S: Columbiana Hi Tech
1: Columbiana Hi Tech, founded in 1985 as Hi Tech Manufacturing, has consistently provided quality products and services for the nuclear industry in a safe environment where employees are encouraged to grow as individuals, thrive as members of a team, and contribute to the success of the company as a whole.
2: Hi Tech Manufacturing began in 1985 with a 5,000 square foot facility in Greensboro, NC
3: Hi Tech's first million dollar contract, for NAC's INER Project in Taiwan | One of Hi Tech's very first jobs, building a water tank on a train car for Greensboro Historical Society
4: Front Office | Renovations at Fairfax Road in 1994 Three months after beginning the renovation, we moved in!
5: After | Before | 1994
6: Front of Building 1
7: Before | After | 1994
8: Outside of the Small Machine Shop Building 1
9: Before | After | 1994
10: "Back Yard" Building 1
11: Before | After | 1994
12: Back of Building 1
13: Before | After | During
14: Quality Control Building 1
15: 1994 | Before | After
16: Small Machine Shop Building 1
17: Before | After | 1994
18: Building 1 Looking East
19: Before | After | During
20: Building 1 Looking West
21: Before | After | During
22: Building 1 Men's Room
23: Before | After | 1994
24: Looking toward the old Shop Break Room Building 1 After the Addition of Six Resident Customer Offices 2012 | Converted Shop Break Room into Accounting Offices and Conference Room 2014
25: Before | After | 1994
26: Building 2 Added in 1997
28: Building 3 Completed in 1999 | Building 3 houses CHT's paint booth as well as an overflow manufacturing area
29: Building 4 Added in 2010 | Building 4 houses CHT's reusable media, self-contained "sandblast booth"
30: In 2013, an outside bay was closed in and converted into a combination training room / shop break room
32: In 2008, CHT opened its Westgate location as a Specialized Machining Center
33: CHT's Specialized Machining Center houses a Haas Turning Center CNC Lathe with an Automatic Bar Feeder. The turning center features a 20 hp spindle that spins to 4000 rpm and yields 150 ft-lb of cutting torque at 700 rpm. With available high-torque live tooling and C-axis, it is possible to machine multiple features and perform secondary operations in a single setup. The turning center has a maximum cutting diameter of 15" and a maximum cutting length of 20.5".
34: MultiCam 5000 Series CNC Router with precision-ground helical rack, purchased in 2012. It has a maximum rapid-traverse speed of 2700-IPM, and it can go to full speed in less than half a second. The helical rack allows faster acceleration and accuracy than flat racks and ensures smoother, more accurate cutting. The standard working surface is a T-slotted table to allow installation of various fixturing. The router is equipped with a 12-position rotary tool changer and has a working area of 2 ft. x 20 ft.
35: Haas VF-6 Vertical Machining Center
36: High Point facility CHT has maintained an overflow manufacturing facility in High Point since 2005. Completion of the Kernersville location in 2015 will enable CHT to begin the process of total consolidation of its manufacturing.
38: The 2007 opening of a 20,000 square foot robotic and high tech welding center increased CHT’s capacity for fabrication of front end packages and thin gauge weldments. Both robotic systems in the weld center have SmarTac Touch Sensing software to locate weld joints and material. One of the robots is an ABB 7-axis integrated welding cell, with a 6 axis articulating arm. This system can handle parts up to 48” in length x 30” in width x 30” in height. The pulse welding system produces a part with very little weld spatter or defects, while minimizing weld distortion typically experienced when welding thin gauge sheet metal. The second robot is an ABB 8-axis integrated welding cell, with a 6 axis articulating arm. It has a Servo Driven Track System, which allows the robot 25 feet of linear motion. This system has the ability to weld a part 65” in diameter, 217” in length, and weighing 4600 pounds. It has coordinated motion, which means the robot can turn and weld with all axes in motion at the same time.
39: In 2010, Columbiana Hi Tech added a press brake. It is four axis CNC-controlled and includes bed crowning that allows accurate full length bends. It is rated at 250 tons over its 12 foot bed. Ram position and repeat accuracy is +/-0.0004". | In 2009, CHT purchased a Flow M4-3060 Waterjet Machining Center. The working envelope of this machine is 10 ft x 20 ft. Utilizing Flow’s five-axis Dynamic Waterjet technology and a 94,000 psi pump, CHT is able to provide highly accurate, taper-free parts even on material thicknesses greater than six inches. For ease of programming and accuracy of cuts, the machine is equipped with FlowXpert PC-based controller.
40: June 2013 Visit from NC Governor
42: 2001 | 2011 | 1802 Fairfax Road Greensboro, NC
43: Columbiana Hi Tech began building a 100,000 square foot facility in Kernersville, NC in 2014. With enough room on the property to accommodate future expansion, we will be able to grow the company while having all manufacturing facilities on one campus. | 2015