Industrial News & Views At-A-Glance

The Future of ManufacturingSAN ANTONIO – A new degree program designed to support the demand for occupations required to sustain advanced manufacturing operations in the San Antonio area is being offered by Alamo Colleges-Palo Alto College.

College officials said the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology consists of two program tracks: manufacturing specialization and instrumentation specialization.

“Providing accessible education and training to promote the economic life of our community is central to Palo Alto College’s mission,” president of Palo Alto College Dr. Mike Flores said. “We know our students are the future workforce of San Antonio, and we want to ensure they’re prepared to continue the work done to develop south San Antonio.” Read full article

CSI Keyboards Custom SwitchesCSI Keyboards specializes in the design and production of onboard instrumentation for seafaring vessels. Marine controls and instrumentation face some of the greatest challenges when it comes to the environment they must perform in. Being constantly exposed to all of the elements which include both the sun and moisture, marine navigation controls must be able to withstand temperature extremes, constant UV exposure, and driving rain and salt sea spray. CSI offers customized solutions for the marine industry including Marine Instrumentation Keypads and Interfaces. Visit website.

Wilevco Spinning Disc Spray Coating MachineThe Wilevco Spray Applicator enables significantly increased production yields over other application methods. The uniform spray pattern of the coating is applied precisely, without the use of air-knives, to each piece across the belt throughout the production run, eliminating over and under coated product.  The rows of product are never floated through a “puddle” of coating, eliminating “marriages.” Coating waste is reduced by at least 50%.

For over 50 years, WILEVCO has served the food processing industry with simple, reliable, high quality equipment and superior customer service.

WILEVCO Systems have been continuously refined to meet the stringent and ever-changing demands of the food industry. Unsurpassed durability, reliable performance with repeatable results, along with ease of operation, maintenance, and sanitation are the hallmarks of WILEVCO Systems. Visit website.

United Sensor Pitot Tubes & Kiel ProbesUnited Sensor has the ability to customize most of their product line to meet your needs.  Whether you need specialized bending, drilling, and/or brazing United Sensor has the knowledge and experience needed.  This knowledge and experience has allowed United Sensor to become a leader in providing product’s to the aircraft, automotive, gas turbine, and environmental testing industries.

United Sensor is a 50 year old company specializing in the manufacturing of stainless steel pressure and temperature sensing devices.  United Sensor’s product line ranges from the basic to the complex.  Examples of basic probes are Pitot Tubes, Kiel probes, and Boundary Layer probes while more complex probe models are customized pressure and temperature Rakes, 3 Dimensional probes, and Conical probes. Visit website.

Temco Tool Expanding FacilityTemco Tool is about to start an expansion project that will increase our manufacturing facility by approximately 16,000 square-feet and create 20-30 new jobs when fully utilized. The increased demand from our core customers as well as several new opportunities has spurred this expansion. We have simply run out of room in our current building, fortunately our piece of land allows room for an expansion to the existing plant. The plans and permitting phase is nearing completion, and we are hoping to have the building up and externally complete by fall. Our new space will allow us to produce parts in higher volume with shorter lead time, while supporting our current long term contracts without interruption. Read full article

Concept Lasers VideoPlastics have long been the leading edge in the realm of 3D printing, but metals are where the action is today, as modern industrial 3D printers develop high value components across manufacturing industries.

Concept Laser’s Mlab cusing unit can perform 3D printing operations with materials including steel, both 3-16 and 17-4 and marraging steel. The Mlab’s cusing R can perform with reactive metals such as titanium and aluminum. View the video and read the full article.

MIT microencapsulationTechnique mass-produces uniform, encapsulated particles for pharmaceuticals, many other uses.

Microencapsulation, in which a tiny particle of one material is encased within a shell made from another, is widely used in pharmaceuticals manufacturing and holds promise for other areas, such as self-repairing materials and solar power.

But most applications of microencapsulation require particles of uniform size, and that’s something that existing fabrication techniques don’t reliably provide. In products with a high profit margin, such as pharmaceuticals, it can be cost effective to mechanically separate particles of the proper size from those that are too large or too small, but in niche or small-margin products, it may not be. Read the MIT Solution.

AIE Cell Culture Lab PackagesAmerican Instrument Exchange offers three different outlines for your cell culture lab setup.

American Instrument Exchange of Haverhill, MA  offers a comparison chart of three available packages. View the package pages for more detailed information regarding the pieces of equipment included. They will easily customize any of these cell culture lab packages to meet your particular needs. Items offered in each package are subject to availability. They will offer comparable options for any piece of equipment that’s not currently in stock.

Ashby Cross HTC Dispensing MachineAshby Cross of Newburyport, MA offers a full line of multi-component adhesive dispensing equipment for epoxy, polyurethanes, silicones, acrylics, adhesive and structural bonding materials used in potting, encapsulation, coating, resin transfer molding (RTM), doming and sealing operations. All systems make use of static mixing or dynamic mixing.

Their latest equipment, the HTC, utilizes a combination of single and double-acting attributes to reduce component wear. Learn more.

ADVACO Field ServiceAdvanced Vacuum Company provides single source service for the semiconductor industry. With years of successful on-site service experience we are able to offer world class support to your organization. Our extensive knowledge of the different types of vacuum systems and abatement tools enable us to extend equipment life and production up time for increased efficiency and optimum cost savings.

Since 1972, ADVACO has been the benchmark in comprehensive vacuum equipment repair.  Our factory-trained expert technicians will rebuild your vacuum equipment to meet OEM specifications.  Read full list of services.