Celebrating National Customer Appreciation Month with Unique Food Packaging Solutions

At Forpak, our goal as a food-grade industrial equipment provider is to uphold our own standards and international standards for safety and quality while meeting unique client needs. We’ve developed new food packaging solutions, designed fully automated systems, and manufactured our products for customers worldwide for more than 25 years. To play our part in promoting food safety practices for global food processing, packaging, and distributing industries, we’re dedicated to supporting sanitary equipment use as well as understanding the values our customers hold. We work to provide customer-focused services for all aspects of designing and manufacturing of our food packaging solutions.

 

We are happier than ever to appreciate our customers and their partnerships with Forpak this April with National Customer Appreciation Month. Without our customers’ specialized needs for automation and food-grade equipment, Forpak would not be able to provide our advanced food packaging solutions to help grow the industry.

 

Forpak designs are based on our fundamental values:

 

  • Meeting the strict hygienic and sanitary standards and qualifications for NSF 3A for meat and poultry, BISSC for baking, and more.

 

  • Leading the food packing industry in designs and innovative solutions with added benefits like Allen Bradley controls and components.

 

  • Establishing mutually beneficial relationships with all our clients to provide them with both the packaging solutions they need and our continued support of food safety.

 

While we fabricate a large portion of our own unique designs for food packaging solutions, including production line equipment such as conveyors, stackers, sorters, laners, auto transfers, and more, Forpak also designs machines that are tailored to the specialized needs of many different customers.

 

Our customers work in multiple food packaging industries, from baked goods to meat and poultry. All of our clients that have integrated our custom equipment into their facilities have immediately seen the benefits of our designs. Not only are our custom systems completely fitted to work into our clients’ production and maintenance schedules, facility spaces, building technical capacities, staff and training backgrounds, and sanitation routines, they also benefit from Forpak’s own long-term services through our preventative maintenance program.

 

Whether customers utilize our equipment or require the development of a new Forpak design for their facilities, our new maintenance program offers our staff expertise with our products, an extensive knowledge of potential repairs, and a breadth of familiarity with how our components interact with client facilities. With this program, you can rely on us for longevity in equipment quality, limited production downtime, and a stress-free experience with all Forpak’s equipment.

 

To learn more about our food packaging solutions and our appreciation for our customers, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online  or request a quote to get started with us today.

Customer-Focused Contract Manufacturing Practices

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For over 20 years now, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC has grown into the highly developed network of multiple design/build contract manufacturing facilities it is today. Our team of hardworking engineers, machinists, and other staff, along with our state-of-the-art equipment across five highly operational facilities, has allowed us to work with a foundational focus and value of our customers. Because April is National Customer Appreciation Month in the U.S., we would love to take this time to highlight how exactly we work with a customer-focused approach to all our contract manufacturing practices.

Our goal as a customer-focused contact manufacturer is to provide a comprehensive service structure for any project from start to finish. Because we work with Fortune 500 companies, OEMs, and many other types of clients, some projects may look very different from others. No matter how small, large, simple, or complex a project is, we continue communication between our team and client throughout the main six steps of a contract manufacturing project:

1. Prototyping: To understand your exact needs for a part or full assembly, our prototyping process starts with a full breakdown of your design, specifications, and materials. When a CAD/CAM file is generated, simulated tests are run and a first prototype can be fabricated. If this prototype passes all initial physical testing, we will move with your design to the fabrication stage.

2. Fabrication: With multiple facilities and hundreds of machines operated by advanced, precision-based software and skilled technicians, we can quickly manufacture almost any component with best-cost practices. We aim to create the most effective part solutions, eliminating excess time and cost without compromising quality. Our production of a precise part will prevent issues in its function, the function of the assembly as whole, and unnecessary maintenance down the line.

3. Assembly: If you need a full assembly with multiple parts, our engineer team can incorporate that finished system into the prototyping process. When each component is tested for operation, we will assemble all parts together and test your system as a whole.

4. Quality Control: Including value-added services like deburring and heat treatment, MultiSource provides full quality control inspections. Final testing, visual inspection, and predictive maintenance strategies are all used in our quality control processes for parts and full assemblies.

5. Packing: To meet our standards for excellence in JIT delivery, MultiSource takes quality packaging and rapid delivery very seriously. We will package your parts and assemblies with specialized packing methods and provide inventory tracking systems. We understand that every part has its own unique packing needs.

