Security and Accuracy in Financial Processing with High-Quality Credit Card Manufacturing

In today’s digital age, payment cards are the primary purchasing method worldwide. While this has revolutionized commercial transactions and put new meaning to the term “credit,” they have also created new security risks for buyers. To protect users from credit card related crimes, the financial processing industry continually develops improved card reader devices and software, and credit card manufacturing must keep up with the latest developments in security.

 

As a supplier of precision machined components designed for secure credit card manufacturing, MultiSource Manufacturing understands the importance of security, quality, and reliable solutions that can be easily integrated into the development of newer and better credit card systems.

 

The financial processing industry utilizes many different tools to support card data reading machines as a whole. The most secure of these devices are made with the highest quality precision machined parts. That’s where MultiSource comes in. Our team of engineers strive to continually design and machine precise parts involved in financial processing equipment, including the tools and production machines implemented in the credit card manufacturing industry.

 

Credit card manufacturing may seem straightforward when you look at those small plastic cards, but the production process demands some very specific operations that support security and accuracy. Some of the components we manufacture in the MultiSource network go into the production process of the most secure cards available.

 

These safer payment cards are made secure with the application of several steps in production. Typically, the security aspects of the average payment card include:

 

  1. Magnetic strip and EMV chip: All payment cards are embedded with a magnetic strip or, more recently, an EMV chip. The magnetic strip contains specifically-arranged iron oxide particles that provide encoded information to the card reader. Today, most cards contain an EMV chip in addition to a magnetic strip. The EMV chip holds an integrated circuit that relays information to the card reader. Both the magnetic strip and the chip contain unique, exact information about the payment card, minimizing the chances of fraud.
  2. Card number: The payment card number is also a form of fraud protection. A number for each card is embossed or stamped onto the surface of the card, correlating to the information the magnetic strip and the chip contain. These numbers often range from 13 to 20 digits to make it almost impossible for criminal activity to generate a random number successfully.
  3. Signature strip: Finally, the signature strip is the last bastion of built-in protection for your card ownership. Once you sign the back of your card, nobody can remove that signature without removing the unique panel underneath the signature strip. If the panel is removed, a card reader can alert the card company to the possibility of fraud.

 

With the precision machining we provide OEMs and other customers in the credit card manufacturing industry, the MultiSource network is able to support the continued efforts to make payment cards more secure. To learn more about our services in financial processing and other industries, please request a quote, or request more information.

What We Learn about a Part from the CNC Prototyping Process

When it comes to manufacturing precision-based components and assemblies, planning ahead is key. Planning ahead for precision machining entails highly rigorous and exacting prototype fabrication. The prototype created for any given precision machining project will inform engineers and technicians throughout the production process as a whole, whether it be a component or full assembly. At MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC, we provide in-house CNC prototyping for all components and assemblies that we manufacture for a wide range of industries.

With multiple locations fully outfitted for state-of-the-art CNC machining and our team of skilled engineers, the MultiSource network has both the equipment and workers necessary to build high-quality, precise prototypes. Creating these prototypes gives our engineers the opportunity to learn everything they need to know about the parts they will manufacture.

Utilizing the CNC prototyping process as a learning opportunity, our engineers are able to gain information about a part, including the following:

 

  1. Three-dimensional geometric properties of a component and a full assembly that follow the exact specifications and needs of our customers
  2. Which materials will be best suited to the design of a part or full assembly
  3. Demands of the function the part will perform and how the part will meet those demands
  4. Limitations of a part or full assembly, given its form, function, and material
  5. How the part and full assembly will react to certain stresses, factoring in both daily and unexpected stresses
  6. Which machining centers and operations will be best suited to an efficient, quality manufacturing process
  7. What additional finishing operations will be needed to complete the part or full assembly production
  8. How to safely package and ship a part or full assembly with reduced waste
  9. How customers can easily and effectively integrate a part or full assembly into their own operation systems or products

 

In a nutshell, our CNC prototyping builds a complete foundation for any part or full assembly made in MultiSource facilities. The prototype we build must be exact to the final production piece because it will tell our engineering team everything it needs to know to build a reliable, high-quality precision-based part or full assembly.

