Our Core Capabilities as a Precision Machining Company

As a precision machining company providing contract manufacturing to a broad range of industries, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC utilizes a wide variety of equipment and high-quality tools in our state-of-the-art facilities. Across our five manufacturing facilities in the Upper Midwest and Colorado, we offer comprehensive precision CNC machining services, including milling, EDM, turning, and Swiss turning. In total, we work with 50+ lathes, 120+ mills, 20+ EDMs, and 20+ Swiss turning machines.

 

As a customer-focused company, all our precision machining capabilities are put to providing the best service and the most reliable results. When you work with MultiSource Manufacturing, you can be sure you’ll receive the integrity of a true partner in precision machining.

 

For over 20 years, MultiSource has worked to grow and improve our manufacturing capabilities. Today, our network provides complete prototyping, manufacturing, and assembly for components in the medical, defense and aerospace, semiconductor, food and bakery, financial processing, and many other industries. Our core values as a precision machining company are built on the capabilities of our machining centers and our skilled CNC technicians. Our biggest advantages in the precision machining industry are our close-tolerance CNC technology, our team of expert engineers and technicians, and our leading CNC software.

 

Close-Tolerance CNC Machining

 

The MultiSource network utilizes a broad range of current precision-based CNC machining equipment, including several multi-axis machining centers. Our production floor is also continually updated, working in new products that increase our ability to meet fabrication standards and even stricter accuracy ranges. With our CNC lathes, mills, turning machines, and multi-tool centers, we can perform at some of the closest tolerances in any machining industry.

 

Our Team

 

Not only does our team of skilled engineers work to build a strong foundation with complete prototyping abilities, our machining technicians then manufacture an exacting product or assembly. With value-added services including grinding, gundrilling, broaching, welding, and wire EDM, technicians can provide any necessary final touches. Within our core values, quality assurance and quality control are both critical. Thanks to our team’s expert use of our Quality Management System technology, we are able to continually receive ISO and AS certifications.

 

CNC Software

 

Paired with our advanced machining equipment and the knowledgeable hands of our team, CNC software plays a critical role in our core capabilities as a precision machining company. With continual software updates at hand, we can operate with the newest abilities in our tool kit. Our CNC software systems mesh seamlessly with precision-based machine operations to guarantee exact results, no matter how complex or intricate a part or full assembly.

 

To learn more about our extensive capabilities outside of our core operations as a precision machining company, contact MultiSource Manufacturing at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote online to get started with us today.

Why Stacking Technology is Today’s Most Important Type of Food Production Equipment

At Forpak we are dedicated to providing innovative food packaging solutions for the baked goods, meat, and pizza industries. For over 25 years, we’ve worked with OEMs and other customers to provide them the equipment they need, including custom designs that can be easily integrated into existing facilities.

Whether you need a high-powered conveyor system, a laning and sorting operation, or stacking equipment, Forpak can provide a unique, intelligent design meeting FDA and USDA standards for sanitation and food safety. While every operation in a packing facility is integral to the process, we believe that stacking technology is one of the most important types of food production equipment in production lines today.

Stacking systems work to count and stack products into vertical units that are then moved down the line smoothly and in compact portions. This operation is critical for a majority of food packaging techniques because it provides both exact inventory records and the compacting of multiple items into a single unit, streamlining the conveyor process and readying the product for packaging.

Forpak stackers models are ideal for packing frozen items such as meat patties and baked goods. Two of our most beneficial stackers for standard food packaging facilities are the GSS Stacker and GSII Servo Stacker.

GSS Stacker

This system stacks 100 pieces per minute and has built-in flexibility that allows it to handle most products within typical sizes and shapes. GSS Stackers reduce labor costs by 30%-50% and significantly reduce potential human contamination. These systems can operate with 1 to 10 lanes and are fabricated with food-grade stainless steel.

GSII Servo Stacker

This heavy-duty stacker can handle 80 pieces per minute of larger items like pizza crusts with similar flexibility to the GSS Stacker. It can be operated with 1 to 3 lanes and also reduces costs and contamination at the same levels of the GSS Stacker. The key component of the GGSI Servo Stacker is its Automated Interleaving option that allows the integration of cardboard or paper feeding. This eliminates the need for manual interleaving during this part of the packing process.

Additional Capabilities

All our stackers are manufactured with Allen-Bradley touch screen controls and have full wash down capabilities thanks to the NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures. Our systems are NFS 3A Standardized for meat and poultry and meet BISSC Standards for Baking. Forpak stackers can be manufactured with CE compliance on request and every system utilizes Intralox modular belting. Thanks to our servo-controlled actuators, all our stackers provide smooth transitioning and stacking motion.

