Janos Technology Visit

Janos Technology, founded in 1970, is a manufacturing company located in Keene, New Hampshire. They specialize in making infrared optical lenses with very specific and small measurements. They make products for military and space operations as well as your basic consumer.

            On February 13th, our class had the opportunity to have an inside look at the Janos Technology facility. The experience was far from what I expected. Originally, I imagined a very large factory like building with an assembly line. I expected the company to make as many products as possible in a short amount of time, similar to a clothing company. However, when we arrived, the building was an average sized warehouse with a small sign on the front stating the companies name. The interior of the manufacturing sight was small and absent of an assembly line. Instead there were about six to seven signs hanging from the ceiling indicating what each section on the floor did to create the final product. I also imagined that they would have everyday average employees. However, there were mainly all men working on the floor at a very slow pace. The environment seemed very laid back and each section was communicating with each other. Another difference I noticed from what I expected was the diamond turning machines used. We have learned about these machines in class and they are capable of cutting metal at very specific measurements without an/y friction. I imagined these machines were going to be extremely large and take up a lot of space. This led me to believe they would only have one machine that they used to do this job. However, they had multiple machines that were about the size of a washing machine. Another thing I learned during our trip was that Janos Technology produces toxic waste during the manufacturing process. I did not expect this because I thought they were mainly working with plastic and metals.       

            Overall, my experience at Janos Technology was not what I expected but it gave me an idea of what it is really like to work in a technology facility.

Abtech Visit

Abtech is a company based in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, that created air bearing machines with great precision. They also make precision motion components, measurement systems, and turbine engine assembly systems. Their products are bought and designed for other companies use. They take pride in their hard work ethic and cater one hundred percent to their customer’s needs.

            Originally, when I heard we were visiting a shop that made machines, I was not very excited. I imagined a dusty old warehouse with men everywhere making small tools. I also did not imagine an office attached to the manufacturing part of the building. However, when we arrived, the building was small but when we entered, there was a receptionist and a small office filled with mechanical engineers, customer service employees, and even a marketing employee. The owner was younger than I expected and extremely passionate about what the company did. We went into a show room/ conference room where we got to see what types of products they produced. They were not small tools like I imagined but large air bearing machines that they designed for customers. As we went into the manufacturing section of the building, is was very spacious, unlike Janos we had also visited. There were also not many employees but Ken Abbott, the owner, expressed how much he cared for every single employee that worked for him. There were banners everywhere showing their core values and I appreciated that every employee could look at them to remember that there is always a solution to every problem. There was even a banner that said, “Have fun!” Overall, the environment was very welcoming and very interesting, unlike what I expected.