NSF 3A Standards for Meat & Poultry in the Food Industry

Forpak has been designing and building innovative solutions for food packaging and processing for more than 30 years. Our commitment to providing state-of-the-art systems to customers across the globe means we continue to uphold our own values and meet strict industry standards that the FDA, USDA, and ANSI set for the food industry. Because hygiene and sanitation are critical to protecting the health and safety of food consumers throughout the world, each facet of the industry must follow and uphold rigorous standards and laws. Our current food growing, processing, storing, and distributing systems are capable of supplying foods from many different countries to communities year-round, thanks to massive changes in industrial regulations over the last 100 years. Forpak equipment is well-suited to supporting the current food system, and it can easily be integrated into existing production lines.

 

Our equipment improves the efficiency of many different downstream production lines, adding seamless operations for laning, sorting, stacking, conveyors, transfers, reject systems, and more. We also work with clients to build custom systems that can meet specialized facility needs. For the meat and poultry industries in particular, our equipment meets NSF 3A sanitation standards.

 

The NSF 3A standards were put in place to regulate the sanitary qualities of processing equipment. Hygiene is important for all aspects of the food industry, but for meat and poultry production it is especially critical because of the many foodborne illnesses that can be carried in beef, chicken, turkey, pork, and others.

 

The 101 on NSF 3A food industry standards.

 

3A standards often pair with different FDA and ANSI compliances, but they more specifically regulate the equipment itself and the materials used in its making. Surface treatments, coatings, construction, and longevity of equipment are all called into question when gaining 3A certifications. 3A standards do not cover operator safety, handheld tools, and other aspects of a meat and poultry packing facility.

 

All Forpak equipment meets NSF 3A standards.

 

Forpak equipment is able to meet every 3A standard because of its full washdown capabilities, use of food-grade stainless steel and durable plastics, NEMA 4X enclosures, and anti-harborage designs. To help eliminate production downtime, our equipment can be quickly and thoroughly sanitized with high-powered washing tools. Our enclosed Allen Bradley controls also eliminate the need for direct human interaction with our automated equipment. Forpak designs are long-lasting systems that have a low risk of cracking, breaking, chipping, or dissolving even over years of heavy use. If you are looking for the best-quality automated solutions to add to your production line, you won’t find better than Forpak equipment.

 

The NSF 3A standards for meat and poultry are meant to protect a safe food industry system that can handle large-scale production and a global supply. We continue to meet those strict standards in addition to other international standards for every aspect of the packaging and assembly industry.

 

To learn more about our equipment, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. Request more information online or request a quote to get started with us today.

The History of Lathes and Manufacturing Precision Machined Parts Today

Lathes are important tools that are used across industries, from metalworking to carpentry. Even the simple pottery wheel, which has been used for centuries to make pots for household and commercial use, is technically a lathe. Today, lathes are used for many purposes, but they still operate the same way they have since their first invention. At MultiSource Manufacturing LLC, we utilize multiple lathes to build complex parts with exact dimensions. Our network of facilities hosts CNC live-tooling lathes with 3, 4, and 5 axis movement. We also have Y-axis and true twin spindle lathes on our production floors. With such a versatile range of movement available to our lathe technicians, in addition to other CNC machining centers and state-of-the-art tools, MultiSource can supply OEMs and other customers with the precision machined parts they need. We design and build parts for several industries, including the medical device, semiconductor, aerospace, defense, and food industries.

Our modern equipment can create the precision machined parts our customers require.

Because we work with customers in multiple industries requiring a tight degree of accuracy in part design and results, we rely on the quality of our modern machinery to build parts with the greatest precision possible. Thanks to our expert team of engineers, technicians, and other employees, our comprehensive equipment floors, and our network of fully outfitted facilities, MultiSource is an industry leader in precision machined parts and assemblies.

Lathes have been beneficial tools for many centuries.

Our lathes are as advanced as it gets, but the use of lathes dates back much further than our establishment in 1998. Lathes are as old as many other simple tools, going as far back as Ancient Egypt. The first evidence of the use of lathes dates back to around 1300 BCE in Egypt. Some discoveries show lathes may have even been used in Greece in the 14th and 13th centuries BCE.

Industrialized Lathes

Industrialized lathes were a significant tool during the first Industrial Revolution, often titled the “mother of machine tools.” In 1751, the first complete documentation of an all-metal slide-rest lathe was written. The tool was invented by Jacques de Vaucanson, a French inventor who also designed the first automatic loom.

Lathes

Throughout the first Industrial Revolution, lathes were powered by horses, steam, water, and other forces greater than the hand, but the first electrically motorized lathes weren’t developed until the late 1800s or early 1900s. By the 1950s, servomechanisms were beginning to control industrial lathe systems with numerical control.

Modern computing power increases the use and versatility of lathes.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the rise of computers allowed for the greater development of CNC lathes. (Read more about the history of CNC machining in general here.) In modern industry, both hand-controlled and CNC lathes are commonplace in many workshops, from artisan studios to major factories.

Our lathes are a critical part of our operation as a contract manufacturer. We produce a large range of precision machined parts, with our lathes taking part in many stages of the fabrication process.

Precision Machined Parts

To learn more about our operations and production capabilities, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today at (952) 456-5500. If you prefer, you can also request more information or request a quote online to get started with us.

Importance of Allen Bradley PLC Controllers for Forpak Food Packaging Systems

For more than 30 years, Forpak has worked to incorporate the best quality materials, intelligent systems, and reliable automated components that meet all food safety standards into our equipment. Our food production solutions are utilized in facilities worldwide that handle a significant quantity of products daily. One of the reasons why our equipment is so trusted globally for food packaging systems is our use of Allen Bradley PLC programmable controllers and components in our innovative designs. Allen Bradley controls allow facilities to seamlessly integrate our equipment into existing systems and make adjustments at any time to maintain a smoothly running production line. Forpak equipment offers key automated production line capabilities, including laning, sorting, stacking, conveyors, autotransfers, reject systems, and options for custom operations.

Food Packaging Systems

Reliable precision in an automated food packaging system is critical for any facility. Precise controls reduce the downtime of a production line due to jams, inaccuracies, and other belt issues. Our use of Allen Bradley controls in NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures also allows for greater sanitation. They provide full washdown capabilities while eliminating the risk of human error and contamination.

Allen Bradley controls are a state-of-the-art example of modern programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

What is a PLC?

A PLC is a ruggedized computer control built specifically for industrial use. They are designed for integration into assembly lines, robotic device systems, and other forms of production automation monitoring. Through the use of real-time computing, PLCs are instrumental in their ability to quickly detect and respond to changes. In industrial settings, a PLC needs to be protected against damaging exposure to liquids, debris, temperature extremes, vibrations, electrical noise, and impacts. That’s why a ruggedized casing is crucial in these types of harmful conditions.

Allen Bradley Quality

Allen Bradley controls use intelligent software systems that operate at high speeds and high capacity ranges. These systems are some of the best technologies available to industrial facilities, including food production. The Allen Bradley brand is over 120 years old. In the 1960s, Odo Josef Struger invented the first Allen Bradley PLC systems and continued to work in a leadership position to develop standards for PLC programming language. Today, Allen Bradley controls are used around the world and offer large, small, and micro applications in hundreds of industries.

Forpak’s use of Allen Bradley PLC controls means our customers can trust our equipment to perform at peak precision and capacity at all times. Our preventative maintenance and routine maintenance program services can make your equipment run indefinitely. This helps avoid the expense and stress of production downtime, repairs, and other inconveniences.

Summary of Food Packaging

To learn more about the benefits of Allen Bradley controls and other features of our food packaging equipment or the industries we serve, 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.

Benefits of Dock-to-Stock Fulfillment Services

For any industry that utilizes machined parts, components, and full assemblies, precision is key. Without perfect accuracy, parts can at best simply not fit and, at worst, cause a failure in operation. No matter how large, small, simple, or complex a machined part is, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC is dedicated to comprehensive precision at every production stage. As a contract manufacturer, MultiSource locations host a complete range of equipment and expertise to fabricate exactly what you need. We provide parts and assemblies to OEMs and other customers in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, food and bakery, medical device, financial processing, and many other industries. While precision is important for every step of the manufacturing process, it’s also a part of all our operations, including the packing of products, just-in-time delivery, and other fulfillment services.

Fulfillment Services

Thanks to our continued commitment to excellence and precision, MultiSource has become a trusted dock-to-stock supplier for customers worldwide. Our dock-to-stock fulfillment services offer many benefits to customers who want to improve their efficiency. We can boost their productivity by decreasing time and labor and cutting storage and inventory mistakes.

What is dock-to-stock?

When goods are shipped to a facility, the unloading, inspection, and placement of those products into storage is essentially the dock-to-stock process. However, with the large scale of shipping, storage, and product demand and variety in the current industrial world, dock-to-stock status becomes something much more complex and nuanced. Today’s dock-to-stock systems require high accuracy, SKU categorization, computerized inventory capabilities, and much more.

Physical and Digital Infrastructure

An ideal dock-to-stock system will have the physical and digital infrastructure to handle deliveries in just a few days, compared to weeks or months handling time of less efficient receiving practices. Basic dock-to-stock procedures will have four steps:

  1. Receiving the goods at the dock from supplier trucks.
  2. Inspection and validation of goods after they are brought onto the storage facility floor.
  3. Inventorying goods with detailed information following the SKU system in place.
  4. Storing the goods with efficient distribution that meets safety and storage condition requirements.

When examining each of these steps, you will see that there is much more to those procedures in action than on paper. Any issues with these stages will cause a trickle effect of delays, stock inaccuracies, and added costs. To support a high-efficiency dock-to-stock operation, MultiSource takes steps to streamline each part of the process.

Sunnary

Some of the many ways we support the dock-to-stock systems our customers use include clear labeling and barcoding on product packages, packing units, and shipping paperwork; efficient loading of goods onto freight; continued communication with all parties; and compact packaging.

Learn More About Fulfillment Services

To learn more about our fulfillment services and more, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC today at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote to get started.

Advanced Vision Systems for Food Packaging Solutions

MultiSource Manufacturing LLC and Forpak have partnered to design and build high-quality, innovative solutions for food packaging for over 25 years. Our designs are intelligent, automated systems for downstream production on a sanitary factory line. Not only does our equipment provide tools for automated laning, sorting, stacking, autotransferring, and rejection systems that can be easily integrated into existing facilities, but also our designs also meet industry standards for hygiene and sanitation, including NSF 3A and Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee (BISSC) standards. Forpak designs are industry-leading food packaging solutions that are used around the world. Our incorporation of advanced technology, including Allen-Bradley controls and Cognex vision systems, are just part of why our customers trust Forpak equipment to support their production line.

Allen-Bradley Controls

Forpak utilizes Allen-Bradley controls in NEMA 4X Watershed Enclosures that allow full wash-down sanitation to minimize contamination and prevent harborage. These control enclosures simplify and speed up cleaning procedures to limit the downtime of your production line.

Cognex Vision Systems

While your production line is in operation, our use of Cognex vision systems are key in the automated controlling of imperfect or defective goods rejection. Rejection systems are an important part of any automated line to prevent the accidental packaging of damaged goods.

Food Packaging Solutions

Forpak Reject Systems use Cognex technology to target, divert, and remove discrepant products, protecting quality goods and keeping your downstream line moving. For any food packaging solutions, reliable and precise vision systems are essential. That’s why we rely on Cognex In-Sight vision systems that combine the use of a camera, software program, and processing unit into a single device.

The newest Cognex vision systems are industrial-grade, learning camera machines. These systems can solve complicated visual puzzles with optical character recognition (OCR), verification of package assembly, and the detection of discrepancies.

Cognex vision systems serve to:

  1. Inspect: On a production line, Forpak reject camera vision systems continually inspect moving products in any format, including goods moving in single file lines toward flow wrappers, products in disorganized grouping, and even stacked products.
  2. Identify: While vision systems inspect products passing through, they will be able to identify any damaged, inconsistent, or discrepant goods with vision software that can compare spatial geometries to a control.
  3. Guide: When discrepant products are identified, our reject systems automatically can guide those goods off of the conveyor line. This is done by dropping the discrepant goods below the production line, pushing them aside, or separating them into another transfer line.

Cognex a Version of Food Packaging Solutions 

A reliable reject system will eliminate inaccuracies in your production and packaging operations, reduce factory downtime, and help protect sanitation and hygiene. To learn more about our use of Cognex vision systems in our food packaging solutions, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

History of Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Packaging

Since the first developments of electrically powered technology in the mid-1800s, engineers, scientists, and manufacturers have created a diverse, multifaceted industry that fabricates millions of devices for a broad variety of purposes. Today’s massive demand for more and more intelligent designs and sustainable solutions functions in tandem with internationally standardized regulations in the industry. Not only are manufacturing practices and production facilities required to meet these industrial standards, but also the parts and assemblies themselves are standardized. This regimenting of basic components is beneficial to all manufacturing industries, not just electronics devices, and it’s created a production and distribution system that supports the work of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contract manufacturers like us. MultiSource Manufacturing LLC provides semiconductor parts production and electromechanical assembly operations for several electronic device industries, including medical, defense, aerospace, and more.

Semiconductor

A critical part of the semiconductor and electronics production process is the fabrication and assembly of electrical packaging. Building the integrated circuit packaging used to encapsulate and work with the semiconductor microchip is another standardized process. We build high-quality packages that fit multiple current standards depending on the semiconductor and the application of the entire kit.

Earliest Circuit Packages

The earliest circuit packages were built in the 1960s. The first package was built in 1962 by Y. Tao, and it was the first version of ceramic flat packs, a packaging format that the U.S. military would use for several years. These ceramic packages are small and reliable designs.

The first integrated circuit package was developed in the 1970s. These designs also used ceramic as the main package material with all of the circuit leads along the same side of the chip. The first plastic package designs were dual in-line packages (DIP) that were developed in the late 1970s.

Pin Grid Arrays

By the 1980s, chips needed to grow to meet larger, smarter, and more intricate device specifications. This demand led to pin grid arrays (PGAs) and leadless chip carriers, in addition to surface mount packaging. These surface mount designs could take up to 30-50% less surface space with about 70% less thickness than DIP packages.

Area Array Packages

In the early 1990s, the area array package was the next significant design development. This led to the popularizing of the ball grid array (BGA) and other array packaging techniques. Next, the plastic quad flat pack and thin small outline packages replaced PGAs for most devices.

From PGA to Land Grid

Industry leaders moved from PGA packages to land grid arrays in the 2000s, but most microprocessors still use PGA designs. BGA packages also grew into flip-chip ball grid arrays (FCBGA) that inverted the mounting of the die.

There have been several other recent packaging developments over the last 10 years, such as System in Package (SiP) and multi-chip modules (MCMs). MultiSource Manufacturing is capable of producing several types of packages with varying formats and materials.

Semiconductor Components

To learn more about our work with semiconductor components, contact us at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

HACCP Principles and Food Safety with Packaging Equipment

The ideals of safety in the food industry include sanitation and hygiene, of course, but also involve the protection of food quality in terms of nutrients and flavors, worker safety, sustainability, and effective distribution worldwide. The global food industry is a complex system that has evolved to meet the needs of a population of 8 billion. Because of the sector’s complexities, strict standards set by international agencies and governments are required to maintain a working system without compromising safety or furthering climate change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other organizations play a large role in regulating the food industry in the United States. Since 1997, these agencies and others have adopted Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles for food safety. As a manufacturer of innovative food packing equipment, Forpak follows strict industry guidelines including HACCP principles to maximize efficiency and safety.

Food Processors

HACCP has seven core principles that food processors can utilize to pinpoint issues in their systems and correct those potential hazards before they damage food quality, employee safety, or facilities.

For food safety and the prevention of other hazards, HACCP principles include:

Analysis of hazards:

Collecting data about the conditions of a hazard is a key first step in correcting those problems. Analyzing a stage in your assembly process for hazards also helps you follow the same pattern for future hazard points.

Find critical control points:

Once a hazard analysis sets your foundation, determining the critical control points will help you work to prevent that hazard from continuing. Control points are any kinds of steps, tools, or other components of your operations where control over safety can be applied.

Set limits:

Your limits are whatever minimum and maximum levels a control must be applied to reduce or prevent hazards. This can be a physical, chemical, or biological control limit.

Monitor process:

Observe changes you make in your controls and their limits to determine if more adjustments are needed and to collect data on that process.

Correct errors:

If your data collection on changes to control points and their limits results in a continued hazard, you should correct parameters to reduce that error. This principle also covers any corrections needed to noncompliance to laws, regulations, and standards.

Verify process:

When your control points and limits are accurately and reliably reducing or eliminating a hazard, establish a verification step that can be used in the future on other HACCP processes. Different steps of a HACCP process can be verified with varying frequencies depending on their scope of impact.

Keep detailed records:

To improve all your HACCP practices and corrective actions in general, you need to keep detailed records and establish procedures around those documentation processes.

At Forpak, we follow HACCP principles in all our manufacturing operations to ensure our products protect worker, equipment, and food safety in the packing industry. To learn more about our automated equipment, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote to get started with us today.

Functional Factors of Integrated Circuit Packaging for Semiconductor Components

For more than 35 years, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC has worked to build semiconductor components and systems. Today, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers rely on the precision and quality of our certified semiconductor fabrication. Thanks to our multiple facilities, we are able to offer a complete semiconductor production line, including a Class 1000 clean room, in-house electric, PFA welding and fabrication, and reverse engineering processes. Our team of engineers and technicians is comprised of trusted industry leaders in the manufacturing of full semiconductor assemblies, including the design and build of complex, state-of-the-art packages that fit a broad range of functional applications. If you are in need of semiconductor components or fully packaged assemblies, you can rely on MultiSource for fabrication from the prototyping to the inspection process.

Manufacturing Materials

When it comes to packaging semiconductor components for long-term protection and control of external factors, we implement various materials into that enclosure. We are capable of manufacturing with polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA), and other thermoplastics that are key in integrated circuit packaging.

For all our integrated circuit packaging designs, we consider four functional factors that the semiconductor system will face in an operating setting. The design factors include:

Electrical:

Characteristics of the semiconductor and electrical requirements can be controlled through the packaging. Integrated circuit packages can help regulate resistance, capacitance, inductance, and other properties of the semiconductor components and surrounding electronics with specific designs. Packages can also eliminate the risk of parasitic elements that can damage semiconductor signals.

Climate:

Packages must also be able to protect the semiconductor components from climate conditions outside the acceptable range. This includes protection from excess heat, moisture, dust, electromagnetics, and other elements. We design semiconductor packages to provide precise heat dissipation from the chip.

Mechanical:

Physical stress will also be a factor for semiconductors in operation. Packages need to be able to protect the chip from mechanical factors like jolts, bends, vibrations, and resonance.

Cost:

We work with carefully selected materials, precise clean room conditions, and high-powered technology to build semiconductor components. Our goal is to provide the best quality products at affordable prices. For all our packages, we choose the best quality polymers at a reasonable cost to our customers.

Integrated circuit packaging is a necessary part of a semiconductor assembly. The design, materials, and functionality of every package should be considered as important as the semiconductor components themselves.

For more information about our work in the semiconductor industry, contact MultiSource Manufacturing LLC at (952) 456-5500. You can also request more information or request a quote to get started with us today.

Importance of Food Industry Safety and Sanitation for Meat Packing

As populations soared in large cities, food packing throughout the United States had a grim start. The early factories, slaughter houses, and packing plants had very poor sanitation. Fortunately, the situation in the meatpacking industry is much different today. Factories are held to strict standards and every step of the raising, slaughtering, packing, and distributing of livestock meat adheres to the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other regulatory organizations. At Forpak, we design and manufacture equipment that helps our customers maintain a streamlined packing system that meets food industry sanitation standards. Forpak equipment offers innovative solutions for multiple downstream production line operations, including stacking, conveying, autotransfers, reject systems, laning, sorting, and more.