Stacking systems are one of the most important types of food production equipment because they improve labor costs for packaging facilities, protect workers from having to perform physically stressful tasks, and promote better global food safety. To learn more about all our stacking food production equipment and other capabilities, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6889 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

New Preventative Maintenance Program for Forpak’s Food Assembly Equipment

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC partners with Forpak to provide custom, high-quality food packaging solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers. We are proud to announce our recent establishment of a comprehensive preventative maintenance program, which is available to all customers with Forpak equipment integrated into their facilities. Because Forpak equipment is unique to each packing solution and because we offer tailoring to fit customer needs, there are times when highly specific parts, repairs, and maintenance are needed. When you work with Forpak directly, you can be sure that our preventative maintenance technicians are the most skilled, knowledgeable, and qualified to work on your innovative food assembly equipment.

 

Every piece of equipment in a facility, no matter what size or how complex, needs routine maintenance. While reactive maintenance is a necessity when parts break, it’s ideal to avoid this type of costly, time-consuming repair work. Thus, preventative maintenance is critical for saving on repair costs, keeping the production line running, and protecting your workers.

 

Our preventative maintenance program was designed for comprehensive support year-round. Our service technicians work with you to determine an effective schedule for maintenance and create a budget that fits your needs.

 

Not only does a quality preventative maintenance program reduce overall downtime of the production line, it also maximizes your total cost of ownership. This means the value of your facilities and product will increase exponentially once reactive repair maintenance is limited to a minimum. Our preventative maintenance can also improve overall production efficiency, increase yield, and maximize the safety of your workers. With a preventative maintenance schedule like ours, your Forpak food assembly equipment will have extended longevity, integrity, and quality.

 

Our service technicians also provide historical recordkeeping and take important data for analysis with each scheduled maintenance session. As an added bonus, customers who utilize our preventative maintenance program receive a 10% discount on maintenance visits, both routine and emergency. Any replacement parts needed are also discounted 10% for all preventative maintenance program participants.

 

While the initial cost of new large equipment puts a dent in any facility budget, the annual cost of maintenance can also chip away at your income and your production efficiency. With preventative maintenance, you can save money and continually improve your business operations.

 

To learn more about Forpak’s new preventive maintenance program for food assembly equipment, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6889 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

 

To learn more about our full services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote.

Plastic Fabrication in the Manufacturing World Part 3: CPVC

This blog is the third part of a four-part series covering the plastics and polymers we work with at MultiSource Manufacturing LLC. The first two parts of this series covered polypropylene and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). While we briefly touched on chlorinated polyvinyl (CPVC) in the blog covering PVC, there is still a lot to understand about its properties and applications.

 

All the plastics we use to fabricate a broad range of components, parts, and full assemblies are sourced from quality providers so the MultiSource network can manufacture exactly what original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers need. Our expert engineers and technicians are highly experienced in a range of plastic fabrication processes, such as welding, forming, and bending, that include using CPVC in projects for multiple industries.

 

CPVC is a thermoplastic produced from chlorinating PVC resin. CPVC is very similar to PVC at a molecular level, but has many key differences that make it ideal for certain plastic fabrication processes.

 

Properties: CPVC is much more workable than its PVC counterpart. It can be easily machined, formed, and welded. Additionally, CPVC is highly resistant to corrosion at high temperatures up to 200°F. It’s a reliable plastic to use in the construction of self-supporting components that will be exposed to elevated temperatures. CPVC also holds up to corrosive temperatures in water that would damage other plastics. Like PVC, CPVC is resistant to fire, while also providing better insulation in piping than copper or other metals. In addition to being a better insulator, thermoplastic CPVC maintains water temperature without condensation on exterior piping. CPVC is more ductile than PVC, but has the same maximum pound per square inch (PSI) working pressure, making it ideal for high-stress, corrosive environments.

 

Applications: CPVC has many uses in plumbing and other pipe systems. Because of its resistance to corrosion, CPVC is a critical plastic in many sewage systems and chemical processing settings. It’s also a safe plastic to use in the food processing industry. CPVC piping is heavily implemented in drinking water treatment plants as well as the dairy and beverage industries. Residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing systems widely utilize CPVC piping. Plus, because it is durable, flexible, and corrosion resistant, it’s an ideal plastic for processing industrial and hazardous waste products. At MultiSource Manufacturing, we use CPVC in many parts and full assemblies, from piping and tubes in medical devices to sanitary food packaging equipment.

 

The use of CPVC has been consistent since the 1960s when Geneva Products developed the process for chlorinating PVC to use in distributing hot and cold water throughout its Michigan facilities.

