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Protomatic, Inc. - Plastic Prescription

Plastic machining is more difficult than you would expect. The technology that is required to manufacture first-class plastic components at a reasonable cost pushes the state of the art for machines, tools, and fixtures. For example, holding the plastic workpiece so it doesn't flex during the machining process is somewhat of an art in itself. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - The Most Common Metal Coatings and Finishes

While there is a wide array of metal coatings and finishes available, the following overview highlights many of the options that are most commonly used by design engineers. All have unique properties that can protect or optimize product performance; many reference a military specification; and most are processed by NADCAP suppliers (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Nickel-Based Superalloys

Nickel-based superalloys, such as Inconel, have an unparalleled combination of toughness, resistance to degradation and high-temperature strength. Utilized in aircraft turbines, rocket engines and other applications that demand maximum toughness, they are critical to the efficient operation of these delicate machines. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. CNC Machining of Small Parts.

Technically small parts are hard to make. As you get smaller, challenges arise. Deburring, machine accuracy and tool quality are just some of the problems that are experienced when making small part features. Protomatic has the equipment, tools and expertise required to successfully manufacture the tiniest of parts. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Differences of Common “T” Temper Designations for 6061 Alloy Aluminum

Manufacturing job shops typically interpret a material specification of “ALUMINUM 6061-T6” as allowing 6061-T6, -T651 or -T6511. All of these are acceptable tempers, and are permitted for most applications. But, from years of experience, this is not necessarily the best interpretation. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - How a PFEMA Can Help Manage Risks for ISO

What is a PFEMA?

PFEMA stands for Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis. It is a document that states all the possible ways a process or product can demonstrate a manufacturing or product weakness, and provides a solution to prevent the potential problem. The document is comprised of two major sections called Risk and Mitigation. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Where The Machining Industry Is Headed

The Modern Machine Shop Top Shop Conference was full of new ideas and concepts. The attendees were some of the best in the machining industry, and their insights regarding the changing trends of machine shops were extremely interesting and educational. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Get the Most from Your Capitol Equipment

For capital-intensive businesses such as a CNC job shop, staying up to date on equipment is critical to success. Knowing about or finding the right tool for the job is crucial to cost, quality and delivery. (read more)

One of the specialty machining processes available at Protomatic is our carbon dioxide coolant. In many applications, the typical "flood coolant" is sufficient. However, in applications requiring high cleanliness, or high-performance machining such as medical implant parts, carbon dioxide coolant is a great alternative. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Precision Machine Shop Services

Precision machine shop services, CNC milling, Turning, CMM inspection, special finishing (blasting/polishing), laser engraving, assembly, contract manufacturing (assemblies and sub-assemblies), plastic and rubber molds, sheet metal, welding, plasma cutting. Specializing in medical and aerospace critical parts (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - YAG Laser Marking - 2,3, 4 Axis

Laser Marking for most metals for flat (2D), complex (3D), and 4-Axis delivers accurate and repeatable results for two-sided parts. Laser marking for your part in all quantities from one to thousands. With a quick turn around, we can generate customized artwork or use your provided CAD/computer math data. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Fuel Cells

Protomatic has long been involved in manufacturing biofuel components for fuel cell and power distribution. We manufacture custom direct-inject biofuel components, manifolds, and covers as well as modifying engines for improved performance and engineering sensor monitoring for research and development purposes. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Moving into Digital Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing requires analysis of data from a diverse set of industrial equipment on the factory floor. Uniform, robust communications are part of the necessary infrastructure for modern business systems and 21st-century decision-making. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Contour Inspection Capability

Protomatic has the capability to measure texture, form and contour simultaneously with our Taylor-Hobson Form Talysurf Intra. The "Tally Surf" measures complex internal and external profiles non-destructively for critical applications. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Robot Improves Process Control

Our 24/7 robotic operation allows the CNC machine to utilize a single-cavity setup and achieve the performance of a manual multi-cavity setup. Round the clock run times result in better thermal stability which in turn improves the quality of the part. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Protomatic exceeds ISO requirements

Protomatic established ISO-9001: 1994 QMS in 1997, and acquired ISO 9001 designation in 1999. Since then, we have aggressively improved our QMS due to new guidelines and most importantly to stay competitive in the industry. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - A CNC Part Is not Done Until it is Finished

Using the proper finishing process is critical to any CNC machined part. Of course, one major benefit is the parts just look better. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. -  Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Methods?

