NEW FROM THE PRODUCTION FLOOR!

FORPAK® SHIPS LARGEST PROJECT OF 2018

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In June FORPAK shipped its largest project of the year to date – a dual system with two forms of laning equipment, vision and quality control and of course stacking equipment to a North American customer looking to dramatically improve throughput volume in frozen hash brown production.   The FORPAK full system can stack at 800 patties per minute.  In this high-volume application for rectangular product, the customer will achieve dramatic labor reductions while improving product flow and quality.

“This has been a tremendously successful team effort with the customer to develop a great solution to fit their specific needs,” said Forpak GM Patrick Goche.

For more information about the full range of FORPAK products, click here!

MULTISOURCE BOULDER OPERATION WELCOMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER!

Kevin Menard joins the MultiSource operations management team.

Kevin Menard joined MultiSource Manufacturing this week as the General Manager for our Boulder location. Kevin will report to Ken Kucik, VP of Operations.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of New Haven. He has worked in various manufacturing companies in Connecticut, Great Britain, and Colorado in a variety of roles including Process Engineering, Project Management, Quality Assurance, and Production Management. Most recently he served as both a Senior Manufacturing Engineer and as the Manufacturing Operations Manager at Surefire Medical Inc., a medical device manufacturer in the Boulder area.

When he’s not working, you can find Kevin spending time with his family or playing or coaching hockey.

Learn more about our Boulder location and capabilities today!

 

Automated Packaging Solutions on the Rise with the Help of Contract Manufacturing

We live in a rapidly changing world. Advances in technology change industries daily, and companies have to keep up to survive. At MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC we understand the importance of change and strive to improve our manufacturing systems every day and work to acquire up-and-coming companies that can offer a greater range of high-quality services to our customers. With our locations across Minnesota and Colorado, the MultiSource network is able to offer reliable, customizable contract manufacturing across the country.

 

In 2006, the MultiSource network acquired Forpak and have since innovated changes in food packaging, stacking, and handling, offering solutions from the ground up. This has made us an industry leader in designing and building automated packaging systems.

 

Designed and built in-house, Forpak’s custom automatic stacking equipment meets industry standards for hygiene and sanitization and limits human contact, and therefore, error. With the additional integration of Allen-Bradley controls and Cognex vision systems, our custom equipment features precision-based processing and data recording capabilities.

 

PR Newswire predicts a rise of food sorting machines value on the market, and growth forecasts like these show Forpak and the MultiSource network the importance of continuing to improve and develop stronger designs and smarter automated equipment for food packing.

 

With the quickly changing food packaging industry, Forpak solutions are meeting customer needs at a critical time when accuracy and production schedules can’t be compromised. Rockwell Automation outlines the benefits our automated packaging equipment offers in “Solutions in Action: Forpak.”

 

Forpak’s GSS, GSSB, and GSII stackers provide the efficiency, speed, precision, and automation the industry needs to streamline food sorting and packing. Our machines sort, stack, and pack at rates of 80-100 pieces per minute per lane, and with customizable lanes, conveyer belts, CE compliancy, autotransfers, and vision systems, our customers can find exactly what they need with Forpak.

 

Because of Forpak and the MultiSource network capabilities in design and fabrication, we can also provide innovative solutions for custom equipment tailored to our customers’ exact specifications and goals in food sorting and packing. From baked goods to meats, our automated sorting, stacking, and packing equipment provides solutions for the food industry.

 

To learn more about our stackers and other equipment, submit a request information or request a quote from Forpak. You can also learn about the MultiSource network and our complete services for contract manufacturing across the country. To get started,  request a quote from MultiSource or request more information about additional services in the MultiSource network.

 

 

 

NEW FROM THE PRODUCTION FLOOR! FORPAK® SHIPS 8-LANE STACKER FOR BAKED GOODS APPLICATION

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In mid-April, FORPAK shipped an 8-lane version of its GSS Servo Stacker to a North American customer looking to dramatically improve throughput volume in backed cracker production.   The FORPAK system can stack at 80 pieces per minute, per lane.  In this high-volume application, the customer will achieve dramatic labor reductions while improving product flow and quality.

For more information about the full range of FORPAK products please click here!

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Machined Prototypes Reduce Time to Market and Production Risk for New Product Development

As a full-service partner to leaders in the aerospace, medical device, and other high-precision industries, MultiSource offers a seamless transfer from prototype to the production floor. With dedicated 3D printing, multi-axis CNC milling and live turning capacity, MultiSource will generate production-ready components from your CAD files or prints in a matter of days or for more complex parts a few weeks.

All prototype parts are engineered and manufactured to be ready to move to production with complete machining programs and qualification processes. MultiSource can provide prototypes in the full range of materials and with all surface treatments required for your production.

The scope of our experience and the resources of our network of six locations give us the ability to support prototype CNC milling, but also special requirements for wire EDM and surface grinding. Prototype customers can leverage our resources to demonstrate desired production surface finishing at the prototype stage.

Prototype processing will yield production intent quality and support the rapid validation and qualification of new products. When speed to the market matters, we help you reduce the risk at production launch.
MultiSource can provide prototype components in multiple materials:

⦁ Aluminum, steel, stainless steel, titanium
Plastics including Delrin, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PVC, Acetal, PEEK, Polycarbonate & Ultem

Response time is critical, and our focus is on supporting the most common part profiles. “Best fit” projects will be in the range of 20”W by 40”L.
MultiSource can achieve your demanding production tolerances for prototype components, achieving key dimension tolerances of +/- .002” or greater and hole diameter of r +/- .0002” or greater.

MultiSource partners with our customers beyond prototype development, to support production launch and life of project production requirements. We have the scale to succeed in the most demanding production environments while maintaining the customer focus to provide individual support. Submit a prototype inquiry and ask us to show you how machined prototypes will reduce your development time and costs today.

 

MultiSource Aerospace Offers Precision and Quality as a Contract Manufacturer in Ramsey, MN

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For more than 40 years, MultiSource has machined and manufactured flight-critical components and assemblies for the aerospace and defense industries. The MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC network acquired Tru Machine in 2001 and MultiSource Aerospace in 2008. Together, these branches make up our MultiSource-Ramsey facility, a premium manufacturer of made-to-order precision machined components including cockpit instrumentation, airframe components and cargo handling systems. As a contract manufacturer, MultiSource strives to provide precision in production, excellence in customer care, and highest-quality service and support.

Because the components and assembled parts our MultiSource-Ramsey team fabricates are utilized in highly advanced fields where life-or-death situations are not out of the question, we hold ourselves to the highest industry standards. MultiSource-Ramsey is independently certified to quality assessment standards including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, and AS910:2016.

MultiSource is a partner from prototype to production for our global customers.  Our engineers work one-on-one with clients to build a prototype that meets the customer’s specifications. All of our staff members are in continued, direct contact with our engineers to provide better design, better production, and better assembly. With multi-axis CNC milling, CNC turning with live tooling, and Swiss machining equipment, our facilities are outfitted to work with a wide range of materials including military-grade stainless steel, titanium, high nickel alloys and plastics.

As a part of the MultiSource network, our Ramsey location specializes in contract manufacturing for the aerospace and defense industries as well as the medical device industry.  Our customers have access to the full scope of capabilities in our six locations, and over 200 machining cells to support rapid program launch and growth.

With state-of-the-art CNC machines and advanced manufacturing equipment, a trusted and capable team, and a tried-and-true quality control system, MultiSource-Ramsey is proud to partner with leading OEMs in the aerospace and defense industries, including UTC Aerospace, Raytheon, and General Dynamics.

For reliability, experience, and unsurpassed quality, you can count on the MultiSource network. To learn more about our facilities and the services we provide as a contract manufacturer, please request more information, or request a quote.

Featuring Forpak’s Innovative Food Packaging Equipment at the 2018 Anuga FoodTec in Cologne

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The team at MultiSource is excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at the 2018 Anuga FoodTec exposition in Cologne, Germany on March 20-23! The Anuga FoodTec expo is one of the largest global trade fairs and the leading exhibition event for the food and drink industry. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC is sending Forpak, our innovative branch specializing in manufacturing food packaging equipment, to exhibit our newest engineering and design advancements.

Forpak equipment is exceptional for reducing labor, automating the stacking process, and reducing repetitive motion and human contact. This means lower costs, less contamination, and more presentable product for downstream packaging equipment.

