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Make it Better and Improve Performance!

Dymax Corporation, located in Torrington, CT, is a leading manufacturer of advanced light-curable adhesives, coatings, oligomers, light-curing equipment, and fluid dispensing systems that work together to optimize manufacturing assembly processes.  Dymax came to Sigma Design Company to improve their WIDECURE® conveyor system. WIDECURE is a 25″ wide UV curing system with 700 mW/cm² of curing power. This system is typically used in industrial plants for the curing of adhesives during the assembly of aerospace, electronic and automotive components.  Dymax Corporation is well known for making manufactures more efficient and need to update the design of the WIDECURE with additional safety and performance features. Dymax presented Sigma with a solid and dependable machine, but a machine that lacked the features needed by its industrial customers and users. Learn more about Dymax here.

Sigma took their original prototypes and examined every single nut and bolt to do a complete redesign of the original machine. Aside from adding a number of safety and performance features to the system, Sigma greatly improved the user interface of the unit and overall quality and reliability of the system. The WIDECURE is aesthetically more pleasing and a truly gorgeous machine. Operators will be very pleased with its new ergonomic design and low level machine noise. Sigma’s new design also includes provisions for lifting and transporting the machine in a safer manner. WATCH VIDEO HERE!

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Dymax WIDECURE conveyor system at Sigma Design Company facility.

Sigma engineered several important features, making the new WIDECURE system a real state of the art unit. The control scheme of the machine was redesigned to be category 3 safety compliant.  Our engineers added an Allen Bradley PLC and HMI (Programmable Logic Controller and Human Machine Interface), and an open loop stepper system to smoothly lift and lower the UV lamp assembly.  Sigma turned a dependable machine into a world class system allowing the customer to better meet the needs of the industrial marketplace.

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People Power: Bob Messinger, Senior Project Design Engineer

Whether you need Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on an injected molded medical device part or on a large steel bridge structure, then Bob Messinger, Senior Project Design Engineer takes care of business. Bob is an experienced mechanical engineer and one of five Solidworks specialists at SIGMA. His recent project experience spans the Ohmsett National Testing Platform (see SIGMA blog article), Motion Power Express™ energy harvester (see SIGMA blog article) and the Rapid Vodka Chiller.

Bob Messinger, Senior Project Design Engineer, SIGMA Design Company

Bob joined SIGMA in 2004 after a 21 year career with Hayward Pool Products where he designed filters, pumps, valves and water management devices that utilize precision injection and blow molded plastic parts. Prior to that, Bob spent 4 years with Valcor Engineering Corp. designing electro-mechanical solenoid valves for aircraft, aerospace and nuclear applications. Bob has extensive training that includes Cosmo FEA (linear and nonlinear, Solidworks (Beginner in 2000, Advanced in 2000 and Advanced in 2011); Solidworks surface, SDRC Ideas Design and Drafting, and Pro/E Design and Advanced Design.

Bob is a long time Harley-Davidson enthusiast who also enjoys cabinet making in his home woodshop. What Bob likes best about Sigma is “the wide range of activities, from micro to maxi, keeps the job interesting and challenging”.

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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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People Power: Introducing Nicholas Faust, Sigma’s Newest Team Member

A successful entrepreneur and a Stevens Institute of Technology grad, our newest member, Nicholas Faust, who began as an intern in January 2011, was hired full time in May 2011 and has settled nicely into the Sigma team.

Nicholas Faust of Sigma Design Company

Nick’s success with helping to launch a successful skateboard start-up company that relies on human energy dovetails nicely with one of his first assignments at Sigma – a renewable energy project to prototype a vehicle energy harvesting device.

Nick is excited by such green technology/renewable energy projects and also aspires to be involved with industrial automation technologies.  Nick earned both a Masters of Engineering in Product- Architecture and Engineering (May 2011) and Bachelor’s of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (2009) from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

When asked what he most enjoys about Sigma, Nick shared: “I think the breadth of projects at Sigma Design Company – from consumer products to medical devices to renewable energy projects, keeps it interesting and challenging. I’ve learned a great deal about the challenges of manufacturability. It has been a great transition from the academic to the professional world.”

Welcome aboard Nick!

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