We recently returned home from our trip down to the Design 2 Part showcase down in Secaucus, New Jersey. Design 2 Part is considered to be America’s longest running and most trusted event for sourcing custom parts and services – giving manufacturers like us at MuShield the opportunity and platform to meet with new and prospective customers and show them what the latest and greatest technologies and services are that we’re offering. Over 300 processes were featured including areas such as CNC machining, stampings, castings, sheet metal fabrication, injection molding, prototypes, springs, finishing, packaging, CAD/CAM software, assembly and much more.
What we learned while we were there was that MuShield was the only company at Design 2 Part that was promoting Hydroforming.
MuShield has over 60 years of experience producing hydroformed parts out of mumetal magnetic shielding alloys, as well as other alloys such as aluminum, stainless steel and many other materials.
Hydroforming is a unique process that offers many benefits over traditional sheet metal forming and fabrication. In most applications, only one form tool is needed which pushes a piece of sheet metal into a pressurized rubber bladder.
Since the form tool is pushing the sheet metal into the bladder, and there is no need for matched set tooling, there is limited metal-on-metal contact that may create scratches, gouges, or blemishes on the surface of the material. Hydroforming is an attractive manufacturing process due to the minimal tooling cost and limited secondary operations needed post hydroforming.
Being the only manufacturer showcasing hydroforming allowed us to stand out a bit from the rest of the booths because we weren’t, and, quite frankly, aren’t your standard machine or sheet metal shop. People walking the show were very impressed by the progression of a challenging magnetic shield made from mumetal and used for a battery case.
The iterations of the part were at the front of our stand and served as a great conversation starter. That challenging magnetic shield, along with a few simpler hydroformed shields, really stood out amongst conference attendees. Many people walked away from our booth impressed with the different enclosures we were able to produce and we’re proud of that. We are the premier shop when it comes to hydroforming and we appreciated the opportunity to answer questions for interested parties. We also welcome questions and correspondence outside of tradeshows as well, so feel free to give us as call.
Another takeaway from the show was the attention to detail we put into our booth that is but a microcosm to the attention to detail we put into every job was in showcasing our quality certifications – AS:9100D, ISO 9001:2015, and ITAR Registered. We placed these front and center. This isn’t meant to come across as gloating, but, we take great pride in these certifications. They’re not easy to come by and not communicating their existence to your pool of customers is doing a disservice. We had conversations with prospective customers about the quality requirements they had to flow down from their customers. Becoming compliant with these programs was the first step… The second step is letting these potential customers know that we are AS9100D, ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR Registered, while also displaying a few different types of parts varying in complexity, tying a bow around the notion that MuShield is an industry force and we yield at nothing to comply to each of our customers’ unique job requirements. Quality is our top priority. This is evident in our certifications and accolades.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Design 2 Part tradeshow and appreciated being able to network with industry peers from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Again, we’re here for you and would love nothing more than to be your trusted mumetal magnetic shielding and hydroforming supplier. We’ll see you on down the road. In the meantime, give us a shout and let’s continue the conversation.