Forpak will exhibit our latest innovations in food stacking and automated food packaging at this year’s Anuga FoodTec expo alongside hundreds of other leading companies serving the food and drink industry around the world.

Forpak Exhibition

The MultiSource network and Forpak have worked to continue developing and improving the efficiency and accuracy of our food packing systems. Our line of Stacker GSS models are designed and built in-house for a wide range of food packaging including meat, baked goods, and pizza products.

The newest Forpak design, the GSS5-4 Stacker model, will be our featured item at the 2018 Anuga FoodTec expo. Visitors and potential partners can find a comprehensive display of the GSS5-4 at the Forpak booth and learn about its automated food stacking capabilities. You’ll be able to experience the advanced GSS5-4 system properties, including an Allen-Bradley touch screen control system, Intralox modular belting, NEMA 4x Watershed Enclosures, and CE compliancy.

Forpak will be exhibiting in Hall 08.1 at Stand: C051. You can check out the exhibition hall plans to locate us on the Anuga FoodTec expo map.

The 2018 Anuga FoodTec is hosted at the Cologne Trade Fair exhibition center (Koelnmesse GmbH), one of the largest trade fair halls in the world. You can purchase tickets to attend one of the most important food and drink industry trade fair exhibitions of the year, and make your own plans to see some of the greatest advancements in food solutions from across the globe.

You can also learn more about visiting Europe’s vibrant business region of Cologne and plan your trip to the Anuga FoodTec exposition today. To find out more about the MultiSource network and Forpak’s work in developing and manufacturing high-quality food packaging equipment, please request more information, or request a quote.

Specializing in Quality and Precision for Custom Manufacturing in Boulder, CO

As a comprehensive contract manufacturing provider, the MultiSource Manufacturing LLC network strives to maintain state-of-the-art equipment, expert team members, and quality assurance management at each of our six locations in the Upper Midwest. While each of our locations offer specialized services ranging from precision machining to plastic fabrication, our facilities operate as a network to give MultiSource customers across many industrial markets optimal production support. Our Boulder, CO, facility started out as CMG Machining in 1994. It has since become a part of the MultiSource network, growing into a high-quality, fully-equipped provider of solutions from concept prototyping through short-run validation and mass production management.

All our locations are certified to the latest ISO standards, and our Boulder location boasts a quality system meeting ISO 9001:2015, and ISO 13485:2016 certification standards. We’re fully capable of services such as:

Prototyping: Our design teams work one-on-one with customers to outline exactly what they’re looking for in a final product. Our computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing capabilities give our skilled engineering and design teams the tools they need to manufacture your custom parts. The core strength of the division is product management. Given the multiple years of experience in the medical industry, the team in Boulder not only brings ideas to market but works with engineers to improve designs for mass-production viability.

Precision Machining: Using the high-quality prototype as a foundation, our production teams can build a precision-based product. For small to medium components and complex parts we access the full range of MultiSource network precision machining operations with CNC 3-axis and 5-axis indexed milling, specialty mills, lathes, and Swiss turning machines.

Assembly: Not only do our production capabilities cover the manufacturing of complex parts and components, we also provide comprehensive mechanical and electromechanical assembly support to our OEM customers. MultiSource-Boulder also manages secondary value-added services to complete the production of high-quality parts. These services cover finishing operations from anodizing to painting and precision welding to laser marking.

Validation & Production: The manufacturing and quality teams at the Boulder division have extensive experience with validation of processes, being a partner with our medical device customers for critical execution of protocols required by the FDA for consistent and repeatable results. Contract manufacturing through MultiSource brings conceptual designs to finished, assembled product supported by our robust supply chain and internal network. The team in Boulder can support and manage customer Kanban delivery programs to meet your just in time requirements.

In short, MultiSource-Boulder offers all the services, skills, and facilities needed for high-quality custom manufacturing in Boulder, CO. Ready to get started? Submit a request for information or request a quote with MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today.

MD&M West 2018 and MultiSource’s Support to the Medical Device Industry

The 2018 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Exposition is fast approaching its annual show in Anaheim, CA. From February 6th to 8th, thousands of medical technology suppliers from across the globe will come together in the largest medical device industry exposition in the country. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC is proud to be sending some of our professionals to attend and join our industry-leading customers and partners. Our expertise in manufacturing components for the medical device industry includes almost 30 years of experience in providing full-service contract manufacturing support, from prototyping, fabrication, and assembly to inspection. Attending exhibitions such as the MD&M helps us connect with our customers and partners and stay at the forefront of technology.

