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Saturday, June 11 the MECSPE fair in Bologna ended and we are truly grateful to all those who came out to see us.

It gave us the opportunity to display a selection of our measuring instruments and to discuss various measuring needs in person, without technological barriers.

This is the aspect we like most,  meeting our loyal customers directly and creating new ones.

We listen to what the company produces, what results it would like to achieve, or what problems need to be resolved.

SAMA Tools name-brand measuring instruments were created to cater these needs, but we also think that the assistance our technicians are able to provide pre-purchase can really make the difference.

What animates our company are certainly the people who, if you came to the fair, you will have met, albeit partially, because others remained at our headquarters in Viareggio.

Mecspe 2022 staff

 

Measuring instruments at MECSPE

For the 2022 edition of MECSPE, we selected various types of tools, suitable to satisfy the needs of manufacturing companies in various sectors.

Automotive, Oil & Gas, Naval, Food, Industrial Painting, Molds etc.

Force Measure

The measure of force encloses all tests essential for the quality and resistance of a specific product.

The main force tests include:

traction,

compression,

torque.

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These measuring instruments can be found in the section “Force measure”.

Measuring of the hardness of materials

When measuring the hardness of materials, we rely on portable or bench hardness testers.

There are different types of portable hardness testers, depending on the type of material or test to be carried out. They are mainly used to assess the hardness of the material for quality control in the production line and for the maintenance of structures and parts which are subject to wear.

strumenti per misurare la durezza dei rivestimenti strumenti per misurare la durezza dei materiali SAP180

 

These measuring instruments can be found in the section “Measuring the hardness of materials”.

Ultrasonic thickness measurement

To measure the thickness of a specific piece, the ultrasound technique is particularly recommended, as it allows you to measure a detail by simply placing the probe on it, without the need of any feedback from the opposite side.

In this case, the measuring instruments are the thickness gauges, which determine the thickness of a material by accurately calculating the time required by an ultrasonic pulse generated by the probe to pass through the thickness of the sample, which is reflected on the opposite surface and then returned to the probe.

Ultrasonic thickness gauges are ideal in the production phase, quality control, input control, PED inspections, material approval, output control and in all non-destructive tests where it is not possible to access both sides of measurement.

New Product! Fiberglass thickness gauge

SAUT6100D-SW

In the photo: Fiberglass ultrasonic thickness gauge – SAUT6100D-SW

 

This new model, as seen in the photo, was first presented at MECSPE.  It is a graphic ultrasonic thickness gauge for fiberglass and composite materials. If you were present at one of our demonstrations at the fair, you will have seen how easy it is to use and its great potential for various fields, like boating, automotive, Oil & Gas, etc.

To verify that this tool is suitable for every specific need, S.A.M.A. can carry out tests directly on samples provided by our customers or alternatively, our technicians can personally go to shipyards or other establishments and carry out tests on site.  Other thickness gauges can be found in the sections:

Ultrasonic thickness measurement

Coating thickness measurement

 

 

Pendulum hardness tester SA509

In the photo:  Pendulum hardness tester –SA509

 

Another instrument that aroused great interest and curiosity at the fair was the Pendulum hardness tester.  It is suitable for measuring the surface hardness of paints and coatings.

The procedure involves putting the gauge in contact with the surface coating which is then made to oscillate. Finally, the time required to decrease the amplitude of the oscillation at a certain value dictated by the standard under consideration is measured. The shorter the damping time, the lower the hardness.

 

 

 

 

SAAB523

In the photo:  Rotational abrasion tester – SAAB523

 

Another highly appreciated measuring instrument was the Rotational abrasion tester, mainly used to determine the abrasion resistance performance of various coatings by rotational rubbing, or to determine the abrasion resistance of paper, plastic, fabric, decorations, etc.

The samples are placed on the rotary plate and then subjected to the action of abrasion by two abrasive wheels with a determined pressure. The abrasive action is obtained by rotating the sample, while two abrasive wheels rotate above it. The wheels complete a full turn on the surface of the sample which allows to check the abrasion resistance at all possible angles of that sample.

 

 

 

 

Digital rotational viscometers - SAVISC152

In the photo:  Digital rotational viscometers – SAVISC152

The Digital rotational viscometer is ideal for testing the viscosity and resistance of a fluid.

The elegant model in the photo constantly controls the rotation speed and is widely utilized in chemical, medical, food, industrial, laboratory, scientific research fields, etc.

When an operator has to carry out the viscosity measurement in the laboratory, it is not always easy to identify the most suitable viscometer model. In these cases, our technicians are available to listen to each specific need and indicate the most appropriate solution.

