Mathematics in the Real World

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Where would we be without math?

In our daily tasks, we use math every day; we just don’t think about it. It runs through almost every job we do, but it lies in the background so we take it for granted. Consider CNC (or computer numerical control) machining as an example. We do our best to keep up with the latest in CNC equipment and have made significant investments in new CNC tools; as we’ve said, CNC is the foundation of our operation. It enables us to increase efficiencies, meet deadlines and reduce costs. And CNC is strictly mathematical.

There was a time when CNC was considered a revolutionary breakthrough in the manufacturing sector; bringing computer control to what had been a labor-intensive, hand-written craft going back hundreds of years. Today, we would barely know where to start a job without programming a CNC turning, milling or grinding machine.

We were reminded of this because April was Math Awareness Month, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is one of the sponsors of the month-long focus on the topic. This year, the theme of their activities is the “Mathematics of Sustainability.”

At the website for Math Awareness Month, the sponsors state: “Humanity continually faces the task of how to balance human needs against the world’s resources while operating within the constraints imposed by the laws of nature. Mathematics helps us better understand these complex issues and is used by mathematicians and practitioners in a wide range of fields to seek creative solutions for a sustainable way of life. Society and individuals will need to make challenging choices; mathematics provides us with tools to make informed decisions.”

Mathematics is essential in our work as well as in our world. It is the key to the innovation we provide to customers everyday and its roll in our operation is always growing. We are constantly supporting Math and Science programs as well as manufacturing programs to help bring up the next generation of machinists and engineers, and potentially our future employees.

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