|Established in 1952
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This Talyrond inspection center can measure the sphericity of a ball to less than one millionth of an inch. When required, the quality can be documented in the form of a polar chart recording. Its calibration is traceable to (NIST), National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The modern approach to roundness measurement is based on
the comparison of a near perfect axis of rotation with the
unknown quality of the test part. This method for
evaluating the roundness (sphericity) of precision balls
was adopted by the A.F.B.M.A. in the 1975 revision of
Standard Book #10, ANSI-B 3.12 1975.
( Bad ) Polar Chart from Talyrond
At Bal-tec, we use the Talyrond system to evaluate the roundness of our precision balls. With this system, the ball is fixed to an adjustable X-Y table. This table is adjusted to position the axis of the ball coincident with the near perfect axis of the rotating electronic pickup. Imperfections in the spherical form are recorded on a polar chart in millionths of an inch. The data supplied by the Talyrond is traceable to (NIST), National Institute of Standards and Technology.
This is a ( bad ) example of the polar chart produced on the Talyrond. The inner polylobular trace was made from a competitor's silicon nitride ball that was rated by them as a grade 10. The outer trace was made from a very good quality ball.