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Protomatic Adds to CMM Measurement Capabilities

CMM Measurement Capabilities

Although Protomatic has been operating during the Covid-19 crisis, we know that many supporting companies have slowed down. As we all get back on track, we analyzed what we could do to support all industries — particularly those in medical and aerospace. In doing the analysis, we recognized the importance of inspection and the increased demand required to support our medical and aerospace customers.  It was determined that these areas showed the most opportunity for improvement.

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Protomatic Refuses to Buy Materials from Countries Where Human Rights Abuses Exist

conflict minerals

What are conflict minerals?

Protomatic has recently become aware of potential problems associated with Conflict Minerals in the supply chain and would like you to know how we approach this issue.  While no specific issues exist with our current suppliers, some of our customers have asked us to ensure that none will exist in the future.

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Avoiding Assembly Line Halts with Protomatic

Aerospace Fabrication

At Protomatic, we have over 40 years of experience with prototyping and manufacturing for the automotive, aerospace, medical and defense industries. With that experience, we’ve developed methodologies and practices over the years that allow us to address manufacturing issues at an unparalleled pace. Our ability to facilitate the immediate needs of our clients combined with our expansive range of capabilities positions us as a leading provider of time-critical solutions.

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Covid-19 Forces Supply Chain Rethinking

Covid-19 Forces Supply Chain Rethinking

Whatever your work situation, from “work from home,” to “mandated work,” to addressing family needs, we feel compassion for all that you have done during this time of need. 

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More Cybersecurity Funding Needed from Government

More Cybersecurity Funding Needed from Government

Coronavirus is the overriding concern of all Americans right now. And deservedly so. It's a curse that must be eradicated. However, in its shadow another threat lurks that can affect the health and well-being of businesses. Cybersecurity.

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How Protomatic Stays Up to Date on Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Protomatic manufactures tools, fixtures and prototype parts for the development, testing and production of lithium-ion batteries. By being so involved in the challenges and opportunities presented by those batteries, Protomatic is committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in the field.

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Surgical Applications of 3D Printing

Surgical Applications of 3D Printing

What is 3D Printing?

Before we get into the remarkable ways that 3D printing is being used in medical applications, here's a brief explanation of Additive, or 3D printing.

3D printing works much like a desktop printer, but prints finished products. Instead of ink, a 3D printer uses a combination of basic elements that bond together as they are laid down, layer by layer. There is virtually no scrap because the molecular formations are added so precisely that the product appears in the exact shape desired.

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5 Reasons to Choose Protomatic for Your Prototype and Short-Run Production Components

Prototype and Short-Run Production Components

When you’re looking for a partner to help you develop your prototype or take your short-run production components to market, it’s important to define what you hope to get from the relationship. The machine shop that you choose needs to have a proven track record, they need to have displayed a commitment to producing high quality production components and, of course, they need to have the skills and equipment necessary to complete the job. In this post, we’d like to discuss why choosing Protomatic will help you position your device prototype for success.

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Why Bring Manufacturing Back to America?

Why Bring Manufacturing Back to America?

American manufacturers periodically need to reevaluate their offshoring practices and consider reshoring products to America. Companies are increasingly recognizing that previously ignored risks, strategic impacts and costs are becoming significant. Many are becoming exposed to a high-risk environment where market wage advantages are not sufficient protection. Manufacturers are now seeing the benefits of proximity, producing in the market, and evaluating the total cost of doing business.

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Protomatic Mourns Loss of Founder

Rita Wetzel

It is with deepest regrets that we inform you that Rita J. Wetzel passed away on September 15, 2019. She and her late husband, Bill, founded Protomatic in 1971.

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