Materials Expertise for Contract Manufacturing

As an industry-leading manufacturer for a broad range of industries, including those requiring extreme precision, intricate components, and clean room handling, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC knows how important it is to source only the best materials for your production floor. We work with several types of metals, including exotic alloys and sheet metal as well as multiple plastics and polymers. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC pours its materials expertise into sourcing at each of our locations so we can get exactly what we need for every part and full assembly that we make. For all our contract manufacturing services, you can trust us to use the highest quality industrial materials without compromising excessive costs.

As a network of contract manufacturing facilities, the materials we source to fabricate components and full assemblies for OEMs and other customers include:

Aluminum:

Aluminum is one of the most common materials we use because of its versatility and durability. We use aluminum to build parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, medical, financial processing, and more.

Steels:

Steel is used in a broad range of fabrication processes. We use a variety of steels, including stainless steel for food-grade components, among many others; surgical steel for medical device production, military grade steel for aerospace and defense manufacturing; and basic steels such as low, mild, and high carbon grades.

Titanium:

As one of the strongest metals available to the manufacturing world, titanium is highly useful for many production applications. It is especially key in fabricating components that are durable, flexible, and can hold up to high-stress scenarios when used in aerospace, defense, and medical industries.

 

Other metals: In addition to sheet metal, steels, and titanium, we source several other high-quality metals for fabricating different parts. This includes aluminum, magnesium, and brass in addition to high-nickel alloys.

 

Exotic metals: Along with exotic alloys of steel, titanium, magnesium, brass, and aluminum, we also source and manufacture with exotics like inconel, hastelloy, molybdenum, platinum, chromium, cobalt, monel, tungsten, and more.

 

Plastics: Plastics are highly effective materials for many industrial applications. MultiSource performs expert plastic welding, bending, forming, and other techniques with different polymer materials. We utilize basic polymers that we source and make in-house, but we also work with Teflon™ and exotic plastics.

Because we have multiple locations that manufacture components and assemblies used worldwide in such a broad range of industries, it’s highly critical that we can count on our materials to meet the same quality we promise all our customers. To ensure that quality, we dedicate time and money to our sourcing departments and partner with trusted suppliers.

Contract Manufacturing:

To learn more about the contract manufacturing services we provide for global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Choose MultiSource for Contract Manufacturing?

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC provides comprehensive contract manufacturing for a wide range of industries. We supply OEMs and other customers with precise components and full assemblies. The materials we source for fabrication projects include sheet metals, multiple grades of stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, high-nickel alloys, brass, magnesium, exotic metals, and various plastics and polymers. If you’re looking for complete design/build manufacturing services for any size project, the MultiSource network has the facilities, equipment, expertise, material sources, and design capabilities to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Customers who partner with MultiSource for contract manufacturing will benefit from our foundational values as a company and our extensive production floor capabilities.

Customer Focused:

MultiSource is a network of locations throughout the Minnesota and Colorado, but we serve customers globally. We work with the customer-focused mentality of a small business, yet we have the operational capacity of an industrial plant. From prototyping a design to shipping final parts with Just-in-Time delivery, MultiSource works with a strong emphasis on meeting exact customer specifications and communication with clients throughout.

Precision Based:

With over 200 CNC machining centers, including 3, 4, and 5-axis indexed mills, MultiSource can perfect the accuracy and precision of all production results. Our prototyping process predetermines part guidelines to the closest tolerances. Not only do our fabrication practices meet our own high standards for precision, we also maintain multiple ISO manufacturing certifications.

Equipment: In addition to the many CNC mills, lathes, and swiss machines on our production floors, we have laser marking, welding (for both polymer and metal), plating, heat treating, painting, and other finishing technologies. Our prototyping equipment uses precise CAD/CAM software paired with additive manufacturing and 3D printing systems. MultiSource prototyping, machining, assembly, and finishing equipment all make it possible for our engineers and technicians to provide the highest quality parts possible.

Specialty Capabilities: On top of our precision-based main production technologies, we also have specialized equipment that allows us to manufacture for very demanding industries, including the medical device, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. Our engineers and technicians can fabricate intricate parts for semiconductors with wet processing and microchip handling methods, surgical-grade components for medical devices, rocketry systems for the aerospace industry, and more.

