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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 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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Congratulations to Client WATTLOTS Whose SolarArbor™ Won “Top 10 Cool Products of 2011” by NJTC

Client WATTLOTS was designated a winner of the “Top 10 Cool Products of 2011” by the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) on November 9th for their SolarArbor™ product. The base of the SolarArbor™ was designed by Sigma Design Company.

The SolarArbor™ is a uniquely styled parking lot canopy system that is specifically designed to retrofit existing surface parking lots providing substantial quantities of clean, renewable electrical energy where it is needed.

Sigma Design Company, of Middlesex, New Jersey,  developed the design for the base of the SolarArbor™ to provide stability and to enable rotation to maximize sun exposure. A working prototype is under testing in New Jersey and has already withstood an earthquake, a hurricane and a snow storm!

Stay tuned for more information about the development of this renewable energy product by WATTLOTS and Sigma Design Company.

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Sigma Exhibited Cryo System Prototype at Cimquest Update Meeting in Teaneck, New Jersey

Please join us in applauding the Cimquest team for the great Update Meeting held on October 26th in Teaneck, New Jersey!

Cryo System Prototype by Sigma Design Company

It was our pleasure to demonstrate how we used SolidWorks for product design and then built a complete prototype using Stratasys FDM 3D Printing machine (Cryo System Prototype). The Cryo System is a laboratory apparatus for more effective tissue sample preparation.

Jerry Lynch, President (R) and Kathleen Lynch, Marketing (L), Sigma Design Company

We enjoyed meeting many attendees and sharing our passions about new product design and manufacturing. Over 200 companies participated in the one day event – including Stryker Orthopedics, LifeCell, The Estée Lauder Companies, Konica Minolta and Con Edison

It was truly an inspiring gathering of professional product designers and engineers.

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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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New Medical Device Product Launch: Glen Mills / Zellwerk Z®RP Reactor System, Cell Tissue Engineering Apparatus Improves Laboratory Productivity

Commercial shipments have started of the “Glen Mills / Zellwerk Z®RP Reactor System” – a cell disruptor and high-pressure homogenizer that dramatically improves cell culture and tissue engineering capabilities for laboratories.  “Based on a 60 year old medical device, that is still valid, the System was newly engineered by Sigma Design Company of Springfield, New Jersey with great operational and safety improvements”, explained Mr. Stanley Goldberg, President of Glen Mills, Inc., Clifton, NJ.  Sigma Design completed the new product design and engineering of the pilot System in December 2010 and went to full commercial production by August 2011.

GlennMills Reactor System – Designed & Assembled by Sigma Design Co

The System with Glen Mills/Zellwerk Z®RP Technology,utilizes high pressure to burst cell walls. The GM French Press uses a hydraulic press and carefully machined parts to produce pressures up to 40,000 psi. Culturing of adherent cells/tissues in a sterile natural 3-D environment continuously for over 12 months allows for impressive cell densities exceeding 10^10 all in a compact laboratory tabletop apparatus. This massive concentration of cells (up to 10,000x more than conventional systems), in the Glen Mills / Zellwerk Z®RP Reactor System opens new areas for development in medicine, cell research, tissue growth for replacements, large-scale biomedical production by perfusion, and others. The medical device equipment complies with GLP, GCP, GTP and GMP standards.

The Reactor System is currently being manufactured by Sigma Design Company at its Springfield, NJ location. However, in house production will shift over to Sigma’s new Middlesex, NJ expanded operations by the end of this year. Glen Mills  will continue to handle medical device sales to their end customers.

Made in USA · Made in New Jersey · Made by Sigma Design Company, LLC

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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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