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[October 26th, 2012] At Advanced Precision Machining (APM) we are well into the last quarter of a very successful year for us. Our machine shop in Longmont, and the industry as a whole, continues to experience growth in aspects of the business. As the manufacturing economy slowly emerges out of the economic downturn, we find that our milling machines are working harder than ever. In fact, the recent demand for precision machining is increasing at a rate that occasionally outpaces the supply/capacity of Denver and Boulder area machine shops. At APM, we are now poised to benefit from this rare surplus in demand for machined parts. Our customer loyalty, driven by a quality end product has allowed for expansion of the business, and we are now accepting "overflow" customers. Across the board, work orders are heavy and many machine shops along the Front Range are working at/or near capacity. Our reputation is well known, and we are grateful when the call comes in to take on the excess work other machine shops have to bypass. We guarantee these new customers quality, high speed, precision machined parts to be delivered by their scheduled dates. It is busy out there, and we are hoping our new customers have found their future diamond in the rough.
In other news, the International Machine Technology Show was held last month Chicago, and APM represented just one of over 100,000 visitors to what is billed as one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world. Held every two years, the 1,900 exhibitors allow for a lot of eye candy to those in the manufacturing/machine shop trade. Many new products and innovative advances in technology had us filling out our Christmas lists early this year. My co-founder Kirk and I were particularly impressed with what are known in the industry as CMMs or (coordinate measuring machines). These 3D devices allow for highly accurate measurements to be made along all planes of an object. Analyzed and recorded mathematically, the results are fed into a CNC milling machine for example, and an exact replica of the original object can be precision machined. Santa may deliver one by the end of the year if we've been good! This has the potential to land contracts with larger companies requiring CMM inspection reports and material certifications. We'll keep our fingers crossed. Of course a big thank you to our customers for making this year one for the books. We look forward to meeting and exceeding your precision machining needs in the future, and the future looks bright!
Gerry Dillon is a co-founder, current owner and certified CNC machinist at Advanced Precision Machining (APM), a full-service machine shop located in Longmont, Colorado. Before making his home in the United States in 2000, Gerry was born and raised on the emerald isle of Ireland and took an interest in milling and machining from an early age, ranking #1 in the Irish National Apprenticeship Program. In 2005, he partnered with his friend and colleague, Kirk Tuesburg, currently APM’s machine shop manager, together launching what’s grown into a leading Colorado machine shop. Gerry brings over 30 years of machining experience to the shop floor, and is certified in all aspects of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.