This pre-sale consultancy service is free and allows us not only to concretely help our customers, but also to significantly reduce returns due to incorrect orders. Our philosophy is to always implement all preventive actions to avoid buying the wrong instrument.

 

Mechanical measuring instruments

The measuring instruments in our mechanical section are never lacking at the fairs we attend, since their use is extremely important and common in all manufacturing companies.

Micrometers and calipers

In photo: SAMA Tools micrometers and calipers

Mechanical measuring instruments can be found in the “Mechanical section”

Calibration of measuring instruments

At MECSPE, we also talked about our calibration services. Measuring and control instruments play a very important role within the production process of a company, such as guaranteeing the suitability of manufacturing products.

It is necessary that the instruments are efficient and remain within the tolerance range as dictated by the piece.  It is therefore essential to calibrate all instruments, even the simplest ones.

In this regard there are often many uncertainties, and our customers ask us questions like these:

  • What does ISO 9001 say in detail regarding calibration?
  • Why is it important to calibrate measuring instruments?
  • When should the calibration be repeated?
  • How long should the instrument be used before it is subjected to calibration and certification?
  • What if the certification does not go well or has errors?
  • What if the measuring instrument cannot be certified?
  • Do I need a calibration report or Accredia certificate?
  • What are the differences between calibration and Accredia certificates?

If you also have these kinds of questions, firstly, we recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter because in addition to providing you with useful information on the various types of measurements, it allows you to immediately receive an ebook on the ABCs of calibration via email.

how to achieve calibration without headaches

Instrument calibration is necessary and useful for many industrial sectors. Likewise, it is essential to have a solid intervention program to ensure minimal downtime.

S.A.M.A. Italia is ISO 9001 certified to provide calibration reports and collaborates with the best accredited centers for LAT / Accredia certificates.

Calibration banner

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Measuring and control instruments are very important resources in any production process. Along any process, there are many parameters and properties that need to be cared for with precision to guarantee high quality standards are met.

So, how to choose the best supplier for measuring and control instruments?

5 aspects to consider when selecting your measuring and control instruments supplier

There are different aspects you should consider when selecting your measuring and control instruments provider. The most important ones are the following:

1. Quality of the instruments

This may sound obvious, but the quality of the measuring and control instruments is of uttermost importance, since this will have a great impact on the result of your Quality Control (QC) and your Quality Assurance (QA) activities.

For example, S.A.M.A. Italia is a UNI EN ISO 9001 certified company, a certification that definitely confirms that you are choosing a supplier with clear procedures, aimed at providing an accurate service.

It is a supplier that operates all over the world through its own SAMA Tools brand.

I believe it is reliable and experienced, from which you can make sure you get hight quality tools.

Moreover, all their instruments are manufactured to comply with the relevant standards.

2. Calibration

As defined by the experts at SAMA Tools, “calibration means to identify metrological characteristics of a measuring instrument and it may be defined as a “photograph” of the instrument in its current state. It is the result of a comparison with a reference sample and it does not contemplate the adjustment of the instrument.”

This is an important aspect because it can happen that you get a “quality” instrument but which is not calibrated, so it may need adjustment. The result is an instrument that does not work properly and it will only create problems.

To prevent this from happening, SAMA Tools offers calibration services and supplies Laboratory Test Reports in compliance with UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 and ACCREDIA certificates on all their instruments, but also on equipment you already own and of other brands.

How often should the measuring instruments be calibrated? We talked about this here.

3. Destructive or non-destructive testing instruments?

When we speak about measuring and control instruments, we can speak about two categories: destructive testing instruments and non-destructive testing instruments.

As the name implies, destructive testing requires altering or destroying the sample in order to identify mechanical characteristics.

If you want to carry out measurements and controls in your production process without damaging your sample, the best alternative is non-destructive testing, such as:

  • Visual tests
  • Flaw inspection
  • Roughness measure and control
  • Ultrasonic thickness control
  • Coating thickness control
  • Hardness testing
  • Environmental control

This will allow you to identify properties and mechanical features directly on the final product without damaging it. And SAMA Tools offers you the best instruments for each of these tests.

4. Technical support

When we see the words “technical support”, most of us immediately think  about fixing or repair. However, the technical support you should look for when selecting your measuring and control instruments provider must be a more holistic kind of service.

As SAMA Tools Export Manager Martina Guatteri, expresses it: “It is well known that every successful company has an excellent after-sales assistance.” Yes, this should be part of what you should look for, but as she also says, pre-sales assistance is also very important.