With over 20 years of experience designing, prototyping, and manufacturing high-quality machined parts and building assemblies, the MultiSource network is an industry-leading provider for OEMs and other customers across the country.

Get started with MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC, and request a quote today, or request more information about all of our services, including CNC prototyping!

Making Medical Implants Safer and Stronger with Precision Machining

With medical devices and manual tools developing every day, the medical manufacturing industry must grow to match these advancements in order to provide hospitals and clinics with safe, high quality, FDA-approved products. The medical production services MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC provides follow strict standards of design, fabrication, assembly, and integration for all our components and complete products. Our team of skilled engineers, technicians, machinists, and assemblers understands that any lapse in procedure or any failure to inspect a part may change a life-or-death situation for the worse. When you work with the precision machining experts at MultiSource for medical manufacturing, you can always expect a reliable, high-quality product that promotes safer medical treatments and operations.

We provide a wide range of medical device and medical tool production, including implantable devices. Implants are one of the most utilized components and one of the most dangerous to the patient if failure occurs, thus they require the most exacting attention during the production process.

MultiSource is committed to providing reliability and quality when it comes to all our products, including implantable devices, and it’s an ongoing concern of ours that we continue to make safer and stronger implants.

Common Implants Made with Precision Machining

The number of implanted medical devices and components used across the U.S. increases as production capabilities and technology advance. Today, there are many commonly-used implants from electronic devices to metal supports. The most-used implants made with precision machining capabilities include:

 

  1. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and pacemakers used to remedy cardiac arrhythmia
  2. Spinal fusion hardware, including artificial discs, rods, screws, and pins, to remedy spinal injuries and back problems
  3. Traumatic fracture repair hardware including screws, plates, rods, and pins to remedy a wide range of severe body trauma
  4. Hip replacements for patients with damaged joints, degenerative osteoarthritis, or severe bone and connective tissue damage
  5. Knee replacements for patients with knee cap injuries, general wear and tear issues, and severe knee damage

 

These implants can save lives, treat severe pain issues, and keep patients of all ages and conditions safe and healthy, but in order to successfully treat patients in need of an implant, those devices must be made with extreme precision, quality, and long-term reliability. The MultiSource network strives to uphold practices that provide the medical industry with the best and most-trusted medical implant manufacturing possible.

All our facilities are regularly updated, inspected, and controlled for continued production of parts with tolerances as low as +/-.0001” (+/- .0025mm), and our machining processes are certified for even the most difficult, complex medical device and implant manufacturing.

To learn more about our full services available to the medical industry, please request a quote or request more information about our precision machining services.

Understanding the Role of Rapid Prototyping for Kanban Fulfillment and Just-In-Time Production

For over 20 years, the MultiSource Manufacturing network has worked to provide high-quality custom-made products from the ground up to OEMs and customers in a wide range of industries. A key component of building reliable, complete products for any industry is the prototyping process. With our multiple facilities, MultiSource is able to provide comprehensive product design services with advanced software and additive manufacturing capabilities. When you partner with the MultiSource network for your project today, you can trust our team to provide the best customer service, design, build, and assembly from start to finish, beginning with our dedicated 3D printing and rapid prototyping, ending with our additional specialized production locations.

Our team of expert, skilled engineers works with state-of-the-art 3D printing and machining equipment seamlessly directed with advanced computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. Using this software and equipment, MultiSource engineers can create an exact virtual image of a part with geometric specifications and function simulation and then fully-realize the physical prototype for testing and customer approval.

The goal of MultiSource rapid prototyping procedures is not only to provide the quality design and production of a viable part, but also to promote our continued emphasis on and practice of Kanban manufacturing and Just-In-Time fulfillment.

