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Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) are working on research projects that aim to answer fundamental physics questions. How did the universe begin? What are dark matter and dark energy? What is the mass hierarchy of neutrinos? Are there other undiscovered particles beyond the currently known Standard Model of Particle Physics?

To address these questions, Fermilab—the premier high-energy particle physics laboratory in the United States—operates some of the world’s most advanced particle accelerators. Fermilab’s 6,800-acre facility is located in Batavia, Illinois, and its particle accelerator chain—with a total length of more than 10 miles—resides in tunnels 25 ft or more below ground.

Fig 1: Fermilab’s accelerator chain lies 25 ft below ground and includes more than 10 miles of tunnels.

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(Automated Precision Inc.: Rockville, MD) -- Automated Precision Inc. today announced that its pioneering efforts in volumetric accuracy for large machine tools (VALMT) was recognized this week with a Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award presented by the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT). The VALMT project was a collaborative effort under the direction of The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and included partners Automated Precision Inc., The Boeing Corporation, Siemens Energy and Automation, and MAG Cincinnati Machine, as well as the DOD installations U.S. Air Force Logistics Center, Naval Foundry and Propeller Center, U.S. Navy Flight Readiness Center East, and the U.S. Army Anniston Depot.

Marketed today as API’s Volumetric Error Compensation (VEC), this innovative process establishes a new methodology in volumetric error compensation for large machine tools. VEC has proven to reduce machine tolerances six- to tenfold over previous methods and can usually be finished in less than one day. It is estimated than the improvement over current assembly practices and measuring will save the Department of Defense
(DOD) and the commercial aircraft industry millions of dollars annually.

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(API: Rockvile, MD) -- Automated Precision Inc. recently announced that its pioneering efforts in volumetric accuracy for large machine tools (VALMT) was recognized with a Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award presented by the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT). The VALMT project was a collaborative effort under the direction of The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and included partners Automated Precision Inc., The Boeing Corp., Siemens Energy and Automation, and MAG Cincinnati Machine, as well as, the DOD installations U.S. Air Force Logistics Center, Naval Foundry and Propeller Center, U.S. Navy Flight Readiness Center East, and the U.S. Army Anniston Depot.

Marketed today as API’s Volumetric Error Compensation (VEC), this innovative process establishes a new methodology in volumetric error compensation for large machine tools. VEC has proven to reduce machine tolerances six to 10 times over previous methods and the measurements can be finished in less than one day. It is estimated than the improvement over current assembly practices and measuring will save the Department of Defense (DOD) and the commercial aircraft industry millions of dollars annually.