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A common question about profile is, if I take the minimum and the maximum values of my profile output they don’t add up to the profile results value. What is happening with the profile calculation?


Let’s look at one of the profile tolerance zone shapes.


Bilateral (Equal Distribution)


Let’s break down this picture above:


The black line is the Nominal Geometry.


The green line is the actual profile.


The blue lines are as designated, the upper and lower tolerance lines. Taking the blueprint tolerance and dividing that number by two, i.e. 0.10 is +/- 0.05 will assign the position of these lines.


The red lines are the actual reported profile deviation. This is where things won’t seem to add up. If my min is -0.0006 and my max is 0.0009 why is it not reported as 0.0015? Instead Calypso reports the profile as 0.0018. Calypso takes the point with the greatest deviation from the nominal geometry and doubles that result for the actual profile result.


Where A is the absolute value of either the min or the max the actual profile deviation = 2xA.



1.     Find the maximum value, or the largest deviation toward the outside of the part

2.     Find the minimum value, or the largest deviation toward the inside of the part

3.     A = The largest absolute vale of either the min, or max

4.     Reported Actual profile deviation = 2xA


Max:    .0009

Min:   -.0006


A = 0.0009


Profile Actual = 2xA = 0.0018




 NOTE FROM EDITOR: Although this article is focused on Calypso this formula is used in all softwares to calculate Bilateral Equal Distribution.



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