Simplex Manufacturing: It’s good to be all wet

Posted in 1 on October 13, 2009 by Peter

Mobile Precision Tool Service recently finished calibration and certification for a company whose highly specialized products are seen the world over:  Helicopter-mounted firefighting equipment.  When you see hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water dropped all at once on a hot spot, there’s a good chance the tank doing that work was made in East Portland.

Because of the dangerous work they do, and the severe conditions their products encounter in the field, Simplex has exceptionally high quality requirements.  To help them meet their AS9100 standards, MPTS provides them with an additional layer of traceability and quality control:  Individual tool certification sheets.  Ask us about them when you contact us, if your company must meet aviation or MIL-Spec standards.

Like their product, Simplex is a unique company.  Find out more about them at


A Flurry of Activity

Posted in 1 on September 17, 2009 by Peter

It’s been quite a while since we had any updates to blog about here.   But, in the last three weeks, MPTS has been at several different companies.  First up is a new customer, Bridge City Steel.  They are a general metal-working shop whose website, though sparse, will direct you to the all-important sales department:  MPTS thanks BCS for their business, and we’ll be back there in six months.

Next is Quality Bending and Fabrication, now into their second year of calibration with MPTS.  QB&F is bucking the current economic trend by expanding their fabrication into a popular Oregon industry:  Wind turbines.  They’re concentrating on units as little as ten or twelve feet in diameter for local, on-the-grid commercial and industrial businesses.  They even have a design fitted for cell phone towers.  Everything except the blades are built right in their Tualatin facility.  We’re excited to see Quality Bending grow, and proud to help them maintain their quality and standards.

Then there’s Eastman Plastics, an injection molding company in southeast Beaverton (one of Portland’s suburbs).  They’re also new to MPTS, and you can find them at  Our thanks to Glen and everyone at Eastman, and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Finally, one of our largest customers:  Allied Systems Company.   They were the first company profiled here, and we do their tools each March and September.  That means you’ll see them spotlighted here regularly.  For now, we’ll just provide their web site,, and our thanks for being a loyal customer over the years.

Helping the Benchmade Knife Company stay sharp

Posted in Company Highlights on June 25, 2009 by Peter

Benchmade Knife Company is one of Mobile Precision’s biggest customers.  They’re also a little different in that their products are directly sold to the general public.  Many of our customers build something that’s part of something else you buy:  A cooling unit for a computer motherboard, for instance.  However, with Benchmade, what they make is what you get.

You can find Benchmade at, although you’ll have to create an account to view the site.  Or, you can go to one of the cutlery specialists located in Portland-area malls and see the knives close up.  They are considered some of the best knives anywhere.  Mobile Precision Tool Service is happy to keep their tools accurate so their knives stay sharp.

P.S.  Benchmade knives are also popular with law enforcement and military personnel.

Dexter Design: A Personal Favorite

Posted in Company Highlights, Tool Tips on May 19, 2009 by Peter

Dexter Design and Development, Incorporated is a precision machine shop in Hillsboro, Oregon.  They’re just the kind of customer we love at MPTS, for several reasons.  First, they have excellent tool control (meaning they know where all their tools are, and have them ready for us); second, they keep their tools in good shape, which means we rarely have to adjust their tools or repair them.  Third, they pay their bills, which is a great comfort.  Fourth, they make really cool stuff.  It’s always fun to see what they’re up to when we pay them our semi-annual visit.

A company that takes care of the nuts and bolts of business, whether the quality of its products or the integrity of its relationships, is worth holding on to.  Dexter Design does things right, and we’re proud to be affiliated with them.  Give them a click, right here:

SJ Precision Machining

Posted in Company Highlights on April 24, 2009 by Peter

This week saw MPTS at a specialty job shop in Beaverton, taking care of Stephen Siegel’s tools.  Steve and Jerry go back some thirty years.  Jerry did the tools for the shops Steve worked in prior to creating SJ Precision.  Or if he wasn’t doing a shop’s tools, Steve had them call MPTS and get them done.  We’re grateful to him for his loyalty and business over the years.

SJ Precision is different from a lot of shops.  Instead of laying people off when things get slow, Steve hires them when things speed up, on a job-by-job basis.  It’s a creative business model that minimizes overhead while maximizing the variety of jobs SJ Precision can accept.  Check them out at:

Thank you, Forest Medical Supply

Posted in Company Highlights on April 17, 2009 by Peter

MPTS just finished the tools for Forest Medical’s dental division.  They make the really nice chairs that are the best part of visiting a dentist’s office (what other type of doctor gives you a motorized recliner?)  They also make all the lights and attachments that go along with the chair — even an attachment for a computer monitor.

Vice President Jeff Bunker was kind enough to let us tour their factory floor, and provided the pictures for a few different models.  La-Z-Boy could learn a few things from Forest Dental Supply.  Here’s their web site:

Thank you, Equipment Repair Services

Posted in Company Highlights on April 3, 2009 by Peter

This week saw us in Northeast Portland at a job shop that focuses on, as its name succinctly puts it, equipment repair. They can handle large hydraulic units, as well as general CNC work and manual milling and turning.  MPTS is now in its fourth year of calibration and repair for ERS.

More can be learned by giving them a call at: (503) 283-7725.ers-74