Machining is, and has been for years, one of the most important industries across both the United States and the entire world. In fat, manufacturers contribute $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy.
Without quality machining operations, so many of the world’s most important industries would struggle to not only sustain throughout the fast paced, changing times, but wouldn’t even be functional in some instances. Laser cutting and measuring are accurate within one nanometer (one billionth of a meter).
For a machine shop in Wapakoneta, Ohio, a new machining innovation will likely significantly improve their own product line, as well as other machine shops across the country.
According to News Thomas Net, Midwest Specialties just announced that they are breaking ground on a brand-new manufacturing facility for their computer numerical control (CNC) equipment lines. This new facility will improve equipment like high-precision tapping machines, die grinders, custom lifting solutions, and torque reaction arms.
Load cell and torque sensor units are designed to operate in a wide temperature range of negative 452 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Since these temperatures are so extreme, CNC machine shops need to be extremely careful throughout the manufacturing and machining process.
The new $4 million facility upgrade will include 40,000 square feet of space for innovative machining work, as well as double its workforce by hiring 35 new machinists, CNC technicians, programmers, assembly techs, and more.
Another innovation has already begun impacting machine-related industries across the country. According to Engineering.com, industrial automation utilizing robotic movements are improving load cell and sensor technology output.
“There are many applications where they have always wanted to use force and torque sensors, but the cost was prohibitive,” added Catherine Morris, director of automotive sales at ATI Industrial Automation. “By packaging such a small, accessible product that still delivers the same accuracy and repeatability, it opens up a lot of market opportunities.”
CNC manufacturers and machinists across the country are excited about welcoming some of these new technologies and it seems as though the machining sector will continue to grow on a global scale.