To honor and thank our customers each year, we celebrate National Customer Appreciation Month each June. To learn more about our customer-focused contract manufacturing practices, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.

Top Benefits of Laning Capabilities in Food Automation Equipment

In today’s food industry, there’s a vast quantity of products available worldwide, ranging from common produce like potatoes to complex processed foods and luxury goods. In order to accommodate the packaging and distribution of this wide array of products, the food packing industry has had to create innovative solutions for handling large-scale quantities of goods that need to be quickly and effectively packaged and transferred while meeting food safety standards. At Forpak, we’re dedicated to supporting food safety and quality food packaging with unique solutions for food automation equipment. From stackers and conveyors to sorters and laners, Forpak technology offers streamlined, fast, and cost-effective methods for handling food products in industrial facilities. Our products are easily integrated into existing food assembly equipment systems, and our preventative maintenance program helps customers maintain long-term quality in installed equipment.

When it comes to laning capabilities in a food packaging facility, Forpak laners are industry leading machines designed to offer increased automation unlike any other competing systems. The Forpak Laner has a small footprint but a big impact on the efficiency and safety of a plant. Capable of laning up to 100 pieces a minute per lane while meeting NSF 3A and BISSC standards, the Forpak Laner is a state-of-the-art food automation equipment design.

Customers that integrate a Forpak Laner into their facilities will save time, labor, and costs. Direct benefits of a Forpak Laner include:

  • ease of integration into even complex food assembly systems, including the ability to plug laners directly into automated set ups and unique assembly processes
  • brand new automation capabilities that no other laners can provide
    simplification of otherwise complicated sorting and laning stages of a processing schedule
  • full wash down capabilities with water-tight controls for complete sanitation
    ability to fit into a tight space while also increasing processing speeds
  • elimination of worker contact, allowing plants to improve COVID-19 protocol and protect workers from exposure while also decreasing potential human contamination of food products

Forpak Laners are small but mighty workhorses that have the ability to completely change and improve the way customers process foods to a smoother, faster, and safer system. Laners are built with 1-10 lanes, 7-gauge side rails, variable speeds, and high-quality, food-grade stainless steel.

Customers processing goods in the bakery or meat industries can install Forpak laners even in tight facilities with limited areas. This food assembly equipment addition will mark a new beginning of efficiency and safety in any packaging facility.

To learn more about Forpak Laners and all our food automation equipment 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.

Mechanical and Electromechanical Assembly for Medical Device Manufacturing

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The medical device industry is demanding and complex, with many restrictions and high-standard requirements. This is, of course, because of the effects that devices can have on patients’ lives. Failure is not an option! To meet the rigorous expectations of the medical device industry, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC follows precision-based and customer-focused practices with our multiple design/build facilities. With over 20 years of experience providing high-quality contract manufacturing for several industries, including medical device manufacturing, our engineers and technicians continue to exceed standards for device design and fabrication.

A major component of medical device manufacturing is the productions of parts that go into mechanical and electromechanical assemblies. Not only do many internal devices rely on intricate electromechanical systems, but also a majority of all common devices in hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers function with electromechanical and mechanical assemblies.

In addition to having a significant place in patient treatment, electromechanical and mechanical assemblies are a requirement in modern pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging. Any time a medication is taken, a doctor’s visit is scheduled, an emergency or at-home treatment is undergone, or medical tests are done, the manufacturing of electromechanical and mechanical medical device components took part.

MultiSource engineers and technicians have extensive experience and training in the prototyping, fabrication, assembly, finishing, and testing of complete medical devices that incorporate electromechanical and mechanical systems. We grow every day to meet customer needs, and we currently manufacture a broad range of devices and components, including surgical equipment, drug delivery systems, internal navigation, implantable devices, fibrillation and heart valving, catheterization, and more.

Utilizing electromechanical systems in medical devices is beneficial for increasing control of the device action, supporting sustainable energy usage, producing cosmetically clean and in-practice sanitary equipment, creating compact yet powerful tools, reducing costs, and meeting FDA, USDA, and many other medical standards. Both mechanical and electromechanical assemblies allow fabricators to make real advancements in the medical device manufacturing field and offer better options and innovative treatment solutions for patients and healthcare professionals.

At MultiSource Manufacturing, we are committed to adding our own expertise, history, facilities, equipment, and skilled team to the support of quality, trusted medical device manufacturing. To learn more about our services for the medical as well as other industries, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information, 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.

