ground ways

ground ways

[′grau̇nd ‚wāz]
(civil engineering)
Supports, usually made of heavy timbers, which are placed on the ground on either side of the keel of a ship under construction, providing a track for launching, and supporting the sliding ways. Also known as standing ways.
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Features include hardened and precision ground ways, high accuracy mechanical bearings, dual beam bridge and intrinsic accuracy.
It's basically a simple machine with hardened and ground ways, a good ball screw system, and functional design, aimed at shops with 100 or more employees.