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SIGMA Networking with Federal Labs and Licensees to Accelerate USA Tech Commercialization

US investment in R&D at federal laboratories has been the fuel for long term US technology advancement and competitiveness – from space exploration to internet development. Now, more than ever, the private sector needs to bridge the chasm between the federal laboratories and the marketplace in order to boost the economy and propel hi- tech job growth. There are opportunities to harvest the $400 billion of annual US R&D spending* for high-tech products and high-wage jobs. Sigma Design Company (SIGMA) is one private company that is taking the lead in this arena by networking with federal labs and licensees and offering its comprehensive service suite for technology commercialization and total new product development.

Major government initiatives, such as the space program and other R&D initiatives, led to significant inventions such as the microprocessor chip, specialty materials, the microwave and the internet, just to name a few. These inventions have forever transformed our communications, social exchange, and lifestyle. Other benefits were the creation of trillions of dollars of economic value and numerous high-skilled and high-wage employment in the communications, computer, aerospace, consumer, media, social network and other industries.

SIGMA is stepping up to leverage its full range of capabilities for technology commercialization with resources of the Federal Labs Consortium (http://www.federallabs.org/). As you know, SIGMA offers concept designs, drawings and prototypes as well as engineering design services in the areas of failure analysis, electrical engineering, and machine engineering. With its new expanded facility in Middlesex, New Jersey, SIGMA offers on-site contract manufacturing cells with lean production and quality assurance services in New Jersey, USA. (SIGMA has several cells available.)

But there is more. One SIGMA collaborator adds industrial and human factor design to the total process; while another SIGMA collaborator adds strategic business design, planning, finance sourcing, market development and IP strategy services.  Such a coordinated Total New Product Development approach enables interactive dialogue and early validation with customers, markets and investors, to better deliver products for market with best ROI.

Contact us today to learn more about transforming patents and technologies into products and businesses. Email us at info@sigmadesign.net or call (732) 629-7555.

*Source: 2012 Biennial report ‘Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)’ of NSF’s NSB, January 19, 2012 as reported in Manufacturing.net.

Sigma Design Company – Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions

Sigma’s Capabilities: Reverse Engineering for New Product Development

SIGMA Design uses in-house gage inspection techniques using 3D Scanning and FARO Technology to verify manufactured parts for products we design, as well as for reverse engineering of components supplied by our clients.

Reverse engineering is a viable method to create 3D manufacturing models from existing parts and system components. The process involves disassembly, inspection, measuring a component and reconstructing it as a 3D CAD model. Once captured the part can be manufactured anywhere to specified tolerances and materials.

Learn more about capabilities of SIGMA Design Company at http://www.sigmadesign.net/brochures.html 

SIGMA Design Company – Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions

SIGMA Design Co and UNIQUE Wire Weaving Collaboration Boosts Productivity of US Industrial Wire Weaving

How do American manufacturers compete effectively in the industrial wire weaving business that supplies the medical, electronics, filtration, process and other industries? First, take a proven machine design; second work with the right US based design engineering/manufacturing firm; third, be creative and redesign the machine to double output using the same floor footprint; and four, manufacture and assemble the machines in the USA. This is the exact story of how two New Jersey companies – Unique Wire Weaving Company, Inc. of Hillside, New Jersey and Sigma Design Company of Middlesex, New Jersey collaborated to double US productivity through successful reengineering and production of a redesigned “Loom 16 Machine”.

Unique Wire Weaving Company Inc., located at 762 Ramsey Avenue, Hillside, New Jersey is  led by Mr. Ken Beyer, a fifth generation wire weaver. In business since 1946, Unique Wire produces and supplies wire mesh and filter cloth in specialty alloys and exotic metals, weaving wire as fine as 0.0008” diameter. They are known for their strong technical capabilities and quality products and are committed to producing in the USA for supply to the medical, electronics, filtration, process and other industries.

The challenge for Unique Wire was that it had several 1950s looms that worked well, but they needed these machines to have greater precision and higher production speed thereby adding capacity at their existing facility at minimal cost. For this machine conversion project, Ken Beyer turned to Sigma Design Company, LLC, a company that offers comprehensive services – including prototyping and mechanical design engineering through machine and product manufacturing, validation and assembly at its ‘Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center’ in central New Jersey.

Unique Wire Weaving Loom 16The result was that Ken Beyer and Sigma Design developed and built a modified loom – Loom 16, using the common base, but completely redesigned and built a new wire feed system and drive train assembly. This allowed a two-fold increase in both production speed and production volume using the same machine footprint that had been used for years – thus increasing productivity in the same space. The redesign also improved controls to allow them to broaden the products that are manufactured on this machine – such as weaving precise tungsten mesh  that was previously not possible  on these machines. Sigma Design will continue to work together with Unique Wire to find ways to help them to build more capacity with solid ROI. This type of ongoing collaboration, four years to date by these two New Jersey companies, is the foundation of creating a New Manufacturing Era for New Jersey and the USA.

SIGMA Design Company – Collaborative Engineering for Improved USA Productivity

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