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Duggan Manufacturing
Midwest

www.dugganmfg.com / HQ: Shelby Twp., Mich. / Employees: 120 / Specialty: Sheet metal prototyping / Tony Pinho, president: "Our tagline is, 'It seems small for all we do.'"

Under One Roof

duggan manufacturing provides a wide variety
of parts-forming technologies. by russ gager
Duggan Manufacturing believes
in utilizing every inch of available
space in its facilities. "Everybody that
comes in here can't believe all the
processes we do in a relatively small
space," President Tony Pinho marvels. "Our tagline is, 'It seems small
for all we do.'"
Duggan Manufacturing produces
parts, components and prototypes of
sheet metal stampings for the aerospace, automotive, defense, agricultural, entertainment and alternative
energy industries. "If we had any failing in the past, it's not sufficiently promoting everything we do."
That includes CNC milling for
tooling and fixtures, parts stamping for big components, robotic and
manual welding and laser-cutting.
"Since 2009, laser-cutting has been
a huge part of what we do," Pinho
says. Duggan Manufacturing can
cut reflective materials such as aluminum and stainless steel without
burrs with its fiber-optic lasers.
Parts made from such reflective materials have become important for
their weight-saving properties."
Duggan Manufacturing also has a
press brake and offers boron-based
hot stamping. All of this is done in a
72,000-square-foot plant attached to
a 28,000-square-foot facility. "We do a
lot under one roof, from laser-cutting
to inspecting parts in our lab," Pinho
points out. "We also do cut-and-etch
and have a metrology lab for testing all
our welds, making sure they have the
right strength and penetration."
The company has more than 60 hy-

duggan manufacturing
specializes in parts,
components and prototypes
of sheet metal stampings.

draulic presses as well as mechanical
presses. Duggan also uses five-axis
lasers. "The thing that is nice about
fiber-optic laser cutting and welding
is that you have more uptime with the
machines," Pinho points out. "They
don't need as much maintenance as
traditional CO2 laser-cutting machines and are a lot more versatile and
powerful, especially in the welding
aspect. You can split up the beam and
run it to different cells with different
table sizes or rotary tables. That's
where the industry is going."

New Machines
Duggan Manufacturing recently purchased a wire EDM machine and a

12-foot-long, 350-ton press brake that
bends angles of differing degrees into
metal pieces. "Those are complementary machines," Pinho points out.
"The EDM can cut parts, but it also
improves tooling lead time."
Another unique process that Duggan Manufacturing has been offering
for the past seven years is hot stamping of parts with a high boron content.
"You stamp the part, and we have an
oven that will heat it up to 2,000 degrees, and it heat treats itself," Pinho explains. "When you pull out the
part, as it cools, it takes on very high
strength properties. That is pretty
big in structural parts in cars, because
it saves a lot of weight. It's not a
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