Manufacturing technology provides the tools that enable production of all manufactured goods. These master tools of industry magnify the effort of individual workers and give an industrial nation the power to turn raw materials into the affordable, quality goods essential to today’s society. In short, we make modern life possible.
Manufacturing technology provides the productive tools that power a growing, stable economy and a rising standard of living. These tools create the means to provide an effective national defense. They make possible modern communications, affordable agricultural products, efficient transportation, innovative medical procedures, space exploration... and the everyday conveniences we take for granted.
Production tools include machine tools and other related equipment and their accessories and tooling. Machine tools are non-portable, power-driven manufacturing machinery and systems used to perform specific operations on man-made materials to produce durable goods or components. Related technologies include Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) as well as assembly and test systems to create a final product or subassembly.
Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Direct Numerical Control (DNC), Programmable Logic Control (PLC), Numerical Control (NC), program optimization software, and systems integration software.
Stamping, bending, joining, hydro-forming, presses, shearing, cold and hot forming equipment.
Chucks, fixtures, clamps, blocks, angle plates, and tooling columns.
Conveyors, automated wire guided vehicles, die handling equipment, robots, pallet changers, and bar feed equipment.
Turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping, electrical discharge machines (EDM), broaching, sawing, water jet cutting equipment, and laser process equipment.
3D printing, laser sintering, and rapid prototyping equipment.
Drills, taps, reamers, boring bars, dies, punches, and grinding wheels.
Transfer machines, assembly systems, automated systems and cells, and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS).