Temperature Control and Meeting Standards for Food Safety in an Industrial Environment

The global food industry is a massive system that brings foods from all around the world to millions of communities. Because the industry is an enormous network with complex supply, storage, and distribution chains, following international safety standards is critical for all aspects of the system. Food industry standards can vary from place to place, but the majority of rules are set through the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and others. In the United States, rigorous regulations are imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Different parts of the food industry also have their own organizations creating more specialized food safety standards unique to the operations of that specific setting. At Forpak, we design and build innovative food packaging systems for the bakery, meat, poultry, and pizza industries. Our equipment follows food safety guidelines and laws with the installation of several features and pieces of equipment.

Equipment that Integrates

All our equipment, from stackers to reject systems, is designed to integrate seamlessly into existing factory settings and production lines. To allow for full wash-down sanitation, our Rockwell Automation controls are protected from water exposure with NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures, and our designs also eliminate the risk of harborage and bacterial growth with stainless steel surfaces.

Fabrication Process

With all our fabrication processes, Forpak meets multiple specialized food safety standards, including NSF 3A for meat and poultry, Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) for baking, and more. After our equipment is installed in client facilities, the next step in food processing safety comes with temperature control.

Temperature Control

Temperature control of an entire facility, a section of the production line, and the equipment itself is critical for refrigerated and frozen processing. Because Forpak equipment handles mostly frozen and refrigerated products, our customers’ facilities meet the required food safety parameters.

Danger zone:

For regulatory compliance, food processors need to operate outside of the “danger zone.” Bacteria, viruses, mold, and other foodborne illnesses are active and reproductive between a zone of 40ºF (4ºC) and 140ºF (60ºC). Because these pathogens can still be reproductive at a limited capacity in a slight range beyond those exact temperatures, food should be handled at a known safety point. For frozen goods, this means industrial processing lines should be kept at 0ºF (-18ºC) to -5ºF (-20ºC). Refrigerated goods can be processed at temperatures between 35ºF (2ºC) and 38ºF (3ºC). Pathogenic reactions aren’t necessarily completely eliminated at these safe temperatures, but they are halted until temperatures rise as food is thawed.

Common Foodborne Bacteria

Common foodborne bacteria and other microorganisms that can be controlled with regulated temperatures include:

  • Hyperthermophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 176°F
  • Mesophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 41–50°F
  • Psychrophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 14–41°F
  • Psychrotrophs: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 32–41°F
  • Thermophiles: minimum reproductive and survival temperatures of 68–104°F

To learn more about how our equipment promotes food safety, call Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or email us at forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

 

Entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a Multi-Strength Contract Manufacturer

In the past two hundred years, the world has moved through several social, cultural, political, and technological changes, including three industrial revolutions. The First Industrial Revolution occurred between the mid-1700s and mid-1800s with a transition into steam and water power. The Second Industrial Revolution occurred between the late 1800s and early 1900s, when railroads became widespread and electricity was introduced for many different applications. The Third Industrial Revolution began in the late 1980s with the burst of computer technology and the internet. In the last 20 years, we’ve been moving through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which came about through the rapid growth in the expanse of internet connectivity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented realities. As a contract manufacturer building precision-based parts, components, and full assemblies, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC grows and advances with the industries we serve.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the conceptualization of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Its core aspects emphasize the connectivity, automation, and rapid advancements in the technological capabilities of modern industry.

Contract Manufacturer

MultiSource works as a contract manufacturer for a broad range of industries that require extreme precision, highly reliable quality, and trusted materials, including the medical device, semiconductor, aerospace, and defense industries. We also work with our Forpak partners to build innovative automated food processing equipment that meets strict food safety standards.

All of the parts and assemblies we manufacture for these industries fit into the mold of Industry 4.0 through our prototyping, technology, and practices.

Prototyping:

MultiSource engineers practice reverse engineering based on proven specifications and geometries, but we also provide prototyping services using intelligent CAD systems, 3D printing, and CNC controls. Our prototyping strategies follow Industry 4.0’s core elements of information transparency, massive data collection, and computer support. Throughout the prototyping process, we have a fully open line of communication with all our clients.

