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Machining the way to a better understanding of the weather

[July 1st, 2013] With the official arrival of summer here in Colorado, thoughts at our CNC machine shop have recently turned a bit toward the local weather. After a relatively wet and cool spring, hot temperatures and a string of unfortunate wildfires are now making headlines across the state. As a result of so many lives being affected, the weather of late has our CNC milling and machining operation reflecting on how our local community, including Advanced Precision Machining, contributes to the science of understanding the weather. We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a client with an integral role in this scientific research, one who relies on APM's precision machining capabilities.

The city of Boulder, a stones throw from our Longmont, Colorado CNC machining center, is nationally renowned as a hub of atmospheric and meteorological research. Home to the University of Colorado, The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), The University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and large federal research labs under the direction of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder and many surrounding businesses in some way contribute to the understanding of the forces of nature. Our own CNC milling client, Stratton Park Engineering Company or SPEC inc., plays an integral role by specializing in the production of precision instrumentation used in atmospheric research. SPEC's mission is to further the understanding of atmospheric processes and climate change, primarily through the development of innovative instrumentation, and analysis and publication of collected data. Their customers have included; NASA, NCAR, The U.S. Army and Navy, and The National Science Foundation (NSF).

Gathering valuable scientific data is an important and highly precise endeavor, and our team of machining experts is proud to fulfill SPEC inc's. need for CNC machine milling. Specialized instrumentation for data collection, oftentimes outfitted aboard aircraft, is designed by SPEC engineers who in turn hand off to APM for prototype production. Our coordinate measuring machines (CMM) then adhere to the strict tolerances demanded of the part to be manufactured. From there, our experienced machinists and CNC milling machines turn out an exact, precision machined part for the customer. No small feat to be sure! But in the larger picture, SPEC inc. and their go-to Colorado machine shop are both playing a supporting role in understanding the forces of Mother Nature. Happy summer to all of you, and thank you for your continued interest and business.

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About the Author

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.


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