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Mach Mold Introduces Laser Welding Department

MMI Laser Welding Capabilities

Our new Laser Welder is extremely powerful, reliable and adaptable.

 

The HTS Mobile combines flexibility and stability in servicing and repairing small precision components as well as large diecasting molds. The mobile laser system can easily be moved and fixed in a stable position by means of the brakes. The movement of the axes permits a very long traverse range, which is accomplished via the digital joystick. The welding position can be determined at a precision of 0.1 mm. 

 

Highlights

· Motor traverse in x/y/z and r-axis

· Teach-in function

· Autoweld (CNC control)

· Direct laser beam source

· Low oscillation due to high quality rail system

Attacking the Skills Gap

By ALICE CULP South Bend Tribune

August 12, 2012

Indiana's rate of job growth is above the national average, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

And manufacturing is at the forefront of this growth, with nearly half the private sector jobs Indiana has added since July 2009 coming from manufacturing. Jobs are increasing in health care, too, as the population ages and more retirement communities and community health agencies crop up.

But while there are positions open, some companies are struggling to fill them and the problem lies not in the lack of bodies, but in the lack of skilled workers.

According to Indiana Career Connect and the Michigan Works Job Matching System, some of the top job openings in Michiana are for machine operators, production workers, welders, trucker drivers and health care workers.

But while there are plenty of jobs in manufacturing and health care, those two fields also accounted for nearly 48 percent of the unemployment claims in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Fulton and Kosciusko counties in the most recent reporting period.

So, why is it difficult to fill jobs and why aren't workers returning to work?

 

Manufacturing skills

Manufacturers need workers with basic math skills, who can problem-solve and run measurements.

But the technical skills gap is especially noticeable in the field of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine operators. These workers formerly only ran the machines, which drill, cut and shape highly precise items, but now they are expected to program those machines.

Hiring in manufacturing is much more difficult now than it was in the past, said Bill Mach, president of Mach Mold, a Benton Harbor company that builds molds and tooling for the plastics industry.

"Many people left this line of work during the economic downturn, because some of the jobs went away for a while," he said, explaining that people believed manufacturing was dead in the United States.

"But it's not dead; it's just evolving," he said. "The economic situation has improved and now our challenge is to find and/or train people. There are more of us competing for this limited pool of talent."

The pool of talent is limited for several reasons -- lack of interest among job seekers and lack of qualified workers, he said.

"There has never been a huge excess of people in this line of work, but the shift was faster in the economy than it was in the training," he said. "Employers were looking at ways to cut costs and one of the ways was we did less training and we're paying for it now."

 

Manufacturing also has an image problem.

"People no longer envision their kids growing up and working in manufacturing," Rea said. "I think some of them have the image of the Dodge Foundry, where you come home covered head-to-toe in stuff, but it's not like that anymore."

Today, high school students are encouraged to go to college, not to take blue-collar jobs, Rea said. But they can make a good living in manufacturing. In fact, last year, one local employer who needed several maintenance technicians offered a salary of $125,000.

"It's a skill that not many people can do," Rea said.

There tend to be fewer of the high-paying jobs and more of the low-paying jobs, though, said Rea, adding that some unemployed workers might be waiting for wages to break a certain level -- say $12 -- before it's worthwhile to return to work.

Still, some laborers, such as CNC operators, can make between $18 and $20 per hour locally.

 

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Mach Mold wins supplier award

The Herald-Palladium

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 1:05 PM EDT

BENTON TOWNSHIP - Mach Mold Inc. has received the North American Free Trade Agreement 2011 Supplier Excellence Award from Mann+Hummel.

Mann+Hummel, one of Mach Mold's largest customers, is an international corporation that produces and markets filters and air intake systems and other components for the automotive industry, employing 14,000 people worldwide. Mach Mold has been building molds and developing prototype tooling for Mann+Hummel for 20 years.

Mach Mold received the award because of the company's commitment and dedication to problem solving, customer service and helping Mann+Hummel engineer, design and produce more innovative products, according to a news release.

Mach Mold was selected from a group of North American mold suppliers for the award. The award was for the North America division, but Mach Mold also does business with Mann+Hummel in Spain, Italy and Germany.

Mach Mold, owned by Bill and Vicki Mach, makes products like injection molds and fixtures primarily for the automotive industry.

The company is at 360 Urbandale Ave. in Benton Township.

In February, Mach was named the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year in the manufacturing category at the annual meeting of Cornerstone Alliance and its affiliates.

 

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Mach Mold problem solving skills keeps company healthy

Innovation & Job News - Second Wave

Writer: Kelle Barr, Published: Thursday, March 01, 2012

 

Three decades ago, William and Vicki Mach opened a tiny Riverside shop called Mach Mold, Inc.

There, they manufactured custom plastic molds -- including thermoplastic injection molds, injection thermoset and compression molds, as well as extrusion blow molds, primarily for the automotive industry.

It took just two years to outgrow the facility that bore the Mach name and move to a larger building in Benton Harbor – and as Mach Mold’s customer base continued to swell, so did its workforce. 

Operations thrived for the following 14 years, with Mach Mold becoming so successful that by 1997 it had moved its 28,000-square-foot facility. The plant now is located in the Urbandale Air Park on the periphery of Southwest Michigan Regional Airport.

Thirty years of dedication has paid off. On Feb. 15, Cornerstone Alliance named Mach Mold its 2011 Entrepreneur of the year in the manufacturing division. 

"Mach Mold is not the largest mold builder in the industry, nor do they have the fanciest equipment, but they do work hard to stay current with the continuously changing face of technology," says Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Pat Moody.

"A large measure of their success can be attributed to the essential skill of problem solving," Moody says, of a business that has weathered both good times and bad economic times. The company’s employee roster dipped to 26 during the height of the recession in 2009, but the comeback was swift. Today, 36 people work for Mach Mold.

Mach Molds’ commitment to listening to customers and filling their specific requirements is one key to its longevity. Using cutting-edge technologies to satisfy those needs is another.

Moody heaps praise on the company’s personnel as well: "Everyone, from the sales team to engineering, from purchasing to management and on into the manufacturing group shares in the success of Mach Mold." 

 

Writer: Kelle Barr, Second Wave

Source: Pat Moody, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce

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