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Protomatic Completes ISO Upgrades

ISO13485:2016
5/22/2017

Just two months ago, we talked about the goals for Protomatic in 2017. We are happy to report that one of the major goals that we set for 2017 has already been accomplished. That goal was the upgrade and registration to the two new ISO standards. Protomatic has been working on a basic business direction for many years, so the conversion went smoothly.

Tags: ISO13485, ISO9001

How a PFEMA Can Help Manage Risks for ISO

How a PFEMA Can Help Manage Risks for ISO
3/24/2017

The February 2017 Modern Machine Shop article, “Managing Risk”, detailed how Protomatic developed a PFEMA system to identify more than 300 potential failure modes and procedures to mitigate those risks. The article has created a flood of requests for more information. We are providing the following to give more information to customers concerned with extracting the best quality from their suppliers.

Tags: PFEMA

Protomatic ISO and Cyber Security Goals for 2017

Protomatic ISO and Cyber Security Goals for 2017
3/3/2017

A lot of companies simply do not have the time to evaluate their supplier base. Unfortunately, this means there is little or limited communication between quality and management teams. To bridge that gap, Protomatic brings you these newsletters on a monthly basis. We hope you find them informative and educational.

Tags: Cyber Security, ISO credentials

Differences of Common “T” Temper Designations for 6061 Alloy Aluminum

Differences of Common “T” Temper Designations for 6061 Alloy Aluminum
1/27/2017

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.

Tags: Aluminum Temper Designations

Wishing you the happiest of holidays

Wishing you the happiest of holidays
12/15/2016

May you have a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with love, laughter, peace and prosperity.

We are grateful for the trust and confidence you put in us, and thankful for the opportunity to continue providing you with precision components that can save lives.

Tags: happy holidays

The Most Common Metal Coatings and Finishes

The Most Common Metal Coatings and Finishes
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. All have unique properties that can protect or optimize product performance; many reference a military specification; and most are processed by NADCAP suppliers. If you would like more information, most military specifications are public domain and are available at http://quicksearch.dla.mil/

Tags: metal finishes, plating

Protomatic shows why a CNC part isn’t done until it’s finished.

Protomatic Finishing
10/25/2016

Using the proper finishing process is critical to any CNC machined part. Of course, one major benefit is the parts just look better. When parts are unfinished, the often look incomplete. The right finish conveys a perception of higher quality, which customers certainly appreciate.

Tags: Finishes

Does Your CNC Machine Shop Offer Lights-Out Manufacturing?

Does Your CNC Machine Shop Offer Lights-Out Manufacturing?
9/15/2016

Lights-out manufacturing is the ability to manufacture in an unattended state for an extended period of time. At Protomatic, our definition of “proper lights-out manufacturing” is to be able to manufacture during the week (second and third shift, 16hrs) and over the weekend, with its largest unattended time of 86hrs, from Friday 4:00pm to Tuesday 6:00am (assuming a Monday holiday).

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Protecting CNC Machining Systems from Online Theft

Protecting CNC Machining Systems from Online Theft
8/19/2016

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. Several large department stores have lost credit card information, private emails are being shared with the public, and even the organizations with knowledge of how to protect their data have been hacked or held at ransom.

Tags: Security

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. CNC Machining of Small Parts.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. CNC Machining of Small Parts.
7/19/2016

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.

Tags: small parts