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Interested in Contributing to US Manufacturing?

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day celebration, there is still a debate over who first proposed a day to celebrate the American worker. Was it the carpenter from New York or the machinist from New Jersey? The New Yorker suggested a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” (Link here) Despite the eloquence of the carpenter, this NJ company votes for the machinist. Either way, both sought to recognize the American worker and the dignity of labor.

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As we celebrate Labor Day 2016, we can’t ignore its partner every September—‘Back to School’.   And we wonder, who will teach the next generation of manufacturers? Tech schools and community colleges are partnering with local manufacturers like Sigma Design Company to give the next generation of workers the technical education and chance to start a manufacturing career in NJ. We recognize that seasoned machinists and other manufacturing tradesmen are also an integral part in this education process.

For senior workers, there might be a desire to slow down but not stop working altogether. Studs Terkel, the author of “Working”, writes “Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash…….” We think working with inventers and designers, and manufacturing right here in NJ can provide immeasurable satisfaction—and some cash.

We do honest work that leads to the creation of tangible products. As most of our work is custom and requires a multitude of talents, we’ve found that there is nothing that a group of skilled workers cannot figure out! It is that complement of training, age, and experience that makes our projects successful. We are offering experienced tradesmen an opportunity to teach their craft to the next generation of American manufacturers. If you or someone you know would like to join us, call 732-629-7555 or email Jerry Lynch at info@sigmadesign.net !

Where’d You Earn Your Stripes?

It’s hard to talk about going down to New Orleans without mentioning oysters, po’boys and beignets. But food had to take a back seat during a recent trip to the Big Easy where over 40 McDermott International employees gathered for a reunion. A street car to the Garden District brought us to Bruno’s Tavern to meet with the men who designed, fabricated, and constructed some of the largest marine equipment in the world during the 80’s & 90’s. These projects sent us to Singapore, Spain, Dubai, and our favorite assignment, the south of France. A typical project would require 18 hour days with an occasional day off with this new ‘family’ of expats. The work required supervising large groups of machinists, welders, riggers, and electricians with the task of building monstrous-sized cranes, installing deep sea platforms, and laying hundreds of miles of deep sea gas and crude pipelines.McDermott DB 101The bonds formed living and working together years ago were evident as each person shared stories from then and now. A recurring theme heard throughout the day was about the novice sent into the field, some as young as 22, without any real experience or preparation for the work and responsibility for which they were hired.   They credited McDermott International, originally headquartered in New Orleans, for hiring the right people, giving you a job to do and the tools that were needed to do it, and then just leaving you alone.   You were hired for your ability to work smartly and independently.

These experiences, particularly the offshore projects created the foundation that makes Sigma Design Company able to handle today’s challenging engineering projects. What an adventure it was! It was so great to see everyone! Thanks to Mike McIntosh, Rich Lockwood and Richard Smith for bringing so many of us together.

 

Sigma featured in the local news

Sigma was featured in the Courier News and Home News Tribune today. The article discusses the collaboration with Sigma and inventor Raymond Green. Green, a WWII veteran, hired veteran-owned Sigma to test, refine and manufacture his patented bird-friendly wind turbine Catching Wind Power®. The project will create at least 25 manufacturing jobs in NJ.                  http://mycj.co/RZuocG

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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Our POV: High Tech Manufacturing by Small Businesses Is Key Driver for Job Creation in NJ and USA

Since the peak of 2.5 million US high tech jobs in 2000, the US has lost 687,000 of those desirable manufacturing jobs. Meanwhile, about 85% of R&D growth in US multinational corporations since 2004 has been based abroad. These trends reflect an emphasis by large US corporations on high growth and low cost labor markets found overseas over the past decade – especially in China*. The good news is that now economists estimate that production cost differentials between US and Chinese markets are rapidly dwindling – with a very narrow gap expected by 2015**. SIGMA believes US small business manufacturers are nimble and competitive enough to grow and lead the turnaround in high-tech production and employment in the USA. Read on to find out “how”.

“In New Jersey the creation of about 40,000 new jobs (only 12% of our current manufacturing base) would restore the manufacturing sector back to its peak level. This is a realistic goal over the coming few years”, proclaimed Lynch of SIGMA. “If we could start more small manufacturing businesses that each create 25 to 50 jobs per company, then we will be well on the road to reestablishing our hi-tech manufacturing might. Each small manufacturing firm needs to buy screws, paint, machining, plastic which all builds momentum”, he added. A recent Business Week article confirms his point – “manufacturing still has the highest leverage factor of any sector. It creates much more value and many more ancillary jobs than any other sector”***  And the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) indicates that each dollar’s worth of manufactured goods creates another $1.43 of activity in other sectors, twice the $.71 multiplier for services.

For its part, SIGMA will follow its successful B2B technology commercialization model. One example is a diagnostic laboratory apparatus that SIGMA newly designed in 2011 for the US market and which SIGMA has been producing monthly since August 2011 (see our Sept 2011 blog article) . This product is creating steady work for SIGMA employees and for numerous local suppliers. Significantly, about 40% of sales are for export, which is also beneficial for the US trade balance, the US dollar and for US competitiveness. SIGMA is committed to repeating this local B2B commercialization-production model for other highly engineered products at our New Product Manufacturing Center in Middlesex, NJ. Come join us!

Sigma Design Company – Promoting the New American Manufacturing Era

Sources: *Manufacturing.net, **Boston Consulting Group, ***Business Week

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Sigma Design Company Exports Fuel Filter Testing System For Army Desert Vehicles – A Global Collaboration

Anyone who has waited too long between car oil changes knows how things start to slow down and wear out. Now imagine sitting in a military vehicle in the desert on a critical mission; well this is not the time for your diesel fuel filter to be clogged or you will be a “sitting duck”. What to do? Well the Army conducts extensive testing on automotive fuel filters to avoid such events and to ensure efficient operation of military vehicles used in desert terrain. For this important preventative work the Army is using a new state-of-the-art Fuel Filtration Testing System that was made by Sigma Design Company Middlesex, New Jersey. On December 1, 2011 Sigma Design and IFTS Inc. USA shipped the first system for export to the Middle East.

Fuel Filter Test System of Sigma Design Company

The order was initiated from Chrysler Egypt and US TACOM earlier this year and IFTS, Inc. USA collaborated with Sigma Design Company to develop and fabricate the system. The Fuel Filtration Testing System was designed from scratch and the work started with a visit to Cairo by Jerry Lynch, President of Sigma Design, for a pre-concept engineering design meeting with the Egyptian Army engineers. Parts were designed and sourced in the USA, then assembled into a complete system and finally validated through strict protocols prior to shipment of the 10 x 5 x 7 foot laboratory system.

This diagnostic laboratory based filtration equipment will test diesel fuel filters for efficiency and dirt holding and retention capacity for mission critical vehicles to be used by the Egyptian Army. This effort is part of global automotive filter manufacturers’ requirement under ISO 4020 for diesel fuel filter testing. The laboratory system is being procured under the “Buy America” project of the United States Army.

Fuel Filter Testing System (inner)      of Sigma Design Company

The Fuel Filter Test System determines the filtration efficiency and lifecycle capacity per ISO 4020. The Army will test filters for use on various fleet vehicles including Diesel / Petrol engines (2.4 & 4.0L gas engines, 2.8LVM diesel engines, 4 / 6 / 8 Cylinder Jeeps).

“This is a great example of Sigma Design’s role in bringing global manufacturing for export back to New Jersey”, explained Jerry Lynch, President of Sigma Design.  “With increased orders for filtration laboratory equipment like this, Sigma Design expects to hire additional engineers in 2012”, he added.

The client turned to IFTS and Sigma Design Company due to their special expertise in applied engineering and science for filtration for all types of substances – such as oil, water, blood and other fluids. Sigma Design was selected by IFTS because Sigma had previously designed and supplied the United States Navy with a filter test system to evaluate desalination pre-filters on the CVNX Aircraft Carriers as well as their experience in the development of laboratory equipment and appliances.

Lynch, who is also co-owner of IFTS, Inc. USA, has been active for 25+ years in the area of filtration systems design and testing and has served on the Board of the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS) for over 10 years (http://www.afssociety.org/). In fact, Lynch was the AFS National Chairman for 2006-2007.

With this set of competencies and manufacturing track record, the Sigma Design/IFTS collaboration is ready to deal with any type of filtration challenge. And with Sigma Design’s new 20,000 square foot Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center that opened October 2011, Sigma looks forward to designing and assembling many new highly engineered filtration systems in the coming years.

Sigma Design Company – Promoting a New Manufacturing Era in New Jersey and USA

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Our POV: A New Manufacturing Era is Critical to Grow America!

