October 2014 – ABTech was approached to develop a custom thickness gage for a major US engine manufacturer. The need was for a gage that could measure thickness variation on engine bearing halves before and after Dyno testing to determine wear patterns and evaluate new materials and coatings. The gage needed to have an accuracy […]
Read case studies involving ABTech’s precision gages and our successful research projects and collaborations with companies like NASA.
June 2014 – ABTech designed a new high speed air bearing spindle to address specific requirements for an ultra-precision optical grinding application. Of particular interest to the machine manufacturer was added robustness of the spindle to overcome catastrophic crashes experienced with their primary supplier. High accuracy and stiffness at speeds up to 10,000 RPMs, along with […]
From the Quality Team at Fives Giddings and Lewis in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (October 22, 2013): “At Fives Giddings and Lewis, we have always prided ourselves in inspecting part pieces and assemblies to an extremely high degree of accuracy. With our high-speed spindle assemblies and precise part pieces, we are able to ensure measurements are of […]
Researchers at Princeton University needed a large diameter ultra-precision rotational axis with a motor drive, so they contacted ABTech to provide a solution. What made this request unusual? First, they needed to install their ENTIRE research project on TOP of the rotary table. Second, their tests had to be run continuously over a period of […]
NASA scientists challenged ABTech to develop a multifunctional machine that would act as a grinding lathe, an indexing tool for raster grinding and an assembly station—all in one. The machine would safely and quickly produce optics for their long-delayed NuSTAR X-ray telescope. ABTech met the challenge and delivered the machines to Columbia University’s Nevis Astrophysics […]
OptiPro Systems, a well-respected optical machine manufacturer, came to ABTech with a concept and left with a complete motion system. They first approached ABTech to supply just air bearing stages for their prototype metrology station. Using their concept as the framework, we applied our expertise in multi-axis motion and our understanding of geometric measurement principles […]