Benefits of Cross-functional Teams for High-Quality Design/Build Contract Manufacturing

There are many areas of industry that require highly specialized facilities, equipment, and skills. From medical devices to military equipment, the components and full assemblies made for industries that require such precision and accuracy have one characteristic in common. Each of the components made for these industries take human lives in its hands whenever it operates. For example, medical devices and tools support the safety and health of patients, and aerospace components keep people in the air and protected as they travel. MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC understands the importance of extreme precision and quality in contract manufacturing for all of these industries. With our cross-functional teams and a design/build approach to fabrication, we can provide industry-leading products with long-term integrity and reliability.

The MultiSource network provides precision-based custom manufacturing for the medical and aerospace industry, with a deep knowledge of how any given component can affect the lives of those it comes into contact with. Our team of hard-working engineers and technicians don’t take lightly the fact that our parts and assemblies must work at peak excellence for the long term. Because of this, we make use of a cross-functional team that allows the MultiSource network to work as a one-stop-shop design/build manufacturer.

Cross-functional Teams for Contract Manufacturing

Engineers: Our team of in-house engineers works one-on-one with our clients, taking their specifications or original design and creating a prototype or virtual design that meets those requirements. MultiSource engineers are skilled in structuring a schedule for the fabrication of any given component or full assembly. This includes design, production lead times, testing, quality control, and delivery.

Material Suppliers: Once our engineering team has a comprehensive design and schedule projected for complete, quality manufacturing, the next step is to find the right materials. Our engineering team is also key in determining what materials are best suited to any given component. MultiSource works with trusted suppliers for high-quality materials of all kinds, from the best stainless steels to exotic metal alloys.

Sub-Tier Suppliers: When production is complete, MultiSource works with NADCAP accredited sub-tier suppliers for aerospace manufacturing and select outside suppliers for certain parts utilized in medical device manufacturing. These process suppliers provide extensive materials testing to ensure components and other parts are highly reliable and well suited to your project.

Process Engineers: Our process engineering team provides in-depth knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of any given components. This knowledge allows our engineers to understand the limitations and tolerances of an assembly based on the structure of each component. Our process engineering is critical for predicting how a part will react to any stresses, expected or otherwise.

For aerospace and medical device production alike, every step of the fabrication process requires attention to detail, understanding of the materials involved, and state-of-the-art equipment. The cross-functional teams at MultiSource Manufacturing can provide this degree of excellence as a contract manufacturing provider. To learn more about our manufacturing services contact us at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote online.

Quality CNC Precision Machining Practices for Custom Manufacturing

Despite the changes in industrialization and global incorporation most of the world sees today, many parts of the manufacturing industry are still quite diversified. Custom manufacturing in particular is comprised of many different companies ranging from home-garages to multi-branch facilities. Because there are so many skilled custom manufacturers, the industry is highly competitive, and companies must continue to improve and update systems, equipment, and technology to hold their place.

 

MultiSource Manufacturing is committed to hold our own in this industry and strives to produce high-quality parts designed and built in-house and deliver excellent customer care at every step in the process of custom manufacturing.

 

Because CNC precision machining is an integral part involved in the process of MultiSource custom manufacturing, it’s critical that the way we perform that operation adheres to tried and true practices.

 

The MultiSource network has six locations across Minnesota and Colorado, each facility follows the same practices for quality CNC precision machining in the production of reliable custom parts.

 

Best MultiSource Machining Practices

 

  1. Invent: To successfully machine a part that precisely fits customer specifications, our engineering team utilizes advanced prototype software and imaging systems to design a cutting pattern. This pattern will provide our CNC machines with the most efficient program to lathe, mill, and machine a part.
  2. Instruct: Our engineering teams will then instruct a CNC machining center to follow the design of the cutting pattern. This involves programming the designated geometry and pattern into CNC software.
  3. Select: Our facilities host a wide range of 140 CNC machines with 3-axis and 5-axis indexed milling. Selecting the appropriate tools for the machining of a part is critical to successful production. Our machinists and engineers have a deep understanding of which mills, lathes, and turning machines will offer the most efficient and reliable cutting depending on the part.
  4. Monitor: Our CNC precision machining centers may be automated but continued human monitoring of the process is an important practice that should never be disregarded. On each MultiSource floor, operations are continuously monitored for worker safety and to prevent production mishap.
  5. Record: When a machining operation is complete, our engineers, technicians, and machinists all take part in thorough recording and analyzing of the data our CNC software provides as well as quality inspection of machined parts.
  6. Communicate: Throughout the full production process our team is also communicating with customers to continue understanding their needs and provide consistent information about part design, production, and assembly.

