There are two kinds of machine shops; those that work on vehicles and those that are part of an industrial plant. There are several differences between these two types of machine shops, but if you are not familiar with the work done in an automotive machine shop, you may want to familiarize yourself with it in case your own vehicle needs work. The following examples highlight three examples of the work typically performed in an automotive machine shop and not in an industrial one.
Welding and Body Work
A vehicle with a lot of damage to the body as the result of rust can go into a machine shop and come out looking nearly new. That is because welders who work in this type of shop cut the rust away from the body of the vehicle and replace it with new metal. Then they buff and grind out the rough areas, making it smooth before fresh paint is applied. The welders may also seal and sear the body's adjoining parts together to keep out rain, snow, road salt and ice.
A major part of the work conducted in an automotive machine shop is the rebuilding of car engines and car parts. The machinists take engines apart, find and remove faulty parts and then replace these parts with new or certified rebuilt parts. Then they put the whole engine back together before putting it back into the vehicle out of which the original engine came. Some the machinists may focus on just rebuilding certain engine components while others may work on disassembling and reassembling the engines.
Crafting Custom Parts
When cars are just too old to get replacement parts and rebuilt parts are not possible, then the crew in the automotive machine shop may craft custom parts. Taken from molds that were created using the original (but damaged) parts, these new custom parts may last longer because they are crafted from modern materials rather than the original materials in the car or truck. If these molds may be needed to recreate more parts in the future, the molds themselves are made from really solid materials that will not rust or degrade significantly over time.
Along with crafting custom parts, the shop may also do their own chrome electroplating and custom paint jobs. If you are interested in buying a "facelift" for your vehicle, such as shiny chrome rims for your car or a truck bed extension and repair for your truck, then a machine shop may be a good place to start. At the very least, you now know that these specialty shops can do most, if not all, of the above. Contact a business, such as auto parts from Rocky Automotive Distributors Ltd, for more information.
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