Touring ABTech was a wonderful and educational opportunity. Ken Abbott, president of ABTech, gave our class an in-depth tour of the facilities. He was incredibly welcoming and was kind enough to take the time to show us how each machine works and what it does. We had the privilege of meeting some other ABTech employees and they were equally welcoming and kind. It is clear that ABTech is a close-knit company that values and respects their employees.
ABTech Inc. manufactures precision metrology systems. Essentially, these systems are used by other businesses to measure parts and components. An example of an ABTech product is the system that measures the roundness of pistons in vehicles. In addition to this, ABTech services aerospace, optical and semiconductor industries. Uniquely, ABTech uses air bearings. Air bearing are bearings that use a thin film of pressurized air to provide a low friction load-bearing interface between surfaces. This is what makes ABTechs systems so accurate and long-lasting. The air bearing rotors are made to sit on top of granite tables. The rotor then measures the roundness of an object by using a probe suspended above. ABTech gets their granite tables from Barre, Vermont. Most importantly, ABTech greatly helps our local economy by staying privately owned and denying big buyout off large corporations.
It was truly fascinating to compare our visit to ABTech and our visit to Janos Technology. Of course, these companies use different machinery and manufacture different things. However, as someone who had never toured a factory before, I really enjoyed being able to see the different layouts and machines. Overall, touring these firms was very exciting, and I learned a lot from it.