MultiSource’s work in the medical device industry has continually provided quality parts and components with precision manufacturing, reaction to urgency, and full confidentiality.

The MD&M West expo connects companies across the world specializing in medical technology design, product manufacturing, market distribution, engineers, and medtech suppliers. Each year this exposition creates new partnerships, shows new technology, and serves to advance the state of today’s medical technology.

The MultiSource network consists of a variety of state-of-the-art facilities that contribute to the development of medical device technology and provide the following services:

  • Precision Machining: both horizontal and vertical, live turning, Swiss machining, and 4&5 axis
  • Assembly: both mechanical and electromechanical assembly
  • Design: CAD/CAM design, 3D printing and comprehensive prototype CNC milling, and predictive engineering
  • Plastic Fabrication: bending, forming, welding, and testing
  • Finishing: bead blasting, anodizing, heat treatment, honing, assembly, grinding, plating, and more

Not only does our work in the medical device industry offer quality, dependability, and high skill in the production of parts down to tolerances of +/-.0001” (+/-.0025mm), the MultiSource network also supports the necessary regulatory demands of medical components. We adhere strongly to the values of ethics, confidentiality, quality control, and urgency so critical to the success of our global customers.

We attend the MD&M West expo with the goal to continue learning from others in the medical device industry and keep improving our own comprehensive work in the field.

Check out an event schedule for the Feb. 6-8 expo, and find out more about the exposition here.

As an ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 13485:2016 certified medical device manufacturer with 30 years of experience in the field, you can put your trust in MultiSource Manufacturing LLC as a quality provider for medical device components. Submit a request for more information online, or request a quote online today.

 

Producing Components for Internal Medicine Through Precision Machining

The medical devices that keep patients healthy and safe across the globe are made possible with the precision parts and components manufactured in advanced facilities. Because these parts play such a vital role in supporting effective medical care, they must meet strict regulations for material quality, production precision, and design integrity. At MultiSource, our network spanning from Minnesota to Colorado produces high-quality medical device components with expert precision machining.

For over 30 years MultiSource has manufactured medical device components which meet stringent industry standards for hospital-grade safety while maintaining long-term part quality. Our full-scale production capabilities allow us to manage the production of medical device components from beginning to end including prototype design, precision machining, assembly, and quality inspection. MultiSource is proud to be partnered with industry-leading OEMs such as Medtronic, Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific, ACIST Medical, Abaxis, and many others.

Our experience in machining components for internal medical devices includes the production of the following:

Surgical Equipment & Instrumentation: The equipment and tools surgeons use on a daily basis need to be precise and durable.  We utilize state of the art CAM/CAD programs to aid in the process and create repeatable, robust production programs. We then put the instrument through a series of material removing processes including milling, turning and grinding/filing. Once the instrument is finished we put it through a chemical treatment to clean it and provide protection against corrosion. Finally, the instrument is fixed and polished. Each instrument is put through our rigorous quality management system which includes the use of Zeiss CMMs and vision systems to ensure it meets exact requirements.

Fracture Fixation: Orthopedic medicine relies on fracture fixation treatments for successful bone healing throughout the body. Fracture fixation and bone setting uses internal implant components such as pins, splints, and plates to fully repair bone damage. Our precision machining services allow us to produce the implants and surgical devices used in fracture fixation that meet the exact tolerances required. We pride ourselves on a commitment to quality, and our locations serving medical OEMs are independently certified to the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 13485: 2016 standards.

Surgical Navigation: Surgical navigation equipment has allowed for unprecedented accuracy and access for surgical procedures. This equipment allows surgeons to track and manipulate instruments without being able to actually see them. Using our precision machining expertise, we manufacture components for surgical navigation equipment with unparalleled accuracy. Failure of any component in surgical navigation equipment can have severe consequences. We utilize advanced CNC technology partnered with quality inspection equipment to ensure precision and longevity in all of our components.

Our precision machining capabilities and experience allow us to produce a variety of parts for the medical industry to meet the stringent tolerances and regulatory standards required. For more information about the MultiSource network, or to learn about our precision machining capabilities for the medical device industry, submit a quote or information request today.