Kanban

Originally developed in Japan at the Toyota manufacturing facilities, Kanban is an early method of lean manufacturing. The word literally translates as “visual signals” or “signboards” because of the original procedure involving customers sending Kanban cards to manufacturers to request supplies, but the concept has expanded to encompass newer lean manufacturing practices. Today, Kanban works to limit waste and improve efficiency in production in a lean manufacturing process that operates based on OEM and customer demand. Our demand-based production benefits greatly from the paired rapid prototyping utilized across the MultiSource network, and without the speed and accuracy our prototyping teams provide, Kanban practices would be severely limited.

Just-In-Time

Like Kanban manufacturing, Just-In-Time fulfillment works as a lean manufacturing system to limit production waste and streamline operations. Where Kanban manufacturing organizes production around the direct request of customers, Just-In-Time fulfillment incorporates Kanban into a comprehensive cycle of design, fabrication, assembly, delivery, and integration. The concept of Kanban manufacturing and Just-In-Time fulfillment work together to provide a production system that meets demands with little to no unnecessary waste of materials, time, or energy. Our rapid prototyping services fit perfectly into the foundation of MultiSource’s support and practice of a full-fledged Kanban and Just-In-Time operation.

To learn more about our Kanban practices and Just-In-Time fulfillment with contract manufacturing, or to find out about our complete services for rapid prototyping, submit a request more information, or request a quote today.

When to Choose Quality Plastic Fabrication for Your Custom Manufacturing Project

Plastics may only boast a relatively recent use in industrial fabrication and manufacturing, but they’ve solidified their role as a viable material for strong, long-lasting parts and components. The development of advanced polymers has opened doors in a wide range of plastic fabrication applications from aerospace engineering to electronic technology. While the increasingly versatile plastic materials available to these industries provide new levels of malleability, complex dimensions, and overall production efficiency for a variety of components and assembled parts, the engineering process for polymers can be much more difficult to approach than that of other materials.

The MultiSource Manufacturing network has worked to constantly improve our abilities for high-quality plastic fabrication, and our experience as a contract manufacturer allows our team of engineers to continually break boundaries in the field of plastics.

Metal manufacturing plays a critical role in the majority of production industries, but in many cases, plastics may be a viable material to utilize in the making of custom parts for several reasons.

 

  1. Efficiency: The engineering approach to plastics is different from that of metal because of the way these materials react to stresses during and after fabrication, but the use of plastics over metal for specific parts can still offer a more efficient production process. Not only do plastics have a lower melting point and higher malleability than most metals—providing a quicker path to forming a part—but the use of plastics in part production also reduces the need for finishing operations. The coloration, treatment, and other finishing processes that would be applied at the end of a machining process for metal parts are applied during the process of plastics fabrication eliminating the need for an extra step and streamlining the efficiency of full part production.
  2. Speed: With the increased efficiency that plastic fabrication provides in the manufacturing of a component or fully assembled part, increased speed in production follows. With MultiSource engineer’s expertise in plastics forming, bending, and welding, your project can be completed from start to finish quickly and efficiently.
  3. Weight: Some metals may fit the description of “lightweight” in comparison to heavier metals (aluminum in comparison to steel, for example) but nothing beats plastics when it comes to weight. The “feather-weight” of plastics means MultiSource customers save money on shipping and can use lighter parts for a greater range of functions. Additionally, the weight and malleability of plastics allows for the production of structurally-sound, extremely complex parts.
  4. Long-lasting: Plastics are resistant to the majority of chemical damages including oxidation and other forms of corrosion where metals are not. This resistance means plastics last longer in certain conditions where any metal part might quickly corrode.

 

The use of plastics may not be fitting for the production of every component or assembled part, but it’s a highly effective and reliable material for a wide range of circumstances. No matter the part you need, the MultiSource network provides the right materials manufacturing services for full design, fabrication, and assembly.