 

Benefits of Laning Capabilities in Food Production Equipment

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak work together to create innovative solutions for the food processing and packaging industry, meet global safety standards, and generate unique systems tailored to our customers’ needs. Every day that we work to design and manufacture specialty food packaging solutions, we find more ways to streamline production processes and incorporate the benefits each solution provides.

 

Primarily, Forpak builds solutions for the baked goods, meat, and pizza industries. Our skilled engineers and technicians work together to put our state-of-the-art machining equipment to the test in generating industry-leading food production equipment for OEMs and other customers.

 

One of the best solutions we can build into our custom food production equipment is the capability of laning products on a conveyor as they are transported from one operation to the next. Laning is a conveyor tool with many benefits for food packaging and processing facilities, including:

 

  • Buffering: Laning is an important conveyor tool for handling the accumulation of products on a line without causing backup or product damage. As goods accumulate at any point where that accumulation is designed to occur or will naturally happen, a buffer laning system can alleviate that accumulation and keep products moving forward.
  • Diverting: In addition to buffering an accumulation of products at certain points on the production line, an effective laning system can move products in multiple directions, working in diversions when necessary to keep products going the way they need to go. A diverting lane system can increase efficiency and limit exposure of each product to potential contamination.
  • Orienting: Depending on the product, an orienting lane system may need to be put into place on a conveyor system. If goods need to be rotated or reoriented at certain stages of the production line, a logical, effective laning system will prevent damage or mismanagement of the products and their packaging materials.
  • Combining: In many cases, product components need to be combined at some point on the production line. With a good laning system, product components can be sorted, combined, and packaged in a streamlined, sanitary, and safe process. This is especially key in packaging products that will have multiple of the same item per unit.
  • Sanitation: Above all, sanitation and food safety are the most important factors to consider in the manufacturing of any food production equipment. On many conveyor lines, laning is used as a method for preventing cross contamination between products, maintaining the integrity of the product, and overall ensuring sanitation practices during processing and packaging.

 

Laning systems are just one of the many essential design systems we work into our food production equipment solutions. To learn more about Forpak’s comprehensive capabilities and our current designs for food production equipment, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948. For more about our other services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

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Basics of Electromechanical Contract Manufacturing

Electromechanical manufacturing is a term that covers a vast number of fabrication processes. Even within categories of electromechanical manufacturing, there are broad spectrums of production that cross many industries. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC has a broad range of manufacturing techniques and is dedicated to providing a large variety of contract manufacturing services for electromechanical fabrication in many industries. From medical devices to semiconductor components, our electromechanical contract manufacturing services offer a multitude of components and full assemblies to OEMs and other customers worldwide.

 

Electromechanical contract manufacturing may cover a great deal of products, but there are basic categories that each part fits into. The main groups of electromechanical manufacturing the MultiSource network provides include the following.

 

  • Robotics: This covers a large spectrum (as all our electromechanical services will), but specifically, we provide electromechanical manufacturing for robotics used in medical, aerospace, defense, food processing, automotive, filtration, and agriculture industries. Generally speaking, this includes any product from robotic surgical tools to large-scale production robots used in factory settings.
  • Microelectronics: With a Class 3/1000 clean room, MultiSource technicians are able to work with semiconductor components to create microelectronics for many industries. Microchip handling, wet processing, plastic fabrication, and other techniques allow us to fabricate microelectronics that make products such as implantable medical devices, financial processors, aeronautic controls, and automotive sensors possible.
  • Industrial appliances: With our electromechanical fabrication capabilities, our technicians are able to build packaging, laning, sorting, and other processing appliances used in a high-output factory setting. In particular, our partnership with Forpak allows us to create unique, intelligent food packaging appliances that meet FDA and global food safety standards.
  • Computers: In today’s highly technical world, computers and smart devices are necessary in a very wide range of settings. Our computational device manufacturing abilities allow us to create components and systems for many industries, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, financial processing, specialized electrical systems, agricultural, commercial, recreational, environmental, and more.

 

These categories are very general, and could easily warrant a deeper dive, but even these cover just a partial selection of what we can offer at MultiSource. Our engineers, technicians, and other employees have the knowledge and training needed for many electromechanical manufacturing operations. In addition to their skill, they have access to multiple well-outfitted production floors with hundreds of specialty machines, finishing tools, and advanced industrial processors.

 

To learn more about our electromechanical contract manufacturing capabilities, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. Request more information, or request a quote to get started with us today.

