MultiSource Will Feature Food Stacking and Laning Solutions at Interpack 2020

From May 7 to 13 this year, MultiSource’s own Forpak division will feature innovative Food Stacking and Laning Solutions at the Interpack 2020 Convention in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since the start of our partnership in 2006, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak have worked together to develop unique, advanced solutions for food packaging of bakery and meat products. Our work in creating new, improved ways to perform stacking, laning, sorting, and packing systems has allowed our customers to streamline their operations and expand their production schedule with the integration of unique Food Stacking and Laning Solutions into their facilities. Our specialized Food Stacking and Laning Solutions will be exhibited alongside some of the world’s leading packaging innovators at this year’s Interpack Conference.

 

The 2020 Interpack Conference will be hosted at Messe Düsseldorf in an exhibition spaces of over 12,000 square meters. Visitors can find Forpak and MultiSource’s booth in Hall 12 at Booth C20-2. Our booth will feature information on some of our newest innovations as well as our tried-and-true equipment, including:

 

  • Stacking solutions like our GS6 stacker for the meat industry, stackers for the baked goods industry, and stacking equipment for the pizza industry.
  • Laning solutions with pre-sorting and counting technology.
  • Equipment that offers conveying, transferring, and feed flow wrapping.
  • Logistics technology.

 

Forpak Food Stacking and Laning Solutions implement advanced technology, including Allen-Bradley controls and Cognex vision system interactive readers. Our custom packaging solutions provide our customers with state-of-the-art equipment that can be easily integrated into their operation schedule and facility. With the additional support of our engineers and technicians, customers can expect communication and guidance throughout installation and use.

 

Our custom Food Stacking and Laning Solutions meet food grade requirements, including NSF 3A Standards for the meat industry and BISSC standards for the baked goods industry. MultiSource and Forpak are dedicated to meeting hygiene and global food safety standards in the manufacturing of all our products, even those with the most unique and innovative designs.

 

Visitors to the Interpack 2020 Conference will have access to new and improved food equipment processors like Forpak’s and other industry leaders as well as cutting-edge technology for better food storage and packaging from a global scale to the common home kitchen. In addition to food storage industry providers, vendors attending the exhibition include companies and researchers working in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, nonfood, and beverage storage industries.

 

To learn more about our attendance at the Interpack 2020 Conference or to find out more information about our own Food Stacking and Laning Solutions, contact Forpak at (952) 491-6523. Request more information or request a quote to get started with us today, and learn more about the Interpack 2020 event at interpack.com.

Making “Dock to Stock” Possible with Precision Machined Parts

In the industrial world, quality is the most important factor of every piece of equipment used, from the simplest bolt to the most intricate electromechanical assembly. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, quality control is our foundational mission for all the components and assemblies we manufacture for each industry we provide for. OEMs and other customers can trust that a final product from our quality control and testing floors has undergone rigorous testing, simulated use, prototype retouching, and complete diagnostics. Because of our dedication to promoting quality at all turns, we’ve been able to establish the MultiSource network as a “dock to stock” (DTS) provider for many of our customers. When you work with MultiSource for precision machined parts, you may be able to eliminate lengthy and costly order checking and product testing chores with every new shipment from our facilities.

 

As a DTS supplier of products for many industries, MultiSource understands how vital and useful quality control practices are, but we are also acutely aware that quality must start at the beginning of any given manufacturing process. Quality can’t happen in a component or assembly without precision and accuracy in prototypes or reliable precision machining and finishing equipment.

 

What Is Dock to Stock?

Put simply, our DTS status with a customer means that a shipment from our facility can be unpacked and put directly into storage, on the shelf, or integrated into production without a double check of factors like quantity, quality, or part number. DTS policies are typically only established after working with a supplier for a long time with no issues in shipping and product quality. Most DTS suppliers have provided a minimum of five deliveries of products without issue. With our precision machined parts, highly developed quality control program, and state-of-the-art facilities, we have been able to establish trusted relationships as a DTS provider for customers in the food packing, aerospace and defense, financial processing, semiconductor, and many other industries.

 

One exception to the DTS establishment is the medical industry. While our production of medical devices and components has never had an issue in regards to quality, reliability, and safety, the FDA requires the checking and inspection of medical grade products, and with good reason. Because medical equipment can greatly affect the lives of patients and treatment providers, we would never want to be a DTS supplier in this industry—no matter how high-quality our medical products are.

 

With all our customers, even those with current DTS relationships, we strive to continually improve the supply we offer. Our engineers and technicians work daily to increase the quality of the precision machined, fabricated, and finished parts we manufacture for a wide range of industrial applications.

