Employee Profile: Chris Baker

Employee Profile: Chris Baker

Name: Chris Baker         Position: General Manager – North American Sales Years with the company: 7 Years 1) What was your childhood like? Extremely blessed. Dad was coaching my baseball team, and I could look over to see...
Industry Focus: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)s

Industry Focus: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)s

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)s are aerial vehicles operated by radio remote control and programmed control devices. UAVs can primarily be divided into four categories: fixed-wing UAVs, rotary-wing UAVs, umbrella-wing UAVs, and unmanned airships. The concept of a UAV...
Employee Profile: Ron Hicks

Employee Profile: Ron Hicks

Name: Ron Hicks Position: Vice President, Sales and Service Years with the company: 11 1) What was your childhood like? I lived in the country, so my friends and I traveled all over on our bikes exploring. We left in the morning and didn’t come home until dinner. We...
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...
5 Axis Machine Tool Volumetric Error Compensation

5 Axis Machine Tool Volumetric Error Compensation

Since the first machine tools were made more than 200 years ago to make manufacturing faster, more accurate, and more standardized, machine tools have needed calibration to verify their performance is as desired. These calibrations have evolved over the centuries from...
7 Pop Culture Robots We’d Like to Re-Calibrate

7 Pop Culture Robots We’d Like to Re-Calibrate

Going back as far as the works of Plato and Homer, moving statues made of gold and bronze marked some of the earliest recorded robots in human art. In literature, television, movies, comic books, and more over the centuries, robots and androids (a term popularized by...
At API, we have a Passion for Metrology

At API, we have a Passion for Metrology

For more than 30 years, we have pioneered groundbreaking technology, helping to push the frontiers of tomorrow’s manufacturing environments forward. It’s a mission that started in the basement of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with a...