MGS (Germantown, WI), a global provider of custom molding and multi-shot equipment technologies and tooling and automation products, has expanded its new product development (NPD) and rapid tooling capabilities. The company’s goal is to help customers improve design for manufacturability (DFM) by resolving potential inefficiencies or challenges before a production tool is built.
NPD capabilities enable the MGS team to get involved early in a customer’s product design process. By consulting with MGS in material selection, design and prototype development, customers can avoid delays that arise from issues in both tooling development and molding. From design to bridge or prototype tooling to production tooling, customers that partner with MGS will be able to pre-engineer parts more efficiently to save time and resources throughout the entire manufacturing process, said the company.
“By leveraging capabilities and experience from our team early in the product development process, we can deliver the best tool designs and recommendations for our customers right from the start,” said Paul Manley, MGS President. “Doing so helps our customers shorten the NPD process up front to create pre-production tooling that quickly transitions to production-ready tools.”
In addition to design and material selection, MGS leverages its additive manufacturing capabilities to develop early prototype tooling and 3D-printed parts. Once both the customer and the MGS team are satisfied with the prototype parts, the MGS team builds the proper bridge tool to support an interim period of production or the required high-quality production tooling.
“We’re excited to elevate our ability to partner with customers earlier to create a production-ready design that enables them to meet their speed-to-market needs,” said Kevin Klotz, Senior Project Engineer at MGS. “Whether we’re improving design, eliminating time and resources needed to certify additional tools, or more quickly addressing sampling requirements, we’re helping our customers find a better way to manufacture their parts.”
Additionally, MGS also announced the expansion of its integrated solutions services, which combines innovation and expertise across all three areas of its business to drive greater return for customers. As a proven single source of manufacturing expertise for customers in the healthcare, automotive, consumer and electronics markets, MGS has successfully delivered complex manufacturing solutions while streamlining the supply chain. By controlling more of the supply chain in-house, MGS can minimize risk, maximize resources and drive better customer performance and growth, said the company.
“Leveraging our collective competencies to create more value is a natural evolution for MGS,” said Manley. “We began as a toolmaker in 1982 but were always determined to do more for our customers. These integrated solutions are augmented by other capabilities that, when brought together, help customers more successfully launch new programs, transfer challenging programs to us and create integrated turnkey solutions that drive customer success in extremely competitive markets.
“MGS’ expanded integrated solutions offer is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that has been the hallmark of the company since its inception,” Manley said. “At MGS, we don’t just know your world—we live in it. Supporting each area of business in-house gives us the first-hand knowledge to not only exceed customer expectations, but to elevate industry standards. That’s the entrepreneurial spirit that has driven MGS since day one, and continues to drive us today.”
MGS operates facilities in Germantown, WI; Antioch and Libertyville, IL; Juarez, Mexico; and Ireland.