IQ Manufacturing

IQ Manufacturing’s Third MC Machinery Diamond Cut High-Speed Mill helped broaden its Mold Production Capability and Capacity with “Superior Results”!

In July, 2015, long time friends Kelly Vaught and Chris Braniecki started IQ Manufacturing. According to Chris, here’s how it happened: “Kelly’s mom and my mother-in-law went back 50 years so Kelly and I had been friends for about 12 years. The reason we started IQ was because we received a patent on a piece of sports equipment. We solicited quotes for the molds to make our device and the cost was very close to an investment in mold making equipment. I told Kelly, ‘Hell, for that much money, we could start our own shop!’ And the rest is history.”

Chris and Kelly are co-owners with complementary skills. Chris is a 20-year veteran of CNC manufacturing, specifically in the mold making industry while Kelly is an accomplished entrepreneur who has started, managed and grown businesses, one of which he sold successfully and profitably. Both gentlemen are Michigan natives with deep roots in our state. Chris runs the machinery and the shop and Kelly manages the business side of the operation.

IQ just purchased their third CNC Vertical Machining Center from Performance Machinery — a DV-1200 equipped with a powerful Mitsubishi control, 1000 PSI high pressure coolant, 15,000 RPM Spindle, a laser tool setter and a spindle probe for part pickup. This purchase was made at IMTS 2016 and along with the new machine configured above, they were able to add high pressure coolant systems and spindle probes to their two other existing machines, the DV-800 and DV-1000.

With three machines of varying size equipped with the ancillary technology, they have quickly increased both their capacity and their capability and are averaging a new machine every 6 months in their first 18 months of being in business. They are already expanding their shop floor space for more machinery, adding employees to increase output and thinking ahead to their next building as they begin to outgrow the existing facility.

Specializing in die/mold applications, but able and willing to machine virtually anything that fits on their machine, including production jobs, Chris and Kelly are poised for strong growth and are committed to doing so in a systematic fashion with the help and support of Performance Machinery.