Production Operations Made Possible with the Right Food Assembly Equipment

Forpak designs innovative solutions for customers in the food and bakery packaging industries. Our state-of-the-art food assembly equipment is easily integrated into existing systems, provides effective operations for multiple types of food production lines, and supports the standards of international food safety. When customers partner with Forpak for their food assembly system, they also benefit from our preventative maintenance program. With the majority of ownership costs coming from long-term operations, our preventative maintenance program will save time and money for every customer as well as a direct line to parts, service knowledge, and overall support. With Forpak’s food assembly equipment, you can start to improve and grow your production practices, increase your schedule, protect your workers, and maintain food safety goals.

Our technology provides tools for production operations including:

Conveying:

Moving products throughout your facility and along production lines is one of the most important parts of an effective system. Using conveyors that can quickly, efficiently, and safely move food products can streamline your production process, support food safety, and increase your output. Forpak equipment incorporates conveyor systems throughout our products and into your existing facilities to perfectly integrate new solutions.

Laning: It’s also important to have the ability to keep food products on lanes and have transition systems between lanes. Laning products keeps your assembly or packaging process organized, clean, and moving quickly. Whether food products are simply being moved from one part of the facility to another or getting packaged, Forpak lanes keep things under control.

Sorting: Sorting systems save you hours on the production line and they remove the potential for human error or contamination. Forpak sorters can automatically organize food products one at a time or in bundles by count or weight. Sorting systems will save cost, time, worker fatigue, and more advantages.

Stacking: Like sorting systems, stackers are also innovative tools that will speed up your production process and make it even more hygienic. With machines that auto-stack food products and prep them for packaging, your food assembly equipment can sort and organize items vertically. This improves packaging design, saves room, and provides an even more precise processing system.

Transferring:

When food items are moved from one part of the production line to another, you need to have accurate transfer systems in place to prevent blockages, overflow, and damage. Our transfer systems are a unique design that quickly and precisely moves food products between conveyors, laners, sorters, and stackers to the final packing process.

Quality control: Without a quality end result, none of the other food packaging operations matter. Forpak’s quality control systems can be integrated into multiple parts of the production line. These systems remove damaged or imperfect food items from the line, improve packaging quality, and overall cleanup the assembly process.

Food Assembly Equipment:

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

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.

Honoring the Value of Ownership for Food Packaging Automation Equipment

The cost of manufacturing equipment in any size of production facility is nothing to sneeze at. Quality packaging equipment for the food industry in particular is always an investment, and for good reason. The best equipment available needs to meet strict standards set by the USDA, FDA, as well as many other sector standards. It must be sanitary with full wash-down capabilities, run quickly while eliminating damaged or imperfect goods, and fit into a safe workplace setting. At Forpak, we understand the importance of getting all that and more when you make an investment in quality food assembly equipment.

Our innovative food packaging systems for the meat, bakery, and pizza industries are state-of-the-art designs that can be integrated into your existing facility systems seamlessly. Our equipment has long-term reliability, and thanks to our new Preventative Maintenance Program, you can protect the value of your ownership and return on your investment for years to come.

The cost of expanding your facilities with new food assembly equipment can be broken down in two sections: the initial cost of the machine and the maintenance costs down the road.

While typically, maintenance can be the bulk of the lifetime cost of ownership, that’s not the case with our food assembly equipment. Long-term maintenance for our food production equipment is incredibly minimal compared to other assemblies.

This makes it more cost-effective to have regular, preventative maintenance to prevent critical control line breakdowns.

At Forpak, we initiated our Preventative Maintenance Program to support our customers in the long term. Forpak’s food packaging automation equipment designs are unique systems tailored to the exact needs of each customer. To meet those continued needs when maintenance work is needed, we partner with clients to guarantee precise, correct results.

Customers will benefit from our Preventative Maintenance Program with decreased production downtime, lower maintenance costs overall, increased longevity of equipment, maintenance record keeping, and overall improvement of your value of ownership. In addition to these long-term advantages, we also give clients 10% discounts on parts purchased, travel and service costs of our technicians, and emergency services.

All preventative maintenance visits include continued educational training for customer staff members. We will work together to set up a routine preventative maintenance schedule that fits your facility’s production schedule with minimal downtime required.

To learn more about how Forpak food assembly equipment and our Preventative Maintenance Program improves your value of ownership, please contact us today at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online or request a quote to get started with us.

Advancing Automation in the Food Industry

The world today has a very large population that has to eat daily. To accommodate this huge basic need, the food industry is large, with millions of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets, factories, warehouses, storage providers, transport systems, farms, and many other kinds of businesses and operations that make up food processing and getting food to consumers.

At Forpak, we play our own role in the food industry, supporting automated processing systems with custom, innovative solutions. Our team of skilled engineers and technicians builds unique automated systems for the meat, bakery, and pizza industries. Our designs are smart systems that reduce waste, speed up the production schedule, eliminate human contamination, and streamline the processing system overall. We fabricate automated equipment that has complete wash-down capabilities for the best food safety practices.

Our automated equipment for food processing and packaging includes stackers, laners, conveyors, counting systems, autotransfers, wrappers, sorters, and more. We also work with clients who have custom needs to build a system that can be easily integrated into existing facilities.

Automation in the food industry is a necessity, especially when today’s average consumer expects to find most food products readily all year round. The industry works in bulk for the majority of goods, whether they are fresh, frozen, refrigerated, or dry. Automation plays an important role in making the processing of such bulk of products faster, cleaner, and more precisely.