Contract Manufacturing:

MultiSource is an industry-leading provider of contract manufacturing for many industries. Our commitment to excellence with a precision and customer focus is what drives us to always deliver the best results we can. To learn more about the benefits of working with MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, contact us at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote for more information today.

Appreciating the Work of Our Military with Contract Manufacturing Services

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MultiSource Manufacturing LLC provides customer-focused and precision-based contract manufacturing services for a wide range of industries. Not only do we provide components for OEMs and other customers in the medical device, semiconductor, aerospace, financial processing, and food production industries, we also work with independent and federal defense contractors. Since 1968, MultiSource has worked to provide quality, trusted components and full assemblies that meet strict requirements for the heavily regulated defense and aerospace industries. We provide flight-critical parts with precise CNC machining capabilities, such as cockpit controls, rocketry components, flight deck video systems, cargo handling, and more. Our goal as a contract manufacturing provider is to support our military’s defense and aerospace divisions and protect troops by creating high-quality, innovative solutions for the construction of advanced planes, jets, rockets, and many other mission-critical systems.

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we want to take part in honoring our troops year-round, but especially this month. We know our military works extremely hard to protect our country and support the safety of our country’s values and people.

As a contract manufacturing company, MultiSource takes part year-round in the appreciation and support of our troops through our production of key components and assemblies for the defense and aerospace industries.

We are registered with the State Department and the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) for ISO 9001:2015 and 13485:2016 as well as AS9100 D. Thanks to our 40+ years of contribution to the defense and aerospace industry, we’ve worked through the significant advancements in technology and applications that developed during that time span.

From the early days of the space program and the 1960s military to today’s futuristic technology used in the U.S. defense and aerospace industries, MultiSource engineers and technicians have provided innovative, precise solutions that meet the high standards required.

Our network of design/build machine shops work to generate many prototypes. These machines can fabricate parts and assemblies, offer value added services for finishing, perform the necessary diagnostics, and always meet Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery standards. With CNC milling up to 5 simultaneous axes, turning with live tooling, and Swiss turning with up to 12 simultaneous axes, MultiSource technicians can work with a broad range of materials for extremely precise results.

We routinely work with military grade stainless steel for many components and assemblies, but we also manufacture with titanium, aluminum, high-nickel alloys, and plastics. With our production floor capabilities, MultiSource can provide many high-precision components and assemblies for the defense and aerospace industries.

Contact the Contract Manufacturing Experts Today!

As we continue to offer contract manufacturing services to the U.S. defense and aerospace industries, we want to take time this month to appreciate our military and thank our troops for their hard work and dedication. To learn more about our services for contract manufacturing, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us 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.

Types of Software We Use in the Contract Manufacturing Process

In any modern manufacturing facility, the use of software systems and digitally controlled equipment is necessary. Even the simplest, smallest fabrication facility most likely uses software for some purpose, whether that means automated equipment, inventory tracking, engineering and design, simulations and troubleshooting, or general calculations.

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we utilize software programs for a wide range of purposes. From the office to the production floor, intelligent digital tools make it possible for us to provide OEMs and other customers with the precision and excellence we’re known for. As an industry-leading provider of contract manufacturing, we use software to improve our company daily and continue to provide the broad range of fabrication and design services we offer.

MultiSource Manufacturing produces components and full assemblies for many different industries, including medical, defense, aerospace, food, semiconductor, and more. Software programs are used comprehensively on each part of the production floor for all manufacturing and general day-to-day needs. Some primary examples of how we implement software include:

 