 

To learn more about our plastic fabrication capabilities and applications, call MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or a quote to get started with us today.

Importance of Sanitation for Meat Packing and Food Assembly Equipment

Throughout every aspect of the global food industry, protecting the quality and safety of products is the most important ideal to uphold. We’ve come a long way from the horrors of the meat packing floors of the early 20th Century, but we still need to take positive action to continue improving the way we handle meat and other food products.

 

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our partners at Forpak work to provide unique and innovative packing solutions. Our engineers and technicians are dedicated to supporting the use of quality food assembly equipment that will eliminate the compromise of safety for efficiency.

 

Forpak specializes in manufacturing custom food assembly equipment for the bakery, meat, and pizza industries. Our solutions include stacking, laning, conveyor, counting, sorting, transferring, and an overall provision of a streamlined motion of products from one packing location in your facility to another.

 

When it comes to food assembly equipment solutions for the meat industry, the number of standards and sanitation requirements our customers must meet increase in several ways. The meat processing industry has strict restrictions on timelines, methods, and materials used in the packaging system. These restrictions are established to protect meat products from exposure and cross-contamination of serious food borne illnesses. Pork, poultry, and other meat products are known to potentially carry dangerous diseases such as salmonella, trichinosis, and E. coli. With the right packing solutions and food-safe practices, we can eliminate the danger of these illnesses.

 

One of our most effective solutions that help our customers protect their meat products against contamination is our GSSB stacker bypass conveyor. The GSSB easily transitions between stacking and bypass conveying.

 

GSSB Specifications:

 

  • The GSSB control panels have NEMA 4X grade watershed enclosures that prevent any damage to electrical systems and machines during the sanitation process
  • We incorporate Intralox modular plastic belting into many of our products, including the GSSB. This interlocking conveyor system is abrasive-resistant and meets food hygiene standards
  • CE compliancy is available for the GSSB for customers located in Europe, and CE certification meets standards for food safety, sanitation, and environmental protection for products sold in the European Economic Area
  • Electrical specifications for the GSSB are offered in 240V or 460V with three phase AC
  • Pipeline air flow compression is ¾” at 100 PSI

 

The GSSB is a powerful tool that can be an addition to your facilities that changes the way you process meat products. Like all our unique food packing solutions, the GSSB improves food safety processes and increases efficiency, worker safety, and sanitation in a warehouse setting.

 

To learn more about the GSSB and all of Forpak’s innovative food assembly equipment solutions, contact us at (952) 491-6889 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online or request a quote to get started with us today.

Plastic Fabrication in the Manufacturing World Part 2: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

In Part 1 of this blog series, we covered the use of polypropylene in the manufacturing world, including its properties and implementation at MultiSource Manufacturing LLC. Part 2 of this series focuses on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, including its history, properties, and our use of PVC components as a contract manufacturer. PVC is a common type of polymer used extensively throughout many industries. It is also a versatile type of plastic used in many applications throughout the MultiSource network. As experts in plastic fabrication and in the use of plastic in contract manufacturing, our engineers and technicians implement PVC in several circumstances.

 

History: PVC is one of the older plastics used on an industrial scale. The first PVC was created in 1872 in Germany by Eugen Baumann. By 1926, the B.F. Goodrich Company developed a method to plasticize the otherwise brittle PVC. Thanks to this plasticizing method, the industrial use of PVC skyrocketed throughout the world during the 1900s, and today, approximately 40 million tons of PVC are produced each year.

 

Properties: PVC is the third most commonly produced plastic worldwide. Depending on the type of PVC, rigidity and flexibility can vary. However, PVC is generally harder and more brittle than other types of plastic. Because of its durability, PVC can be used in the fabrication of mechanical components. It has a low heat stability that can be remedied with a chemical stabilizer. If treated with a stabilizer, PVC can be used in electrical insulation. Additionally, PVC is resistant to acids, alkalides, salts, fats, and alcohol. Chlorinated PVC is also used in many manufacturing settings because it is less likely to corrode and better stands up to hot environments.

 

Uses: As most people know, PVC’s resistance to many chemicals makes it ideal for plumbing and other pipe applications. In addition to piping, PVC is used in the plastic fabrication of bottles and other packaging, electrical cable insulation, and wire coating. Because PVC is strong and light, it is also used in some building and large construction applications such as weatherproofing, siding, and insulation. Signage, vinyl films, labels, and many other uses of thin PVC are also common in the manufacturing world. In the medical device industry, PVC is used in a broad variety of components as well as single-use items, mechanical pump systems, catheters, valves, and sample containers. At MultiSource, we use PVC in prototype production, medical device manufacturing, semiconductor component fabrication, financial processing equipment, aerospace and defense production, and many other precision-based industrial manufacturing.

