In-House Engineers: Why We Love ‘Em, Why You Will Too
On some level, the biggest thing we worry about as manufacturers is how we bring a job to completion, and further, how we get it to the customer when and where they expect it.
We get the mindset. We have that mindset. But let’s talk about one of the most invaluable human resources we have at our disposal here at MuShield, and thus, you have at your disposal when you contract with our team.
What’s that you say?
They’re important. Which is why we’re opting to shed some light on their existence today (because often, many people working the daily industrial grind are lost in the shadows somewhere…)
The Importance Of In-House Engineers
When it comes to production, there are many very capable people that can operate a machine and make sure that the technology is correctly bringing a blueprint to fruition as it relates to a given job. And those people are no less important. But, as it relates to this discussion, what happens when you run into a technical snag, or you have a dream you’ve dreamt up but aren’t sure how to convert it into some coherent, technically sensible way that can actually bring said dream to a form of reality? Engineers.
Some manufacturing companies may not have engineers on staff. And we get it… They’re a very niche human resource, but we are proud to have Engineering representation in the three key areas of Applications, Manufacturing and Quality. A lot of education and experience goes into the working title that includes “engineer” in it. So, companies will either look to half-proven pieces of software to muddle their way through a “what if?” or they’ll consult with someone to get the answers they’re after. Both are costly. One works better than the other. But, at the end of the day, when you’re shopping a job, there’s peace-of-mind value in knowing that your partner has highly specialized personnel on staff if a tricky spot comes up, or if an idea needs to be fleshed out.
That’s why we at MuShield are happy to have an in-house team of engineers on staff. If we’re stuck, it’s not for long. Worth every penny in our eyes.
Three benefits of having In-House Engineers
Having in house engineers is not only optimal for day-to-day operations, it is essential. Our engineers are the ones who drive the ship. They spec out each operation as a playbook for our shop hands. Working together with the men and women on the floor, our engineering group follows along and troubleshoots a project from the first operation, all the way to how we will eventually package and ship our parts.
Our team of engineers include:
Our engineering group will brainstorm new ideas with our customers for projects both old and new. If it’s a brand new project, we will advise on industry standard tolerances and/or manufacturing steps to ensure that their product will meet the desired fit, form, and function… without breaking the bank. There’s a lot of value in “getting it right the first time.” If our customer wants to take a drawing from the 70’s and modernize it, we are happy to assist with present day manufacturing symbols and lexicon to bring that drawing to the 21st century.
Each introduction of stress to a specific metal is unique in that one lot of material may not respond the same way a previous one did in our hydroform or press brake. When that happens, our engineers are quick to get their hands dirty and fine tune our manufacturing process, usually introducing in process stress relief annealing cycles, or tweak a specific step to achieve an in-spec magnetic shield. It’s no small order – one small misstep can lead to a world of problems…
Common materials we work with:
- High Temperature Alloys
- Low Carbon Steel
- Stainless Steel
- Magnetic Shielding Alloys
- Materials per spec ASTM A753 AKA mumetal – Alloys 1-4 • Cryoperm® 10
- Hiperco® 50
- Low Carbon Steel
- Nickel Iron Alloys
- Silicon Irons
- Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys
Why choose MuShield?
When we say we’re your one-stop shop, we mean it. From an idea on up through the finished product we have the staff, tools, and knowhow to push any project through to culmination with our streamlined, in-house process. We have engineers on staff to help you figure out how to make any idea you might have, a reality. We like to call it the “MuShield Advantage.” So, please, consider us. Here’s are a few reasons why:
- Over six decades of proven success
- Secondary operations (laser trimming, hole cutting, heat treating, etc.) are done in-house to expedite delivery and keep costs down for our customers
- Short lead times
- Simple and inexpensive tooling
- Dimensional consistency and quality
- Unparalleled customer service, from initial conversations about your unique needs, to design, production, and post project follow-up
- Cost savings leading to a bolstered bottom line for your organization
Further in-house capabilities:
- Deep Draw Hydroforming
- 5 Axis Laser Cutting, Welding & Machining
- Laser Welding
- Sheet Metal Fabrication
- Metal Spinning
- On-Site Hydrogen and Vacuum Heat Treating
- Multi Axis Machining
- Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Spot-welding
- Tool Design and Manufacturing
- Consulting, Engineering & DFM
- CMM Inspection
- In-house tooling fabrication