  • Project management: For the scheduling, outlining, and delegating of any project we take on, software plays an important role in generating information, estimating timelines, determining materials and tools, and sharing all that information among the parties involved.
  • Prototyping: For CAD/CAM design and general virtual prototyping, software systems are key. We use software specialized to engineering a digital 3D image, projecting specifications, generating calculations and predictions, and producing a 3D printed part.
  • Automated equipment: A large majority of our equipment on the production floor is automated. From versatile horizontal and vertical machining centers to calibrated plastic welding equipment, our equipment relies on software programs for direction. This automation provides the precision and accuracy required for the many intricate or complex parts and full assemblies we manufacture.
  • Inspection and simulation: When prototypes or finished components are completed, our team of expert technicians utilize specialty software programs to run thorough diagnostics of the condition of fabricated parts. They also perform comprehensive simulations that predict the behavior of components and full assemblies in a functioning setting with likely stress factors.
  • Maintenance program: To protect the integrity of our manufacturing practices, MultiSource adheres to a well-oiled maintenance program and upkeep schedule. With maintenance-scheduling software, predictive software technologies, and digital analysis, we can maintain an optional condition in all areas of our facility.
  • Inventory tracking: From materials and parts we use in daily production to cleaning supplies and staff safety tools, our inventory tracking database relies on a software program that can handle complex records. Our inventory tracking software makes sure we have what we need to keep our production schedule streamlined while continuing to meet global industrial certification standards and OSHA goals.

 

In addition to the preceding uses, software plays an important role at MultiSource facilities. To learn more about our contract manufacturing capabilities and the software we use, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Also, you can request more information or request a quote online to get started with us today.

Certifications for Quality-controlled Contract Manufacturing

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our network of facilities manufactures custom components and assemblies for an extremely varied and wide range of industries using a broad spectrum of equipment and operations. Because of the range of our manufacturing services, quality control and safety at every step are the most critical aspects of our daily standard practices. To meet national and global standards for quality contract manufacturing and excellence of service, the MultiSource network continually works to maintain certifications annually. Our current certifications with the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the SAE International meet some of the highest levels of excellence in advanced contract manufacturing and design.

 

Each of our multiple branches is certified for the specific industries it serves. For example, some branches are certified for aerospace manufacturing, while others are specialized for medical devices and equipment production. Our current ISO and SAE certifications include:

 

ISO-9001: This ISO certification is a more generalized umbrella describing the standards set for a quality management/control system for the comprehensive practices of a contract manufacturer. To qualify for this certification, our facilities and staff must show that we practice standards that offer consistent quality and long-term reliability of product, meet customer satisfactions, and stay within government and legal operation regulations. For all our facilities, the standards involved in an ISO-9001 certification are met on a daily basis in all areas of operations.

 

ISO-13485: This specific ISO certification applies directly to the production of medical devices, surgical equipment, and other medical components. It’s especially important to hold this certification for manufacturing medical equipment that could be key in saving a life or providing long-term treatment. Meeting these standards means our contract manufacturing services protect the safety above all in any medical design, fabrication, assembly, packing, and shipping.

 

AS-9100D: When it comes to aerospace and defense manufacturing, the advanced technology involved requires extremely specific design, assembly, and materials. Because of this, the SAE AS-9100D certification is key in practicing quality control and managing intelligent fabrication systems in each of our aerospace manufacturing facilities. This certification pairs with an ISO-9001quality management standardization to support the best practices possible in the production of aviation, defense, aeronautics, and space travel mechanics and equipment.

 

ISO and SAE certifications are key in maintaining standardized quality across the board for contract manufacturing in many different industries. To learn more about our custom manufacturing and the MultiSource network, contact us at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.

Use of Lean Practices for Quality Contract Manufacturing

At MultiSource Manufacturing, we provide an extensive range of contract manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly services. Because we offer such a wide variety of manufacturing at very different scales, it’s important to us that we implement waste reduction and efficiency at all times. To meet standards of low environmental impact and for in-house efficiency, we operate using lean manufacturing practices.

 

Lean manufacturing was developed by Toyota in the 1970s and has since been applicable globally in many industries. As a contract manufacturing provider, we use lean manufacturing practices to provide precision-based production, rapid prototyping, and Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery of components and assemblies to OEMs and our other customers. When you work with the MultiSource network for any of your fabrication needs, you gain the benefits that our lean manufacturing practices promote daily.

 

The elements of a lean manufacturing system include as-needed production, flawless project management, quality materials sourcing, and intelligent engineering. With our fully-outfitted production floor, skilled technicians, design and prototype program, and expert engineers, we’re able to operate with lean manufacturing practices from the start to finish of any project.

 

Design: Using advanced CAD/CAM systems and reverse engineering, we’re able to create a digital or physical model that meets your specifications for form and function. With virtual testing, simulation, and field projections, we’re able to understand the stresses that a component or system will endure in operation and create a manufacturing process that will be the most precise and efficient. With this design program we’re able to manufacture only what’s needed and reduce waste in production.