Technology:

Our facilities have always hosted state-of-the-art technology and highly precise machining centers. Today, we have access to a wide range of technology across our six fabrication locations. Intelligent automation is another key component of Industry 4.0. Our multi-axis CNC machining centers, advanced software programs, computer technology, and other tools push our production floor into the future.

Practices:

Throughout our facilities, from the customer service desk to the clean room, our practices continue to support Industry 4.0’s value for communication and connectivity. We find projects run smoothly and yield the highest quality products with a network of communication across all our departments and at every stage of the production process.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change many parts of our world, but manufacturers and engineers will see some of the first new standards take place. To learn more about our work as a contract manufacturer, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote.

 

Forpak Technical Support and Extra Maintenance Services for Your Food Packaging Equipment

The global food industry has some of the most rigorous safety standards compared to most other types of production. Not only do these standards and regulations apply to the product, equipment, and factory practices, but also to the shipping, storage, distribution, and other business processes. Down to particulars like the shelf life of packaging materials, the food industry imposes requirements and sets standards meant to protect the consumer, the manufacturer, and the planet. While these regulations are strict, they are critical for a reliable, safe, and sustainable industry that can feed the world. A large part of the food industry that can make or break safety standards is the packaging process. Food products are harvested and distributed on a wide-scale global network for today’s cosmopolitan, internationalized consumers. Packing such a range of food items for shipping and storage in all kinds of climates is a challenge that packaging engineers and food processing facilities have met in many ways. With our own engineers and packing experts, Forpak works with facilities in the bakery, pizza, and meat industries to provide innovative solutions to the world’s food packaging equipment obstacles.

Forpak Food Packaging Equipment

Forpak food packaging equipment designs are unique systems for the full factory automation of several conveyor steps, including transfers, stacking, sorting, laning, reject systems, and more. We also work with clients to tailor custom designs that meet their facility needs. All our designs can be integrated seamlessly into existing production lines with limited downtime in customer schedules.

Installation and Maintenance

To make the installation and maintenance process as fast and reliable as possible, Forpak technicians provide complete technical support in addition to our new preventative maintenance benefits program.

Technical Support

Our technical support starts with the installation and start-up of your new equipment. Forpak equipment can be installed in any production line, but with our own technicians in the facilities with exactly the right tools, knowledge, and experience, your equipment can be quickly and perfectly integrated. Our service technicians will perform the installation and new equipment start-up process. We also offer Machine Operator Training for our equipment to any of your staff members.

Warranty

With ongoing technical support, Forpak customers will benefit from a 12-month parts warranty, spare parts packages, and 95% of all parts available for same-day shipping. Our tech staff is available for phone support during all business hours, but we also provide on-site support with certified Forpak technicians. We work with customers to schedule all the necessary upgrades, parts replacement, and preventative maintenance through our brand new support program.

Preventive Maintenance

Our preventative maintenance program is designed to support Forpak customers with comprehensive care. Customers benefit from discounts, personalized maintenance, and optimized scheduling, and they can also expect a significant increase in equipment longevity and a reduction of repair downtime.

To learn more about our preventative maintenance program and technical support for our food packaging equipment, contact Forpak by calling (612) 419-1948 or emailing forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online or request a quote to get started with us today.

Coordinate-Measuring Machines for Quality Control in Contract Manufacturing

For all the industries we at Multisource Manufacturing LLC serve, precision is a necessary factor in our machining, tooling, and other fabrication processes. We operate a network of facilities with access to over 140 computer numerical control (CNC) machines, including machines with 3-axis and 5-axis indexed milling capabilities. Our team of more than 300 employees operates with seamless lean manufacturing practices for all projects, including the production of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, components, and full assemblies. For all our precision contract manufacturing work, quality is critical. Our quality control practices take place in every stage of fabrication, from prototyping to packaging. In compliance with international standards and our own personal goals for excellence, we perform rigorous quality control processes, including simulation diagnostics, testing of working components in high-stress environments, precise geometric measurements with Zeiss coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs), and vision system analysis for first-class inspection.

Quality Control

Quality control diagnostics with CMMs and vision systems provide us with unique solutions for guaranteeing the geometric accuracy of precisely machined parts. For contract manufacturing, CMMs are key in automating important parts of the quality control process.

