The past year has been very exciting for us at Midwest Mold Services. In 2014 MMS has made great strides in being proactive in keeping up with technology to better serve our customer’s needs. Below you will find information on all of the equipment added to MMS in 2014.


The latest Additions to our NC capabilities are two new OKK vertical machining centers. The largest in the series, the VM76R machines offer a 61 x 30 Inch table. This machine is designed for extreme rigidity and accuracy, featuring a Big Plus 50 direct drive spindle for heavy-duty cutting. Features include a 30 place automatic tool changer. Spindle speed up to 12,000 rpm. Double-anchored core chilled ball screws and a Mitsubishi Neomatic 730 controller. For fast accurate machining on larger tools. These OKK machines are hands down the highest selling machines in its class and Midwest Mold has purchased two of them.


Midwest Mold has added a new key component to our EDM department capabilities. The Gantry Eagle 800! Outfitted with an Eagle PowerTec power supply. “Adaptive current-shape generator” is leading to a reduction of the spark gap, this gives you a better achievement of electrode wear and removal of material. Each discharge pulse calculates and creates the ideal current shape to meet the exact discharge requirements at that moment. Eagle PowerTec, combined with Eagle Power Jump, reduces burn time by up to 50 percent, while drastically reducing electrode wear—especially in graphite. The OPS-Ingersoll Gantry Eagle 800 features a dual 32-bit, PC-based CNC Control that enables faster data processing and servo control. The machine’s unique construction provides thermal stability and rigidity and features a 4-sided drop tank design that allows work-area access from all sides.


While in the market for a flexible clamping system that would allow for unrestricted access to five sides of a work piece, Midwest Mold unearthed FCS. A system that met all of our criteria and helped in decreasing our internal setup time while at the same time improving repeatability. With the FCS system Midwest Mold was able to tackle this issue head on. The work piece can be moved to another machine without additional pickups. That same part can be turned on its side quickly for multiple setups thanks to permanent reference points. The mounting platform is flexible from 500×600 (mm) to our 1000×800 (mm) or larger. This allows for any smaller parts, plates, rails or components to be set up on various combinations on the FCS grid layout. This has eliminated the need of clamps, rods and nuts, also eliminating interference with cutters, drills and reamers. The ability to drill straight through the part with no need to shim or block the setup has also been gained. In the end we reduced setup time, gained machining time and were able to add more operations to enhance our capabilities.


Keeping current in technology is a vital part of manufacturing. With so many choices and the cost of implementation, it’s imperative to do your due diligence and spend the time it takes to make the right choice. Cimatron was the fit for Midwest Mold. With 5 full design packages and an additional 8 viewing seats, we are fully equipped to provide our customers with the latest in design & programing technology including full 3-D capabilities.

In closing John, Bob, Gary and the rest of the Midwest Mold Services team would like to say thank you to all of our Great Customers. We look forward to making 2015 another prosperous year.

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