 

The MultiSource network has developed a strong system of CNC precision machining and custom manufacturing with a set of quality practices. To learn more about our services and locations, submit a request more information, or request a quote today.

Understanding Guidelines for Surgical Steel Used in Quality Medical Manufacturing

Among the many high-quality services MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC, provides with our network of facilities is the design and fabrication of medical device components. When it comes to manufacturing parts and components for medical devices, it’s critical to the health and safety of every patient across the world to establish extremely high standards for reliability, quality, and precision. MultiSource is dedicated to maintaining manufacturing practices that exceed standards for the medical device industry, including responsible materials-sourcing for all projects we take on. For many medical manufacturing projects, the parts and components require surgical-grade steel in order to fabricate the most reliable medical devices.

 

Surgical-grade steel is a nonspecific term for a variety of stainless steels used in the fabrication of many different tools, including most medical devices and other biomedical purposes.

 

Surgical Steel

 

The surgical steel utilized in most medical applications includes:

 

  1. Austenitic 316: This surgical steel is an alloy of nickel, chromium, and molybdenum that is highly resistant to corrosion and has adequate strength for medical devices and implants that are pressure-bearing. Alloys also used for pressure-bearing biomedical implants are typically titanium (Ti6Al4V, specifically), but the surgical steel 316 is also suitable, and it’s more economical than titanium.
  2. Martensitic 440 and 420: These steels are used for cutlery production, but they are also well suited for surgical-grade applications of the material. As high-carbon steels alloyed with chromium, 440 and 420 surgical-grade steels are very resistant to corrosion, though less so than 316. However, they are much harder than 316. Because they are harder than 316 but not as resistant to corrosion, 440 and 420 are often used to manufacture surgical implements and medical cutting tools.

 

The MultiSource network utilizes 316, 440, and 420 surgical-grade steels as well as a range of additional industry-approved and safely-sourced materials to fabricate many key components that go into a variety of medical devices. From surgical equipment to implantable devices, medical providers can rely on MultiSource to manufacture the highest quality parts and components that are the most reliable in the long term thanks to the materials used and the expertise of our fabricators.

 

Some of the more unusual and advanced medical manufacturing projects that we take on, like designing and producing parts for surgical navigation or ablation devices, benefit especially from our surgical-grade materials and our excellence in fabrication because of their unique complexities and relatively new introduction into medicine.

 

To learn more about our services in medical manufacturing or to partner with us, request more information or a quote online.

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.

 

How We Maintain and Improve Quality Control for All Our Precision Made Parts

The industrial world today demands some of the most exacting components than it ever has before. From semiconductor microchips to military-grade aerospace parts, the advanced function that so many machines fill in our modern world all require each of their components to fit the highest standards of quality and precision. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our network of multiple facilities adheres to a rigorously tested and continually improved system of quality control for all our services.

 

From precision CNC machining to plastic fabrication and more, the MultiSource network structures our contract manufacturing services on a tried and true system of quality control. The international quality standards of each industry we serve make up the foundational bulk of our quality control system while our own standards refine and improve beyond those outlined industry principles to create a start-to-finish comprehensive approach.

From the Bottom Up

With the core, foundational requirements of the global industrial quality standards in addition to our own values and goals as a contract manufacturer, the MultiSource quality control system is one that offers a quality assurance program from the bottom up. This manifests in two ways. One, with a beginning-to-end manufacturing process, and two, with a wide-to-narrow application of quality control principles.