Function

Our CMMs are free-standing machines that use bridge-type coordinate measuring controlled through state-of-the-art software for fast and accurate geometric readings. Using a probe along the three XYZ dimensional axes, each with a sensor monitor, the CMM can measure exact coordinates on an object surface. A coordinate measurement is recorded and the process is repeated until the CMM can detect and relay the precise geometry of a part. The readings are translated through an intelligent software program that compares information against design specifications. We utilize CMM diagnostics for most parts, but it is especially useful in testing parts before and after they are assembled.

Accuracy

The main benefit of using a CMM for quality control is the extreme accuracy of its readings and the precision we can achieve thanks to those systems. Repeatability of a sensor probe, multiple axes, and the angling capabilities of the coordinate measurements allow our CMMs to read tolerances within 0.001mm (0.00005 in). We calibrate our CMMs before each new part is tested to ensure baseline conditions are standardized.

Coordinate Measuring Machine

The first CMMs were developed in the 1950s and worked only along two axes. Three axis CMMs entered the industrial world in the 1960s, and early computer control systems for CMMs were introduced in the 1970s. Since then, the use of CMMs for high precision parts spread throughout many different manufacturing industries. Modern CMMs, while highly accurate, powerful pieces of technology, are commonplace in many facilities.

To learn more about the role CMMs play in our quality control processes, or for more information about our contract manufacturing services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

Food Packaging Solutions Protect Workers

As computerized systems, software, and hardware technology continue to develop today, most industries have started to integrate more automation into production facilities. Robots and other automated systems are critical parts of even the smallest manufacturing or processing plant. Because of the increased use of automation, the way the human workforce operates has changed over the last ten to twenty years. Production line workers who previously spent their days performing repetitive manual duties can now dedicate their time and skills to higher-level projects. At Forpak, we support this change in the food industry with our innovative food packaging solutions. Our designs provide automated systems for conveyor belt packing lines, including sorting, laning, stacking, transfers, and rejection capabilities. We also provide custom designs engineered for specialized functions and facility spaces when needed.

Food Packaging Solutions

Not only do automated food packaging solutions eliminate the risk of human contamination, improve packing precision, save time, and support sanitation in a food handling facility, they also protect worker safety in a number of ways.

Protecting Workers

Removing workers from roles that can be accomplished faster and more accurately with automated technology protects workers from the following:

Injuries from repetitive motion:

The traditional factory assembly line requires a significant amount of repetitive motion. Workers often develop chronic injuries and conditions from those daily repetitions, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and bursitis. Automated systems can perform those repetitive motions, preventing potential long-term injuries.

Back injuries:

Many factory jobs require workers to lift heavy materials, often over 50 lbs., frequently. While workers might adjust to these conditions and develop more ergonomic ways of moving heavy objects, back injuries are still the most common workplace injury in many industries. Automated systems can reduce or eliminate the need for workers to move heavy materials in a facility.

Injuries from fatigue:

With increased use of automation, workers have significantly fewer physically demanding jobs. The physical demand on workers prior to the integration of automated systems often led to fatigue-related injuries towards the end of a production shift. Automated systems help keep workers more alert and less exhausted throughout the day.

Exposure to hazardous conditions:

There are many kinds of facilities where hazardous or extreme conditions are required for production or are a result of the manufacturing process. In the food industry, workers can often be exposed to freezing temperatures and processing elements such as boiling water. Automated systems ensure less harm and safer workplace settings while maintaining better accuracy.

COVID-19:

Finally, automated systems have proven highly effective in protecting workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to automation, facilities can keep workers at a distance, which prevents the spread of the virus and allows for greater sanitation between shifts.

To learn more about our automated food packaging solutions, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online or request a quote to get started with us today.

