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S-T Industries Donates Equipment to Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Technology

Precision video inspection system will provide students a "hands on" learning opportunity.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-26-2016

PHOTO: Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Winston Sealy (left) and S-T Industries, Inc. President Margaret Smith display the S-T 8700 video inspection system donated by S-T Industries to Minnesota State Mankato.

Mankato, Minn. – S-T Industries, Inc., a company in St. James, Minn., that provides precision measuring tools for American industry, has donated a video inspection system to Minnesota State University, Mankato that will enhance students’ study of metrology, the scientific study of measurement that is critical to any manufacturing process.

S-T Industries will deliver and set up the S-T 8700 video inspection system at Minnesota State Mankato on Monday, Feb. 29.

The media is invited to a demonstration of the equipment with students, faculty and S-T Industries leaders on Monday, Feb. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Trafton Science Center East 308 (located at the intersection of Maywood and Dillon avenues).

The S-T 8700 video inspection system that S-T Industries is providing as an in-kind gift to Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology will complement the department’s existing metrology laboratory equipment. The new system will be used by students for product validation using video interpretation.

“Unlike other coordinate measuring machine equipment, the system from S-T Industries will introduce our metrology students to a non-contact inspection method,” said Winston Sealy, an assistant professor of automotive and manufacturing engineering technology. “Moreover, the video system will benefit both students and faculty in research and industry projects and partnerships.”

Margaret Smith, president of S-T Industries, said donating the equipment to Minnesota State Mankato would create an opportunity for students to learn “hands on” while using the latest equipment.

“Having access to equipment that is actually used in industry is a huge advantage for students and faculty,” said Smith. “As a manufacturer in the United States for many years, S-T Industries understands the value of a high-quality workforce and is proud to do its part in helping educate the students at Minnesota State Mankato. This gift is given knowing that many regional manufacturing businesses could benefit from students learning on the latest quality measuring equipment.”

The S-T 8700 video inspection system can be found at the heart of many quality assurance programs that have become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing processes. It allows precise, non-contact measurement of parts quickly, easily and reliably. It is a dependable, intelligent measuring solution that reduces time and costs associated with a quality assurance program while maintaining the highest standards in manufacturing.

For more information about the S-T Industries gift, contact Patti Kramlinger, director of development, by phone at 507-389-6742 or by email at For technical questions, contact Winston Sealy, assistant professor, at 507-389-1020.

S-T Industries, Inc. started operations in 1983 when a group of private investors purchased a portion of an existing precision measuring tool manufacturing company. Their products included micrometers, calipers and other precision measuring tools. Since that time, S-T has expanded the product line and offers optical comparators and video inspection systems.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology is part of the University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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