Automotive Machine Shop Repairs

Machine shops undertake general mechanical work that includes fabricating new parts or repairing old ones. The automotive machine shops undertake the repair of cars or vehicles, which may include motorcycles also. Some automotive machine shops are brand-specific. This means that they repair vehicles of one particular brand, which may be Ford, Nissan, Toyota, and so forth. These are usually company-authorized automotive repair shops. The repair work may include engine cleaning and dust removal, the checking of cranks, rods, blocks and heads, as well as suspension parts of race cars, crack repair of blocks and heads, crank shaft grinding, polishing and hardening, block boring, complete engine balancing, and connecting-rod stress relieving.

There are automotive machine shops that take up all types of vehicular repair work irrespective of brand. They also undertake the repair of older vehicles, the so-called ‘yesterday’ machines, whose parts and accessories are not easily available. It goes without saying that the engineers and mechanics in these shops are highly skilled, as they sometimes have to improvise or almost reinvent the rare spare parts. The job of these generalists is also more labor-intensive and time-consuming. It naturally follows that their charges are usually higher than ordinary work of similar nature.

Both brand-specific and general repair shops also supply or fabricate new parts to replace the damaged ones if they are beyond repair.

A point of concern is that these machine shops use hazardous materials for their repair work and release environmentally harmful waste materials. For example, they use methylene chloride to clean the aluminum parts. This solvent is toxic in nature. If it is not properly disposed of it may prove dangerous to the environment. So, apart from repairing and fabricating machine parts, the machine shop owners also need to be responsible for protecting public health and the environment. If they release the pollutants down the sewer, they are likely to be punished heavily with fines and other penalties.

Aerospace Machine Shops

Aerospace machine shops produce complex machinery such as high precision satellites and scientific instruments. This machinery is used in various arenas of space research and other programs that use aerospace as their field of study and performance.

These shops make use of highly advanced machinery such as computer numerical controlled machines and electric discharge machining equipment in the production of complex instruments. Computer aided manufacturing processes are generally used for production. The machinists working in these shops have to be proficient in the use of this complicated machinery. They also make use of many types of metals and nonmetals in their machine production.

Cost-effective and full-sized plastic models of parts, instruments and spacecrafts are created using prototyping machines. Engineers make use of these models to check the function of the hardware being produced.

The function of these aerospace companies is to provide sophisticated imaging, communications and information solutions to both the government and commercial aerospace markets. They also carry out domestic and international business in the defense, civil space, and commercial arenas. The best aerospace machine shops strive to provide the finest value and innovative solutions in this field. Many of these companies support the national policy-makers, military services, and U.S. government agencies such as NASA, as well as numerous aerospace industry allies.

Antenna manufacturing is one of the major areas in which many of these companies specialize. They provide sophisticated antenna solutions for military and tactical applications. They promote antenna communications technology through their broad range of custom incorporated and conformable antennas. They offer efficient and steadfast results for several military platforms. They also provide wraparound antennas for missile and naval applications.

These companies take pride in delivering efficient program management and customer satisfaction. They provide the customer with state-of-the-art amenities for diverse engineering services.

Automotive Machine Shops

Automotive machine shops are equipped with heavy, sophisticated, and complicated machinery to repair, design, and fabricate spare parts and molds, which are used for large-scale production of plastic or aluminum spare parts. The machinery consists of heavy-duty machines for lathe work, grinding, cutting, drilling and turning, and also conventional or laser-operated machinery for a variety of jobs.

These shops provide repair services for vehicles whose accessories, engines, bodies, tires, and other parts have become dysfunctional due to normal wear and tear. Also, the vehicles may have been involved in accidents or rash driving.

The services may require denting, painting, brake repair, and attention to electrical or electronic systems, which may involve expert analysis, a diagnosis of the causes of the dysfunction, and the subsequent repair. The diagnosis and analysis may be done through identification and the use of testing and measuring tools required for the overall repair.

The staff should be fully versed with all the practices required to keep the environment clean. They should understand the necessity of using water-based coolants and refrain from using toxic cleaners and absorbents to clean the chlorinated solvents. They can use non-chlorinated solvents for cleaning aluminum parts. They should also use pressurized water to pre-clean the vehicle instead of jet-spraying caustic liquids.

Apart from keeping the floor clean and catching leaks before they hit the floor, the professionals should also clean small non-chlorinated spills immediately with an absorbent. This is economical because the spills can be saved for reuse until the absorbing ability is gone. The owners also need to get permission from their local sewer office before letting their floor-cleaning wastes enter the sewer.

Engineers and skilled workers need to take protective measures. They may damage their eyes if by accident a splinter enters into them. Damage can also be caused due to welding sparks and glares. They may also be injured while using hand tools or power equipment. Machine shops should be fully equipped for dealing with such emergencies.