 

Fabrication and Assembly: With a quality prototype, our CNC machining centers, assemblers, and finishing equipment can quickly fabricate and assemble the final pieces. Our production processes benefit from the use of multi-directional mills and lathes as well as Swiss machines and other finishing equipment. We also utilize a Class 3 clean room, laser marking technology, welding tools, and plastic fabrication.

 

Delivery: Because we can quickly generate an exact prototype and rapidly perform fabrication operations, MultiSource is able to offer customers Just-In-Time delivery. This means that we can get products to your facilities exactly as you need them. This JIT delivery eliminates your need for backstock, allowing you to save room, time, and cost of storage.

 

No matter what type of component or assembly you need for your facilities or production line, you can rely on Multisource Manufacturing LLC to fabricate that product with lean manufacturing practices. To learn more about our contract manufacturing services, or to get started with us today, contact us at (952) 456-5500, request a quote, or request more information.

Role of Contract Manufacturing in Pharmaceutical Production

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC offers a wide range of fabrication and assembly services for many industries. The medical industry has a high standard for the precision and accuracy required during the production process because all equipment used in the medical industry will directly affect the lives of patients and medical professionals for better or for worse. As a contract manufacturer of medical tools used in many areas of the industry, MultiSource understands its responsibility in the production of quality, highly accurate components and assemblies. Our role as a contract manufacturing expert is to provide reliable services from start to finish in the design, production, assembly, and finishing processes.

 

Medical devices have come a long way technologically and ideologically in the last 50 years. Advancements have been made in the industry in all areas, from treatment capabilities to pharmaceutical production. Because so many new approaches to drug delivery and pharmaceutical manufacturing systems have emerged throughout the medical industry, the equipment used in those systems has advanced to accommodate these new ideas.

 

To meet continually advancing  medical technologies, the MultiSource network is dedicated to providing comprehensive manufacturing capabilities with state-of-the-art tools and intelligent engineering. The components and assemblies we manufacture for pharmaceutical production meet the high standards required in the field for sterile, contaminant-free function.

 

Our contract manufacturing services for pharmaceutical production devices include components and assemblies for various methods of drug fabrication, including:

 

  • milling for chemicals, capsules, and other drug delivery systems
  • granulation of drug particles and other fillers or inactive ingredients
  • coating and pressing of capsules, tablets, pills, and other drug formats
  • complex cooling equipment used in the selection and control of reactivity
  • highly precise systems for the extraction of solvents, material emulsions, temperature treating, and hydrolyzing
  • laboratory equipment used to build stoichiometric ratios of differing reagents

 

On an industrial level, pharmaceutical manufacturers need specialized production systems integrated on the production floor. For drug fabrication, the equipment used in these systems provides industrial capabilities, including:

 

  • power feeding used in continuous manufacturing with variable speeds and reliable stability
  • large-scale milling for chemical breakdown
  • heavy-duty blending with power equipment
  • large-scale, contained granulation
  • extrusion using hot melt technology
  • contained conveyor systems
  • and many other specialized tools needed for industrial pharmaceutical production

 

The production of pharmaceuticals is a highly technical, regulated industry. To meet industry standards and provide patients with a quality, reliable product, you need the right equipment. With the expertise of the MultiSource network, you can get the components, assemblies, and equipment you need.

 

To learn more about services for pharmaceutical manufacturers and our other work in the medical industry, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today at (952) 456-5500. To find out more about our contract manufacturing services, request more information or request a quote online to get started with us today.

Expanding the Basics of Fulfillment Services for Smart Manufacturing with MultiSource

The MultiSource Manufacturing network spans across the Upper Midwest to Colorado, but our contract manufacturing services offer global availability. From the high-powered aerospace and defense manufacturing industry to the precise intricacies of the medical device production industry, the MultiSource network provides excellence in design, manufacturing, and service that OEMs and other customers across the world need.

 

Because the scope of our services is wide enough to cover the globe, each of our facilities must adhere to strict quality assurance and basic principles for fulfillment services to maintain a reliable manufacturing operation.

