Elcometer’s 415 Thickness Gage Measures 60-plus Readings per Minute

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Posted on: 6/1/2016

Fast liquid and powder coating thickness gage switches easily between ferrous and nonferrous metal substrates.


415 Thickness Gage, Elcometer

415 Thickness Gage, Elcometer

Accurately measuring coating thickness is critical in an industry where the slightest miscalculation can affect product performance. Doing it fast is an added bonus, which is what Elcometer’s new 415 handheld measuring gage is all about.

“Thickness is not just about appearance,” says Joe Walker, vice president of Elcometer Inc. “If the paint is too thick in an area where a bolt has to be attached or a screw inserted, the thickness of the paint will prevent the proper fit of those fastening devices and could affect performance.”

The Elcometer 415 liquid and powder coating thickness gage is designed to quickly measure paint and powder coatings up to 1,000 microns on smooth ferrous and nonferrous metal substrates, enabling users to meet customer specifications and requirements.

Suitable for measuring industrial liquid and powder coating thicknesses on industrial metal surfaces, flat or curved surfaces, and smooth and thin substrates, Walker said the device can take more than 60 readings per minute, thus increasing productivity and reducing inspection times. The display shows key statistical values required to assess the coating, including the number of readings, the average and the highest and lowest coating thickness readings.

The gage is engineered with a dual ferrous/nonferrous metal style integral probe for testing painted components that are made either of steel or nonferrous metals.

The instrument’s 1-point (zero calibration) and 2-point (smooth calibration) calibration adjustment methods are also included to increase the accuracy of the gage. Walker says the Elcometer 415 eliminates the learning curve associated with calibration, an expense he says can cost companies money and time.

“It takes a long time for production line employees to feel comfortable with the calibration process,” Walker says. “So we offer these instruments calibrated with a simple one- or two-step on-screen graphical tutorial that guides the user through the calibration process.”

Elcometer calibrates the instrument in the factory to automotive and light industrial grade steel and aluminum panels. That calibration is then locked into the gage memory and stored, reducing user downtime and increasing productivity.

Coating information from the gage is immediately transferred via USB or Bluetooth to a computer or mobile device using ElcoMaster Data Management Software, the ElcoMaster smartphone app or another software application.

Elcometer offers a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

For more information, visit elcometer.com.




­­±1–3% or ±2.5μ

Operating temperature

14 to 122°F

Relative humidity

0 to 95%

Reading rate

60+ readings/min

Measurement range

0–1000μm/0–40 mils


Originally published in June 2016.


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