The Uses Of A Slope Indicator

September 1, 2014

Slope indicators and meters fall in the same class of gadgets. They are both used for determining the steepness of an area. All people who measure the inclination of surfaces, buildings, and other items find a slope indicator to be a very useful device. Normally the device is meant for application in areas with rough and rugged terrain or landscape.

Accurate readings for slopes can be provided by indicators if they are installed on machinery such as motor graders following the right installation procedure. There must be some level of parallelism between the device and the machines it is installed on at the time of installation. The machine must therefore be placed on a flat surface before installing. All readings should be taken over a huge distance to achieve a high level of accuracy.

Modern devices are made with bright beautiful colors to make them look good when installed. They also incorporate a large scale that covers a wide viewing range. Most scales run from 0 to 50 degrees on either side of the scale. Very steep slopes on the gadget are indicated by a red color to show that they are danger zones. Normally readings that exceed 35 degrees are the ones regarded as the most dangerous.

Rectangle-shaped cutouts are made at the bases of devices that are not meant for installation on machinery. The cutouts act as points of attachment on poles. The user is also provided with a means of holding in some devices by larger cutouts. Bases are concave-shaped for attachment on skis and related platforms. Light-weight devices are made to make it easy to carry them for long hours that workers need them in the field.

The size of slope indicators vary from small devices that can be held in the hand to very huge units. The purpose of the device dictates its size. Latest models ensure construction of perfect slopes by having a high accuracy levels. Accuracy lies within a degree. Most accurate makes have a response time of less than a second. Since the working environment of the equipment is mostly rugged, the design is in a way as to ensure accurate readings in environments with snow, rain, and dust.

The circuitry of the indicator is enclosed by casings made from various materials. Some of the major materials used to make casings include aluminum, plastic, steel, alloys, and fiber. When used well, the operator of the machine with the gadget can do work at a very high rate. In fact, it is even possible to work at night or in areas with poor visibility.

The user is able to take readings in a single glance because most gadgets are calibrated in huge numerical scales. Balls or pointers are used to show readings by resting on the values. Some pointers take a few seconds before settling on the reading.

Cost depends on various factors like accuracy, quality, manufacturer, type of scale, size, and response time. Prices range from a couple to hundreds of dollars. Some of the places one can make a purchase from include local stores, on-line stores, shopping malls, and licensed dealers.

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