 

To learn more about our precision machined parts and other products, or for information about a DTS status, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote to get started with us today

Clean Room Airflow for Contract Manufacturing

For many types of manufacturing services, a highly sanitized and isolated workspace is key. To prevent contamination and poor production practices, sealed clean rooms with varying degrees of quarantine are necessary. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we ensure the protection of semiconductor components and assemblies during fabrication with our ISO Class 3 (FED STD 209E Class 1) clean room.

 

The certification of our clean room to a Class 3 is critical for all our semiconductor services and many medical component and assembly production. When you choose MultiSource for your clean room-required contract manufacturing services, you can trust our facilities to protect every part of your product from start to finish.

 

Each clean room across the industrial world needs to meet highly specific requirements in order to qualify for ISO (globally) or Federal Standard (in the U.S.). A large part of meeting these specifications has to do with the airflow.

 

Airflow in a clean room is a critical part of what makes it so clean. Put simply, all clean rooms need a down-and-out flow of air. The ventilation systems are installed in the ceiling and push airflow directly downward while other vents pull the flow outward, removing air continuously from the isolated room. This also continuously removes any particulates, bacteria, and other contamination from the room as it’s passed through with the air.

 

There are two main types of clean rooms that the majority of contract manufacturers use for any industrial processes that require extreme isolation from contaminants. These include:

 

  1. Single Pass: These simple-type clean rooms push the airflow down-and-out continuously. This means there is new air constantly introduced to the room through high-grade filters in the top vents and that air is then removed from the room entirely. These clean rooms can be used for manufacturing processes that don’t need climate-control options, such as temperature and humidity.
  2. Recirculating: For manufacturing processes that need exacting humidity and temperature control as well as high air filtration, more complex clean rooms that use recirculating systems are vital. Recirculating systems have an additional wall containing the interior room. This passageway around the room seals airflow and the air pushed down-and-out of the interior room is forced back upwards to the top of the room and re-filtered through the top vents. This ensures continued filtration and exposure to the same allotment of air for as long as the room and exterior passage is sealed.

 

For semiconductor and medical device manufacturing, single pass clean rooms can be effective, but a recirculating room is recommended for true quality in production. Our Class 3 clean room uses a recirculating airflow for excellence and safety in all our manufacturing processes that require zero-contaminant exposure.

 

Contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500 for more information about our clean room. Request more information, or request a quote for contract manufacturing services 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.

Certifications for Quality-controlled Contract Manufacturing

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The Role of Machine Vision for Food Production Equipment and Food Safety

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, our most important concern involved in our partnership with Forpak is the support of food safety with global packaging solutions. With Forpak, the MultiSource network works to manufacture unique, innovative solutions for automated food packaging and production equipment.

 

To maintain the integrity of our food production equipment, we also work with Cognex to integrate advanced machine vision systems into our packing solutions. When you work with Forpak and MultiSource for custom manufacturing of food production equipment, you can rely on our use of Cognex machine vision for precise tracking and quality control in the food industry.

 

Cognex vision systems offer an automated, machine-accurate diagnostics for packing information. This includes the tracking of numbers, letters, and other characters, as well as product quality, portioning, damage checking, contaminant inspection, and other conditions specific to your facility and product.

 

With the implementation of Cognex machine vision tools, your food production line and overall product will see improvements in many ways. Cognex vision improves aspects of the food packing process including:

 

  1. Package inspection: Cognex vision has advanced capabilities for the inspection of packaging labels, seals, damages, and overall quality. Any inconsistencies in the print or images of your labeling, damages to the containment, and any other anomalies are detected at every stage of the packaging process.
  2. Contaminant detection: Any foreign objects that might have been introduced into the packaging process at any stage will be detected by Cognex vision systems and alert your production line to remove the contaminated item. The detection of contamination could range from visible particulates to unsafe temperatures. Contamination of the food product or the packaging itself can be eliminated from your production line and your facility can promote food safety worldwide.
  3. Portion inspection: Whether you package fresh, frozen, dry, or refrigerated food products, portion control is critical to the industry. Controlling the weights and volumes of your food products with Cognex decreases waste and improves quality.
  4. Product consistency: Cognex automated machine vision is also key in overall product consistency. From coloration and sizing to label consistency, the integration of Cognex into your production line can prevent any abnormalities in your product.

 

Cognex vision systems play a significant role in the promotion of global food practices as well as USDA and FDA standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

 

We work with Cognex to streamline the quality control and assessment process while your production line runs. To learn more about the use of Cognex for food production equipment, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today at (952) 456-5500, or request a quote or more information online to get started.

