Top 9 Reasons to Send Your Next RFQ to MITGI

  1. Fast quoting. Waiting for a quote on hot tools can feel like time is burning up. We understand that your timelines are short from start to finish. You can count on our teams to be responsive and quick throughout the entire quoting process.
  2. Easy quoting.¬†Understanding what you need out of a custom tool doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply email us a tool print, draw a sketch and send it over, send a link to a competitor’s tool, or complete a¬†quote sheet. With that information, we’ll have everything we need to get a quote underway.
  3. Short lead times.¬†Whether a job just got bumped up in production, you ran through more tools than expected, or inventory ran low without notice – we’re ready to make and ship tools quickly. Our lead times for specials are generally two weeks but many times we can make tools even faster.¬†Standard tools¬†are on the shelf or available within three days.
  4. Tight tolerances. In industries like medical device manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, precision manufacturing, firearms, mold making, or electronics, tight tolerances are likely a requirement for nearly every job. Ours too. Our production teams are skilled at achieving difficult tolerances and ensuring that they are held throughout production. Tolerances vary by tool type and feature (examples include: drills and reamers +/- .0001, end mills -.0004, form tools +/-.001, boring bars +/-.001).
  5. Cost reduction goals.¬†We work with engineers, buyers, supply chain teams, and production teams to achieve cost reduction goals. The answer may lie in longer tool life, making right-sized buys, or developing a strategic plan that leverages the buying power of your business. We’re ready to work with your teams to assess each situation and review options to consider.
  6. Difficult to machine materials.¬†Have a material that is abrasive or gummy or particularly hard to machine? Need to reduce heat or achieve better chip control? We can help to address these issues and more by applying material-specific tool geometries or coating. Tell us the material you’re cutting at the time of quoting for the best results.
  7. Technical support.¬†For nearly 30 years we’ve provided at-the-spindle kind of advice while not actually at your spindle. Use our technical teams to provide fast technical support from our Minnesota-based facility. Technology makes the conversation easy and fast via email, photos, conference calls, or video calls by TEAMS or ZOOM.
  8. Vendor consolidation initiatives. Reducing the number of suppliers can help make buying cutting tools easier and more cost-effective. We work with supply chain teams to help identify long-running tools that are a good match for our capabilities, then work to improve performance and/or price to find cost savings. By moving tools to MITGI we can help streamline vendor lists while also making a dent in cost-reduction goals.
  9. Consistency. We know that the work you do requires consistent performance out of every tool you use. Our manufacturing processes are set up to ensure that the tool you receive today will be the same as the tool you order six months from now.

MANUFACTURED BY MITGI: Continuous Improvement

Nearly every company we work with has goals tied to continuous improvement. For some that means reducing cycle times on a specific project. For others it means increasing tool life on a long-running job to create significant cost savings throughout the life of the product. In some cases, companies may need to improve tool performance so that fewer operations are needed.

MITGI works with companies every day to help identify the exact needs at hand and offers ways to achieve the goals through cutting tools.

Recently we worked with a medical device manufacturer that was tasked with reducing cycle times during the initial scale-up for production. Learn more about the project and approach >>

MITGI form keycutter

Custom FORM KEY CUTTER designed to achieve shorter cycle times.

MANUFACTURED BY MITGI: Reducing cycle times

We work with customers who serve a wide range of industries – medical device, aerospace, automotive, defense, firearms, rapid prototyping, mold making, and more. Although specific needs vary by industry, a common goal is to reduce cycle times. Whether part of a cost reduction initiative or as a way to increase output, reducing cycle times through tool design can be achieved in many different ways.

With so many tool options to consider, how does a person decide where to start? For most of our customers, we begin with an email or a short phone call to better understand the application and determine what is important to achieve. With or without tool prints, our technical team can suggest tool options that may help to reduce cycle times and accomplish key initiatives.

How does this play out?

EXAMPLE 1


Application: COMPANY A wants to achieve shorter cycle times by increasing material removal rates
Material: Ti-6Al-4V
Tool type: 6-Flute High Performance End Mill
Coating: AlTiN
MITGI mix:

  • Tapered core for increased rigidity
  • Variable helix geometry dampens vibration and improves part finish
  • Geometry optimized for full axial depth of cut in dynamic or trochoidal milling strategies
  • Radial relief provides a stronger edge that can better withstand high feed rates

Add-on Request: COMPANY A would like to increase tool life thereby reducing overall project costs
MITGI recommendation: Upgrade to NACO coating. This coating will provide added heat resistance and more lubricity. This low-cost upgrade will deliver longer tool life

EXAMPLE 2

Application: COMPANY B has a turning application and wants to create a grooved feature and establish feature height in a single plunge
Material: Inconel
Tool type: 2-Flute Coolant Thru Trepan Tool
Coating: AlTiN
MITGI mix: 
  • Two holes deliver¬†coolant to the cutting edge, thereby reducing heat and removing chips
  • Custom coolant thru design increases tool life while cutting inside of a bore where coolant wouldn’t normally reach
  • Custom design ensures consistent results and form accuracy
Add-on request: COMPANY B wants to reduce chances of chipping
MITGI recommendation: Add edge break by introducing a small radius, therefore reducing the chance of premature chipping