To learn more about our custom metal machining and plastic fabrication submit a request a quote, or request more information today.

Improving Safety Standards and Global Payment Card Use with Custom Manufacturing

As early as 1958—when American Express first developed what can be considered close to the credit cards we use today—charge card systems have been utilized in different ways across the U.S. Throughout the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards, and other charge cards began to take their place in mainstream spending systems. By the 1990’s, payment cards with magnetic strips were almost commonplace, and today, those without credit cards or debit cards are considered social anomalies. As the cards have evolved, custom manufacturing has had to follow suit.

Despite their familiar role in our lives, payment cards require a strict system of production and secure processing to maintain their viability as a product. MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC provides custom manufacturing for parts used in financial processing.

MultiSource has provided precision manufacturing for parts and components utilized in financial processing for virtually as long as the industry has been used for mainstream consumers. For over 40 years our network of technicians and facilities has worked to improve operations in designing, building, and assembling high-quality precision-based parts, including parts for financial processing of payment cards.

We work with a wide range of clients in financial processing from identification card manufacturing specialists to card stamping and credit card manufacturing companies. More than 75% of payment cards across the globe are manufactured in part by MultiSource engineers and technicians.

Custom Manufacturing for Industry Standards

In 2006, major payment card companies established the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI). This council generates and dictates the development of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). With the PCI DSS the PCI Council outlines for all payment card brands in place today, manufacturing companies must be committed to designing and creating parts that adhere to these standards as well. The MultiSource network is capable of providing the manufacturing expertise and facilities needed to uphold security and quality in the financial processing industry. With precise CAD/CAM design and a wide range of CNC precision machining equipment, we’re able to provide unparalleled, comprehensive services for components used in financial processing.

If the parts and components used in financial processing systems don’t meet the quality and security standards set by the PCI Council and other federal government regulations, payment cards could become a serious risk for consumers. Protecting the identities and finances of those who use any form of payment card starts with quality financial processing equipment.

MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC strives to continue providing the high-quality machined parts for the financial processing industry needed to fulfill our obligation to protecting consumers. To learn more about our complete services and custom manufacturing, contact us at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote today.

 

MultiSource Clean Room Capabilities and Applications

In any manufacturing process, contaminants should be avoided. Certain manufacturing processes, however, require an avoidance of contaminants far more stringent than others. Semiconductors and semiconductor assembly fabrication, for example, cannot have exposure to common air contaminants.

To protect manufacturing processes like these and the materials involved, fabricators make use of clean rooms with varying levels of contaminant-free standards. MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC provides contract fabrication services for the semiconductor and medical industry, and because of this, our facilities have in-house Class 3/1000 clean room capabilities.

With our clean room capabilities at our Burnsville, MN location, the MultiSource network is able to provide the contaminant-free workspace our engineers and technicians need to perform operations on semiconductor components and full assemblies as well as a range of advanced medical devices.

Clean Room Principles

Clean rooms are designed to prevent the introduction of contaminants in a varying range of sizes to the manufacturing process, as well as other potentially damaging factors such as humidity, pressure, and temperature. This prevention makes use of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters and a sealed “bubble” of a room. All the air in a clean room is passed through HEPA filters or recycled through them. The level of HEPA filtration determines the categorizing of a clean room. These categories are determined by ISO standards rating from ISO 9 (standard city air quality) to ISO 1 (less than 10 particles measuring 1µm per cubic meter).

Our Clean Room

The MultiSource clean room is rated as ISO Class 3 (Class 1 rated FED STD 209E). This means a maximum of 1,000 1µm particles per cubic meter are left unfiltered. It is one of the highest quality clean rooms utilized for semiconductor and medical parts manufacturing. Our clean room uses advanced HEPA filters to eliminate the potential of any damaging infiltrates during the manufacturing and assembly process.

