When a manufacturing business doesn’t have specific in-house CNC machining abilities, they’ll contract these tasks out to other companies to save money and time. Costs for in-house machining include expensive equipment, experienced workers, and space to house the new operation. In contrast, contract manufacturing can be done with the same level of quality and more […]

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Categories: CNC Machining, Contract Manufacturing

Astro Machine Works is excited to celebrate its 8th annual Manufacturing day for four days this year, celebrating top initiatives in empowering manufacturing, changing negative public perceptions regarding manufacturing and introducing young people to manufacturing careers. This year we are hosting students from 6 local schools. The students are currently enrolled in coursework including Engineering, […]

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Table of Contents What is Reverse Engineering? The Reverse Engineering Process What is the Purpose of Reverse Engineering? Over the past 120 years, manufacturers around the world have produced millions of machine products and parts. Due to continual advances in technology, few of these products have remained relevant for more than several years after their […]

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Categories: Engineering

Metals are among the most durable materials on the face of the planet. As such, it has taken noteworthy developments in engineering to mold and shape metal into the machine parts and fixtures you see and use daily. One of the steps employed in metal construction is welding, a process in which a worker melts one piece […]

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Categories: Welding

Eventually, even the most dependable legacy equipment needs new parts. A common issue that comes up when looking to repair or replace legacy equipment is the original manufacturer no longer makes the specific parts, or has closed up shop altogether. In these cases, reverse engineering is often the best way to update machine parts and […]

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Categories: Engineering

Austin Jones, Welding Supervisor at Astro Machine Works, has achieved the AWS (American Welding Society) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification. The American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification involves great responsibility and remarkable skill demonstration in the determination of weld quality according to applicable codes. Welding inspection goes way beyond simply looking at […]

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The 18th Annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) small business forum & Expo will take place this April 16th-18th in Pittsburgh, PA. DOE2019 will focus on how we can strengthen and sustain energy independence. Charlie Smith, the Director of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of Energy will open the ceremony and presentations […]

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Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are designed to simulate human thinking capabilities in order to facilitate complex or repetitive tasks, often providing detailed new insights and allowing users to focus on other aspects of operations. AI programs possess the ability to acquire information, use logical rules to process data, form reasonable solutions based on known variables, […]

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Astro Machine Works, in Ephrata, PA, is set to expand their large vertical machining services with this latest investment; the VTech NF 2223-5223/30 Series Double Column Vertical Machining Center. The machine includes a Fanuc 0iMF Control, has a 6,000 RPM Spindle, with capacities of 126 inch (X-Axis), 90.8 inch (Y-Axis) and 40.2 inch (Z-Axis). The […]

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Last year, Astro undertook a number of changes that positioned us for even more groundbreaking developments in 2019. We greatly expanded our production capacities with improvements to our welding, fabrication, and machining departments, and we completely rebuilt our business structure to benefit our employees. We aim to continue building on these successes this year as […]

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