In its 44-year history, Scarrott Metallurgical Company has had its share of satisfied customers and success stories. Many companies do. Very few, though, have stories that have had direct effects on the life and death of our space programs brave astronauts. Scarrott is proud to have those stories in its history too. When astronauts began to report headaches and light headedness within the International Space Station (ISS), NASA knew there was an issue aboard—namely a faulty carbon dioxide removal assembly (CDRA). Within a short period of time, Scarrott joined hands with Honeywell International (the project over-seer) and SpaceX (the parts delivery partner) to rapidly come up with a solution.
The malfunctioning system was diagnosed and within a 24-hour period, plans for corrective action were initiated. Scarrott’s expert engineers, leveraging its extensive experience in the high-vacuum brazing and heat treating of various alloys, found a way to braze a fine mesh piece together that would be necessary to correct the rapidly declining air quality aboard ISS. Once the part was ready, SpaceX used a launch vehicle to deliver the fine mesh screen. “There was no room for error, and we managed to help save those astronauts,” says Jose Catano, general manager of SMC. Notably, while the ISS project is a proud and significant moment in SMC’s journey, it barely scratches the surface of their expertise.
Founded in 1977 by David Scarrott, SMC has served the aerospace and defense industry for decades and has expanded to high-end medical devices and parts, electronics, and even development work with engineering schools. What has helped SMC maintain the position of a market leader during this period is Scarrott’s commitment to quality. The company houses best-in-class brazing technicians who process bright, clean parts free of surface contamination with the highest quality alloys and metals. “Quality is not a factor we compromise on, there are many lives in the medical, aerospace, and defense industry depending on it,” emphasizes the general manager.
Catano explains that when a customer approaches SMC, they have usually already machined out the product from raw material. In many cases, though, that part may come back to Scarrott multiple times during its creation depending on the material and how much cold work, welding, and machining the part will require. Scarrott’s heat treating will help the client to change the properties of the metal best suited for their goal. Based on the process and material, Scarrott can heat treat the metal to be stronger, more or less malleable, ductile, brittle,and a host of other metallic property changes the client may need for production of their parts. SMC’s engineering team develops the right process, including proper furnace selection, tooling, racking, and more, to ensure they heat treat the product without distortion and contamination. This can range from a specification driven process requested by a prime or a completely custom process based on the customers wants.
“We cherish our customers, and we provide them good products,” says Catano. Due to its impeccable services, several customers have been with SMC for 30 years and counting. Scarrott’s deep trove of experience means they have the ability to work on development of parts and processes hand in hand with their clients, many a times showing them better, faster, more efficient ways of creating the parts they need.
In turn, that efficiency brings customers the ability to save time and money by avoiding steps that would be necessary with normal heat treat facilities. Scarrott believes that if their job is done correctly, its clients can avoid many ancillary costs and headache. “This has earned us the respect and continued support of our clients over and over again,” says Catano.
Quality is not a factor we compromise on, there are many lives in the medical, aerospace, and defense industry depending on it
What’s more? SMC has a research and development facility dedicated to innovating new processes, the latest alloys, and brazing techniques. Scarrott is proud of its history and the many accomplishments it’s had. However, they have also made sure not to remain stagnant in the development and use of forward-thinking technologies like the processing of 3D printed parts. Scarrott’s experience, forward thinking, and sharp staff are all contributing factors to innovation and their reputation for a quick turnaround on their jobs.
Such short response time has now become SMC’s ultimate strength in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic as well. Working against the clock, SMC is now producing the necessary parts of healthcare equipment within 2-3 days, which is a fraction of the time compared to its competitors. The company, as a result, has now become a preferred choice in the medical industry to process components specially made out of custom ‘455’ stainless steel as its heat-treated parts are shiny and free from any contamination.
Currently, moving under the capable leadership of the current president Shannon Scarrott, David Scarrott’s daughter, SMC is poised to continue its legacy as an innovative company. SMC is now looking at different market opportunities to take its services to more businesses. All in all, SMC is determined to double-down on its effort in both bringing in new clients while also maintaining the quality it has been offering to the existing clientele. “With the consistent support of our customers, we will continue to grow even further,” concludes Catano.
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