 

To learn more about our plastic fabrication capabilities and use of PVC in various applications, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You may also request more information or request a quote to start with us today.

Installation Services and Technical Support in the Food Industry

Anyone working in the food industry knows the strict regulations and guidelines that manufacturers and food producers need to follow to meet standards for food safety and quality control. Because rules under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are so strict in order to protect consumers from foodborne pathogens, facilities need to continue improving their practices and updating equipment standards. In the MultiSource Manufacturing LLC network, our Forpak division works to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers with innovative food packaging solutions, including state-of-art large equipment that can be tailored to specific food-packing needs. Our high-quality laning and stacking machines are designed to support and improve the capabilities of your production line by streamlining the moving and sorting of products. If you are a food industry player, Forpak equipment can be key in making improvements to the packaging process and in the promotion of worker safety.

 

From stackers like our GSS and GSSB models to our sorting and laning systems, all our equipment is ready to be integrated into a client’s current facilities. Our engineers and field technicians provide comprehensive installation services and start-up support for all customers.

 

Full Support Services

  • We offer field installation of all Forpak equipment. This includes the transportation of safely packed equipment components, commissioning, testing and inspection to ensure accurate operations.
  • After our expert service technicians have fully integrated a working assembly into your facilities, we provide Machine Operator Training to any of your own employees who will be qualified as on-site technicians.
  • When integration and training is complete, Forpak support services will still be fully available to all customers, with phone support as needed and on-site qualified technician services at the ready to analyze any issues and make adjustments if needed.
  • Forpak provides a 12-month complete parts warranty, and a spare parts inventory that is ready to ship the day of any request 95% of the time.
  • Not only do we offer support services after installation to guarantee a seamless integration into your facilities, we also provide long-term maintenance services. This includes scheduled upgrades and preventative maintenance services as well as retrofits and software/hardware updates.

 

No matter what type of Forpak food packaging equipment you integrate into your facilities, you can be sure we will do everything it takes to smoothly put new operations and work sites into place without undue issues. To learn more about the packaging solutions we offer the food industry as well as the installation and technical support services we provide, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6889 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Plastic Fabrication in the Manufacturing World Part 1: Polypropylene

Since the development of plastics in the last 100 years, polymers and plastic compounds have become heavily utilized in various manufacturing industries, largely because plastics are cost-effective, easily manufactured, and highly useful fabrication materials that are applicable to a broad range of purposes. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we work with a variety of plastics to build precision-based components and full assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers. As a contract manufacturer for multiple industries, plastic fabrication plays an important role in the full-service design and building of many products for our customers. Part 1 of this blog series focuses on polypropylene, including its properties and uses.

 

While we work with many plastics to perform welding, forming, and finishing operations, the four primary plastics we use are polypropylene, PVC, CPVC, and PFA. For many reasons, polypropylene is key plastic due to its durability and other properties.

 

Properties: Polypropylene is one of the more lightweight plastics that is used most often worldwide as a packing solution. This is mainly because it has a very low risk of deforming with repeated bending and movement. Polypropylene has a high elasticity and toughness that will hold up against stress by bending and reforming its original shape. Because of this, polypropylene is very resistant to fatigue. Additionally, it is resistant to acidic or alkaline chemical exposure and resistant to electricity, making it ideal for insulation purposes. Polypropylene can also be made semi-transparent or opaque for various cosmetic results.

 

Uses: The properties of polypropylene make it ideal for many applications in an industrial setting. It also responds well to various manufacturing techniques, including injection molding, CD printing, CNC machining, and other production operations. The two main types of polypropylene, homopolymer and copolymer, are useful in multiple applications. These compounds work well for parts facing high stress, needing to resist fatigue, needing to be deformed and reformed to function (such as a hinge or lid), having to be manufactured with injection molding, and much more. MultiSource utilizes polypropylene extensively in the semiconductor component, financial processing, medical device as well as other industries. More parts made with polypropylene include electrical insulation, packaging, and many additional components. Parts made with these particular plastic compounds can last a long time in any setting that won’t be subjected to high heats that may begin to melt or deform polypropylene, and they last a long time without compromising effectiveness and reliability.

 

Other plastics we use in the manufacturing of various components will be covered in the next three parts of this blog post. Plastic fabrication is a unique field that requires specific knowledge and advanced technical training to understand precision in a manufacturing setting. Our plastic fabrication capabilities allow our technicians and engineers to meet customers’ specific needs. To learn more about our contract manufacturing services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or a quote to get started with us today.

