Alpha Q,Inc. Engineering

Our staff of highly trained engineers is responsible for specifying and creating all of our manufacturing processes. This same team follows every production job from start to finish, working closely with shop personnel to monitor the manufacturing process at each step in the process. Our Engineers are experienced and technically competent with all of our equipment and manufacturing processes. New Product Introduction teams are formed with representatives from Engineering, Quality, and Manufacturing to ensure comprehensive and efficient new product launches.  These teams are armed with the latest versions of engineering tools and software including:
•             Multi-Axis Machining Software including Master Cam and Renishaw Productivuty Plus.
•             3D Modeling Software – Solid Works and CATIA
•             Programming Assurance Software – Vericut
•             Processing Assurance – Use of PFMEA’s, Use of Lean Manufacturing Techniques, Use of Zero Defect tools and philosophy

Processing and programming
Is done using CAD solid models. Models are obtained from our customers or created in house if required.
A FARO arm blue light scanner
Is available in house to assist in creating 3D models of parts where there are none available.
Fixturing
Is designed in house using Solidworks software.
Vericut:
Each CNC program is validated using Vericut software in order to insure right 1st time programs and minimize initial lead time.
Renishaw productivity plus
Probing software is used along with Mastercam CNC programming software to maximize efficiency by verifying dimensions, performing calculations and minimizing operator intervention.
Parametric programming
Is employed in order to maximize our machines capabilities.

Solidworks

Parts are built as a solid model using the customers print. Each model is "cut" away to mimic the process of machining the part with each operation grouped together and operational drawings being created from the model.  This software we can handle all of the file extensions our customers use (.stp, .prt, .stl, .dwg, etc.).

Vericut

Every program is verified off line using validation software to ensure  that tool paths do not violate the work piece or leave excess stock. All of the work holding is modeled and used during the CNC programing tasks. This insures that there will be no crashes in the machine tool during the prove out.
Ken Couture
Engineering Manager– Alpha Q Division


Mr. Couture joined Alpha Q, Inc. in 1980 Engineering and held various roles throughout his career including Quality Manager, Process Engineer, Programmer and Draftsman. Mr. Couture was appointed as the Engineering Manager in 1999.