3D printing allows for the production of parts with complexity that can’t be matched by traditional manufacturing methods. It can be used to produce impossible-to-machine features, like parts without seams or joints. Complex geometric or organic shapes are often only possible to produce using additive manufacturing methods, as is true for hollow parts. (read more)

Precision is of utmost importance when manufacturing mission-critical Parts. Protomatic Aerospace assures quality with several inspection techniques including an Optical Comparator, the Nikon VMC-3020 vison based system and the Keyence IM-6020 (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Cosmetic Finish Techniques

For parts requiring a cosmetic finish, Protomatic, Inc is well versed in using systematic processes for making parts picture perfect. Included in our process technique is part design/process design, part material and hardness, blank manufacturing quality, tool design, fixture design, machine condition, gauges and technique, lubricant chemistry, and the machinist . We machine soft aluminu... (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Full Inspection Services

Protomatic offers full inspection services with CMM capabilities on all of your dimensionally critical parts. Consistency is ensured with climate and dust-controlled manufacturing practices. Gauges are monitored using "Gauge Tracker" and are calibrated to NIST and/or ISO 10012. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - CNC Components and Assemblies for Military

Protomatic's history of manufacturing custom CNC components and assemblies for OEM land vehicles, aircraft, and space vehicles has been a great source of pride in recent years. Therefore, we proudly offer support components for military ground vehicles, specializing in electronic chassis and brackets, custom connector components, plastic covers, and microwave applications. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - CNC Job Shop for Aerospace

Precision CNC contract manufacture focused on precision components for the Aerospace Industry. Specializing in small to medium sized turned and milled multi axis components. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Surgical Tools

Protomatic works with medical OEMs, since we are familiar with utilizing GMPs for Class 1, 2 and 3 medical components for every application. We provide components for optical, dental, and other applications in the medical field. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Protomatic Medical

For more than thirty years, Protomatic has been involved in the medical industry providing CNC precision machining services and custom components such as laboratory equipment, surgical tools and operating equipment as well as components for the optical and dental fields (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - CNC Job Shop for Medical

Contract CNC manufacture that specializes in the manufacture of medical devices. Machining capablities include, 2-8 Axis Lathe, 3-5 Axis Milling, Vision based inspection with Coordinate Measuring Machines, specialized finishing equipment, specialized inspection capabilites. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Prototype Services

We help our stressed customers bring their new concepts to market. We have a proven track record of helping domestic customers develop their napkin sketches into a feasible design and prototype leading to a marketable product. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Rapid Prototyping

Protomatic excels at rapid prototyping - the process of converting CAD drawings to physical parts for the purpose of creating conceptual models. We build highly detailed prototypes from plastic or composite materials which can then be utilized to demonstrate and test product designs before moving on to the manufacturing phase. (read more)

Protomatic, Inc. - Automotive Design, Prototype, and Production

Protomatic offers in-house design support, prototyping, production and assembly of custom parts and systems manufactured for many companies within the automotive industry. We have the capacity to handle a single prototype as well as large production orders specializing in CNC multi-axis vertical machining centers, C-Axis CNC lathes for precision turning, welding, plasma cutting... (read more)

News articles and press releases for Protomatic, Inc.:

02/04/2019

The Protomatic team was very active and involved with a number of Quality Audits throughout the year. Trained QMS auditors for internal, customer, and external auditing probed deeply ….

12/28/2018

It’s extremely important that your supplier for your aerospace CNC machining is the most reliable and precise in the industry.

11/01/2018

Foreign Object Damage (FOD) is a major concern in the aviation, space, and defense industry, as well as other manufacturing industries.

10/19/2018

Protomatic is always working to provide our customers with the best quality and value in the business.

09/06/2018

The changing demands in the aerospace industry mean CNC machine shops can no longer be content to simply machine components.

08/01/2018

When something doesn’t operate correctly or breaks down, you’ve got a problem. An even bigger one is if the same problem comes back again and again.

06/25/2018

When GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) is poorly specified or incorrectly interpreted, many things can happen. All of them bad.

05/28/2018

Protomatic, a Dexter, MI, precision CNC machine shop, manufactures small and medium-sized complex, high-precision components.

04/30/2018

A new CNC cold-spray, metal-additive 3D metal printing machine has arrived at Protomatic and is now in testing and small-scale operation.

03/30/2018

The day has finally come. Your new component design has been approved and now it’s time to take it to prototype. But what manufacturing process should you choose?

02/28/2018

Enhancing our ISO-9001 registration with AS9100D is another example of how CNC machine shop, ….

01/15/2018

In October of 2017, Kobe Steel acknowledged falsifying material certification data about the quality of aluminum and copper it sold in the last 10 years.

12/28/2017

When you’re looking for assistance developing your aerospace component prototype, there are a number of things that you should be looking for.

11/28/2017

All CNC machine shops aren’t created equal. Choosing the right one can be the most important step in your next project.

10/23/2017

The Modern Machine Shop Top Shop Conference was full of new ideas and concepts.

08/31/2017

Protomatic, a precision CNC machine shop, will give a presentation on ISO Systems and Business Risks at the MMS Top Shops Conference.