 

Breaking Down Forpak’s Promise to the Food Industry

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak are dedicated to continually improving our contribution to the industrial world and promoting safer, smarter, and more streamlined working facilities. When it comes to Forpak’s work in food packaging solutions, we have a promise to the food industry to provide products that meet specific requirements for the production line, workspace, and general practices of our customers.

With our foundational promise, Forpak can offer customers innovative designs that can be easily integrated into operational facilities and reliable services as a contract manufacturer. If you’re working with packaging meats, bakery goods, or other food products, Forpak can provide the solutions you need for your production lines in the food industry.

In a nutshell, the Forpak promise ensures our customers see improvements in their own production process, including smooth operations, safer facilities for workers, and overall betterment of packaging results. To accomplish this, we promise to adhere to practices and generate solutions that open doors to the following:

  • Reduce labor costs by 30 – 50%: Forpak designs are engineered to create real change in your production line. Our advanced technologies include sorting, laning, stacking, transferring, conveying, and other locomotive operations that can be included in any food packaging facility. Thanks to Forpak products, our customers are able to reduce elements of human labor, maximize worker efficiency, and improve the workspace for essential employees.
  • Reduce exposure to human contamination: One of the most important aspects of food safety in the packaging industry is limiting the exposure of human contact with the product. Humans can carry pathogens and other unsanitary contaminants, and it’s critical to prevent cross-contamination on the production line. Our designs reduce the need for workers at various stages, allowing Forpak to contribute to a safer, more hygienic food industry facility.
  • Reduce Workman’s Compensation claims: Because our food packaging equipment designs streamline the packaging process and reduce the need for workers at many stages, our customers also see a decrease in worker compensation claims. Our products are designed to eliminate or significantly lower the need for human workers in job positions that require repetitive motions and physically demanding responsibilities. Repetitive motion and high physical stress are the most common causes of workplace injury.
  • Allow for increasing production speed and downstream automation: The general goal of our designs, in addition to improving food safety and bettering the work environment, is to improve production for our customers. With our automated food packaging equipment, customers can increase speed in production, limit downtime from traffic jams, and overall improve future reliability in a downstream automation facility.

Our promise as a global food industry equipment provider is what guides us in each design project. To learn more about our services in the food industry and our innovative designs, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6523 or pgoche@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today.

Embracing Lean Innovation within the World of Contract Manufacturing

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we continually strive to improve our services and practices as a contract manufacturer. A significant part of how we improve is with the feedback of our customers, our partners, and our own employees. Taking feedback into account is the first step in improving our operations, expanding our role in the industry, and meeting our customers’ needs. The next step in that process, however, is analyzing the feedback we receive and understanding how to develop new practices where needed. Once new practices are developed, the final step is determining how to implement these best practices without compromising other systems. This method of improvement is a largely cyclical process of gaining feedback, making improvements, and diagnosing the performance of the changes and operations floor overall. The most effective way to establish a system that enacts that cycle is to embrace lean innovation concepts for contract manufacturing.

While most industry players have a deep understanding of implementing lean manufacturing and a general definition of lean innovation practices, they don’t always know that today’s idea of lean innovation is a much newer concept. Lean innovation is targeted to the design and engineering processes more so than the manufacturing process itself.

What is lean innovation?

Five key phases need to be taken into account when applying lean innovation practices for today’s production world.

  1. Listen: Receive feedback from your customers at various integrals in the timeline of product function.
  2. Target: Find where the issue is from an engineering standpoint, taking into consideration all stress and factors of the customer’s facilities.
  3. Solve: Develop a solution for the targeted issue.
  4. Prototype: Using precision-based tactics, create a prototype to replace any parts and assemblies that posed an issue.
  5. Test: Implement rigorous testing practices on the prototype before generating a final product.

How does it work for contract manufacturing?

In the world of contract manufacturing, implementing lean innovation concepts for improving previous projects or altering any final components past the build phase can be difficult. This is partly because many products are uniquely tailored to customer specifications and partly because it may not be helpful to rethink past projects that won’t need to be produced again. On the other hand, lean innovation results can be universal within a component or full assembly function. For example, if a customer needs a product that is new to your engineers, lean innovation tactics come in by taking into account feedback from past projects that used similar components. This can be as simple as a threaded screw design that needed correction from a failure after years of use.

Lean innovation is a largely generalized process we are all doing a little bit all the time. However, when it comes to targeting issues and improving in something like precision contract manufacturing, it can be incredibly important to break each phase down into as much detail as possible. To learn more about our services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote online today.