Forpak’s equipment allows customers to integrate improvements in their automation systems. With our food packaging technologies, customers can benefit from the following:

  1. Reduction of labor costs: Forpak equipment has recorded up to a 30%-50% reduction in labor costs in facilities of all sizes. Our automated food packaging equipment eliminates the need for human workers in many places along the production line, which saves money in labor costs and in production overall.
  2. Elimination of human contamination: Because our equipment removes the need for human workers in many places on the production line, Forpak packing systems eliminate many sources of human contamination. This supports the best food safety practices and completely improves production results.
  3. Increase of production speed and precision: With Forpak automated processing systems, you’ll see high increases in the speed of your production line with rapid autotransfers, sorters, stackers, and more. In addition to speed, precision is also improved so packing mistakes and other errors are avoided.
  4. Reduction of workers’ compensation claims: Forpak equipment significantly minimizes the need for the repetitive motion that notoriously leads to workers’ compensation claims. This does save labor costs, but more importantly, protects your workers and improves the quality of their work environment.

Our specialized designs help customers of all kinds in the food industry improve and advance their automation capabilities. To learn more about our equipment, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online today or request a quote  to get started with us today.

Industry Certifications and Quality Control in Manufacturing

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we work with many different types of equipment and tools for a wide variety of industries. We also have multiple facilities in several locations, each with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, skilled technicians, and knowledgeable engineers. MultiSource is a well-established contract manufacturing provider, and a large part of our continued operations since 1998 is our commitment to quality control. Quality in all our products is our ultimate goal, and because we meet that goal every time, MultiSource is an industry-leading provider of comprehensive build services.

Our quality control practices include prototyping, finishing services, and diagnostics for final testing of a completed component or full assemblies. All our quality practices follow strict regulations and meet requirements for several certifications.

Our current industrial certifications for quality control include:

ISO 9001: ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certifications cover many different types of industrial and commercial operations. Our ISO 9001 certification means that we are dedicated to providing the best quality services and products possible. The certification is a public acknowledgement of our quality control practices. The details of ISO 9001 make up a ten-section certification process covering context, leadership, planning, operations, performance, and continual improvement. This certification is a general quality-focused accreditation for many types of businesses. For MultiSource, an ISO 9001 certification shows our clients that we’re committed to implementing an effective quality assurance program for all of our projects and continual improvement of all our operations.

ISO 13485: This ISO certification was developed for the medical device industry. It’s almost always paired with an ISO 9001 quality management certification. While an ISO 9001 certificate requires us to show our continued commitment to improving our operations and quality of results, the ISO 13485 requires us to show that the system we use to manufacture any parts or assemblies that will be used in the medical device industry specifically is effective. This means we adapt our medical device manufacturing to all industry regulations, safety protocol, traceability, precision, documentation, and all other legal requirements of the US FDA.

AS-9100D: This certification is also paired with ISO 9001, but it’s specific to the aerospace, aviation, defense, and space industries. These industries, like the medical device industry, have international standards and regulations that demand high precision and the use of specialized materials. The AS-9100D certification works in the same way as ISO 13485 does for the medical device industry, but for the aerospace and related industries instead. Our AS-9100D certificate shows our customers that we meet highly strict standards for the production of complex and advanced components and full assemblies for the aerospace, defense, and space industries.

All our certifications are a testament to our maintained and continually improved quality control practices. To learn more about our services and our quality management, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

Military Appreciation Month: Honoring the U.S. Military’s Food Safety Practices

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Because of the many dates marked throughout May honoring the U.S. military, including Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, VE Day, and more, the month of May is designated as U.S. Military Appreciation Month. At Forpak, we support our troops by protecting food safety practices that help promote the quality of food products globally. For more than 25 years, Forpak has manufactured high-quality, innovative solutions for food production equipment. Our packaging systems are designed to protect the safety and quality of food products for the bakery, meat, and pizza industries. When it comes to the U.S. military, organizing the efficient packaging and distribution of the food supply for troops is a highly complex system. Protecting food safety in that system starts with effective, quality handling of products in the packaging process.

Forpak designs support food safety, sanitation, and an overall reduced potential of contamination in the packing process. Our products meet National Science Foundation (NSF) 3A Standard requirements for meat and poultry and Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) standards for baking. This means our customers can take advantage of our equipment’s strict hygiene and sanitation standards, including leading technology with Allen Bradley controls incorporated into all our designs.

Our equipment for stacking, laning, sorting, transferring, conveying, and other custom stages in a facility’s packaging process are used globally. Excluding Antarctica, Forpak equipment is installed in facilities on every continent, serving many types of customers and protecting food safety worldwide.

In addition to quality designs for food packaging equipment that contributes to global food safety in the distribution of many baked goods, meat products, and more, Forpak provides technical support from start to finish during the production of assemblies and through our new preventative maintenance program. Thanks to our preventative maintenance support, customers experience less down time in production, maximize materials and time, increase the lifespan of equipment parts, eliminate emergency shutdowns, and have access to a detailed record of maintenance logs and part information. Forpak’s preventative maintenance program also offers a 10% discount on parts, visits from our technicians, and emergency services.

Whether the distribution of food safely and effectively to troops means catering in the mess hall or providing field rations, the most important part of preservation of nutrition, caloric quality, freshness, and flavor is correctly and effectively packaging products. With food processing systems like Forpak’s integrated into more facilities, food safety and effective packing can be accomplished much easier.

To learn more about our support of the troops this May for Military Appreciation Month or the products we design and build for food safety in packaging, contact Forpak by calling (612) 419-1948 or emailing forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us 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.

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.