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Tour MSD, LLC

MSD encompasses over 150,000 square feet and is housed in five buildings. Over 500 people including engineers, technicians and assembly specialists work together to design, develop and manufacture the entire MSD product line including Ignition Controls, Pro-Billet Distributors, Coil, Spark Plug Wires and Ignition Accessories.

To see more of how and where MSD Products are produced, scroll down for an inside tour of the MSD plant.  

 

 

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BURN-IN

The Burn-In area is one of the most important departments at MSD. Every MSD ignition, from our HEI Module to the MSD 10, undergoes a burn-in procedure. The Ignitions are connected to power and fire a coil and spark plug for a set amount of time, hot soaked, and then run again. Over 400 components pass through the Burn-In everyday!

 

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HANDS ON TESTING

Every ignition goes through a battery of hands-on tests before and after the burn-in procedure. Here, electronic specialists inspect wire routing, connections, output characteristics and the electronic signals of the components.

 

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COMPUTER ENGINEERING

The design and layout of every MSD component is precisely drafted on the latest computer software. Programs such as PADS-Perform Printed Circuit board layout programming combined with AutoCAD Mechanical Desktop 5.0, Working Model 4D, and SurfCam 2000 keep our engineers up-to-date with designing technology.

 

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CNC MACHINE AREA

The only way you can produce superior quality products is to control all the aspects of engineering and production which is exactly why our CNC area continues to grow! We have three CNC mills (two 3-axis, one 5-axis), one lathe and a surface grinder.

 

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CNC PROGRAMMING

Our technicians use Surfcam computer software to program our state-of-the-art CNC machinery. These precision machines are used for a variety of work including prototype and production.

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INJECTION MOLDING

A variety of our rotors, coil housings, distributor caps and much more are all injection molded right here in-house! We have two Electric Discharge Machines (EDM) to produce accurate molds for our High Pressure Vertical Insert Mold machines, two Arburg presses and an 80 Ton Battenfield.

 

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MACHINE SHOP

To supplement our CNC area, we also have a complete machine shop with skilled craftsmen at the helm of a variety of machines. This area is responsible for a lot of engineering and prototype machine work.

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DISTRIBUTOR ASSEMBLY

Our Distributor Department now covers over 20,000 square feet! Every billet distributor is hand assembled and closely inspected throughout the entire process.

 

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SPINNING DISTRIBUTORS

Just like our ignition products, every distributor is put in a spin fixture to test the mechanical advance, rotor phasing and magnetic pickup operation.

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ENGINE DYNOS

Our R&D Department has four dyno cells at their disposal to run components through a gamut of tests. There are three water brake and one eddy current dyno and all of them feature computer controls and multi-channel data acquisition equipment. A variety of engines, from mechanically injected sprint engines to torque-monster big blocks, are on hand

 

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PRO MAG ASSEMBLY

Like our ignitions and distributors, every Pro Mag that leaves our building is installed on a spin fixture and scope so techs can check their output and operation.

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CHASSIS DYNO

After getting new components dialed-in on the engine dynamometers, they can also be installed on a test vehicle and run on one of our two chassis dynos. Here engineers and techs can record and observe how each component operates on a vehicle while undergoing a wide range of conditions and loads.

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SPARK PLUG WIRES

Our Spark Plug Wire Department recently expanded into a new 8,000 square foot area and acquired an automated assembly machine. This machine cuts, strips and crimps wires!

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MORE WIRES

Building spark plug wires is a full time task at MSD. Our custom wire sets range from Honda 4-cylinders to V-10 Viper engines and grows constantly!

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PACKAGING

After going through assembly and lengthy test procedures the components finally reach our packaging area. Final decals are applied and a complete set of instructions and installation parts are included before being boxed into our award winning packaging.

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SHIPPING

The MSD Shipping area covers over 40,000 square feet! Imagine being surrounded with racks of the best performing ignition components available - a racer's dream! A full staff keeps tabs on all of the products with computer scanning technology as product ships every day.

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CUSTOMER SUPPORT

When products are shipped from MSD it doesn't mean the end of our role, actually it's just beginning. We stand behind all of our products and have a full staff of trained technicians ready to help our customers with recommendations, helpful wiring tips, diagnosing and troubleshooting.

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AT THE TRACK

MSD sends our technicians to a variety of races and events across the country throughout the year! If you have any questions, or problems they're ready to help.