Improving Manufacturing for Medical Equipment Used in Cardiac Treatments

The medical technology industry is a rapidly expanding one, but unlike other industries growing just as quickly, medical equipment has unmatched demand for precision, reliability, and safety. Because the quality of medical equipment directly affects the health and wellbeing of patients, including those who are unable to speak for themselves (such as children and the elderly), the medical industry has to meet a standard of ethical production and testing practices. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we are dedicated to providing unparalleled quality for components and assemblies used to fabricate medical equipment that is distributed globally. Our goal is to continually improve our practices and products for all areas of the medical industry we provide for, including cardiac medicine and treatments.

 

A large portion of the components and assemblies we manufacture are utilized in the cardiology branch of medicine for cardiac treatments ranging from minor to aggressive heart issues. The medical equipment we fabricate on our state-of-the-art production floor is used in various treatments, including:

 

Atrial Fibrillation: This cardiac affliction manifests as an irregular heartbeat caused by the upper chambers of the heart beating rapidly and out of sync with the lower chambers. This increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack. The components we manufacture are used in the equipment that produces medications or catheterization systems that treat atrial fibrillation.

 

Cardiac Ablation: This is a primary treatment for atrial fibrillation and other causes of an irregular heartbeat when medications fail. Using a catheter system, surgery, or a combination of both, surgeons can create scar tissue in specific areas of a patient’s heart. This scarring alters the rhythm of the heartbeat, stabilizing and syncing the chambers. Our components are used in many various types of ablation equipment.

 

Implantable Devices: Our components are used in the fabrication of ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators), one of the most commonly used implantable devices in the United States. Additionally, we manufacture equipment used in other implantable devices, including pacemakers and coronary stents, for treating cardiac health issues.

 

Catheterization: Cardiac catheterization can be used to test for heart conditions or treat an existing condition. The long, thin tubing inserted into arteries, heart blood vessels, or veins allows blood flow to and from the heart when that flow would otherwise be unreliable. We manufacture several components used in cardiac and other catheterization systems.

 

Surgical Navigation: In many surgical operations, including almost all cardiac and open-heart surgeries, highly advanced navigation systems are critical. These navigation systems require extreme precision and trusted performance because they introduce another factor into the human body during surgery. The components we fabricate for surgical navigation devices are highly accurate and well-engineered products.

 

To learn more about the components we manufacture for cardiology and other medical equipment, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500 today. Request a quote or more information online to get started with us today.

The History of Additive Manufacturing and Its Use for Prototype Production

At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we provide a wealth of manufacturing services, including extensive, precision-based, prototype fabrication. Our prototype capabilities range from single components to full assemblies with rigorous testing and full diagnostics of the final product. When you work with MultiSource, you gain the benefits of a state-of-the-art prototyping program that promises quality from the very beginning. Our prototyping technicians utilize additive manufacturing technologies to build unique components and assemblies for a broad range of industrial applications.

 

Additive manufacturing today is synonymous with 3D printing, and while it’s a newer industrial process, it has a rich, albeit short, history starting in 1974.

 

Additive Manufacturing Timeline

 

1974:  David E. H. Jones published a conceptual overview of 3D printing in his column in the New Scientist journal.

 

1981: After the development of early additive manufacturing technologies in 1980, Hideo Kodama, working at the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute, created two ways of additive manufacturing with a thermoset polymer.

 

1984: The stereolithography process was developed and patented by Olivier de Witte, Alain Le Méhauté, and Jean Claude André. Soon after, Chuck Hull from 3D Systems Corporation patented his own stereolithography fabrication system that used ultraviolet light lasers to cure photopolymer layers.

 

1988: Fuel deposition modeling (FDM), the type of 3D printing used by most commercial consumers, was developed by S. Scott Crump. His well-known company, Stratasys, marketed the first commercial FDM machine in 1992.

 

1995: The Fraunhofer Institute introduced selective laser melting processes.

 

2009: Any original patents for FDM machines and the FDM printing process expired. Because the industry was now open to competition, the development of this and other printing processes rapidly increased. In the 2010s, various metalworking forms of 3D printing were introduced, though limited, as were 3D printing of other materials than polymers, such as ceramics.

 

2012: Filabot, a 3D printing and filament company, developed ways for FDM and fueled filament fabrication (FFF) printers to utilize a broader range of more durable plastics.

 

2014: Dr. Manos M. Tentzeris and Dr. Benjamin S. Cook, working at the Georgia Institute of Technology, displayed the first use of new 3D printing software technology. This was a vertically integrated printed electronics additive manufacturing platform (VIPRE) that allowed the 3D printing of electronics with operational capacity up to 40 GHz.

 

Since 2014, software programs and 3D printing tools have been developed to even greater capabilities, and commercial consumer 3D printers have saturated the market. At MultiSource, the use of 3D printing is a key tool in the manufacturing of precision-based prototyping.

 

To learn more about our uses of additive manufacturing and prototyping capabilities, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500 today. Or request a quote or more information online to get started with us today.