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Ford Viscosity Cups

Article No. 13611

Ford Mini Dip Cup #3

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Ford Mini Dip Cups

  • Orifice sizes: No. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • For Viscosity Measurements of Very Thin Paints, Inks, Solvents, Lacquers, Adhesives, and Coating Materials of All Kinds
  • Capacity is 50% of Standard Ford Viscosity Cup
  • Great for lab and field use
  • ±4% Production tolerance
  • 2 to 1400 centistoke range
  • Compatible with ASTM D1200
  • Mini Dip Cup qualifies under ANSI/NCSL Z540 or ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 9001 as applicable.
  • Qualify under MIL STD 45662A & conform to ISO 9000 when ordered with calibration certification.
  • Cup No. 5 compatible to requirements of federal specification MMM-A-121 for adhesives
  • Directly related to Standard Ford Cup series designed, standardized and produced by the Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc.

A mathematical formula developed for each Mini Ford Dip Cup in the series, relating time in seconds to centistoke viscosity defines cup flow characteristics with respect to standard oils traceable to U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology. The resulting formula have been solved for each tenth second within the recommended cup range. A table with this information as well as the cup formula is furnished free with each cup.

Technical Attributes

  • Cup Model
    Ford Mini Dip Cup
  • Cup No.
  • Data
    Ford Mini Dip Cups
    Ford Mini Dip Cup NumberConversion Chart Seconds RangeConversion Chart Centistoke Viscosity RangeAverage Centistokes Per Sec.
    028 to 602 to 140.4
    130 to 6012 to 401.0
    218 to 5025 to 1202.8
    312 to 6029 to 2735.0
    410 to 6053 to 4417.6
    510 to 60215 to 141325.0

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Ford Mini Dip Cup

Time in seconds obtained with the dip series is just one half that obtained with the standard series. Simply multiply the seconds obtained by two and the results are directly converted to centistokes by the same theory presented for the standard series. This relationship is obtained by producing the dip series with an internal vertical cross section equal to just one half of the standard series and adjusting the cup height to obtain desired results. The orifice series used in the dip cup is identical to the series used in the standard cup.

The design of the bottom of the cup causes all material draining from the outside of the cup to flow away from the orifice and not to influence the rate of flow from the orifice. Minimum time for the dip series is one half of that stated earlier for the standard series, or ten seconds, and cup sensitivity is one half of that shown earlier for the Gardco Standard Ford Cup.

DIN Mini Dip Cup Construction

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It is helpful, and results will be more consistent, if all viscosity determinations are made in a room that is free from drafts or quick temperature change, and is within ±3°C (±5°F) of the viscosity measuring temperature of 25°C.

Ford Dip Cups

The Gardco Mini Dip Cups should have the same care as the Gardco Standard Series as they are produced to the same close tolerance.  The use of the dip cup, however, is somewhat different:

  1. Adjust the temperature of the material to be measured, if necessary.  Lower the cup into the material so that the cup rim is submerged.  Place a thermometer into the cup as it is immersed and determine the temperature of the confined sample.  Remove thermometer.  Quickly raise the cup from the material, high enough to easily observe the efflux stream and at the same time, start the timer.  Closely observe the efflux stream and stop the timer at the first break in the stream, one to two inches below the orifice.
  2. Record the cup used (ex., Gardco Mini Dip #4), the measured temperature and the efflux time.  If the efflux time is immediately converted to Gardco Standard Cup time by multiplying by two, it should be so noted.
  3. Promptly clean the cup with close attention to the orifice.


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