Magna-Mike 8600 uses hall effect principle to measure the thickness of non-ferrous surfaces. Not like other instruments, it’s a portable device and perfect for onsite inspections. The operation is very simple. It works on the magnetic method to make accurate measurements. It has a magnetic probe and target ball. The probe creates a magnetic field which keeps the target ball in sync. The probe has a hall effect sensor attached to it. This sensor converts the magnetic signal into electrical. These signals are further processed to display in the human readable form. The measurements are very quick and simultaneously displayed on the screen.

Features of Thickness Gauge

  • Probes – It comes with different tips, straight, right angles and low profile articulating.
  • It has 3 replaceable wearable tips – Standard, chisel tip, extended wear.
  • Target balls come in 3 sizes – 3/16, 1/16, 1/8. Along with that, target disk and wire can be substituted.
  • It can measure thickness up to 25.4mm / 1 Inch.
  • It has large coloured VGA display.
  • It has 3 output ports, RS 232, Micro USB and VGA.
  • Measurement update rate is 60Hz.
  • It has alphanumeric data logger
  • It allows to save and recall calibration files
  • Data files can be exported through MicroSD card, in 2 formats; CSV and .txt.
  • New accessory kits (Calibration kits)
  • It comes with a complete calibration kit.
    • Disk Kit
    • Wire target kit
    • Low-profile probe kit

What is Alphanumeric data, logger?

The thickness measurements are very minute and thus creates a huge data file in alphanumeric format. Magna-Mike 8600 allows the user to store and transfer these files easily. The operator can store the file in multiple styles; Incremental, sequential, sequential with custom point and 2-D grid. Using different output ports the device allows you to transfer the data in Excel sheet format. The included WINXL interface program enables you to single send or file send thickness readings.

Applications of Magna-Mike 8600

PET, Glass and Preform

It is widely used in measuring the thickness of the walls of the bottles to identify and defects. You just simply drop the target ball in the bottle. It comes in contact with the magnetic field of the probe. The operator will start scanning the walls of the bottle. You may virtually divide the bottle into different sections to check the thickness uniformity.


In automotive, it is largely used in measuring the thickness of the tear seams. However, in this application, the ball will be replaced by target disk and a chisel tip. Due to the complexity of the grooves and thinness of channels, balls would be unable to give precise readings.

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