- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Every machinist knows the importance of chip control and just how easy it is to take for granted when it’s working well. When it isn’t, it can be a real headache until a solution is found. Luckily, there are many options to consider that could help alleviate chip-related issues: helix modifications, chip breakers, using coolant to remove chips, optimizing the geometry for chip load, and many more. Working with a cutting tool manufacturer allows customers to choose the option that works best for the job and materials at hand.
How does this play out?
Application: COMPANY A is a firearms manufacturer and needs a tool to create a thin-walled slot
Tool type: Custom form keyseat cutter
- Forms on alternating teeth designed to optimize chip load and increase tool life
- Staggered geometry helps to reduce vibration, improve finish, and minimize production inconsistencies
- Dished on both sides to produce clearance and alleviate rubbing or binding
Add-on Request: COMPANY A would like to increase tool life thereby reducing overall project costs
MITGI recommendation: Add more teeth to the form. With more teeth to engage, the tool life will increase resulting in reduced tool quantities over the life of the job.
Tool type: Custom tapered reamer
- Ample core to optimize tool strength and rigidity
- Spiral flute with material specific helix to provide efficient chip removal
- Flute geometry and strong cutting edges designed to reduce chatter and improve finish
- Custom rake applied to help avoid the tool grabbing the part
- Geometry designed to alleviate tool pullout from holder
Want to schedule a time to meet with our team? We’re adept at working remotely to handle questions, troubleshoot technical issues, and discuss new ideas. We’re available by phone, email, ZOOM, Skype, and Microsoft Teams. Contact us today or book an appointment for you and your team.