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(**) Model 244A has been discontinued by the manufacturer and we will sell our remaining stock, while it lasts.
A schematic drawing is available showing indicator dimensions. Two stem attachments T4 (5/32" equivalent to 4 mm) and T8 (8mm) are included. For tolerances see below. Model 20-055-0 has the same tolerances and specifications as model 245GA
Metric models can be found on page 108.
Black dial - yellow dial - white dial
Compac model 244BF and other black dial models have been discontinued. It had a black dial and orange hand like the more popular Bestest indicators. Long Island Indicator has replacement dials and hands for some of these models, and because all other parts are identical to the standard white dial models these indicators will remain serviceable for years to come.
Yellow dials are the standard for metric gages in the USA. While most new metric Compac indicators are shipped with white dials, yellow dials can be purchased and installed.
Important calibration information
Compac models are designed to permit a true reading when the angle between the stylus and the reference surface is 0° (ie., they are parallel).
Since the dial test indicator is used as a comparator, the angle can usually be set to remain at 0° for all comparisons. However, when the indicator is run through its range while attempting direct readings or for calibration, this angle will of necessity change, introducing the cosine error.
In the rare cases when measurement is required with the stylus at an angle other than 0° with respect to the reference surface the readings should be corrected. Refer to calibration instructions on gage 7 for details.
All new Compac test indicators come with a calibration certificate from the manufacturer, but they are not NIST traceable. If you need an NIST calibration cert, please specify at time of ordering.
While Compac test indicators are accurate ± 1 graduation when used as a comparator, they have total allowable deviations over their entire range as follows:
Source: Tesa SA, July 2005
Contact point length
It is imperative that the correct length of contact point be used with dial test indicators. Test indicators rely on leverage ratios to amplify the readings. Changing the length of the contact point will alter the ratio and result in incorrect readings. The common problem of incremental errors (ie, the readings gradually get worse from one revolution to the next) is most likely due to the installation of the wrong length point.
Most manufacturers specify the proper point length in their catalogs. It is not always clear, however, how the over-all length of the point is measured.
Compac contact points should be measured from the center of the carbide ball to the far end of the threads.
Some end-users purposely install extra-long contact points because their application requires it. If the contact point is exactly twice the length, then the readings on the dial will be doubled. Most .0001" Compac indicators can be fitted with a long point which will make the graduations read .0002"
Most manufacturers make indicators designed for use with long contact points. Compac test indicators have the letter designation "L" as a component of their model numbers.
Contact points can have a variety of ball diameters typically ranging from .015" to .120" and are available in carbide or ruby (special order). It is highly recommended that contact points fitted with carbide balls be used, especially for .0001" indicators. The size of the ball diameter has no effect on the indicator's accuracy.
To find the ordering number for contact points refer to the contact points list shown on page 21.
Compac indicator repair service
All parts are available and with 55 years of experience repairs can effectively be made on any of these indicators: Even the discontinued inch models on this page.
It's our policy to replace any damaged or worn parts necessary for the full function of the indicator. This way you'll be sure to get an instrument that's as good as new and one you can rely on. If you use a credit card for payment, turn-around is less than one week. For full details regarding repairs of Compac as well as other brands of indicators, please refer to page 30.
Plus, if you request it, we'll provide you with a short-form certificate of calibration free with every indicator repair. After all, when your instrument comes back, you need to know that it's accurate.
Q: I have a Compac 244A that I discovered is not working with the dial face inverted (pointed towards the floor), when dialing in a bore on a horizontal axis. It came to me used, so I thought it was possible that someone had been inside it and made a mistake. I took the bezel off so I could watch the gear train, and it looks like one gear and shaft slides towards the dial face when upside down and disengages from the pointer gear. I was about to send it in to you for repair, but I found a page on your website saying that most indicators don't work upside down.
- You bring up an interesting point. The upside-down rule applies mostly to DIAL indicators, not to TEST indicators which should work in any position. The Compac 244A should also work upside down. What happened is that, upon opening the gage a small spacer fell out from under the dial and was lost. This spacer kept the gears from disengaging. It is a situation commonly overlooked even by repair shops who don’t usually have a lot of experience with the Compac indicators. Please take a look at the bottom of page 78 for a clearer explanation.
Q: Currently, we are using the Bestest dial indicator model # 7023-3. These work great for our application, but they don't have a long service life. Our first inclination is to order some more, but I was wondering if there is a more robust indicator we could use that may last longer before failure or needing repair. We have tried other brands of indicators that had the same specs as the Bestest, only to find they would not register the small deviations of run-out. I do not know why this is the case, but for some reason other indicators do not pick up the run-out. Do you think that the heavier built Compact would do the job?
- The Bestest indicator is very responsive, more so than any other indicator and I think that this is what you are looking for. The Compac will outlast the Bestest but it is not nearly as quick to respond. Trying one is probably your best bet.