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Colorado Machine Shop Machines It’s Way to a Better Understanding of the Weather

[June 12, 2019] Along Colorado’s front range of the Rocky Mountains, the old saying applies, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. If you’ve ever spent any time in Colorado, you know that the weather can turn on a dime. Near Advanced Precision Machining’s (APM’S) Colorado machine shop close to Denver, when the subject of weather comes up, that’s one of the first things you’ll hear. And while it’s a slight exaggeration, it’s not that far removed from the truth! Already earlier this spring, we’ve had our share of 70 degree days only to be followed 12 hours later by measurable snowfall. Thankfully, with the official arrival of summer just a few short weeks away, our tumultuous weather will be in the rearview mirror but that doesn’t mean our eyes won’t be on the skies.

As noted, we experience rain, snow, ice, wind, sun, and it’s nothing to see two or three of those extremes in one twenty-four-hour period. Colorado’s population is booming, and as a result of so many lives being affected, the weather in our picturesque state has our CNC milling and machining operation reflecting on how our local community, including APM, contributes to the science of understanding the weather. Although weather forecasters in Denver have a tough job and a notoriously poor track record, we want to use this forum to introduce you to a client with an integral role in scientific research and weather forecasting, one who relies on APM's precision machining capabilities.

The city of Boulder is only a stone’s throw away from our Longmont, Colorado CNC machining operation and 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 many ways contribute to the understanding of the strange forces of Mother Nature at work here and around the planet. Our very own CNC milling and machining client, Stratton Park Engineering Company (SPECinc), plays an integral role by specializing in the production of precision instrumentation used in atmospheric research. SPEC’s mission is to further our understanding of atmospheric processes and climate change, primarily through the development of innovative instrumentation, analysis, and publication of collected data, and they’ve been on the forefront of cloud particle probe development for the past three decades. Their impressive list of current and past customers include; NASA, NCAR, The U.S. Army and Navy, The National Science Foundation (NSF), and many more.

Gathering scientific data is an important and highly precise endeavor, and valuable not only to those of us challenged by Colorado’s quickly changing weather but to everyone around the world wanting to benefit from a better understanding of the weather and climate. At SPECinc, specialized instrumentation for data collection, oftentimes outfitted aboard aircraft, is designed by engineers who in turn hand off to Advanced Precision Machining 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, SPECinc and their go-to Colorado machine shop are both playing a supporting role in better understanding the forces of Mother Nature. Our team of CNC machinists is proud to fulfill SPEC’s need for CNC machine milling and machining work. 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 and a partner began 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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