Midwest Mold recently completed a project for Rhino Camera Gear. The Rhino System makes taking video or still photography to the next level easy. Not only is their product outstanding to work with so was the owner and inventor. Our team enjoyed making multiple parts that had to all work precisely for the seamless action of the ARC II. If it’s photography your interested in check out the ARC II link below. If you want high quality parts for your next project, check us out and see what Midwest can do for you.
John Hill, of Midwest Mold Services, found himself in a situation that many mold shops have been facing today, capacity overflow from sub-suppliers. Since Midwest Mold’s debut in 1994, they had been outsourcing boring mill and gun drill work. But as of 2016, the use of sub-suppliers began negatively impacting delivery dates due to limited capacity in the supply chain. Hill then began researching various brands of gun drill machines. It turned out that this was the same time that Dan Meehan, of Performance Machinery LLC, was in negotiations with Cheto Corp. S.A. (Cheto) to be its U.S. representative. Hill, Meehan, and Cheto’s CEO, Carlos Teixeira, met together to view the Cheto IXN2000.
Thursday, November 8th from 10am to 6pm.
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“The CHETO is a GAME CHANGER!”
“Had we settled for just a gundrill, we would have only solved one problem here.”
“With the CHETO we solved multiple problems.”
– John Hill, President of Midwest Mold –
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“The CHETO reduces the direct labor, it reduces the setup time, It’s a game changer I cannot say enough about that.”
“The Workpiece goes on this machine, and it does not come off until 100% of the 2D work is completed.”
– John Hill, President of Midwest Mold –
Midwest Mold in Roseville, Michigan, used to outsource boring mill and gundrill work to companies that service the overflow from mold builders with more work than they can handle. It became clear over the last two years that with the boom in automotive jobs came elongated lines of shops waiting for that work to be done and returned. Once the work came back, the rush would begin and overtime became standard, as were extended lead times. Because of this, Midwest Mold became the first mold shop in the United States to purchase a CNC machine from Cheto Corp. S.A. (Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal), an investment that brought the outsourced work in-house and solved multiple challenges, according to Midwest Mold President and CEO John Hill.
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FIRST CHETO 2000 IN NORTH AMERICA
Recently, Midwest Mold became the first mold build facility in North America to add the new Cheto 2000 to their machine line up. Keeping more machining in house with the latest technology gives Midwest yet another advantage over the competition. This 7 Axis 360 Degree machine with FAGOR’s most advanced technology control system gives state of the art control and versatility. With an added FCS table that comes in at 59″ x 47″ gives us the precision machining capabilities along with quick setups.
Midwest Mold has added another full modular cell to fully automate another part of their electrode manufacturing. This makes the second Roku-Roku machine and the second 3R Robot to keep production running unattended. For example, an automated cell integrating a Roku-Roku HC-658 can machine graphite electrodes to be stored and used on an Eagle Sinker EDM allowing many operations to take place unattended. In a world that demands faster turnaround Midwest continues to increase EDM throughput.
Midwest has expanded its EDM burning capability’s once again. With the edition of two more OPS Ingersoll Eagles, this doubles the CNC burning capacity. The Eagle 800 and the Eagle 1200 provides Midwest Mold with an outstanding advantage in the unattended burning. Now running virtually around the clock. Supported by plan ahead programing and orbital burning allows the operator time to plan out his day and night.
MACOMB COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARK HACKEL, RIGHT, WITH JACOB ISHAM, A SERVICE COORDINATOR FOR DMG MORI USA, TALK ABOUT THE INSTALLATION OF NEW MACHINERY DONATED BY DMG MORI.
PHOTO BY DEB JACQUES
WARREN — The field of manufacturing is back and has a promising future.
That was the sentiment of the educators, local dignitaries and business leaders who gathered the evening of Oct. 23 at the Lincoln Career and Technology Mark A. Kedzior Center in Van Dyke Public Schools.
The evening gave attendees the opportunity to see the partnerships the district has built with various businesses in an effort to offer manufacturing classes at the school. The idea for such classes is to prepare and train students to work in the field.
The Lincoln Career and Technology Mark A. Kedzior Center offers a number of classes, including dental assisting, culinary arts, automotive technology, CAD/engineering, advanced manufacturing, culinary arts and computer technology programs.
Those in attendance last Monday also had the opportunity to view the different equipment and machinery that businesses have donated to the district for students in the computer-aided design and computer numerical control classes and to see how the programs have enhanced over the last few years.
Attendees included Warren Mayor Jim Fouts; Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel; state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren; state Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville; several school board members; VDPS Superintendent Piper Bognar; LHS Principal Billie Sczepaniak; and a number of business professionals. Mike Zainea is the manufacturing technology instructor and Fred Cook teaches CAD and drafting at the school.
“This facility is going to help another generation to fill jobs of the future and the present,” Bieda said.
The manufacturing program has received support from the following companies that were acknowledged during the evening: American Mold Builders Association donated $10,000; Metro Air donated a compressor, piping and installation valued at $10,000; Powertran donated a transformer valued at $2,000; Autodesk donated software valued at $1.2 million; and Precision Mold and Manufacturing donated decals of partner companies valued at $1,000.
Several speakers, including DMG MORI President Masahiko Mori, addressed the crowd about the new equipment and the opportunities it will bring to the students. Mori, who traveled from Japan to attend last week’s event, donated a CNC machine valued at $200,000 to $250,000.
Mori said manufacturing has suffered in the United States for the past 20 years because of cheap labor and outside competition. But that is changing, and skilled workers will be needed in the future. That includes filling positions that will be vacant because of those getting ready to retire.
“The manufacturing is now starting to come back to the United States,” he said. “We have to create new education. We have to create new machinists. We have to create new models. We need software. I am very excited to support Lincoln (High) School for the new center of manufacturing.”
Other areas in which skilled manufacturers will be needed will be in the medical field, national security and defense. Some in attendance thanked the Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education for its support of the district.
“You have great leadership with the superintendent of schools and with the school board. That’s what makes great schools,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said. “We encourage businesses to expand or locate here.”
“Career technology was a must for our students,” VDPS Board of Education President Richard Carloni said. “It’s amazing how the businesses have stepped up. … You will not know what you have done for this district. Our students will learn and be mentored on new state-of-the-art equipment. You certainly have made a difference in our future for our students and the Van Dyke community.”
Current LHS students and graduates Travis Turner, Tygee Steger, Yousif Akoob, Heaven Lipford, Steven Kish and Michael Owen also took to the podium to briefly talk about their experience in the district’s manufacturing program, and five of them are currently working in the manufacturing field.
Please join us as we gather with our key business partners at Lincoln Career and Technology Center for this celebration.
This invitation is for.
– Any of our former CAD/CAM students who may be working with you.
– Anyone that you may know in the business community, who may be interested in joining our CAD/CAM Advisory Board or becoming a partner in our Externship (Co-Op) program.
– Any of your colleagues who may interested in touring the facility or lending their expertise as we prepare our students for careers in the 21st century.
Midwest’s new Graphite CNC Machine by ROKU has hit the floor running.
The HC-548EX features a high rigidity, bridge-type monoblock structure with minimized distance between guide surface and spindle center. The high rigidity bed with ideal rib distribution has been designed by computer analysis with a guaranteed static positioning accuracy of ±0.000080” and ±0.000060” repeatability.