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Meeting the demands of manufacturing

Many segments of manufacturing, including aerospace, medical device, automotive, rapid prototyping, and precision manufacturing are all experiencing growth. AGAIN. Pair this up with various issues throughout supply chains, and it can be difficult for manufacturers to meet production schedules. MITGI understands that in order for you to meet the demands of your customers and achieve your own growth goals, the cutting tools you need must arrive on time and perform as expected.

Over the past year, we’ve been working to prepare our teams, facility, equipment, and company structure to handle growth and be ready for more. Here’s how:

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Jesse Korson, Manufacturing Manager

Lights out manufacturing.

“One of the most effective ways for us to maximize production is through the addition of lights out manufacturing. Jobs that fit our criteria for unattended production are added to the weekend schedule. On-call operators can monitor progress and come on-site as needed to ensure tools meet quality requirements throughout production. This means more jobs we can get out the door each week.”

 

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Chad Nordmann, Manufacturing Manager

Increased capacity with short lead times.

“In the center shop we see a lot of small-sized orders and complex form tools, and they always come with short lead times. We’ve more than doubled the amount of equipment in this shop so that we can continue to make the tools you need when you need them.”

 

 

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Jennie Gordienko, Chief Business Development Officer

Scalable, strategic planning.

“During periods of growth, it can be difficult for companies to address big picture goals. While your teams are making sure that production has what they need for tomorrow, let us help to prepare for the long run. We’re adept at developing plans to achieve goals such as continuous improvement, vendor consolidation, and tool development for new production lines and facilities. Our business, technical, and production teams are ready to help turn ideas into action.”

 

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Eric Lipke, President

Investment in people, places, and things.

“Our teams are skilled at developing plans to scale up our growth. It’s my job to make sure they have everything they need to do so. We’ve dedicated ourselves to workforce development for more than a decade, we continue to invest in new technology and equipment, and we’re preparing to expand our manufacturing operations. MITGI is ready to help yours meet and exceed your business goals.”

Ready to get started? Our teams are ready to help. Contact us to start a conversation, schedule a call, or submit a quote for review.

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