At Astro Machine Works, Inc., custom machine building is our specialty. We handle all phases of a machine build project including:
- Welding and fabricating of the base or frame
- Machining of component parts
- Procurement of raw materials and commercially available components
- Secondary processes such as plating and anodizing
- Painting and specialty finishing, including CARC coatings
- Complete mechanical assembly
- Plumbing of any associated pneumatic or hydraulic systems
- Wiring of main control cabinets including PLC wiring and operator stations
- Debugging, testing, and checkout
- Final skidding, crating, and shipping
We staff each project with a highly trained and experienced project manager who oversees a dedicated team of machinists, welders, electricians, etc. and serves as your primary point of contact throughout each phase until completion. Any future projects are staffed with the same manager and team, giving you continuity and comfort and enabling us to be as efficient as possible due to our familiarity with your expectations and preferences.
CNC Precision Machining
Astro Machine Works, Inc. provides a wide range of precision machining services to meet your unique parts requirements. We specialize in single part prototyping, short to medium production runs, and special blanket order arrangements with periodic scheduled releases.
We have a full complement of computerized and manual milling and turning centers, as well as wire-EDM and water jet and laser cutting capabilities. Our CNC department, equipped with MasterCam CAD/CAM software, has the ability to download customer drawing files from anywhere in the world. Whether it’s machining complex components, jigs, fixtures, or gages, or repairing or modifying parts, Astro has the expertise to deliver the results you expect.
To ensure that we keep pace with our customers needs, we have a formal capital investment policy that mandates continued investment in computerized machine tools and other state of the art technologies.
Welding and Fabrication
Welding and fabrication is a specialty that evolved from our machine-building roots. Customers admired the quality of our work in the machines we built for them and began requesting our services in this area.
Our team of AWS D1.1 and ASME Section IX certified-welders are proficient in the welding of all types of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and a host of specialty alloys such as Inconel 718 and Nytronic 60, among others. All structural shapes, including channel, angle, beam, tubes, and plates are handled.
We work extensively with companies in the medical, pharmaceutical, food processing, packaging, and nuclear energy industries. Accordingly, we are knowledgeable in the strict weld standards required in these sectors and work with them on a daily basis. Astro Machine has the ability to work to various standards such as GMP and FDA food-grades. We provide all of the secondary support services associated with this level of welding sophistication such as:
- Dye penetrant testing
- Magnetic particle testing
- Industry-specific cleaning processes
- Panel Wiring and Control Systems
Astro Machine Works, Inc. builds control cabinets to customer specifications for all applications. Because of the extensive panel and control wiring required in the production of our custom machinery, many customers have come to rely on us for their panel wiring and control system needs. We offer complete wiring of main control cabinets, operator stations, and a host of “on-board” wiring and connections. This includes wiring of PLC’s on a regular basis, as well as, familiarity with touch screen, and servo drive technologies. Our customers appreciate the layout and organization of our custom wired panels, including the completeness and appearance of our labeling and bundling.
Machine Repair, Rebuilding and Refurbishment
Our reverse engineering service was born out of Astro’s commitment to listen to our customers’ needs and follow up with superior solutions. Several years ago, a key customer approached us with a major problem. They were unsuccessfully trying to obtain OEM parts that were no longer being produced.
Astro personnel rose to the challenge by creating a program that enabled customer-supplied parts to be reverse engineered, documented with appropriate tolerances, and quoted in advance for future production. We committed substantial resources and became experts in FARO Arm coordinate measuring technology. The end result was a program that provided customers with high-quality parts in less time and at lower prices than the original OEM alternative.
This business segment has grown dramatically since inception. Today, we maintain a database comprised of literally thousands of documented parts drawings for our customers. And most importantly, they take comfort in knowing that their production lines will experience minimal disruption when a parts need arises.
As a complement to our custom machine building capabilities, we offer comprehensive machine repair, rebuilding and refurbishment services. In many situations, your objectives can best be met through retooling, reconditioning, and/or upgrading the technology of your existing equipment. Proper rebuilding and refurbishment can increase production efficiency and extend machine life.
The services we provide in this area range from updating electronic controls to complete teardowns and subsequent mechanical and electrical overhauls. Many repairs and smaller refurbishments can be performed on-site. Breakdowns are given special priority. We will work closely with you to determine the appropriate level of refurbishment to meet your goals and maximize your return on investment. Our experienced personnel can provide you with timely and realistic assessments of what would be involved.