MMT Blog

Investment in Advanced EDM Equipment Sets Shop Apart With Unique Wire EDM Capabilities

 

Brothers Karl Bernt, president, and Brian Bernt, vice president, of Extreme Wire EDM Services Inc. (Grandville, Michigan) maintain a focus on the latest EDM technologies that will differentiate them from the competition. Not only does the company own the largest wire EDMs in the United States, it has two of them and the extra-large AgieCharmilles CUT P 1250 wire EDMs from GF Machining Solutions are in constant use. Since taking delivery of the first of these machines in July 2016 (before it was unveiled publicly by GF Machining a year later — see MoldMaking Technology’s September 2017 issue), they have set the company on a path to continued success. But this strategic investment was not the first the company has made that would help to attract new and different customers.

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Various shops have reached out to me online, on the phone and via social media asking how they can be connected with manufacturers looking for North American mold builders to keep manufacturing moving, and OEMs have also reached out looking for mold builders and molders to take on some projects.

This got us thinking. We have the audience (community) comprising all links in the supply chain, so we just need to find a way to bring them all together (connection) if and when projects, capabilities and timelines align. We want to help!

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Bill Berry, President and Owner of Die-Tech & Engineering (DTE) in Wyoming, Michigan, took on a complex die project from in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a component that is critical to current ventilator production.

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Coronavirus and the Supply Chain Challenge

There’s no doubt about it: the coronavirus creates a difficult challenge in supply chain management, and not just for the moldmaking industry. So how do you handle if links in your supply chain have been weakened due to COVID-19?

You’ve hopefully already seen that MoldMaking Technology wants to help address mold builders’ immediate sourcing needs through our new Sourcing Assistance Program. But did you know we also have content that addresses implementing supply chain strategies in tough times?

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