micrometer calibration gage block set - inch reading 291
  • Micrometer Grade 0 calibration gage block set - metric reading 292
  • Outside micrometers 292
  • Blade micrometers 295
  • Spherical Anvil Micrometers 295
  • Dial Caliper Calibration 295
  • Additional Gage Blocks for Calibration 296
  • Gage Block Certification 296
  • Depth Micrometer Calibration 296
  • Dial Thickness Gage Calibration 297
  • Calibration Labels 297
  • Measuring Rods 298
  • Dial bore gage calibration 299
  • Flattery or plagiarism? 299

Test Indicator & Dial Indicator Calibrator 300

  • with dial bore gage adapter 300
  • Q&A 300

"Do It Yourself" 302

  • Indicator, caliper, bore gage, & micrometer repairs 302
  • Changing contact points 302
  • Make your own long point .0002" indicator 302
  • Contact point lengths 303
  • Crystal insertion 303
  • Last Word indicators 304
  • Interapid stem attachments 304
  • Compac new ball bearing design 304
  • Installing Indicator Hands 305
  • Mitutoyo Pocket ("Last Word" style) Indicator 305

Questions & Answers 307

  • Questions posed by customers and readers, answered to the best of our ability. 307
  • Mitutoyo dial calipers 307
  • Dial and Digital Indicator 307
  • Starrett digital calipers 308
  • Calibration 308
  • Cleaning 309
  • Mitutoyo USB and SPC Output 310
  • Groove micrometer 311
  • Pin Gauges 311
  • Starrett Last Word indicator 312
  • Measuring rods - micrometer and caliper standards 312
  • Micrometer lapping 313
  • Mitutoyo digimatic calipers 313
  • B&S Dial Caliper 313
  • Peacock 314
  • Moore & Wright 315
  • Chamfer Gage 315
  • Thickness gages 315
  • Etalon micrometer 316
  • Starrett dial caliper 316
  • Starrett dial indicator 317
  • Dial Caliper Gage (Intertest) 317
  • Micrometers 317
  • Dial Calipers 318
  • Test Indicators 318
  • Screw Thread Micrometer 318

 

From our reference shelf:

The Companion Reference Book on Dial and Test Indicators … page 178
BesTest and TesaTast Indicator Repair Manual … page 177
Starrett 711 Last Word Indicator Repair Manual … page 199
Interapid Indicator Repair Manual …
page 208
Compac Test Indicator Repair Manual ... page 194
 

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