 

  1. Beginning-to-end manufacturing: Looking at MultiSource quality control standards in terms of the manufacturing process itself, we can see that it literally starts from the bottom up. Each step of the way, beginning with design, engineering, and prototyping and ending with machining, finishing, and packaging, requires the alertness of quality control managers for the application of industry and in-house standards for quality. Because each linear step of the manufacturing process for any component has the potential to create a deviation from quality, our team is diligent in maintaining control throughout. To help us meet our quality control goals in a practical way we utilize several tools at various stages in production, including predictive prototype software, computer controlled machining, CMMs, and other vision systems.
  2. Wide-to-narrow application: To examine our quality control system with the idea that it takes on a wide or broad definition to a much more specified application is to compare and combine the industry standards with our own. For the most part, this means we implement and meet the standards outlined by the ISO and other internationally recognized groups that inspect and certify facilities and processes. Using these standards as a broader foundation, we then apply our own MultiSource in-house standards to sharpen and narrow quality control to guide each step of the manufacturing process.

 

No matter how we view the “bottom up” philosophy of our quality control, the MultiSource network strives to maintain excellence in products and services as a contract manufacturer. To learn more about our quality control standards and services, contact MultiSource Manufacturing and request more information online or request a quote to get started today.

 

Implementing Preventative Maintenance for Quality Food Production Equipment Fabrication

With six facility locations across Minnesota and Colorado, the MultiSource Manufacturing network has capabilities that meet the needs for a wide range of manufacturing industries. Our production of components and assemblies for the medical, aerospace, semiconductor, food, and many other industries is currently provided worldwide to OEMs and other customers.

 

As a contract manufacturer, MultiSource is a one-stop-shop for many services from precision CNC machining to plastics fabrication. Forpak, a division of MultiSource Manufacturing, is a leader in the design and manufacturing of quality food production equipment, has opened the door for the MultiSource network to offer more and more specialized equipment for players in the food sorting and packing industry.

 

With over 25 years of experience in engineering and building innovative food production equipment, Forpak has been able to provide unique and effective solutions with more growth under the umbrella of MultiSource. Recently, Forpak has worked to improve and implement a rigorous, well-planned preventative maintenance program.

 

New Forpak Preventative Maintenance Program

Forpak customers benefit from more than just a quality product built with their needs in mind. They also get the long-term benefits of Forpak’s technical support and newly improved preventative maintenance program. This program is designed to provide routinely scheduled visits from Forpak’s maintenance technicians. Not only does this maintenance program limit downtime for your production schedule and properly train staff on operations, Forpak also offers options for discounts on parts, scheduled maintenance overall, and emergency visits.

 

The quality preventative maintenance Forpak customers will receive increases the time equipment is spent in effective production, improves complete project efficiency, reduces cost of ownership, extends the lifetime of their Forpak equipment, and provides precise historical record keeping of the maintenance schedule.

 

Each visit from Forpak’s preventative maintenance team also offers comprehensive staff training on the equipment’s operations, troubleshooting and review of the equipment’s performance, optimization of the equipment, and access to a wide log of available parts.

 

This new preventative maintenance program ensures your Forpak equipment will continue to operate at peak performance with an extended lifetime and access to all the parts you may need. With the added support of Forpak’s technical team just a phone call away, you can rest easy that your equipment will never compromise your production schedule.

 

To learn more about Forpak’s new preventative maintenance program and their food production equipment manufacturing, contact Forpak at (952) 882-6211, request more information, or request a quote online.

 

Vertical vs. Horizontal CNC Milling When Fabricating Quality Components

Manufacturing in a broad range of industries utilizes milling as a versatile fabrication method. Machining mills of varying technological advancement have been in use for metals, woods, plastics, and many other materials for over 100 years. Since the 1960s, the development of CNC technology has expanded to the majority of machining operations, including milling. Milling allows for a wide spectrum of capabilities when it comes to the parts and components that can be fabricated, and MultiSource Manufacturing LLC utilizes horizontal, vertical, and multi-axis machining centers to create parts with even the most intricate designs. The network of MultiSource locations offers comprehensive CNC milling services so our customers can get the full benefits of multi-directional machining technologies.

While we provide up to 5-axis machining, MultiSource facilities have multiple vertical and horizontal CNC mills. All of our mills are on a strict preventative maintenance schedule, and despite their limitations in comparison with 5-axis machines, the capabilities of our vertical and horizontal CNC milling equipment never compromises quality in the components we manufacture.