Aircraft Flight Instruments Made with Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing

Air travel and military air defense technology have advanced significantly since MultiSource Manufacturing LLC first entered the industry in 1968. Airplanes, jets, helicopters, rockets, space systems, and even drones are more capable and safer than ever before. While technology has changed in many ways over the last 40 years, there are also many components of aerospace engineering that have remained the same. While manufacturers have replaced older analog systems in favor of modern digital tech, many of the standard flight controls and instrumentation still follow the same principles and functions. In addition to the main functions of most flight deck instruments remaining the same over the years, the aerospace and defense industries still require some of the highest precision and reliable machining performance for all parts, components, and full assemblies. Today, MultiSource Manufacturing prototypes and fabricates a broad range of parts for the aerospace industry with multi-axis machining, Swiss turning machines, live tooling, and more. When it comes to aerospace and defense manufacturing, our engineers and technicians have decades of expertise.

Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing

There are many aspects of aerospace and defense manufacturing that have changed greatly over time, but the production of flight deck controls, sometimes called the “aviation six pack,” follows the same general shape and form. These six instruments, found in every aircraft, include:

  • Airspeed indicator (ASI)
  • Altimeter
  • Attitude indicator
  • Heading indicator
  • Turn coordinator
  • Vertical speed indicator

Oldest Types of Aviation Instruments

Of these six instruments, the airspeed indicator and the altimeter are some of the oldest types of aviation instruments, and they provide many important data points to the engineers, pilots, and flight deck in general.

Airspeed indicator (ASI):

The ASI measures several types of aircraft speed. Most often, four basic types of airspeed are measured. First, the indicated airspeed (IAS) shows a reading without consideration of atmospheric pressure, weather, and potential instrument errors. The ASI also reads the calibrated airspeed (CAS) that corrects for installation and instrument error, the true airspeed (TAS) that corrects for atmospheric changes with altitude, and the groundspeed (GS), which measures the actual speed of the aircraft over the ground.

 Altimeter:

Traditional altimeters measure the height of the aircraft above sea level, but there are several altimeter systems that provide more information adjusted for altitude factors. Most flight decks will include altimeters that read the indicated altitude, which is only accurate with the correct barometric pressure settings; the true altitude, which is the exact height above sea level; and the absolute altitude, which is the height above ground level. Modern aircraft will also use altimeters that read the pressure altitude, which shows the altitude reading calibrated to standard atmospheric levels, and the density altitude, which adjusts the pressure altitude reading for external temperature changes.

Original Six Pack

There are many other instruments that fill a flight deck and provide vital information, but those in the original six pack are some of the older tools still used in updated formats today.

To learn more about aerospace and defense manufacturing, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote

The Importance of Reject Systems for Food Packaging Equipment Hygiene

Any industry that directly impacts the health and well-being of our global population requires strict regulations, guidelines, and standards for quality, consistency, and trustworthy practices. From the pharmaceutical industry to the food industry, ethical companies involved in the production, packaging, storage, and distribution of goods all strive to maintain reliable operations that protect sanitary, safe consumables. In the food industry, growing trends toward sustainability and reducing waste are intertwining with existing standards for hygiene and food safety. Supporting these trends means making changes in all food production facilities, including harvesting, processing, packing, and shipping. At Forpak, we design innovative solutions for food packaging equipment to meet industry needs for increased sanitation and sustainability. Our equipment provides intelligent systems for automated conveyors, transfers, laners, sorters, stackers, and reject systems. We also provide custom equipment designs and fabrication to meet specialized needs across the food industry.

Food Packaging Equipment

Making smart adjustments in all kinds of food packaging equipment can continually improve the way packing facilities meet sustainability and sanitation standards. In particular, our reject systems can significantly reduce inaccuracies that lead to food waste and improve hygiene on the production line.

Reject Module System

Forpak has designed a unique reject module system that can be quickly and easily installed onto existing belt systems. In fact, the Forpak Reject Module can be installed and removed without taking apart belting, which limits the need for maintenance and cleaning. It’s also a lightweight design and can extend the overall lifetime of sensors and belts with discrepant product removal and product diversion.

Less Food Waste

The automated reject system pinpoints products that don’t fit tight standards, using laser systems to measure dimensions and other discrepancies. With automated, continuous rejection for discrepant products and programmable product diversion on any production line, facilities will see superior sanitation and less food waste.

