On the other hand, some of the Sierra machines are also built by companies that specialize in manufacturing machine tools and other specialized equipment, such as machine tools for the construction industry.
“We’ve been able to leverage our knowledge of the industrial design to help the company build its product portfolio,” said Scott Cawley, a vice president with the Sierra division of Northrop Grumman.
“The Sierra Machine Tool line is the perfect complement to the company’s portfolio of machines.”
Cawley said the company also has found ways to add value to its machines.
“If you have a piece of equipment that you use every day, it has to be of a high quality,” he said.
“We’ve also added the capacity for additional storage, and a small pocket clip on the back.”
Cawsley said a number of Sierra machines can be customized to work with a variety of different manufacturing processes.
The company has built some of its machines with 3D printers, which can print a part from one design to another, but Cawly said he wants to add some additional customization to the machines.
Sierra said its new machines are equipped with a laser cutter, which produces cutting tools with a precision of up to 3,000 millimetres.
The machines can also be programmed to cut specific parts, including rivets and screws, which could be a great tool for manufacturing large parts.
The company says the new machines can make parts for a wide variety of industries.
Sudbury, Ont.-based Northrop has been making machines for the last six years.
It’s also one of the manufacturers of the CME machine tools line, which includes tools for many industries including the aerospace industry, automotive, food processing, and many others.
“It is important for us to be a leader in the field,” said John Miller, vice-president of Northrup Grummen North America.
“Sierra has made an enormous contribution to the market for high-tech industrial equipment.
The machines have been designed with precision and they can make a difference.”
The company says it’s now adding more machines to its line to support its existing products.
“While the world is shifting toward automation and automation is taking on new challenges, we remain committed to bringing value to the world with our machine tools,” Miller said in a statement.
“That means expanding our line to include machines that are capable of cutting specific parts for the industries in which we operate, and supporting their use in manufacturing.”
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