08/14/2017

Everyone will be looking up on Monday, August 21, when the Great American Eclipse sweeps across the United States.

07/19/2017

For capital-intensive businesses such as a CNC job shop, staying up to date on equipment is critical to success.

06/13/2017

Americans have been historically naïve about thinking of cyber security. The concept of “Ransomware” and the “Dark Internet”

05/22/2017

Just two months ago, we talked about the goals for Protomatic in 2017. We are happy to report....

03/24/2017

The February 2017 Modern Machine Shop article, “Managing Risk”, detailed how Protomatic developed a PFEMA system to identify more than 300 potential failure modes

03/03/2017

A lot of companies simply do not have the time to evaluate their supplier base.

01/27/2017

Differences of Common “T” Temper Designations Manufacturing job shops typically interpret a material specification of “ALUMINUM 6061-T6” as allowing 6061-T6, -T651 or -T6511. All of these are acceptable tempers,...

11/28/2016

While there is a wide array of metal coatings and finishes available, the following overview highlights many of the options that are most commonly used by design engineers.

10/25/2016

Using the proper finishing process is critical to any CNC machined part.

09/15/2016

Lights-out manufacturing is the ability to manufacture in an unattended state for an extended period of time.

08/19/2016

Online data theft is on the rise. You have probably heard in the news that cyber events, or website hacks, are occurring more and more frequently.

07/19/2016

Technically small parts are hard to make. As you get smaller, challenges arise. Deburring, machine accuracy....

06/21/2016

Customer-provided CAD math data is critically important to manufacturing. It expedites quotations, and is used in the CAM programs

05/17/2016

One of the most critical aspects in choosing CNC machine shop is the method it uses to inspect...

04/20/2016

Inspecting parts is a crucial stage in the manufacturing process. In order to maintain a quality level...

03/11/2016

Industry Trends Lead to Unpredictability Stock markets are fickle at best, and industry is currently uncertain about political leadership and direction.

02/15/2016

When it comes to manufacturing technically difficult parts, all suppliers aren’t the same. Far from it.

01/13/2016

According to a 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from the Deloitte Global Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group and the US Council on Competitiveness,...

11/11/2015

Digital manufacturing requires analysis of data from a diverse set of industrial equipment on the factory floor. Uniform, robust communications are part of the necessary infrastructure for modern business systems and 21st century decision-making.

10/01/2015

Emerging technologies are having a dramatic effect on the manufacturing industry. One of the most important of these is additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing.

09/08/2015

ickel-based superalloys, such as Inconel, have an unparalleled combination of toughness, resistance to degradation and high-temperature strength.

09/01/2015

For the past 5 years, Modern Machine Shop Magazine www.mmsonline.com has published its "Top Shops" issue where it highlights the best practices of top performing machine shops from a broad survey of the U.S. machining industry

08/11/2015

Maybe it was a brainstorm. Maybe it was something you’ve struggled with for years. Whatever it was that made lightning strike, you’ve got an idea that has success written all over it.

08/03/2015

Selection of the right materials is paramount to many designs as CNC machining of prototype parts has become even more technical and demanding.

08/03/2015

At one point or another, everyone has had a bright idea.

06/23/2015

When looking for a CNC machine shop for your next prototyping job, whether it’s manufacturing prototypes for aerospace components or medical devices, there are a few things you should check out before giving a thumbs up.

05/28/2015

ecause of the complexity and precision required of CNC-machined medical devices, many CNC shops have added another level of quality assurance to existing standards of safety and efficiency.

05/15/2015

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, continues to gain traction in all areas of manufacturing.

05/01/2015

Choosing the right prototyping machine shop could be the most important decision you will make in the course of getting your product to market. This is particularly true for entrepreneurs with little experience in dealing with CNC machine shops.

05/01/2015

Many companies in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries have learned that even if manufactured parts are highly functional, they still aren’t good enough if they are merely average in appearance.

04/13/2015

Protomatic's status on ISO registration for ISO-9001 and ISO-13485.

03/17/2015

The implementation of Best Practices morphed into Standard Practices at Protomatic Inc.. Improving the Quality Management System.

02/20/2015

One of Protomatic's strategies include maintaining Computer Aided Machining software to keep at the industry forefront.

01/28/2015

New stock system added at Protomatic to improve raw material organization and lot control.

11/06/2014

This year's Expo will be held as the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI. You will find us at booth 410/412.

10/22/2014
Hot Topics at IMTS 10/22/2014

Short discussion of hot topics and insights from the IMTS show.

09/12/2014

Insight on what was going on at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Sept. 8-13, 2014.

08/29/2014

Protomatic was recognized as one of the best at the Detroit Matchmaking Summit.

