Height Gauges

The Care and Use Of Vernier Height Gauges

British Standard Reference : BS1643 : 2008

1. Select the height gauge that best fits your requirement. Ensure that the type, measuring range, graduation and other specifications of the height gauge are appropriate for your application.

2. Do not apply excessive force to the sliding and locking mechanisms of the height gauge. Should you be unfortunate and drop the height gauge, before reusing have the height gauge recalibration/repaired by an appropriate repair agent.

3. When using a scriber in conjunction with a height gauge, ensure that the scriber tip is not damaged.

4. Thoroughly clean the height gauge after use with a lint free paper or cloth ensuring the base and the scriber are cleaned.

5. Check the slider movement for smoothness, There should be no free play or intermittent restriction of movement. Report all non conformances to an appropriate authority.

6. Thoroughly clean the surface plate or surface table prior to placing the height gauge upon it, the height gauge and datum surface should be stabilised before use.

7. Adjust the zero line to the datum surface before use.

8. Avoid parallax errors by reading the scales directly from the front and square on.

9. During fine adjustment to a reference standard, ensure that the base remains stable on the measuring media, least this causes damage to either the reference standard or the height gauge.

10. When storing height gauges for long periods of time, or when they need oiling, use a lint free paper or cloth dampened with a rust preventative oil and lightly wipe each section, ensure that the oil is spread evenly over the surfaces.

11. Never leave or store the height gauge for long periods of time in a high humidity environment.

12. Never use a height gauge that has not been calibrated, if in doubt consult an appropriate authority.

Vernier Height Gauges

BS 1643 : 2008

This standard covers vernier height gauges which include a scriber for marking heights. Metric height gauges measure heights up to a maximum of 1000mm using a main scale and vernier scale graduated to read to 0.02mm. Imperial height gauges measure heights up to a maximum of 48" using a main scale and vernier scale graduated to read to 0.001". It may be uneconomical for any company or institution to invest in equipment to the level required in order to calibrate vernier height gauges fully in accordance with the standard.

It is highly recommended that an appropriate authority such as a UKAS approved laboratory carries out a full calibration on vernier height gauges at least once a year. In between UKAS calibrations at a frequency based on usage, vernier height gauges should be calibrated in-house. A typical in-house calibration would include a written procedure and an associated calibration record sheet, which would contain as a minimum, the following listed information

(a) Serial number

(b) Location

(c) Procedure number

(d) Flatness of base

(e) Flatness of measuring jaw

(f) Parallelism of measuring jaw to datum surface

(g) Flatness of measuring faces of the scriber

(h) Parallelism of measuring faces of the scriber

(i) Accuracy of readings

(j) Results

(k) Measurement uncertainty

(l) Sentence if appropriate

(m) Date and calibrators signature

(n) Traceability to National Standards

It is necessary that any person carrying out such calibration work should have received appropriate training and have shown the ability to be confident via a suitable training authority. Training records should be held and maintained.

On the following page is a layout for a typical in-house calibration for a 0 - 300mm vernier height gauge.

Calibration to be carried out in accordance with in-house procedure number .......................

Serial Number: Make:

Calibration Date: Range:

FEATURE EXAMINED                      SPEC.                              MEASURED RESULTS

                                                        Metric         Imperial                     Metric             Imperial

Flatness of base:

Flatness of measuring jaw:

Parallelism of measuring jaw to datum surface:

Flatness of measuring faces of the scriber:

Parallelism of measuring faces of the scriber:

Accuracy of readings:

The vernier height gauge was mechanically and visually inspected for mechanical performance, damage, wear and missing parts and the following faults were noted:


Calibrators Signature: ........................................

A traceability statement in this section would be required for all items and their relevant certification utilised for the

calibration of the vernier height gauge.