MSI Mold Builders Becomes ISO Certified;Adds Equipment

MSI Mold Builders, a leading manufacturer of injection and blow molds for thermoplastic parts for a variety of industries, has achieved its ISO 9001:2008 Certification.  The company has long been known for its advances in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and 5S processes at its facilities.Toby Bral, MSI’s Quality Manager, says, “We’re a very process-driven organization and achieving our ISO certification helped us better document our processes.  While we’ve always had a formal process with respect to our design and manufacturing, the ISO Certification helps us maintain and improve our systems with formal internal audits and corrective actions.  Plus, we’ve honed our processes by adding complete traceability to make it easier to back-track the steps and get to the root cause of a problem.”  Bral also notes that many of its customers, particularly those in the Heavy Truck industry, require their suppliers to be ISO certified.In addition to its ISO Certification, MSI Mold Builders will be expanding its capabilities by adding new equipment in the next several months.  “We’ve budgeted for new equipment, and have purchased one smaller 3-axis CNC machining center,” Roger Klouda, MSI’s President said.  MSI has also identified an additional 5-axis machining center for the Iowa plant with approximately 40” x 40” travel to more efficiently manufacture smaller molds and components.  This will be MSI’s fourth 5-axis machine, with the largest two 5-axis machines having 65” x 110” travel capacity.Klouda notes that business is improving steadily over 2009, and he expects sales to be up 20% over 2009 by year end 2010.  “Currently we’re putting a lot of our growth in the South Carolina facility, including the recent addition of a 500-ton sampling press, because that plant has more capacity, and there are many good growth opportunities in the Southeast,” he adds.

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MSI Mold Builders, a leading manufacturer of injection and blow molds for thermoplastic parts for a variety of industries, has achieved its ISO 9001:2008 Certification.  The company has long been known for its advances in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and 5S processes at its facilities.

Toby Bral, MSI’s Quality Manager, says, “We’re a very process-driven organization and achieving our ISO certification helped us better document our processes.  While we’ve always had a formal process with respect to our design and manufacturing, the ISO Certification helps us maintain and improve our systems with formal internal audits and corrective actions.  Plus, we’ve honed our processes by adding complete traceability to make it easier to back-track the steps and get to the root cause of a problem.”  Bral also notes that many of its customers, particularly those in the Heavy Truck industry, require their suppliers to be ISO certified.

In addition to its ISO Certification, MSI Mold Builders will be expanding its capabilities by adding new equipment in the next several months.  “We’ve budgeted for new equipment, and have purchased one smaller 3-axis CNC machining center,” Roger Klouda, MSI’s President said.  MSI has also identified an additional 5-axis machining center for the Iowa plant with approximately 40” x 40” travel to more efficiently manufacture smaller molds and components.  This will be MSI’s fourth 5-axis machine, with the largest two 5-axis machines having 65” x 110” travel capacity.

Klouda notes that business is improving steadily over 2009, and he expects sales to be up 20% over 2009 by year end 2010.  “Currently we’re putting a lot of our growth in the South Carolina facility, including the recent addition of a 500-ton sampling press, because that plant has more capacity, and there are many good growth opportunities in the Southeast,” he adds.

MSI Mold Builders operates two facilities with a total of 60,000 square feet.  The company serves the Heavy Truck, ATV, lawn and garden, construction and agriculture equipment, medical, appliance and material handling markets.  MSI Mold Builders has been in operation since 1971 and currently employs 75.
 

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