07/24/2014

Being able to see you part is critical. Having a close look gives you the ability to identify problems and solve them.

06/26/2014

Brief explanation of the Process Validation technique used at Protomatic for production medical and aerospace components.

05/21/2014

Improving communication and optimizing employee performance helps both Protomatic and our customers. This month we are explaining what we are doing to improve with Employee Engagement.

04/18/2014

Protomatic participated in National Center for Manufacturing Sciences business forum. One of the recognized weakness is technical training, Protomatic is proactively addressing the need with multipule techical training classes for employees.

03/26/2014

Protomatic's specialized capablities are highlighted in the new website at www.protomatic.com.

02/28/2014

Protomatic is in the process of becoming ISO-13885:2003 certified, Phase 1 has been completed and Phase 2 is scheduled for April 2014.

01/23/2014

Office space addition of 5000 sq. ft. added to Protomatic facility on the second floor. This space can be used for entreprenuers, meeting space and internal training.

11/22/2013

Protomatic adds a Mazak QTN-200M three axis lathe to meet customer demand.

10/24/2013

Protomatic was selected by Innostate for advanced training for the purpose of new product innovation.

09/20/2013

Protomatic is a supplier to industries that require quality critical parts. We focus on that philosophy internally and it is "More than a set of Words.".

08/26/2013

Protomatic utilizes a device called a Harmonizer to improve machining performance.

07/17/2013

Protomatic has added Air Conditioning Ecomomizers to improve manufacturing area's climate control. This provides more consistent product quality and reduces energy costs.

06/21/2013

Protomatic supports Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) issues regarding draft regulations to implement the Conflict Mineral Law. Conflict minerals, materials mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses are not supported.

05/10/2013

Vision system comparision between an optical comparitor, Keyence IM-6020 and a Nikon VMR-3020 vision based inspection systems.

04/24/2013

US Congressman Tim Walberg visits Protomatic to get a business condition update.

03/12/2013

Measuring small features is difficult, this measurement device allows detailed profiles to be measured accurately.

02/15/2013

Digital super resolution topographic part imaging is available at Protomatic, this add the ability to scan and document critical features.

01/18/2013

Protomatic adds a multiaxis Okuma LB3000MYW lathe.

11/16/2012

Protomatic's first robot targeted for low volume runs that need high process control.

10/01/2012

Protomatic added a magnetic style deburring capability for small and medium sized parts.

09/01/2012

Protomatic at "Proud to Manufacture in Michigan" conference.

08/01/2012

Bill Wetzel- Passed away July 3, 2012, founder of Protomatic will be missed.

07/01/2012

Summary of energy reduction programs at Protomatic for 2012.

06/01/2012

This article describe a basic outline of a CNC machine installation, verification and validation process base on ISO-13485 methods.

05/01/2012
XRF Alloy Analyzer 05/01/2012

This newsletter describes some of the quality enhancements that are being established at Protomatic. The XRF Alloy analyzer allows confirmation of raw material from the mill.

04/01/2012

Protomatic recently procured a Techniks (tm) shrink fit tool sytem. This explains the reason and need for the system.

03/01/2012

The tornado that passed through Dexter, MI on March 15, 2012 was close to Protomatic Inc., But only minor interuption of service was experienced.

02/01/2012

Protomatic integrated a Renishaw TRS2 Broken Tool detector on one of our new CNC Mills.

01/01/2012

Protomatic recently added a Haas VF2-SSYT 5 Axis CNC Machining center.

11/01/2011

Simple technques some times improve process improvements. Summarized in this newsletter is a description of some of the many examples that occur at Protomatic.

10/01/2011

Equipment addition, Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) was added with increased performance and features.

09/01/2011

Finding a supplier is hard, establishing confidence is even more difficult. This article sumarizes some of the attributes that our customers use to improve this process.

08/01/2011

Describes some of the security practices that protect our customers information.

07/01/2011

Protomatic featured article in Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine (CTEMag.com) describing medical grade machining of plastic parts.

06/01/2011

In effort to support our aeropspace customers, a industry unique web site was developed.

05/01/2011
Risk Management 05/01/2011

Preparing for the future is difficult. This newletter describes some of our preparations.

04/01/2011

This month a Tsugami TMA8-III was added to the Protomatic Machine List. This 8 Axis mill turn CNC machine has 3 spindles.

03/01/2011
LNS Bar Feeder 03/01/2011

One of the best automation methods for a lathe is a bar feeder. This unit improved productivity our our Mazak lathe.

02/01/2011

Critical to Precision CNC manufacturing is preventive maintenance, this month's article outline a portion of Protomatic's program.

01/01/2011
Mazak Nexus Lathe 01/01/2011

Protomatic has added a Mazak Nexus Lathe; this 2 Axis 51mm CNC lathe offers increased power and size capablity.