In order to control a process, it is likely that you will need to see the surface. A surface texture plot is often more important than the parameter value. Many people provide profile graphs with their measurements—the good ones provide consistent, fixed scaling so that the graphs look the same between measurements.
“I have a surface finish specification. Where do I begin?” “I’m new to the field of surface measurement. What do I need to know?” This tutorial is provided to help you hit the high points of surface measurement, including roughness, waviness, filtering, and basic surface texture parameters.
People often ask, “How do I do R&R (Repeatability and Reproducibility) studies for my surface finish instruments?” A better question may be, “Should I use an R&R study when dealing with surface finish?” Often the answer should be, “No!” In other cases, the answer could be, “Maybe, but be very careful.”