FAQ

Our FAQ section contains some frequently asked questions for your convenience. As always, if your question is not answered below, feel free to Contact Us for a prompt answer. We appreciate your interest.

Is Protomatic registered to a Quality Management System (QMS)?

Protomatic is registered to the ISO-9001:2008 standard since 1999.

Why should I use Protomatic?

Protomatic employs a professional and knowledgeable staff which promotes ease of interaction for technical development of your critical components. We support expedited and rush shipping programs for a quick response to your needs, while maintaining cost competitiveness throughout our industry.

How long has Protomatic been in business?

The company was formed in 1971 by Bill and Rita Wetzel. Protomatic is a privately held C Corp., principally owned by Rita Wetzel (WOSB certified). 

To whom do I talk to for a quote?

Phone: (734) 426-3655 E-Mail: sales@protomatic.com

Quote contacts:

Dave Wetzel General sales
Mark Novitsch General Sales
Doug Wetzel Technical Sales (Military/ Aerospace /Electrical)
Scott Allen    Technical Sales 

Brian Heldt    Program Management

How big is Protomatic?

Protomatic enlists the services of over 40 employees as of 2014, and the building currently covers 30,500 square feet on two floors.  Over 25 programmable CNC style machines, such as CNC MIls, Lathes and CMMs.

Does Protomatic have an export control license?

Yes, our license number is available upon qualified request. We are also familiar with the control of technical data as defined in 22CFR 120.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

With which materials does Protomatic work?

Protomatic machines most materials. The most common are aluminum, stainless steel, alloy steels, titanium and plastic. We are also experienced with many materials such as magnesium, refractory materials such as tungsten, niobium and tantalum, as well as super alloys such as InvarTM, KovarTM, and Haynes 25 TM.

Can Protomatic meet DFARS requirements?

Yes, Protomatic routinely meets and deals with a down flow supplier base that meets DFARS 252.225-7014 Alt. 1.

How many shifts do you run at Protomatic?

We are a long two shift operation (20-22hrs/day),  we also manufacture multiple components in lights out manufacturing processes (24hr/7day).

What is Protomatic’s business segment?

Protomatic specializes in hard-to-manufacture critical components for medical, aerospace and other technical industries.

What types of files can Protomatic read?

Protomatic is a Solidworks (CAE), Surfcam (CAM), and GibbsCam (CAM) user. This gives us the ability to read almost every industry standard format. If possible, native Solidworks is best, but alternately STeP, Parasolid, IGeS, or DXF can be read. For secure documents we use PGP, and formats may include Adobe PDF, Myriad or ImageR are readable.

Does Protomatic manufacture castings (Plaster, Investment, Diecast) or forgings?

Protomatic creates casting patterns, then turnkeys the cast/forged parts and completes the machining and finishing processes. We work with many different casting and forging suppliers.

Does Protomatic have distributors for the Campenot dividers?

No, Protomatic sells this product directly.

Does Protomatic injection mold plastic parts?

Protomatic helps develop products for injection molding. We then turnkey the production parts and, if required, will post-machine plastic parts.

What kind of inspection reports can Protomatic handle? (i.e. PPAP, FAI, etc.)

Protomatic has the capability to produce many types of Inspection Sample Warrants (SW) for a majority of industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, and electronic industries. (PFEMA, PPAP, Control Plan, GP-11, FAI, ISW, Custom Reports utilizing sampling plans from 100%, Mil-Std-105, and ANSI/ASQ Z1.4.)

What are Protomatic’s special processes?

Protomatic is more vertically integrated for custom and specialized processes than most job shops. We employ many specialized process (Non-NADCAP) such as; programmable polishing equipment, micro deburring, virgin tumbling for medical class A surfaces, CO2 cleaning, rubber molding (vulcanized and two part castings), adhesive bonding, laser marking, and rivet assembly.