World Class Engineering
Magnet-Schultz of America has an experienced team of project engineers, with more than 100 combined years of solenoid, electromagnetic, electrohydraulic, and mechanical engineering design experience.
In addition to their solenoid and electromagnetic design background, our engineers have extensive industry experience which includes the design of pneumatic and hydraulic valves, automotive and appliance components, locking and security systems, transformers, electrical relays, and switches.
With average experience exceeding 15 years, our engineering team brings the highest level of technical expertise available in the marketplace to every new project.
Testing and Qualification
In conjunction with our project engineers, our manufacturing engineering team and our quality engineering team design and develop the process including testing and verification. Utilizing the failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), our project team classifies risks and develops the process accordingly. All products are subjected to in-process verifications and final end of line testing.
MSA has the ability to perform functional testing and life cycle testing on all MSA products, competitor’s products, and on MSA product related sub-assemblies from the customer’s system.
We work closely with the customer to help establish meaningful life cycle and functional test programs. These combined test efforts strengthen the design of both MSA’s and the customer’s end product.
MSA has specialized Zwick test equipment that is used in our engineering labs and in production, to precisely measure and record the force/stroke characteristics of our products.
In-House Environmental Test Capabilities
Magnet-Schultz of America has the capability to perform both high and low temperature cycling, as well as some testing for water ingression. Such testing can reveal the temperature and humidity performance limits of any product and/or sub-assembly.
External Environmental Test Capabilities
For test requirements that are beyond MSA’s in-house capabilities, we have strong relationships with multiple local testing and certification laboratories to provide every conceivable test paradigm needed for design validation and verification.
MSA also has the benefit of the vast engineering experience and test capabilities that reside at our parent company, Magnet-Schultz of Memmingen Germany (MSM). MSM can perform extensive mechanical and environmental testing, including salt spray, high humidity, shock and vibration.
MSA has specialized test equipment that can perform high pressure testing and design verification related to the actuator tubes that MSA manufactures for use on hydraulic valves.
This equipment pressurizes hydraulic fluid, and then applies internal pulses of up to 10,000 psi. at three ms duration for one million cycles, to the inside of actuator tubes. The purpose of this test is to determine the point at which the tube might experience mechanical-fatigue failure. All such tests are done in conformance with National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) standards.
MSA’s internal machine shop and experienced craftsmen can quickly produce small quantities of precision custom components for use in prototype designs. This allows MSA to expedite the process of testing and validation and ensure that full production tooling is manufactured to correspond with a fully finalized part specification.
As MSA’s project engineering team designs new products, our manufacturing engineering and quality engineering teams implement the advanced product quality process (APQP). This process assures that the appropriate tooling, equipment, and process are defined and implemented as appropriate for each and every project. Throughout this APQP process, MSA’s ultimate goal is to build products of the highest quality at the lowest overall cost!
High precision tooling is required for many of the processes which MSA employs. MSA uses our extensive in house expertise along with valued partners to design and develop and fabricate these tools. All tooling is verified prior to being released for production and supplier tooling is verified prior to being shipped to MSA.
Precision CNC Machining
MSA’s in-house machining capabilities include an array of CNC Swiss-turning machines and CNC fixed-headstock lathes. This allows MSA to produce components in house with high degrees of control and precision. This in house capability allows MSA to validate certain production processes during the prototype phase. The machining strategy of the part determines if the parts will be made on in house equipment or at one of our valued partners who may have the most efficient machining equipment for a specific part. MSA also has an in house machine shop where we can quickly produce small quantities in house for use in prototyping new designs.
MSA employs a better, quicker, and thriftier (BQT) philosophy in everything that we do. This ensures that we provide better products to our customers, and that they are produced quickly and in the most cost effective manner possible. This BQT process never ends and assures that we are continuously improving.