The differences between a vertical mill versus a horizontal mill lie in their capabilities and the parts they are suited to machine.

 

Vertical Mills

The cutting spindle of a vertical CNC milling machine is placed vertically, or perpendicular to the material that will be machined. The mill height can be adjusted and the spindle itself moves horizontally. Vertical mills are typically less expensive than horizontal mills and perform simpler tasks. Vertical turret mills offer versatile milling of smaller projects as the movement of the bed rather than the spindle offers a greater range of motion. Vertical bed mills allow our technicians to work on heavy, large components with adjustable depth and movement.

 

Horizontal Mills

Instead of the cutting spindle vertical mills utilize, horizontal mills use circular cutting heads on horizontal arbors to machine components. Because of the structure of horizontal mills, they are able to use multiple cutters at different angles. This means they can provide complex, multi-sided machining of the material. Additionally, the mill can move in a wider range across the bed, allowing longer and heavier parts to be machined in one operation.

Overall, horizontal mills are more applicable to complex machining operations on a larger scale, but vertical mills have their place in machining single-side components, such as die sinking or metal plates. The MultiSource network offers vertical, horizontal, and multiple axis CNC milling with added benefits of high-speed machining, thru spindle coolant, 40,000 rpm, Renishaw probing, 84” x 33” travel, and much more.

 

To learn more about our CNC milling services and comprehensive manufacturing capabilities, contact MultiSource at (952) 456-5500, request more information, or request a quote today.

Creating Components for Drug Delivery Systems with Quality Medical Device Manufacturing

Whether you are an OEM or other fabricator of medical equipment, you understand the importance of accuracy, reliability, and quality in the final product. Medical professionals and patients alike put their trust into tools and equipment that are manufactured in a separate place, by different people, often with standards and quality control that is not quickly identifiable. The reason hospitals, providers, and patients are able to put their trust into these external sources of equipment is because of the strict regulations the FDA, ISO, and other agencies place on manufacturer facilities and practices. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC goes above and beyond industry standards and regulations with our contract medical device manufacturing services.

 

As a manufacturer of custom medical device components, MultiSource is committed to maintaining up-to-date ISO standards as well as meeting our own high standards, while striving continually to expand and improve our practices and facilities. Our capabilities for fabricating parts and components for OEM medical devices range from surgical tools to implantable devices and beyond. One aspect of the medical device manufacturing we offer is for drug delivery system components.

 

Drug Delivery Systems

Because of the wide range of ways they are prescribed, drugs can be introduced to a patient in various ways. Drug delivery systems is a broad term for an extensive spectrum of devices and tools. Overall, the purpose of a drug delivery system is to perform targeted treatment of a controlled dosage dependent on the conditions of the patient. The components we fabricate are utilized in many types of drug delivery systems, including, among others:

 

  1. intravenous delivery systems
  2. anesthetic delivery devices
  3. infusion pumps
  4. intrauterine devices
  5. magnetic drug delivery
  6. inhalation systems
  7. digital medicine
  8. nasal spray devices
  9. catheterization devices
  10. emulsion vaccinations
  11. target-controlled infusion
  12. transdermal devices
  13. chemotherapy and radiation devices
  14. ultrasound drug delivery
  15. EpiPens and other auto-injectors
  16. nanoparticle drug delivery
  17. capsule and pill fabrication devices
  18. extended-release systems

 

Without access to the wide range of drug delivery systems available today, medical professionals would not be able to provide the treatments they do in order to daily promote health and save lives. MultiSource is dedicated to manufacturing components for drug delivery systems that meet exact specifications for form and function with key attentions to how a part will promote safe practices for medical devices of all kinds. Our own quality control standards meet the strictest stipulations for design, process, finishing, inspection, testing, packing, shipping, and traceability—all while we maintain open communication with our customers from start to finish.

 

To learn more about the components we fabricate for drug delivery systems and the quality control standards we meet with each stage of manufacturing, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500 today. For more information about our services in comprehensive medical device manufacturing and other fabrication capabilities, request more information or request a quote online.

