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Gardco Standard Ford Viscosity Cups

Article No. 13588

Ford Standard Cup #0

All 3 types of the Gardco Ford Cups (Ford Standard, Ford Dip, Ford Mini Dip) are alodine finished machined aluminum with easily removable "Snap-in, Snap-out" orifices. Close production tolerance of cup and orifice permits replacement or interchange of orifices without loss of acceptable accuracy. They have a Certificate of Calibration traceable to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technolog

 

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Features

Ford Standard Ford Cups

  • Orifice sizes: No. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • The flow formula for each cup in the series has been selected to provide results, which are as close as possible to an average of other similar Ford Cups. The flow formula as applied to the physical dimensions of each cup in the series has been confirmed with the use of standard oils traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other liquids from essentially zero viscosity to a viscosity proportional to 150 seconds flow time.
  • The top interior of the orifice has been shaped to provide a sharper break in the stream as the cup empties. The design also provides for a better definable orifice length with respect to theory.
  • The taper fit of the orifice eliminates hard to clean areas.
  • The orifice is readily removable with furnished wood dowel and inserted without the use of tools.
  • The design of the cup bottom gives increased protection to orifice.
  • The drip ring has been deepened to accommodate a greater amount of material
  • ± 2% Production Tolerance
  • Cup No. 5 compatible to requirements of federal specification MMM-A-121 for adhesives
  • Qualify under MIL STD 45662A & conform to ISO 9000 when ordered with calibration certification.
  • A specially designed tripod support is available to enhance the use of the cup.
  • Weight of the cup has been reduced 20% to minimize influence of cup temp on the temp of the material being measured.

Ford Standard Dip Cups (with No. 3, 4, and 5 orifices)

  • Mathematical formulas developed for the Gardco Standard No. 3, 4 & 5 Ford Dip Viscosity Cups, relating efflux time in seconds to viscosity in centistokes, defines cup flow characteristics with respect to standard oils traceable to U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. The resulting formulas have been solved for each tenth of a second within the recommended range.
  • Red Anodized handle for easy identification
  • Great for lab and field use
  • Compatible with ASTM D1200
  • ±3% Production Tolerance for cup No. 3, ±2% Production Tolerance for cup No. 4, ±3% Production Tolerance for cup No. 5
  • Cup No. 3 range extends from 29 to 251 centistokes, Cup No. 4 range extends from 34 to 441 centistokes, Cup No. 5 range extends from 77 to 1413 centistokes

This cup has the same capacity as the Standard Laboratory type Ford Viscosity Cup designed for use with a stand. However, this new cup is fitted with a red anodized aluminum handle and the drip ring at the top of the cup has been eliminated.

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 Standard Cup
  • Cup No.
    0
  • Data
    Ford Standard Cups
    Ford Standard Cup NumberConversion Chart
    Seconds Range
    Conversion Chart
    Centistoke Viscosity Range
    Calibration Liquid
    057 to 1202 to 14G-6
    160 to 12012 to 40G-10
    237 to 12025 to 120G-35
    323 to 12029 to 273G-60
    416 to 12034 to 441G-60
    510 to 12077 to 1413G-200
    Ford Standard Dip Cups
    Ford Dip Cup NumberStandard OilApproximate Centistoke ValueEfflux Time In Secs.
    3G6012056
    4G6012035
    5G20045039
    To find the exact efflux time in seconds, substitute the centistoke value of the oil from the bottle label in the conversion table furnished with the cup. Read from the table the applicable efflux time in seconds or use the formula on the reverse side of the table.
    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

More Information

 

Ford Standard Cup

Ford Standard Cup Dimension 1

The internal dimensions conform to those specified in the ASTM Method D1200 except for the diameter of the orifice. Even here there is close agreement, but the diameter of the orifice is adjusted to bring the cup into conformity with the flow formula.

Most of the Ford cups produced by others to date have an external cup diameter that extends below the level of the orifice. This results in a large amount of metal adjacent to the orifice which can adversely affect the accuracy of the reading if the cup and material being measured are not at the same temperature at the time the measurement is started. Most of this mass of metal has been removed in the new design.

The bottom of the cup is designed to extend below the orifice. This design not only provides adequate stability for the cup when resting upright on a surface, but it also protects the orifice from damage. This protection is also closer to the orifice than in other designs.

 

The drip ring surrounding the top of the cup has been increased in volume to accommodate a greater amount of material. This change con minimize the frequency of cleaning or reduce spillage in long series of tests.

Pictured on the right is a cross section of the orifice used in both the Gardco Standard and the Gardco Ford Dip Cups. Note that the upper interior portion, following the conversion from the slope of the cup interior is spherical in shape rather than conical. It has been found that this shape provides a cleaner break of the stream as the cup empties. In addition, the length of the orifice is better defined in accordance with theory. The "0" orifice does not have this feature as it is longer and has less need of this shape.

In the new design the exterior of the brass orifice is a truncated cone, sized to match a conical section in the body of the cup. This design insures close fit with no gaps between the body and the orifice either at the top or bottom. This design also eliminates the hard to clean areas that exist in most other designs.




Ford Standard Cup Dimension 2

Standards

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Procedure

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 Standard Cup

  1. Adjust the sample to measuring temperature, usually 25°C (77°F).
  2. Select the cup that will provide readings which are well within the cup range.
  3. Make sure that the cup is clean and place it into its support.
  4. Make sure that the cup is level.
  5. Place a finger under the cup orifice and fill the cup with bubble free test material. The cup is full when the meniscus disappears where the liquid joins the sidewall of the cup. If the cup is overfilled, scrape the access into the cup well with a spatula or by passing the cover plate across the top of the cup. Note that the finger can be removed from the orifice when the cover plate is in place.
  6. Start a timer as the cover plate is removed from the cup.
  7. Determine the temperature of the efflux stream. If there is a significant change during the test it should be repeated.
  8. Stop the timer at the first break of the efflux stream, one or two inches below the orifice.
  9. Record the cup type and number, measured temperature, and efflux time. For best accuracy, average three or more readings.
  10. Promptly clean the cup, giving special care to the orifice.

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.

Delivery Content

Instruction Manual and Grid Set provided with each cup.

Accessories

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Glass Scraper Plate & Level
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Glass Thermometer 4.5"
$64.00
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Wood Dowel Rod 3/8" x 6"
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Orifice Gage For Ford Series Cups
$49.00
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ASTM 17C Thermometer
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ASTM 17F Thermometer
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