Plastics are an integral part of modern manufacturing—and a complex case when it comes to metrology. Mitutoyo’s optical and low-force dimensional measurement solutions are ideal for soft materials and high-volume production. When you need to maintain the ultimate level of accuracy and repeatability using injection or die molds, Mitutoyo’s solutions get the job done.
Plastics Industry Realities
Manufacturing plastics involves dealing with mutable, yielding material that can be easily warped or damaged by conventional tactile metrology. What’s more, inaccurate pieces can lead to increased costs for material disposal and recycling. This makes it even more important for plastics manufacturers to hit their tolerances every time.
The same die or injection mold can be used to produce thousands or millions of identical components. That means the smallest imperfection in a mold can cause millions of repeated errors, rendering huge quantities of material useless. Quality assurance testing is essential, but testing each individual component can slow down production.
Edge-to-edge dimensions, surface testing, z-axis height measurements, hardness testing: the list of possible metrology applications needed for a single plastic component is a long one. A range of non-contact or low-force solutions are needed to confirm all these factors are in compliance without causing damage to the part itself.
Mitutoyo understands that not all metrology solutions are suited to the unique requirements of plastics manufacturing. We produce instruments designed to take the most accurate measurements possible without causing any damage to the workpiece itself.
“Low-Force” solutions with adjustable load pressure
Hardness testers and durometers suitable for a range of hardnesses, even soft foams
Optical gauging solutions in a full range of sizes and resolutions
Plastics Metrology Solutions by Mitutoyo
Capable of both contact and non-contact measurement, our best-in-class CMM solutions are ideal for 3D inspection of complex geometries.
Easily and accurately track and manage your measurements using a Mitutoyo data management system, MeasurLink.