Sanitation

Our reject system increases sanitation with its full wash-down capabilities, thanks to NEMA 4X watershed control enclosures, stainless steel components, and anti-harborage designs. It also reduces the risk of contamination between products and limits packaging inaccuracies that can cause increased human exposure to food items. An ergonomic design with a flat belt path protects the smooth transition of discrepant goods, preventing broken particles of products from lingering until the next cleaning.

Time Saver

In addition to promoting sanitation, our reject systems save facilities time, energy, and material costs. Rejecting discrepant products or following diversion programs helps eliminate food waste at the consumer level.

To learn more about how our reject systems work and their ability to support industrial hygiene, food safety, and global sustainability in the food industry, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote for our food packaging equipment design services.

The Benefits of Using Thermoforming Processes for Plastic Fabrication

Across MultiSource Manufacturing LLC facilities, our production floors have access to a broad range of specialized materials, tools, equipment, and expertise. Our engineers, technicians, and other team members all contribute their skills and knowledge to the manufacturing of high-quality, precision-based parts, components, and full assemblies. Not only do we use multi-axis machining centers to build close tolerance metal parts for medical device, aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, but we also implement many processes for plastic fabrication with trusted materials, including Teflon™, exotic, and basic polymers. Plastic welding, bending, and several types of forming are all key operations in our plastic parts production. Cold forming and thermoforming, in particular, are used to make plastic components across a broad range of industries. We utilize thermoforming to build unique part designs with functional longevity and strength. When it comes to plastic manufacturing, thermoforming is one of the most beneficial processes for many reasons.

Thermoforming

Thermoforming is a versatile plastic fabrication operation that combines heat and vacuum pressure to quickly form a sheet of industrial plastic into a mold. Molds are engineered to result in plastic parts with exact specifications, complex geometries, and strong three-dimensional forms. Thermoformed plastic parts are long-lasting, strong components that endure functional stress and meet a broad range of requirements.

Some benefits of the thermoforming process include:

  1. Quick production: The thermoforming process itself is a fast production system. Our team can machine molds from a prototype in a matter of weeks. With a mold designed and made, our production line can then thermoform parts in minutes.
  2. Low-cost complex parts: Our engineers can design molds for intricate parts with our computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) prototyping software. These complex parts are produced with low-cost thermoforming processes to create high-detail surfaces, textures, and finishes.
  3. Low-cost large parts: Not only can thermoforming processes build complex parts with well-engineered molds, they can also handle large parts at costs lower than most other manufacturing operations. Thermoformed parts can be as large as 10 x 20 feet.
  4. Multiple part assemblies: Using thermoforming, we can also manufacture multipart assemblies that fit close tolerances and precise construction. We design molds for assemblies based on the final product for connection points and fits with zero gaps.
  5. Industry-compliant materials: The polymers and plastics we work with offer a flexible range of material specifications. We can build thermoformed parts that meet multiple industry standards, requirements, and compliances, including those for ruggedization, durability, weather resistance, impact resistance, and more. Our thermoformed part performance can be tailored to exact industry goals and functional stresses.

Plastic Fabrication

These are just a few of the many advantages building with thermoforming operations provides. To learn more about our plastic fabrication capabilities and other operations, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote online to get started with us today.

Standards Met with Forpak Food Assembly Equipment and What They Mean

As a manufacturer of processing equipment used in the packaging of food products in multiple areas of the food industry, we understand our responsibility to uphold hygiene, sanitation, and quality standards through our designs. Forpak’s innovative solutions for equipment used in the packing of food products in industrial facilities follow strict regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and many other organizations that set requirements and quality standards for food safety. Our food assembly equipment designs include automated, intelligent systems for stacking, laning, sorting, transfers, conveying, reject systems, and more. We also work with clients in need of custom designs that fit specifications for their particular packaging facilities. Our equipment can be easily integrated into existing production lines and maintained in the long term with the protection and benefits of our preventative maintenance program. For more than 30 years, Forpak has worked to meet advanced demands for automated packing equipment while supporting food industry standards for safety and quality.

Food Assembly Equipment

We build our food assembly equipment to accommodate the main industries of meat and poultry, baked goods, and pizza packaging. Our equipment is currently operating on a global scale in many production facilities around the world. Because of our international customer base, we continue to meet specialized industrial standards for the meat and bakery industries.

