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 […]
Read case studies involving ABTech’s precision gages and our successful research projects and collaborations with companies like NASA.
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 […]
A leading manufacturer of OEM automotive parts contracted ABTech to design and manufacture a turnkey work cell to solve an international sourcing logistics problem. Increasingly tighter part tolerances on transmission parts were becoming more difficult to achieve through typical off-shore sourcing channels. ABTech was called upon to develop a combination metrology and machining system that […]
ABTech designed a set of three high speed air bearing spindles which were synchronized for the 3-dimensional image scanning and inline inspection of the European high speed rail system. These spindles are mounted on a dedicated rail car traveling at 75 mph creating a 3-D image every 10 cm (less than 4″) of the rail […]
The engineers at the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore Labs needed a target assembly station with a position accuracy of 4 millionths of an inch—that’s 0.000,0004 inch (or 0.01 micron!)—and ABTech delivered. The compact and mechanically elegant system we designed and manufactured incorporates six ABTech air bearings, including three motorized air bearing linear slides, two […]