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Advanced Manufacturing at the Center

 

This one-of-a-kind advanced manufacturing facility is designed to be ever changing and flexible in order to meet the evolving needs of manufacturing. Today, it is configured as a precision metal working facility. Your needs will determine what the 8,000 square feet of shop floor space looks like tomorrow. It could be an automated assembly operation, a plastics operation or even a biotechnology or nanotechnology center.

We’re different from all the others. We have the capabilities to expose students to the total production environment, rather than just training them on individual machines or components.

Let us work with your organization to

  • Improve your current systems and processes

  • Plan for a new product or improve an existing product

  • Run a prototype to test form, fit, function, or design

  • Train and develop your employees to be more effective

Our Current Capabilities

Metal Working Facility

  • Haas CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) vertical and horizontal mills.  Power ranges from 7.5 up to 30 hp with spindle speeds up to 12,000 rpm and through the spindle coolant. Up to five-axis machine capability.

  • Haas CNC lathes ranging from 12-30 hp.  Bar stock feed capacity up to 2 inches. Dual spindle turning center with up to a 16” X 34” cutting capacity and live tooling capability.

  • CNC OD/ID grinder

  • Conventional mills, lathes, OD/ID grinder and surface grinders.

  • Factory Systems’ complete process control system utilizing Mahr/Federal post process gages.

  • Zoller tool presetting capability.

  • AutoCrib automated inventory control system

Metrology lab

  • Termperature and humidity controlled

  • Mahr MMQ 40 Formtester for measuring form features of roundness, cylindricity, straightness, cone form as well as position features such as concentricity, coaxiality, radial run-out, total radial run-out, axial run-out, total axial run-out, parallelism, perpendicularity and angularity.

  • Mahr MMQ 10 Formtester for measuring form and positional tolerance on roundness checks.

  • Mahr Perthometer S2 Stationary Surface Texture Measuring Station with PGK drive unit for roughness and waviness measurements per DIN standard EN ISO 3274. Most standard parameters with up to five sampling lengths available. Maximum tracing length is 20 mm (.787”)

  • Mahr Digimar CX 1 Height Measuring Station for measuring heights and distances of bores, shafts, axes, surfaces, width of ledges, grooves and much more.

  • Mahr MarSurf XC 10 Surface Texture Measuring Instrument for contour measurement and evaluation of: (a) distances, angles and radii (b) thread measurements (c) shoulders or grooves in bores (d) chamfers, transitions, and many other parameters

  • Mitutoyo BRT Apex 504 CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for measuring small size work pieces with a moving bridge type touch probe

  • Beta LaserMike 4120 for measuring diameters up to 4” with a resolution (basic discrimination) of 17 microns and an average repeatability of plus or minus 1 micron or plus or minus 0.005% of the reading, whichever is greater.

  • OGP 14” Focus Contour Projector with 10X, 20X and 50X magnifying lens

  • Class 1 (AA) gage standards

Metallurgy lab

  • Cress Model C12201 Dual Chamber heat treatment furnace with quench

  • Delta Abrasimet Cutter

  • Buehler Simplimet 1000 Automatic Mounting Press

  • Buehler Ecomet 3 Variable Speed Grinder-Polisher

  • Buehler Micromet 5101 Micro Hardness Tester

  • Instron Series 2000 Rockwell Hardness Tester

  • Nikon SMZ800 Stereoscope with digital camera

  • Nikon Eclipse TS100 Microscope with digital camera and magnification up to 1000X

  • Instron Model 3369 Table Mounted Materials Testing System with a capacity of 50 kN (11,250 lb)

Rapic Prototyping

  1. Computer Aided Design and Machining (CAD/CAM) available with AutoCAD, Inventor, ProE and Esprit software packages.

  2. Stratasys Titan rapid prototype machine with a model capacity of up to 4,096 cubic inches (16” X 16” X 16”). ABS plastic, polycarbonate and polyphenylsulfone modeling materials available.

 

The Center for Quality

  • Six Sigma including Green Belt and Black Belt

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Statistical Methods including SPC, Design of Experiments (DOE), and Measurement System Assessment (MSA)

  • Planning and Improvement including Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Design and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Team Problem Solving, Project Management, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • ISO9000, QS 9000, and TS 16949