6 Books to Expand Your Metrology Knowledge

April 16, 2019 9:17 am


As machines and tools become more sophisticated with the evolution of technology, modern machine shops are required to produce parts with precise specification to ensure a quality finished product.

Machinery, however, is not perfect. Tools can become dull, machines can become misaligned and the results of these issues often lead to parts that are out of tolerance.

To avoid this, quality control inspectors, metrologists or machine operators with metrology experience are required to ensure that finished parts meet the specifications required for the job.

Although metrology tools have become incredibly advanced and easy to use, understanding the theory and the science that lies behind part measurement is essential for quality control.

That’s why before investing in a new micrometer or an advanced CMM, we recommend that you deepen your understanding of metrology. There’s no doubt that the best way to learn is to attend a training course in metrology and calibration.

These courses, however, can be time-consuming and expensive and not all the machinists can commit to them.

If you are one of them, we have an easier solution for you: metrology books.

We did some research and put together a list of books that you should consider reading to expand your knowledge about metrology and calibration.

Here’s what we recommend:


Handbook of Dimensional Measurement


The Handbook of Dimensional Measurement is a unique resource organized into chapters by gauge type and function. Individual chapters move from simple to complex, from timeless measurement techniques to the most modern and innovative


The Metrology Handbook

This book is a collection of valuable information compiled by experts in the field to serve as a single resource for metrology professionals. A great resource for understanding basic measurement and calibration principles and practices.


The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook


One of the most popular books for professionals taking the ASQ CQI exam. It contains plenty of examples and problems drawn from real-world situations encountered on the shop floor.


An Introduction to Measuration and Calibration


This book includes extensive descriptions and illustrations of all the devices used in the industry. The vast amount of information can be applied to virtually any imaginable measurement or calibration task.


Inspection and Gaging


Concise yet comprehensive, this highly acclaimed training manual and reference guide provides the many phases of inspection work and their applications in today’s manufacturing operations through a practical down-to-earth presentation.


Precision Measurement in the Metal Working Industry


A comprehensive guide that covers topics like line measurement, threads and thread gauging, micrometers, gage blocks, surface plate and angular measurements, optical instruments, roughness, and hardness testing, and non-destructive testing.


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