Smaller. Thinner. Lighter. This has been the mantra for both consumer and professional products since at least the 1980s, and it shows no signs of changing. Even highly complicated machinery and electronics today can be almost absurdly tiny, to the point it would have seemed like science fiction a few decades ago.
It’s required many revolutions in industrial machine design to get to the point such creations are possible, but one of the most critical factors (which is too-often overlooked) is quality control. It’s not enough to simply be able to create parts with sub-micron levels of precision. A machine shop has to be able to exactly measure those parts, and guarantee the same results over and over and over.
One of the main ways we’ve built our reputation at Integral Machining as the choice in North American micro machining is our obsession with quality control. We know we’re competing with alternatives overseas. One of our biggest selling points -and the way we provide greater value in the long run- is through exacting quality control that minimizes loss, parts failure, and customer rejection.
Maintaining Micro Machining Quality Control
Let’s get a little perspective here. A single micron is .001mm. Common virus types are generally measured in microns. A single Ebola virus particle is approximately two microns, for example. We’re talking about objects so small that a cell in the human body is large by comparison.
Our equipment – and the jobs we do – can often require us to go into submicron sizes. We can accurately tool and measure tolerances down to .0002mm. That’s a full order of precision beyond the micron.
Without stringent micro machining quality control, such precision would be impossible to replicate reliably.
We control for:
Climate. At these sizes, even minute differences in temperature or humidity cause major changes in the machine job.
Cleaning. A speck of dust is HUGE compared to these scales. Every part we machine must be truly immaculate, free of even commonplace micro-particles which are usually on everything.
Measurement. We deploy the legendary Zeiss O-Inspect system, one of the most precise multi sensor coordinate measuring machines on the market.
Probe material. We generally use either ruby or silicon carbide in our probe stylus tips, noted for their strength, wear resistance, and reliability at small scales.
Machine calibration. Our machines are continuously monitored for even the slightest defect.
The result is micro machining quality control which companies across North America have come to rely on.
When You Need Small and Precise, Call Integral Machining
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