Almost every local and global economy is suffering or worrying about a financial meltdown. Leaders and citizens alike are struggling and feel the sting of the dwindling economic pie. While some are complaining, some occupying and others grandstanding, at Sigma Design Company we are taking positive action by working to promote a New Manufacturing Era. We are doing this by investing, creating, producing and employing.

Sigma Design Company is bullish on the inventiveness and ingenuity of the American people. We believe in ourselves, our suppliers, our clients and our collaborators. We have more than doubled down on US manufacturing by expanding eight-fold and by just opening (in October) a Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center in Middlesex, New Jersey.

We believe that we, and others like us, can compete right here in the USA and right here in New Jersey! We are doing this by conceiving, designing, and producing state of the art, high-valued, high-engineered systems and solutions for a range of industries. We bring team spirit, professionalism and innovative collaboration for total new product development and manufacturing. We seek to spur on others across this great land to stand up, work smart and be part of the solution to build a New Manufacturing Era. Come join us!

Sigma Design Company – Promoting a New Manufacturing Era in New Jersey and USA

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New Product Demonstration of MotionPower™ System to Generate Sustainable Electricity From Moving Cars – a Design/Prototype by Sigma Design Company

New Energy Technologies, Inc. and the City of Roanoke, Virginia, jointly debuted, on October 22, 2011, the latest MotionPower™ Express system, capable of generating sustainable electricity from moving vehicles. MotionPower™ assists vehicles in slowing down, and in the process, captures the slowing vehicle’s motion (kinetic) energy before it is lost as brake heat and friction, thus converting this energy into electricity.

DEMO MotionPower™ Express in Roanoke, VA – Designed by Sigma Design Company

The lead engineer for the company is Mr. Jerry Lynch, President of Sigma Design Company of Middlesex, New Jersey. Sigma designed and built the prototype of this clean alternative energy product.

This first-ever public demonstration of New Energy’s brand new roadway technology was demonstrated at the Roanoke Civic Center in Virginia, a high-traffic volume entertainment, convention, and cultural complex from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

The live demonstration provided “important information that is the vital engineering link to rapidly developing our technology for commercial deployment.” stated John Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc.

Once fully optimized and installed, engineers anticipate that MotionPower™ devices may be used to augment or replace conventional residential or commercial electrical supplies used to power roadway signs, street and building lights, emergency power storage systems and other electronics, appliances and devices used in homes and businesses.

Made in the USA – Made in New Jersey – Made by Sigma Design Company

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Update: Sigma Design Co Moves into New Product Manufacturing Center

Sigma Design Company  moved in on October 28th to its new  “Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center” in Middlesex, New Jersey.

Sigma Design Company – 200 Pond Avenue, Middlesex, NJ

The company is betting on the future of New Jersey manufacturing with its investment in 20,000 square foot facility at 200 Pond Avenue, Middlesex, NJ. The center offers up to 10 manufacturing cells – 500 sq foot or larger, that will be fully staffed and tooled with lean manufacturing for local production of complex electro-mechanical systems for the health, medical, consumer, clean, environmental, marine products and other sectors

In the coming years the company expects to  create new high-wage, high-tech jobs. The company plans to recruit technicians from places like Middlesex Country College and will recruit engineers from places like Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Smart Hedge Funds Step Up Investment in R&D for Locally Engineered & Manufactured Products

Our Point of View (POV): From Sigma Design Company, LLC

We applaud the hedge funds and private investors who are brave and smart enough to invest today for the technologies of tomorrow.  Early stage technologies, which historically had the highest risk profile, now have a better outlook given the stagnant macroeconomic environment.

As everyone knows, traditional safe industries have been whacked the past few years and others may be on the brink of new unknown disasters. At least many people are sitting on the sidelines on their cash and their backsides.  However, these once conservative plays in steady state businesses are no longer your dad’s (or mom’s) blue chips – and most have very little upside potential.  On the other hand, investments in R&D for emerging technologies and new product development have enormous upside potential with the right mix of success factors and players.

More importantly, investing in U.S. based entrepreneurship and new product engineering provides, and importantly grows, local know-how and good living wages. These are both critical assets that are fundamental to any sound economy and nation and also important for our families and neighbors.  So big kudos to those with the guts to go for the glory of spurring new technology commercialization and local engineering services and manufacturing in New Jersey USA during these uncertain times.

Onward and upward!

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