Measuring texture, form and contour simultaneously on the inside of complex surfaces was next to impossible without destructive sectioning (cutting the part in half) a sample part and inspecting with an optical comparator.
Here at Protomatic, we are always curious about what the parts we make look like at the microscopic level. Sure, it’s overkill at times and may be too much information, but by understanding the microfinish we put on a part and the impact it has on the part function.
As with any company, our success is a reflection of all the people that have worked together in creating our products. Protomatic recognizes and thanks all of our suppliers for the high standards they have set to produce world class parts at competitive prices.
The Protomatic Manufacturing System now has its first robot. The setup is based on a Haas VF-2SSYT 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center (VMC) combined with the Midaco Corp. 6-axis “Robotic Part Loading/Unloading system”. Together, they deliver an actual 11-axis control system.
Protomatic recently added the ability to micro deburr small parts. This addition, a machine, known as “The sPINner”, uses a circulating magnetic field and steel pins as media enabling us to deburr small details without altering the dimensions of a part.
Bill Wetzel, who founded Protomatic and lead it to the forefront of the prototype manufacturing industry, passed away on July 3, 2012. Bill was 78 and lived in Dexter, Michigan. His death was the result of a 7-year battle with lung disease.
That’s us… always concerned with minimizing the environmental impact of our operations. We do this for good business reasons, too. This month we present a brief outline of some our energy saving programs.