Do you have a shortage of stroke or measuring range, problems with the opening and closing of machine parts or dimensional problems during assembly: which designer has not come across these yet? You can prevent this by carrying out a tolerance analysis beforehand with the aim of setting up the tolerance chain. You will learn how to do this during the Tolerance analysis course.

  • Gain skills needed to analyze tolerance risks
  • Learn to solve tolerance problems in a structural way
  • Evaluate designs from a tolerance management perspective
Anyone who wants to get a better handle on tolerance effects and be able to communicate about them, such as designers, constructors, product or production managers and buyers
Higher professional education
3 days
Certificate of attendance
An extensive syllabus
Includes package costs and training materials
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About the Tolerance analysis course

Tolerance problems often arise from part size variations, adjustment inaccuracies or varying thermal and mechanical loads. This course teaches you how to solve tolerance problems in a structural way. You will learn to make complex tolerance studies understandable to others and give direction to the design process with respect to tolerance aspects. Finally, you will learn to evaluate a design from a tolerance management perspective. During this course, you will develop the skills needed to analyze tolerance risks. In this way you will increase the quality of designs and prevent tolerance problems in production.

The course has an interactive character. Short theoretical lessons are alternated with exercises and own case studies. Individual experiences, questions and practical examples of the participants are parts of this course. 


Introduction, basic concepts, tolerance model

  • What is the critical distance?
  • How does the chain run through the structure?
  • What external factors are important?

Tolerance table

  • Conversion of drawing tolerances
  • Setting up tolerance table

Special cases

  • Backlash
  • Prestressed elements
  • Repeated chains
  • Tolerances in mechanisms

Tolerance diagram

  • More abstract representation of a tolerance chain
  • Combining several chains in one diagram

Risk analysis, theory

  • Statistics
  • Process control parameters Cp, Cpk
  • Distributions
  • How to add up tolerances

Risk analysis, continuation: practice mechanical engineering

  • Uncertainty in input variables
  • Different methods of addition
  • When to add quadratically, when not to add

Generating alternatives

  • Reduce tolerances
  • Shorten the tolerance chain
  • Broaden specification


  • Design rule for tolerances
  • Fast estimation of order sizes of tolerances

Cost balancing within a tolerance chain

  • Cost, accuracy and manufacturing processes
  • Exchange of tolerances and costs within the chain
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Your teacher

Geert-Jan Verstralen

The most complex tolerance analysis can be executed with a structural approach. With a good tolerance analysis you increase the quality of your design and you prevent tolerance problems in the production phase. In this course you will learn how to analyse unexpected tolerance problems in existing designs to come up with improvement proposals. 

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a total of 3 meetings
€ 1960

Mikrocentrum uses all-inclusive rates. All mentioned rates are exclusive of VAT and include course materials and package costs.

Members of the Mikrocentrum High Tech Platform get a 10% discount.

Discover the possibilities of organizing this course in-company

If you want to train several employees in your company, it is more interesting and cheaper to organize a course at your location. Good coordination with your company-specific situation and the deployment of highly experienced lecturers who have earned their spurs in practice is essential here. Mikrocentrum is CEDEO-recognized and guarantees the best quality.

Our training manager is happy to think along with you!

Are you interested in an in-company process? Our training manager Jeroen Gijsberts will be happy to visit you without obligation.