MONTICELLO -- This week in our "Behind the Scenes" series on WJON, we learn how to manufacture metals.

Whether it's parts for a jet engine or pieces for important medical devices the team at Ultra Machining Company are up for any challenge.

UMC President Eric Gibson says when they get an order from a customer the engineering team focuses on the best way to design it.

"We'll 3D print the part for them, talk through how it will hold. maybe run some prototype pieces, but this will get them started so they get what they want," says Gibson.

As the designs are in place, the metals used to make the parts are sent to specific machines for cutting.

"These are high RPM machines that can cut very quickly and we do a lot of repeat parts on these machines," says Gibson.

After the pieces are cut they are put through an inspection to make sure everything is in order before they are put through a cleaning process.

"We send all our parts through these wash lines, both ultra sonic-ally and chemically, so when we go through the polishing and buffing process we don't see any discoloration on those parts," says Gibson.

Finally each piece is buffed and packaged before they are sent to their destination.

Gibson says with the business they are in they pride themselves in making sure everything is precise and done right.


UMC President Eric Gibson talks about the products they make. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)