This video looks at the importance of the STEM process in advanced precision machining Process. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, the key elements in advanced engineering process that leads to the highest standards of fabricated products.
In the processes used for advanced manufacturing and precision machining, you can see every element of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). A quality manufacturing end product depends on careful consideration of these elements, from start to finish — which, in this case, means from metal casting in the foundry to part polishing on the factory floor.
MetalQuest, the company shown creating products in this metal manufacturing process video (along with the Omaha Steel Castings Company foundry), is highly skilled in the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles to develop and manufacture precision parts and products for its clients in a variety of industries.
Below are examples of the way STEM elements fit into manufacturing and precision machining.
Science: Metal alloys (a mixture of metals or a combination of metals and other substances) must be formulated based on metallic bonding character and the ultimate purpose of the metal parts. A manufacturer may be looking for an alloy resistant to corrosion, for example, or for mechanical strength. Some alloys are used because they help reduce the final cost of the manufactured metal product.
Technology: MetalQuest is known for its cutting-edge use of automation and robotics. These technological disciplines must be paired with the best machinist minds to go beyond the capabilities of standard manufacturing. Creative use of technology is a requirement for metal manufacturers and machine shops who want to take their clients to the next level of sophistication, which just happens to help their clients be more competitive in the marketplace, too.
Engineering: Quality production of component parts depends on high-quality tools calibrated and traceable to each job. Manufactured parts must be inspected to ensure dimensional accuracy and identify faults. Especially in close tolerance work, manufacturing inspections can be labor-intensive, monotonous, and subject to human error. MetalQuest solves this problem with advanced computer-controlled inspection machines that compare literally hundreds of diameters, lengths, widths and angles.
Mathematics: Tight tolerance precision machined components represent highly sophisticated calculations that must account for varied, ever-changing conditions, from temperature and humidity to material qualities and human error. In precision machining, mathematics are a necessary tool, not only for designing metal parts, but for ensuring the precision parts have been manufactured as planned.
The physical representation of STEM principles within a precision metals manufacturing plant such as MetalQuest is the manufacturing machines, both manual and automated, which are calibrated to cut, shape, bore, drill, ream, tap, burnish, finish and otherwise reduce metal material to a precision form. Machine tools, often controlled with CNC machines, include metal lathes, milling machines, drill presses, grinders and polishers.
Precision manufactured metal parts products are used in everything from agriculture to energy production. Parts that emerge from the MetalQuest machine shop find their way to customers in machine-based industries, such as automobile manufacturing or aircraft production.
STEM principles, through advanced manufacturing and close tolerance machining jobs, even affect the livelihoods of manufacturing employees. From manufacturing engineers, engineering technicians, and CNC operators to cost estimators, design engineers and plant managers, precision metals manufacturing offers exciting careers.