Give us the elevator pitch about your company. What’s your primary focus? Who is your ideal customer?
Grilli: MuShield specializes in the fabrication and heat treatment of magnetic shielding components, mainly from high permeability mumetal, and for the Aerospace, Defense and Medical industries. We are able to diagnose your magnetic interference problem, come up with a solution, then build and deliver a magnetic shield to your custom specifications. Anybody who needs magnetic shielding is our ideal customer, and we welcome to opportunity
to be involved on the ground level during the design. At times, design engineers do not recognize the need for magnetic shielding in the development stages and that can bring up some issues when trying to reverse engineer the design with a magnetic shield included and limited space to work with.
What differentiates your company within the industry? What do you pride yourselves on?
Grilli: We pride ourselves in being a one stop shop from quoting to delivery of finished goods. We will work to a design that ensures the magnetic shield will work within your parameters, both physically and magnetically. Our sheet metal hydroforming capability allows us to achieve unique geometries that, in some instances, delivers the most effective magnetic shield design for specific applications.
What are the main challenges your business is faced with? How do you tackle these challenges, and what kind of advice would you give to others in a similar position?
Grilli: Every magnetic application we review is different. There is no sole solution for all magnetic interference problems, so we have to diagnose the problem and come up with a plan to meet our customers’ specific needs. Fortunately, we have 40+ years of experience solving these problems and continually invest within the company to ensure that we have the brightest minds and best equipment for the everyday challenges we face.
What’s your outlook for the industry as we look at the next 5-10 years here? Any insights you see changing the way we look at things and run our facilities?
Grilli: As electronics start to get smaller, but continue to be sensitive to EMI, the shield designs will likely get smaller and have tighter manufacturing tolerances applied to them. We have to stay ahead of the game and ensure that we can produce parts with extremely tight tolerances. Over the last 10 years, our capabilities have improved dramatically and I expect that to continue. In regard to facilities, I expect that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on our day to day operations. Online meetings should become more prevalent and remote working (if applicable) is a real possibility. I believe the pandemic has shown us a different way to operate, as opposed to the norm we were used to, and there were some positives that came from it.
Outside of providing for the good of the company and the workers that make things happen, what kind of good are you guys doing out in your community?
Grilli: Pre-pandemic, we were involved with the Manchester Memorial High School’s FIRST Robotics team, sponsoring them financially and donating machine time. With the pandemic that season was put on the shelf for the most part, but we look forward to supporting them again in 2021 when all goes back to normal (knock on wood.)