Meat Industry

The meat industry in the United States began with fur trader William Pynchon when he started salt packing pork into barrels and shipping them to the West Indies. However, by the early 1800s, cities like Boston and Cincinnati were earning nicknames for the thousands of animals processed in various packing plants. In 1833, Cincinnati alone was processing 85,000 pigs a year, giving credence to its nickname “Porkopolis.”

USDA

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln established the USDA to oversee the safe processing of meat products. After the turn of the century, when meat packing plants grew much larger thanks to industrial advances, the hygienic side of the industry couldn’t quite keep up. When Upton Sinclair published The Jungle in 1906, which detailed the dirty and brutal world of the meat industry in the United States, conditions would take a turn for the better.

Federal Meat Inspection Act

Over the years, multiple improvements have come to the meat industry thanks to government regulations like the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, both in 1906; the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921; meat grading laws; the establishment of the FDA in 1931; the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1939; the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958; and many others.

Food Industry

Sanitation and hygiene in the meat packing and food industry in general helps to prevent the spread of many foodborne illnesses. When it comes to meat products, sanitation and inspections, as well as the proper handling of livestock, prevent widespread illnesses from pathogens including:

Salmonella:

Exposure to Salmonella bacteria causes symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In some cases, infection can result in hospitalization and death.

Listeria:

Infection from Listeria monocytogenes causes diarrhea, fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and even sepsis in the bloodstream and meningitis (brain infection).

Escherichia coli:

coli infections can cause diarrhea, secondary urinary tract infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, and other diseases.

Trichinella:

Most commonly associated with pork, the Trichinella worm is a parasite. Exposure to Trichinella can result in symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, and stomach pains.

Preventing the spread of these illnesses requires our continued dedication to supporting safety in the food industry. To learn how our equipment can fit into your production line, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote.

The History of Project Management and Current PM as a Contract Manufacturer

The MultiSource Manufacturing LLC network operates as several facilities across the Midwest. Our manufacturing locations have a comprehensive range of capabilities, technologies, and skilled team members. MultiSource was founded in 1998 and expanded to include all our branches today. Thanks to our trusted collaborating locations, we are able to manufacture precision-based parts, components, and full assemblies for multiple industries, including medical device, semiconductor, aerospace, defense, food packaging, and more. From the prototyping to the finishing processes, we can complete any project, big or small, for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. When it comes to managing the journey of these projects, our project management practices and teams are key for continued communication, direct results, and reliable quality. If you need a contract manufacturer for any parts, the MultiSource network has the attention to detail and customer care of a small shop with the machining and engineering capabilities of a global operation.

Project Management Systems

While it may seem like a broad concept historically, the development of the project management systems we utilize actually have direct roots in civil engineering and defense strategies.

History

Before the 1900s, engineering projects requiring specific project management approaches were done by individuals such as architects, master builders, and engineers. One of the oldest examples of a creative individual running his own project management systems is Vitruvius during the 1st century BCE. Vitruvius was an architect who created building principles that were largely adopted into all future Roman architecture.

Forefathers

After the turn of the 19th century, industrial growth required a more standardized approach to project management. Henry Gantt and Henri Fayol are both considered forefathers of the modern project management system. In 1910, Gantt created the Gantt chart, one of the first bar charts that outlines a project schedule while taking into account the interdependence of each building stage.

Henri Fayol

Henri Fayol developed a theory of business administration and scientific project management (sometimes called Fayolism). His theory included six kinds of project organization and categorized activities, including technical, commercial, financial, security, accounting, and managerial.

Project Management Practices

Project management practices progressed even further through both World Wars, and by the 1950s, it was recognized as its own discipline as management with the engineering model. Two main mathematical management systems were developed: the critical path method (CPM) and the program evaluation and review technique (PERT). By the 1970s, most automotive, defense, and other global industries were using standardized project management strategies.

Contract Manufacturer

Today, as a contract manufacturer for a wide range of industries, MultiSource utilizes highly optimized management systems that aim for overall success of part design, production, assembly, and integration. Our project management systems have been a foundation for our 40+ years of experience working as a contract manufacturer for OEMs worldwide.

To learn how our equipment can fit into your production line, contact Forpak at (612) 419-1948 or forpaksupport@multisourcemfg.com. You can also request more information online today or request a quote.