Key Operations for Plastic Fabrication

Across various industries, plastics and polymers are used in countless applications with a broad range of complexities. Because of the prevalence of plastics in many industries, plastic fabrication has become a widespread, standardized manufacturing process that many technicians specialize in. In accordance with the rise in use of plastics in an industrial setting, the standards for quality control and the type of fabrication procedures have expanded and improved. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we provide comprehensive plastic fabrication services for the production of components and assemblies for OEMs and other customers.

 

Our plastic fabrication facilities can perform a wide range of operations, including advanced forming and specialized welding. The core operations of plastic fabrication at hand in our toolkit as a contract manufacturer include the following.

 

  • Molding: A large majority of plastic forms are shaped using molding techniques. Molding is one of the oldest forms of plastic fabrication, and today, many types of different molding techniques are available. Injection molding, compressed molding, blow molding, and rotational molding are several common types of plastic molding used in industrial facilities for varying results.
  • Welding: Plastic welding is a highly complex process that requires an understanding of the plastic type, the format of the weld, and the calibration of the welding tool. For polymers and other plastics that cannot be reliably connected with adhesives or other binding methods, welding is critical. Plastic welding techniques include hot plate welding, speed tip welding, hot gas welding, and ultrasonic welding.
  • Extrusion: Many components are made using extrusion methods. Extruded plastics are melted and forced through die systems to create seamless forms in various tube shapes and sizes. Thanks to their reliable fabrication, clean results, and fast production, plastic extrusion methods are a common and desirable manufacturing technique.
  • Forming: Plastic forming is a broad term for many different production techniques. In general, most plastic forming techniques include blending and compounding of different plastic materials, thermoforming shapes, lamination of surfaces, and plastic foaming of insulation and other free-form components.
  • Cutting: There are many common cutting, milling, and lathing techniques of plastic components. In addition to machine cutting of simple shapes, die cutting provides a method of creating more intricate forms.

 

Our plastic fabrication capabilities offer a highly comprehensive production program. Our technicians can create a broad range of simple to complex components and full assemblies. To learn more about our plastic fabrication program, contact MultiSource Manufacturing at (952) 456-5500. Request more information or request a quote online to get started with us today.

Uses and Benefits of Swiss-Type CNC Machining

In the past 10 years alone, the use of Swiss-style machining has increased across a wide variation of industries. Though the equipment is often more expensive than other types of CNC machining, the benefits of Swiss machining are many and enough to explain the rapid expansion of its use.

 

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC utilizes Swiss CNC machining for many production operations daily. From intricate components used in medical devices to large assemblies for U.S. defense organizations, the MultiSource network makes use of Swiss machining to provide OEMs and other customers the skills in manufacturing they need.

 

While the MultiSource network utilizes many different methods of CNC machining with success, including vertical and horizontal lathes, mills, and more, our Swiss machining centers are unparalleled in several aspects:

 

  1. Swiss machines are able to perform more complex machining operations than any other type of CNC system. Because Swiss machines use a collet and guide brushing with tooling movement across the Z-axis rather than the more simplistic structure of most other machines, they can operate with extreme accuracies with tolerances as tight as a few micrometers.
  2. In addition to extreme accuracy, the tooling movement of Swiss machines can handle slender components with diameters as slim as .008”. We utilize Swiss machining for components with diameters from .008” to 1.250”.
  3. Swiss machining operations are also more rapidly performed than other types of machining. Because Swiss machines often have a secondary spindle in addition to the main operating spindle, they can combine several operations into one. Specifically, a secondary spindle collects a component as it is cut and transfers it to the second operation, finally ejecting it into a collection bin. This eliminates the need for a technician to physically transfer components from one operation to the next.
  4. The MultiSource network’s Swiss machines also provide live tooling capabilities that increase the speed of the production process overall. Live tooling works with rotary cutters that work independently of the main spindles. They offer increased intricacy in the machining process and increased speed towards final production.

 

The MultiSource network’s Swiss machines provide more accurate, complex, slender components with speed and efficiency. Our CNC machining operations are improved completely with the use of our Swiss machines, but like all our other production, quality control relies on continued maintenance of equipment. Swiss machines and all other equipment are kept on a strict yearly maintenance schedule to maintain peak conditions and provide excellence in manufacturing.

 

For complex components on rapid production schedules, look no further than MultiSource Manufacturing. To learn more about our capabilities in CNC machining, contact us at (952) 456-5500, or request a quote or more information online to get started with us today.