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Did You Know: Machine Tools

Did You Know: Machine Tools

Did you know the first precision machine tool was made by John Wilkerson in 1775 for boring steam engine cylinders? These initial machine tool were inspired by the invention of the steam engine and helped usher in the Industrial Revolution. Early machine tool designs...
API Arm Reverse Engineers Cast Aluminum Part

API Arm Reverse Engineers Cast Aluminum Part

API Arm Reverse Engineers Cast Aluminum Part Articulating Arm with Scanner Showcases API Services’ Simple, 4 Step Process Non-contact, 3D laser scanning and reverse engineering have become some of the most sought-after applications for productions of all scales around...
Employee Profile: John Gross

Employee Profile: John Gross

Name: John Gross Position: Service Manager – Lab, Equipment, & Rental Years with the company: 8.5 yrs. 1) What was your childhood like? I was born and raised in the Newport News area. I was lucky enough to have parents who were very present in my life, as well as...
Behind the Scenes: Newport News

Behind the Scenes: Newport News

In 2008, API decided to expand their in-house services team to create more comprehensive, customized dimensional metrology solutions for the ever-evolving manufacturing industries. They tapped Ron Hicks and his thirty years of metrology experience at Newport News...
High-Altitude Precision Measurements

High-Altitude Precision Measurements

Radian Plus Helps CITIC Successfully Complete High-Altitude Precision Measurements API’s Laser Tracker Accurate on Ball Mill Verification in Tibet Mountains Manufacturers need to meet their tolerances, regardless of the environment they’re measuring in. Typically,...
Dr. Lau/NIST

Dr. Lau/NIST

39 years ago, a visionary young engineer, newly bestowed with his doctorate, began working at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), which would later become known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  By the fall of that year, Dr. Kam...
Employee Profile: Josh Haley

Employee Profile: Josh Haley

Employee Profile: Josh Haley Name:  Josh Haley            Position:  Southcentral Regional Manager           Years with the company: 1 What was your...
Calibrates Handan Rolling Mill

Calibrates Handan Rolling Mill

Radian Laser Tracker Calibrates Handan Rolling Mill API’s Dimensional Metrology Equipment Improves Steel Plate Accuracy Steel plate manufacturing is a multi-step process, often requiring multiple machine adjustments after the smelting process to roll the steel...
[New Video] What is Metrology?

[New Video] What is Metrology?

What do you think of when you hear the word Metrology? If you pictured industrial environments with lasers being used to measure precise dimensions, you wouldn’t be wrong. But the scope of Metrology is actually much wider than the narrow, manufacturing-based...
Industry Focus: Aviation History Month

Industry Focus: Aviation History Month

Industry Focus: Aviation History Month How the Laser Tracker Changed Modern Aviation Manufacturing, and Airline Travel, for the World As we celebrate Aviation History Month this (and every) November, much of the discussion centers around a few watershed moments that...