Protective Equipment

Like the rest of the outdoor and common indoor air, humans carry contaminating particulates such as dander, dirt, skin cells, pollen, bacteria, and mold spores. The technicians who work in our clean rooms are required to wear protective equipment to prevent any potentials of component damage in the manufacturing process. This protective equipment includes full-body suits, gloves, boots, and masks/respirators.

Air Flow Concepts

Acting similarly to a car air flow system set to recycle, clean rooms have a specific movement of air throughout their interior. Our clean room uses laminar air flow which pushes a continual stream of filtered air from ducts in the ceiling. This ensures any potential contaminants are pushed into the air filters immediately, instead of drifting through the clean room on an uneven current.

Our clean room capabilities give our engineers and technicians the contaminant-free space they need for specialized manufacturing processes. To learn more, contact MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.

The Importance of Reverse Engineering and Plastic Fabrication for Semiconductor Manufacturing

With the right equipment, skill, knowledge, and management, a manufacturing company can create any quality custom part. With our six locations across the Upper Midwest, MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC works with a comprehensive network of facilities capable of full design, production, and assembly for advanced custom manufacturing services. We offer production operations from CAD/CAM prototyping to in-house finishing, in addition to covering everything in between. One aspect of our network that sets MultiSource apart from others working in electronic assembly, machine automation, and the custom manufacturing industry is our reverse engineering and plastic fabrication.

Our capabilities in plastic fabrication are a key component to a number of the industries we serve, including the production of semiconductor components and assemblies. In fact, MultiSource is one of the only contract manufacturers in the area to provide semiconductor production services including reverse engineering, PFA fabrication and welding, in-house electric, and a Class 1000 clean room.

Plastic fabrication and the utilization of reverse engineering are key to building high-quality semiconductors that are successful and long-lasting when they’re put up against the speed and power utilized in today’s electronics. With our state-of-the-art facilities and reverse engineering applications, MultiSource is able to provide fully-reliable customizable manufacturing for semiconductors.

Reverse Engineering

MultiSource works with advanced CAD/CAM software and CNC automation. This technology, in addition to our network’s experience, knowledge, and skill, allows our engineering team to effectively reverse engineer semiconductor designs and strategically implement the fabrication of those specifications.

Plastic Fabrication

Our network of facilities works routinely with a wide range of industrial-grade metals, but we’re also experts in plastic fabrication, plastic welding, plastic forming, and plastic bending for polypropylene, PVC, CPVA, PFA, and additional thermo plastics. When it comes to semiconductor manufacturing, high quality plastics offer protection against severe ESD in repetition, improved purity in parts, limited wear-related shutdowns, consistency in production, and ease in assembly and external integration. Overall, our plastic fabrication capabilities continually support and improve the manufacturing of standard and custom semiconductors.

This optimization of design and production for semiconductors using both reverse engineering and plastic fabrication includes microchip reticule purge libraries and handling equipment, wet processing, and wafer and device handling system components. In addition to our machining, fabrication, and quality testing of semiconductor components, MultiSource offers custom-crating that protects your parts in shipment from the start of a new design to your own production floor.

To learn more about the custom manufacturing services we provide for semiconductor components and all our capabilities for plastic fabrication, request more information or a quote today.

Laser Marking and Welding across Industries

Since its earliest beginnings as a theory developed by Albert Einstein in 1917 to its development into a tool commonly used today, the laser has revolutionized operations across industries. The capabilities of laser technology are key to many aspects of medical treatments, scientific research, fabrication, and more. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC utilizes laser marking and welding as a value-added service that offers noninvasive finishing treatments of a wide range of components and full assemblies. As a contract manufacturer with six locations making up the MultiSource network, we are able to offer comprehensive services, including laser marking and welding machines operated by skilled technicians.