Federal and International Standards

In addition to federal and industry-specific food safety and environmental standards, we also meet strict specifications for the NSF International and American Institute of Baking (AIB) International organizations.

NSF 3A for Meat and Poultry

NSF International was founded in 1944, originally as the National Sanitation Foundation. The organization grew to cover sanitation in global markets and solidified into today’s certification and standardization system that we know as NSF International, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Our commitment to meeting NSF 3A Standards for meat and poultry packaging equipment means we create equipment with materials, surface treatments, coatings, sealants, and controls that are durable and washable. Our equipment can be sanitized without risking damage to machine integrity or other detriment, and our designs can be subject to high pressure and humid environments for extended operations without compromise.

BISSC for Baking

The Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) is a subsidiary of AIB International and works as an office of certification for fabricators and designers of bakery equipment. The first form of the BISSC was founded in 1949. Today, the BISSC works with ANSI standards for manufacturing equipment for baked goods covering sanitation and food safety. This standard outlines similar requirements for design, materials, and surface treatment of the NSF 3A and other food industry standards, but also establishes strict limitations for corrosion resistance, absorbency, toxic construction materials, protective coatings, and cleaning methodologies.

Both NSF International and the BISSC standards guide our design and manufacturing processes. Our goal as a fabricator of food assembly equipment is to continue to uphold global food safety to the best of our abilities. Contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com; you can also request more information or a quote to get started with us today.

Adding Value to Complete Contract Machining with Precision Grinding, Gun Drilling, Broaching, and Wire EDM

Since 1998, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC has supported original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers in a range of industries with computer numerical control (CNC) machining and expert fabrication work. The prototypes, parts, components, and full assemblies we build meet production needs for precision, material quality, and just-in-time delivery in the medical device, semiconductor, defense and aerospace, financial processing, and food industry. Across our network of six well-equipped facilities, we are able to implement operations from machining with over 140 multi-axis CNC centers to plastic fabrication with polymers like Teflon™ and more. In addition to comprehensive design/build facilities, expert project management systems, and quality materials sourcing, we also provide value-added finishing treatments to parts and assemblies, such as laser marking and heat treatments. If you need contract machining and fabrication services for your components, parts, or assemblies, MultiSource has the staff, equipment, supplies, and facilities to get the job done.

Contract Machining Operations

While a significant part of our contract machining operations relies on the performance of our 3-axis and 5-axis indexed CNC machine centers, Swiss turning machines, lathes, and other programmable, high-powered CNC equipment, our access to supplemental tools also allows us to meet the closest tolerances possible with the greatest accuracy. Some of those supplemental tooling operations include:

Grinding:

We utilize several grinding systems to finish component surfaces and interiors to the exact tolerance required. We can also treat surfaces with powerful grinding systems to create desired cosmetic and functional finishes, use gear grinders to create perfection in high-precision gearing parts, apply center grinders for meticulous shafts, use tumble grinders to reduce imperfections quickly, and implement many other specialized grinders in the machining process.

Gun Drilling:

Fluted straight gun drills utilize cutting fluid to make deep holes into working materials. The cutting fluid provides both cooling and lubrication as the drilling is done. We can apply gun drilling on our mills, lathes, and other machining tools for the best precision possible. With gun drills, we can cut accurate holes with depths over five times their diameters.

Broaching:

Using linear and rotary broaching tools, we can efficiently perform specific cuts when building parts that require asymmetric machining. Toothed broaching cutters are frequently used in manufacturing gear systems, dies, keyways, castings, and more. Broaching allows us to rapidly perform unusual cuts with tolerances as tight as ±0.0005 in (±0.01 mm).

Wire EDM:

Electrical discharge machining (EDM) uses current to remove material from a workpiece in subtractive manufacturing operations. Wire EDM can cut plates up to 11.81 in (300 mm) in thickness with CNC guided programs. These systems are useful in precision-cutting hard metals that would cause unnecessary wear on other machining systems.

Grinding, gun drilling, broaching, and wire EDM are just some of the many supplemental operations we use to complete a fabrication project. For more about our contract machining capabilities, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or a quote to get started with us today.