In 2000, the Product Tech Division in Maple Lake, Minnesota, joined the Pace portfolio to expand product offerings – specifically with magnesium components. Even today, the fastest growing market for magnesium is in die casting because it makes products lighter, stronger, electronically sound and reduces vibration.
As the automotive world continues to search for light weighting options for fuel efficiencies, paired with the increasing amount of reshoring activities from China, the Product Tech business is seeing increased opportunities. Additionally, magnesium is highly sought after for medical devices, recreational vehicles, engineering, technology, and power and hand tools. Through Product Tech, we're able to serve all these industries and more.
The Full Solution
We offer our customers an integrated magnesium resource for product development from concept to solution. Our capabilities include:
- Magnesium Die Casting
- Vertical and Horizontal Machining Centers
- Pad Printing Equipment
- Robotic Sanding Equipment
- Custom-built Machining/Assembly Centers
- Custom-built Assembly Machines
- Multi-head Tapping Machines
- CMM Machines
- Full Tool Room Support
- High-speed Hard Milling Vertical Machining Centers
- Sinker EDM
- Precision Surface Grinders
Product Tech is ITAR registered and fully integrates engineering, prototype manufacturing, tooling construction and volume production activities for a seamless product development experience. And as an ISO-certified division, it incorporates advanced lean manufacturing principles to create additional value for customers.
Another important note is that Pace adheres to intensive early supplier involvement and offers dedicated resources that can embed at customer sites to ensure manufacturing design optimization. This division also offers in-house tooling production and repair, and rapid prototyping to reduce time to market and ensure a more consistent supply chain.
Always Looking Ahead
Product Tech is proud to face tomorrow’s challenges today and transform concepts into functional, cost-effective die casting solutions through the utilization of tools such as:
- Flow Analysis
- Thermal Analysis
- Thermal Stress Analysis
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Finite Element Analysis
- Patented Process Control for Cosmetic Castings
This division is also in the process of a 60 000 sqft addition to the existing building, which means the available manufacturing space will nearly double in size to a total of 110 000 sqft. This expansion will allow Product Tech to expand in the areas of large tonnage machines and newer technologies that can deliver lightweight products with high structural integrity.
At Pace, we strive to provide unique, creative die casting and support solutions that contribute to the success of our customers. Product Tech is a key component to achieving this mission, and we're excited to see them continue to grow and innovate.