The pictured project is a testimonial to the ingenuity of our employees. Forty-foot lengths of twenty-inch diameter pipe were machined on their O.D. and I.D. using a standard Vertical Machining Center and a modified double right angle head. The project, for the National Gas Association, was to machine artificial defects into natural gas pipe walls that would represent rust or cracks. The pipes were then installed at a testing facility, or proving ground, where robotic defect detecting devices are calibrated. Our employees designed and built all of the necessary tooling to complete this daunting task.
Pictured here are two vacuum fixtures used in the production of thin aluminum panels which are then dip brazed together to form an electrical enclosure. The use of these fixtures allows us to produce one complete set of enclosure details per cycle on one of our vertical machining centers with a two-pallet changer. The details are then “kitted” in preparation for dip brazing.