 

While the standard principles for quality control and fulfillment services are excellent for outlining the foundation of MultiSource practices, our network of facilities works to expand those basic principles daily.

 

Basic Fulfillment Services Standards

 

  1. Logic in production from initial designs to finally shipping.
  2. Automation of production equipment and processes.
  3. Inventory management for parts, materials, components, and final products.
  4. Communication, including basic customer service and conversation between parties involved.

 

Expanding Beyond the Basics

 

For the last 20 years, MultiSource has taken those basic principles for fulfillment services and ran with them, expanding above and beyond in our practices. Respectively this includes:

 

  1. MultiSource uses lean manufacturing processes and precision-based procedures at all stages of production to fabricate highly complex, reliable, and long-lasting components for a wide range of industries. Our equipment is state-of-the-art from the simplest finishing tool to the most advanced machining center.
  2. In every possible application, MultiSource works to automate, eliminating human error and creating a low-waste, rapid production mindset. Not only does this include multiple formats for CNC machining and design with CAD/CAM prototyping, but also CMM and vision systems for quality control.
  3. With our rapid production processes, perfection in inventory management is critical. Our teams of project managers work with continually-updating software and inventory record systems to keep exact, to-the-minute data. With our materials expertise and lean manufacturing processes, we’re able to maintain a well-tuned system of inventory flow.
  4. Because the MultiSource network is comprised of multiple facilities with varying capabilities, communication between all parties is just as important as the production process itself. Our teams keep a constant path of communication between our facilities, management teams, technicians, engineers, and of course, customers.

 

Without the basic fundamentals of service fulfillment and quality control practices, our contract manufacturing services would not be the industry-leading quality they are today. Building on top of that foundation, the MultiSource network expands beyond with fulfillment services and quality control that’s so much more than what’s described here. To learn more about our contract manufacturing services, contact MultiSource at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote today.

 

Importance of Clean Room Standards for Manufacturing and Assembly of Semiconductor Components

Certain areas of the manufacturing operations we provide in the MultiSource Manufacturing network have very specific requirements for a controlled, contained environment during the production process. Specifically, our manufacturing of high-quality precision-based semiconductor components demands a clean room meeting exact ISO standards as well as our own self-imposed standards. The MultiSource network utilizes an ISO Class 3 clean room to eliminate the potential for contamination in every stage of the production process for semiconductor components and full assemblies.

With the protection our clean room provides, MultiSource is able to offer PFA fabrication and welding, in-house electric capabilities, and reverse engineering for even the most complex semiconductor projects.

Our Clean Room

All of our locations have access to our Burnsville facility’s clean room. This clean room meets ISO level 3 classification and Class 1 Federal Standard 209E for eliminating biocontamination and other forms of particulate contamination in the production process.

ISO 3/ Class 1 clean rooms limit the presence of contaminating particles down to:

● 1,000 per cubic meter of particles sized at 0.1 micrometers
● 237 per cubic meter of particles sized at 0.2 micrometers
● 102 per cubic meter of particles sized at 0.3 micrometers
● 35 per cubic meter of particles sized at 0.5 micrometers
● 8 per cubic meter of particles sized at 1.0 micrometers
● 0 per cubic meter of particles sized at 5.0 micrometer

This filtration of microorganisms and particles is critical for the successful production of semiconductor components and assemblies because of the nature of the materials utilized in their manufacturing. Semiconductor assemblies are derived from glassy, crystalline materials such as silicon that have an electrical conductivity decreasing in resistance as temperature increases. Because of this and other properties of semiconductor materials, they are utilized to build electrical assemblies with unique allowance for amplification and energy conversion. However, the process of building semiconductor designed for integrated circuits used in most electronic assemblies requires a highly clean environment, not only during the semiconductor seed material refinement to produce chips with complete clarity, but also during all following production and assembly of semiconductor and electronic components.

Even the smallest particle present in the manufacturing environment can, at the least, alter the quality of a semiconductor assembly and, at the most, completely damage the function of a component and the system as a whole.

With access to an in-house, high-level clean room, MultiSource engineers and technicians are able to consistently produce high-quality, precision-based semiconductor components and assemblies for OEMS and other customers.

To learn more about our world class clean room and additional clean room standards for the manufacturing of semiconductor components, submit a request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.