The goal is to find a supplier that can really understand your needs and provide you with the best solution, instead of having to be adjusting until you get “something close to what you wanted”.

Moreover, having a good technical support means making sure you won’t have any problems while using the instruments, and that you won’t need a long time to learn how the instrument is used.

SAMA Tools offers all their customers a holistic metrological consultancy service and they take care of your needs from the very beginning. They help you become an independent user of their instruments, with expert technicians that will assist you during installation, if required, and during the first measurements. And you will gain notions that go far beyond reading a manual.

5. Do you need portable instruments?

It is not always possible to install an instrument in a laboratory or within the process to measure and control important parameters. Most of the time, when dealing with QC and QA, you need to measure “on the fly” and this means having a portable and light tool, suitable for measuring in the field.

SAMA Tools can provide you with a wide range of portable tools while maintaining the highest quality on the market.

  • Portable surface roughness testers
Portable surface roughness testers

In photo: SAMA Tools portable surface roughness testers

  • Ultrasonic thickness gauges
Precision ultrasonic thickness gauge

In photo: SAMA Tools precision ultrasonic thickness gauge

  • Ultrasonic flaw detectors
Ultrasonic flaw detectors

In photo: user with ultrasonic flaw detectors

  • Portable external load cell torque testers
Portable external load cell torque testers

In photo: SAMA Tools portable external load cell torque testers

  • Micrometers and calipers
Micrometers and calipers

In photo: SAMA Tools micrometers and calipers

  • Sound level meters

In photo: SAMA Tools sound level meters

  • Luxmeters
Luxmeters

In photo: SAMA Tools Luxmeter

  • Moisture meters
Moisture meters

In photo: SAMA Tools moisture meters

  • Infrared thermometers

In photo: SAMA Tools infrared thermometers

  • Portable pH meters
Portable pH meters

In photo: SAMA Tools portable pH meters

  • And many more…
SAMA Tools measuring instruments

In photo: SAMA Tools measuring instruments

What if I am an international customer?

Being a worldwide leader in measuring control and instruments, as it was mentioned above, SAMA Tools exports its products all over the world.

You can count on the Export Manager, Martina Guatteri, specialized in customs procedures, who will be able to provide you with the necessary help in any customs procedures required, and on Beatrice Roni, who is equally available to help you in the purchase phase and obtain the best instruments for your application.

You can contact them!

 

Feedback from the world

Below you can find some feedback that we recently received from three clients based outside Italy.

The first one is a video review that sent us Emre Sari of Sarilar Dis Tic Ltd Sti, a company based in Turkey that provides highest quality hazelnuts.

To ensure the high quality of their hazelnuts, they constantly monitor the humidity level, using our Moistures meters – SA7825G.

In addition, Sarilar has assumed the role of supplier of SAMA Tools brand, providing these moistures meters to its customers on the Turkish territory, for a better quality control of their final products.

Listen to the video review, or read the transcription below, and if you want to know more, read:

“Quality Control in the Hazelnut Production: The case of Sarilar”

 

The second feedback comes from Spain, from a company certified for the production of Flow meters.

“Very good service and counseling during the purchase. The instrument working as expected without any problems.”

Marcel Caballero – Guadarrama-Flow, S.L.

 

The third one comes from Romania, from a company in the metal packaging sector. It provides solutions to some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

“For several years we were looking for an equipment to improve our quality incoming goods system. We faced issues with the curing of the lacquer on our raw material sheets for which was difficult to prove the cause of the nonconformity. By using SAAB521 Solvent Rub Resistance Tester we succeeded to have the expected results, to put in place a procedure and more than that extended it to our suppliers in order to have the same measurement system. I highly recommend it.”

Andrea Nedelcu

Why I recommend SAMA Tools as your measuring and control instruments supplier?

So far, I have showed you that SAMA Tools ticks all the boxes to be considered a first-class measuring and control instruments provided.

What’s more, from my experience having direct contact with them, the attitude and clarity in their communication makes you feel sure you are in the right hands.

In addition, you can subscribe for free to their English newsletter and get a nice freebie in the process. You’ll be getting valuable information in the form of an ebook.

If, on the other hand, you are from Italy, subscribe to the Italian newsletter edited by the marketing manager Fabiana Fanti.

This combination of high-quality products and services makes it a no brainer for anyone looking for a measuring and control instruments provider.

Go get in touch with S.A.M.A. Tools, you won’t regret it!

 

Carlos Collantes

Mechanical Engineer

 

Video summary “Measuring instruments: 5 tips for a quality choice”