As MSA’s engineering team designs new products, our manufacturing team begins the process of determining what production tooling and processes will be required to assemble and fully test each new item.
Throughout this design-for-manufacturing process, MSA’s ultimate goal is to build products with the highest quality and lowest overall cost.
Lean Manufacturing Assembly Cells
Depending on the custom nature of each new design, either an existing lean-manufacturing assembly cell, or an entirely new lean-assembly cell will be configured to provide 100% product quality and on-time delivery, at the lowest possible cost.
In-house Assembly, Injection-molding Tooling and In-process Test Equipment
All tooling and fixtures that are utilized in MSA’s lean-assembly cells are designed and produced in-house. The tooling that is required for MSA to produce over-molded coils, and other injection molded designs, is developed in conjunction with outside tooling suppliers and then manufactured for MSA by those suppliers. In-process test equipment is designed and produced by MSA to fully exercise and verify each critical performance characteristics.
Tooling for Externally Manufactured Components
MSA’s goal is to consistently procure the lowest-cost, highest-quality components, for the most economical investment in tooling. Toward this end, MSA collaborates with outside component and process suppliers, providing our design expertise, while relying on each supplier to first tool and then produce the component.
This includes the tooling needed to produce components (such as injection-molded bobbins and flexible boots, custom-metal stampings and the tooling/fixtures required for external processes such as plating, custom coatings, heat treating, etc.).
- Precision CNC Machining—a Value-added Approach
MSA’s in-house machining capabilities include an array of CNC Swiss-turning machines and CNC fixed-headstock lathes. This precision equipment is used to provide …
Turned Components for In-house Consumption:
In order to maintain the highest level of quality and ensure on-time delivery, our in-house turning equipment is used to produce the majority of turned components that are assembled into MSA products.
Turned Components for Existing Magnetic Product Customers
MSA is eager to provide precision turned components to existing magnetic product customers. This approach helps provide customers with a reliable source for precision turned parts, and also helps them to customers reach goals relative to reducing their supplier base.
“Difficult-to-produce” Turned Components for All Customers
MSA’s vast experience in producing precision, tight tolerance turned components for internal use makes us perfectly suited for supplying products to any customer who is having difficulty sourcing difficult turned parts.
- CNC Swiss-turn Machines
MSA’s Swiss-turn equipment has full 4-axis capability, enabling secondary operations such as offset milling, slotting and drilling. Because the material is supported at the point of the cut, and because all tool movement is electronically controlled utilizing servo motors, these machines can provide precision, smaller diameter components, with long, thin cross sections.
Twin spindle capabilities enable work to be done on both ends of the part, thereby dropping off each part complete, and reducing cost. Our Swiss-turn equipment is bar-fed (12-foot-long bars) with diameters ranging from .187” to 1.18”.
- CNC 6-axis Fixed-headstock Lathes
MSA has twin-turret, twin-spindle, fixed-headstock machines, which cost effectively produce complex components that require work on both ends. The automatic exchange of material from one spindle to the other maintains tight concentricity and reduces cost.
Complex drilling, milling and broaching are easily accomplished utilizing powered secondary tooling that is mounted on each turret. These fixed-headstock lathes are bar fed (4-foot-long bars), with diameters ranging from .250” to 1.625”.
- CNC 3-axis Fixed-headstock Lathes
MSA’s 3-axis fixed-headstock lathes have single-turret, twin-spindle capability. The automatic exchange of material from one spindle to the other maintains tight concentricity, and reduces cost.
Quick changeover tooling mounted on the turret can support urgent customer demand by enabling short turnaround times. The high-horsepower, rugged box-way construction of these 3-axis machines provides a solid platform for producing large diameter parts that require demanding cuts.
These fixed-headstock lathes can be bar fed (4-foot-long bars), with diameters ranging up to 3”. Chucking of material diameters up to 3.75” is also common.
Machining, Prototyping & Pilot-run Capabilities
Magnet-Schultz of America has a complete machine shop where we can quickly produce small quantities of highly specialized components for use in prototyping new designs.
“Production intent” prototype and pilot-run quantities of components can be manufactured utilizing the Swiss-turn and fixed-headstock CNC equipment described previously. Use of this production equipment ensures that the long-term physical characteristics and performance capabilities of each component are achieved.