 

 

 

The Importance of Laser Marking and Welding in the Fabrication of Complex Components

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC is committed to providing complete contract fabrication services to OEMs and other customers across the globe. To uphold our standard of comprehensive services, our multiple facilities work as a network of manufacturing, assembling, and finishing providers. From full engineering and prototyping services to finishing and value-added services, our team of expert fabricators can build the components and full assemblies you need.

While prototyping quality components with reliable, well-sourced materials is key to excellence in production, we understand the integral role that finishing services play in a comprehensive process. To meet quality finishing standards, the MultiSource network performs value-added services from plating to laser marking and beyond.

For many manufacturing projects, laser marking is a key operation during the finishing process.

 

What is Laser Marking?

Just as its name tells, laser marking is a process of labeling or otherwise marking a component with a laser. Laser marking can be accomplished with staining, annealing, cutting away, foaming, or engraving techniques. We perform laser marking operations on a wide range of materials including sheet metal, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, titanium, plastics, laminants, and painted surfaces.

 

How does it work?

To perform laser marking, there are several methodologies that vary depending on the material to be marked. Heat marking lasers can burn a surface and create an oxidation process to change the marked surface color. It can also create a chemical change that will otherwise stain or alter the color of a marked surface. This is typical for laser marking plastic surfaces. Engraving can be performed using the heat of a laser to remove surface material with evaporation or melting. Foaming laser marking can be applied to plastics as well. This process creates a gas bubble by evaporating surface material. The diffusion of light through the gas creates a color change in the desired areas.

 

Benefits of Laser Marking

We utilize laser marking in the finishing of many components because it offers a greater speed of surface marking with consistent quality of precision. Laser marking is effective on a wide range of varying materials and provides a durable, computer-controlled mark that is resistant to many forms of damage. Overall, laser marking is a faster and more highly-controlled marking process that offers a quality, long lasting surface alteration.

 

To learn more about laser marking and the comprehensive finishing operations we provide, contact MultiSource today. To get started on your fabrication project with the MultiSource network, request a quote or request more information.

 

The Importance of Wet Processing in the Manufacturing of Semiconductor Components

When it comes to semiconductor manufacturing, the fabrication process is a highly exacting and intricate one. Semiconductors require a contaminant-free space for the majority of production stages, exceptionally pure materials, and a well-engineered process. From start to finish, MultiSource Manufacturing, LLC provides comprehensive, high-quality fabrication of semiconductor components and assemblies using concurrent engineering processes, a class 1000 clean room, PFA fabrication, and much more.

Semiconductor components are highly present in today’s electronics-saturated world in the tools and devices we each use every day. From the cell phones so present in the routine of our lives to the complex computational and mechanical systems used at NASA and in the military, semiconductors have a vital role. The MultiSource network provides semiconductor components and assembly production including microchip reticle handling and purging, wafer and device handling system components, and wet processing for the primary production stages.

Wet processing is a critical stage in the manufacturing of all semiconductor components. It is during this process in which the format of the pure wafer is created. The wet processing steps are applied in the following way:

1. A resistant material is deposited into the surface of the semiconductor wafer following the engineered format desired of the final product. For the majority of semiconductors, that format is what visually creates a small roadmap of connected nodes.
2. The wafer is then submerged in or otherwise exposed to a liquid or vapor that will etch away the exposed wafer and leave behind the format of the deposited material.
3. Finally, the wafer is cleaned and inspected for quality before moving to the next stage of the manufacturing process.

While the wet processing stages of semiconductor component manufacturing is a small portion of fabrication as a whole, it’s a critical one. The wet etching and cleaning of a semiconductor wafer remains the most effective way of creating an exactly engineered format. This is also why it’s key that our team of highly-trained experts applies reverse engineering to this process as a whole. The format of a semiconductor is what makes it a functioning electronic component, and to create the correct format, our engineers must understand the desired result and work backwards to develop a solution.

With a well-versed team of engineers ready to come into the design process with the understanding of reversed development, well-made semiconductor wafers, a high-class clean room, and reliable fabrication technology, MultiSource is a trusted manufacturer of semiconductor components for OEMs and other customers. To learn more about our work with semiconductor parts and other services, request more information, or request a quote online today.