For many manufacturing purposes, laser marking and welding is critical to completing components and assemblies. Thanks to our multiple facilities, the MultiSource network is able to offer these high-quality services with the capabilities of a large-scale industry leader and the customer-focused care of a small company. Our laser marking and welding technicians apply their skills across industries, including medical, aerospace and defense, electrical, semiconductor, and more.

 

Components of a Laser Marking or Welding System

A laser marking or welding system utilizes four basic components that work together to conduct the laser’s light-generated-heat to vaporize and remove materials from a component’s surface.

  1. Laser: The laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) is a highly concentrated light source that, when used in a laser marking and welding application, is actively converting that light energy into heat. This heat can vaporize materials in thin layers from a surface in either vector or raster patterns.
  2. Controller: In a laser marking and welding machine, the controller is the hand that guides the laser. This control is programmed to determine the direction, speed of motion, intensity, and spread of the laser. Most of these machines work on x and y axes on a flat surface, but others can work on a cylindrical surface using a helix adjustment. Other machines use galvo mirrors to direct the laser beam while both the laser and surface remain stationary.
  3. Surface: The surface of the component or assembly that will be marked or welded make up the third part of the laser system. A wide range of materials can be used with a laser system, including all the metals and plastics the MultiSource network works with.
  4. Ventilation: Because a laser system vaporizes the surface material, toxic fumes are created in the process. This emission requires a specialized vacuum ventilation system that can safely remove fumes from the workspace as well as remove debris from the marking or welding process that would otherwise contaminate the operation.

While lasers are commonly used to mark serial numbers, part details, logos, and other information, they have a full and varied range of uses. MultiSource uses laser systems to provide comprehensive finishing, noninvasive assembly, improved precision, and overall increased quality.

To learn more about these and other value-added services, contact MultiSource today at (952) 456-5500, and request more information or request a quote online.

Utilizing Exotic Metals with the Right Facilities for Custom Manufacturing

At MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC we’re dedicated to providing quality products with excellent customer service. For over 20 years our network of facilities and in-house engineering and fabrication capabilities has continued to expand and improve across the board. Today, we offer comprehensive quality at every step of the way, from the design and engineering process to assembly and delivery. To maintain our reliable, unparalleled quality in all the products we work with our customers to create, we believe in starting with a solid foundation. When it comes to custom manufacturing in Minnesota and Colorado, that foundation is made up of our deep understanding of the engineering process of a product, the materials we use in the fabrication of that product, and the long-term conditions a product will endure.

 

Because every part starts with raw materials, the first resource we depend on for quality engineering and production is our materials expertise. Not only do we work with materials that adhere to major industry standards and general installation requirements, we also specialize in utilizing exotic metals that are often necessary for the production of a wide range of parts.

 

The MultiSource network works with sheet metal, surgical grade, military grade, and basic stainless steels, aluminum, titanium, magnesium, high-nickel alloys, and brass. These common industrial materials play a large role in many of the high-quality precision parts we design, fabricate, and assemble, but the exotic metals we use are also critical to comprehensive production.

 

MultiSource Exotics

 

From pure gold to super alloys, the exotic metals the MultiSource network utilizes makes it possible for us to complete the production and assembly of an even greater extent of parts. The use of exotic metals breaks limits on several part specifications and the exposure and functions any given part may be put to. For example, our engineering team is able to push durability and strength with the use of super alloys, while other metals may offer a greater resistance to high temperatures and corrosive environments. Additionally, MultiSource can control electrical or thermal conductivity in a part, provide specialty coatings and finishes, machine complex components, reduce unnecessary weight, and more with the use of our rare and exotic metals.

 

The MultiSource network is committed to providing the best for our customers with comprehensive facilities suited to working with standard and exotic metals as well as basic, exotic, and Teflon™ plastics. With a strong foundational understanding and experience with these materials, we’re able to put that expertise to use with full in-house capacity for engineering, complete custom manufacturing, and assembly.

 

To learn more about the metals we use for custom manufacturing or our plastic fabrication expertise submit a request more information, or request a quote today.