Category Archives: Consumer Product

Prevention Invention

Anyone with a gas stove has probably had the scary experience of realizing that they have left the stove burner on. Unlike today’s refrigerators that call you back to the room when you have left the door ajar, most gas burners provide no indication that they are still on. A simple mistake could lead to a deadly fire in your home. Burner Disc

Matthew Porraro came to Sigma Design with a solution to prevent kitchen fires. Porraro invented a plastic disc that attaches to each knob on the stove, which illuminates when the burner is on. Sigma Design took his initial design and prototype and improved it, integrating a light circuit and an audible alarm.

BurnerAlert™ is the only reminder and timer product on the market that will retrofit on gas and electric stoves.

This is just one example of the projects that come to the Sigma Design team. Like BurnerAlert™, let us take your smart idea and turn it into a viable product!

No Toying Around

Think toys are merely child’s play? Think again.

Toy

CAD Designer Hayati Dirim works on Loveable Lola.

Sigma was hired to design and create a working prototype for the animatronic children’s dog toy, Loveable Lola, which can be used for further manufacturing and design efforts.

Lola, a female boxer canine talks when the front right paw is pressed. She then walks, wags her tail, wiggles her hips, moves her head up and down and side to side.

Sigma used mechanical design, electrical design, and auxiliary component design skills in the making of this intricate prototype.

Contact us today and find out how Sigma Design Company can make your product a reality.

SIGMA Design Company- Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions

Summertime Toy Ready to Hit the Waves

Sigma Design helped turn inventor John O’Shaughnessy’s beach toy idea into a reality.

The Swash Board prototype built by Sigma Design.

The Swash Board prototype built by Sigma Design.

Swash Board is a circular disk with handles on each side and a rope handle that children can use to play in the ocean. Sigma created the first working prototype.

O’Shaughnessy came up with the idea after he watched his kids sit on their boogie boards along the sand and wait for waves to ride up along the shore. “Once the waves came up along the shore the kids would be moved around by the water. We thought it would be better if the device they were sitting on was round then they could spin, move around faster and farther. Also, having small children, we liked the idea of the kids being able to play on a watercraft close to the shore and not too far out in the ocean. So once we returned home from the shore we decided to go for it and have a prototype made,” he said.

The design can float holding a person weighing 60 pounds or less. Sigma created the disc using density foam, layered with fiberglass to create a hard finish. Orange neoprene was put on the topside to create a soft pad to sit on and to create a colorful look.

Contact us today and find out how Sigma Design Company can make your product a reality.

Sigma Not Chicken To Take On Complex FEA Project

How much heat does it take to keep food safe for consumption? Sigma used its advanced engineering skills to answer this question. A New Jersey-based company asked Sigma to analyze their warming tray prototype by preforming a heat power analysis and thermal FEA on the heater element and control circuit.

This model was created to show the surface temperature of the warming plate.

This model was created to show the surface temperature of the warming plate.

The tray is designed to keep rotisserie chickens at a safe internal temperature of 140°F and breakfast sandwiches at a slightly lower temperature. This will be determined by a high and low setting that is set by an operator’s switch.

The first step was to determine the steady state heat power requirements to keep the chicken at temperature by using hand calculations. Then a simplified FEA was run to verify that it matched the
hand calculations.

The next step was to source heater elements that match the power requirements found in the hand and FEA calculations from the previous steps. The final step was to determine a control circuit to keep the surface temperature of the plate as constant as possible, meeting the FDA requirements for safe holding temperatures.

Want Sigma to turn up the heat on one of your projects? Contact us today and find out how Sigma Design Company can make your product a reality.

SIGMA Design Company- Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions  

Bird-Friendly Wind Power Brings Manufacturing Jobs to New Jersey

Raymond Green, a World War II veteran and retired welder and operating engineer has hired Sigma Design Company located in Middlesex, NJ to test, analyze, refine, optimize and manufacture his patented invention: Catching Wind Power® (CWP) Compressed Air Enclosed Wind Turbine. Once launched, it will bring 25+ new technology jobs to New Jersey.

The blades of traditional wind turbines can kill bats, birds, and other flying wildlife. This was a concern to Green, so he designed a system that eliminates external blades. The patented “Inner Compression Cone Technology” (ICCT) squeezes the incoming air, compressing it as it is drawn through the turbine and multiplies it creating more power. The ICCT technology also creates virtually no noise. The blades are internal, closer together, and smaller therefore eliminating the sound traditional blades make as they spin and swoop past the tower. The turbine is offered in different sizes ranging from personal portables to massive wind farm units. This versatile product is very cost-efficient for any location and allows the user to take green energy anywhere they go.

Catching Wind Power® turbines can replace or be added to existing wind farm towers.

Green, who is 89 years old and resides in Jackson, CA, felt strongly about entrusting this project to a veteran-owned company. He found Sigma Design, owned by Jerry Lynch, P.E., a U.S. Navy veteran. Green’s vision is the launch of this alternative energy product, which will create jobs in America for U.S. veterans.

Catching Wind Power® pilot test set-up at Sigma Design Company in Middlesex, NJ.

CWP is an early-stage company and has patents in the USA, which were granted on 02/13/2007 and 03/16/2010. The company also has patents in New Zealand, Australia, China and 27 countries in Europe. These patents and IP will become major assets of the company. CWP products will have numerous applications such as military and remote installations; these systems have global market appeal.

Sigma and Raymond Green are forming an investment team to bring the product to market. Interested investors are invited to contact Sigma Design.

Contact us today and find out how Sigma Design Company can make your product a reality.


For more information about Catching Wind Power® please visit: http://www.catchingwindpower.com/