B-Tec Solutions as a company we specialize in exotic metals such as Stainless Steel, Titanium, Inconel, Beryllium Copper, and Cobalt Chrome. We use advanced 3D additive printing to create high-quality products for various industries.
We started our additive journey five years ago with our first Renishaw AM400 single-laser additive metal printer. Likewise, we have recently added a new Renishaw AM500 quad-laser, which allows us to produce more complex and precise parts. We believe that additive is the future of manufacturing, as it can reduce both cost and lead time.
Our typical customer requires parts made of challenging materials, with tight tolerances and rigorous quality documentation. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified, and we adhere to the highest standards of excellence.
We have a team of about 100 skilled professionals and 85,000 sq ft of shop floor space. We have made single parts for Mars rovers, low-volume parts for human-rated reusable rocket engines, and millions of safety-critical parts for automotive applications.
Btec has been working with Renishaw for many years. As a company we have found their products to meet our needs. The investment to setup Additive Manufacturing using the Renishaw AM400 has met our expectations. Btec has spent a great dealt of effort to incorporate the Additive Manufacturing process into our production. Btec as a company has seen the benefits of Renishaw’s diverse product line. Their quality and service has been second to none.
We are happy to now be using Renishaw’s AM 400 machine in our production process. This machine has come to fit our needs as a company. As we expand to include Additive Manufacturing it has opened up virtually unlimited possibilities for us to support our customers with greater options. Our ability to make parts with the 3d printing process is an advantage for us and our customers. By designing parts to work with this system it is both time and cost effective. Btec as a company is always invested to look at the future of the industry and see how the market is driving new technology.
Btec staffs around 100 employees, including machinists, engineers, programmers and the very important Quality Assurance team. More than 10% of Btec’s work force works in Quality Assurance and Quality control, second to only the percentage of machinists on our shopfloor. We employ 3 full-time CMM (coordinate measuring machine) inspectors, dedicated to checking the parts Btec creates, located in our glass room. Our glass room is at the very center of our manufacturing operation’s process.
Our glass room houses 4 CMM machines that have the ability for high-speed scanning and produces large amounts of data for the QA team to analyze. The CMM machine will laser measure every critical feature, tolerance, and surface recording the data for all of the angles, cuts and specifications for assisting our CNC Team and providing a record to our customers. The added upgraded to PCDMIS 2017 software has given the Team an updated level of software capabilities keeping our qualifications on the front row of the manufacturing industry curve.
Not all manufacturing is the same. Not all techniques, tools and CNC machines are alike either. There are various components that need to be made for customers, from Aerospace components to Energy, to Automotive to Consumer products and much more. All of these industries need specifying sizes, cuts, angles, and borrows made by EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining techniques. Staying up to date with machinery updates and technologies and understanding their benefits is a “no brainer” in custom metal machining. This is why 5 axis machining has added great versatility to Btec’s shop floor while adding to the robust equipment that we use when we work on precision metal manufacturing projects for our customers.
Btec’s Team works hard to bring the best quality projects to our customers. We have done our research and have created the best Quality Management Systems (QMS) but also received certifications that best represent the industries we work with. We already hold ourselves and our history of work to a high standard, but with our certifications, we have another layer of proof that we work diligently and in an organized way for our customers.
Metal manufacturing has come a long way in the past 200 years of its evolution.
From the Industrial revolution, which started in the 1760s and the introduction of the assembly line, we have adapted and engineered new techniques that have paved the way for modern day machining and metal manufacturing as we know it. From hand tools to automated computer controlled machining we constantly find new capabilities that can be harnessed and implemented in the manufacturing world. Electrical Discharge Machining or EDM is one of the advanced technologies that we at Btec are proud to specialize in.
EDM is perfect for high-accuracy machining and tough contours, with tight tolerances of exotic metals. EDM’s ability to cut hard metals is perfect for carbides, inconel, titanium, and similar metals, but EDM will ONLY work on conductive metals. The EDM process has been most commonly used in the Tool and Die industry and for the mold-making industry, however, in more recent years, EDM has started to play a larger role in the creation process for prototypes and complex production parts throughout Aerospace, Oil, Energy and other industries across the board.
Electrical Discharge Machining uses an electrical current to erode or melt metals to make custom precision metal pieces. There are two main techniques: Wire and Sinker (which is also known as RAM)
These are some terms that are used when talking about superior products. Quality is a key element. This is why Btec recognizes the importance of having our talented Quality Assurance team. Our team will make sure the products we manufacture are precise and meet every one of our customers’ needs and specifications.
“We (Quality Assurance) make sure that the shop makes a good product “– Director of Quality Systems & Methods.
The 1974 Pacific Hydraulic Press has the capability of up to 1,000 tons of force and stamping ability. The press was last rebuilt in 1998 and had many hours of use since Btec purchased the behemoth of a machine in 2003. This press has been used for specific automotive customer projects, and with the reoccurring demand for higher quantities year after year, it was time to make a big change in the 1974 model. We wanted a press with more power, and we wanted to make it work like new. So we rebuilt it.
The original manufacturer, Pacific Press, supported the effort from the beginning. From the beginning it was asked, how do we make this 40-year-old machine not only run like new but run better than new, with all the latest technology? The Team decided to rip apart the machine and bring it down to its shell. A new power unit, new electronics, new hydraulics, a new motor… they scrapped what was old and rebuild the press with new and customized parts to make this press be the best it has ever been. (more…)
Last Friday, December 16th, our Btec team had a chance to kick back and unwind at our annual Winter Get Together. Our team headed next door to Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, for a few laughs and some much-deserved relaxation. Our team is happy to be celebrating another great year in the CNC and metal manufacturing business! After a year of hard work by everyone at Btec it’s a good time to show our appreciation and enjoy a fun time together.
This November Btec completed the final installation of the third new machine related to our latest equipment expansion. We are happy to expand our shop and our abilities for our customers. After another successful and eventful IMTS in September, we are excited to be adding three new Okuma machines to the shop. The additions include a new Okuma Vertical Mill, Okuma Lathe and Okuma Horizontal Mill. These machines will work efficiently with our machinists proficiently creating metal manufactured items for our customers. (more…)