Thursday, February 23, 2012

Prototek Invests in State of the Art Haeger Machine

Prototek is known for their rapid production rates of precision sheet metal and machined products. They are also known for implementing an entire prototype shop under one roof, including painting, powder coating, assembly, welding, and hardware fastener departments, to name a few. But one of these departments just received a major tech boost.
Enter the Haeger 840-WT-4E hardware fastener machine. This machine stands out from the rest in many ways, including its LCD touchscreen, where operators can save jobs and program all operations into one setup. This is accomplished with its built in four auto feed bowls, with a change over rate of 95% faster than previous models, allowing the changing out of one hardware type in 10 seconds, as opposed to three minutes. This new auto feed systems allows for a feed rate of 40 fasteners per minute. The 4E also comes equipped with tool storage in the side of the machine, and can store all necessary tools for a single job, swapping them out automatically as a part is processed. This machine takes all the time out of setting up jobs in the hardware department, and even allows operators to install hardware in small enclosed boxes like never before possible. Each part will be processed quickly and efficiently with the option of installing hardware in aluminum, steel, stainless steel or copper parts. The machine will use the corresponding pressure based on material and fastener type. With organization, familiarity, and accuracy key in the pemserter department, Prototek is hoping to save their customers even more time on their just-in-time prototype parts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prototek Implementing Six Sigma Methodology

Prototek is known for their rapid production rates of precision sheet metal and machined products, but now they are gearing their production techniques to a “sky’s the limit” type of mentality. With Six Sigma in mind, Prototek is planning on improving their sheet metal and machining processes to near perfection.

Six Sigma is a methodology which quantitatively puts each and every process under the microscope to describe statistically how an entire process is performing. By using a Six Sigma calculator, Prototek will be able to study each area to find potential mistakes. To achieve Six Sigma, a process must not produce more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. A Six Sigma defect is defined as anything outside of customer specifications. The fundamental objective of the Six Sigma methodology is the implementation of a measurement-based strategy that focuses on process improvement and variation reduction through the application of Six Sigma improvement projects. At an average of under 100 opportunities for mistakes for each part, Prototek hopes to achieve near perfection in speed and quality of all sheet metal and machined prototypes and short run productions.

Undergoing Six Sigma qualification is not a simple task, as every opportunity for a defect must be strenuously accounted for and plotted on a pareto diagram to find efficiency and quality enhancing routines to be implemented into every day processes. Each employee will have to understand what it means to achieve Six Sigma, as quality and efficiency has always been Prototek’s niche. Adopting a daunting process like Six Sigma will help solidify Prototek’s commitment to on-time deliveries of high quality parts to the industries they serve, and prove to their customers that they will do what it takes to remain at the top of the precision prototyping industry.

About Prototek Sheet Metal Manufacturing

Prototek Sheet Metal Manufacturing started in October of 1987 specializing in rapid prototyping and short run production of sheet metal and CNC machined parts for the hi-tech industries. Their facility is a new 40,000 sq. ft. building. Prototek currently has over 65 employees and are home to state of the art welding and bending departments, as well as plating rooms, assembly department, and much more. Prototek's niche has always been a solid commitment to on-time deliveries of quality products. They fabricate from CAD (computer aided design) files or reverse engineer from existing models to enhance functionality Prototek keeps a large, constant supply of necessary materials, sheet metal stock, machinable plastics and metal, and PEM hardware. Prototek is currently ISO 9001:2008 certified and also ITAR and DFAR compliant.

Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication, LLC
Bruce Isabelle, CEO
244 Burnham Intervale Road
603-746-2001 (phone)
603-746-2002 (fax)
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm EST

Monday, February 20, 2012

Prototek News

  • Prototek is begining an outsourcing campaign in addition to our capabilities in-house, looking for the most qualified of manufacturing companies over seas to provide high quality precision prototypes at an even lower cost to our customers!

  • Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication just acquired another TimeSaver grainer, laser cell for cutting sheet metal at faster rates than ever before, and a new Mazek Nexus CNC machine.

Prototek Sheetmetal Fabrication, LLC
244 Burnham Intervale Rd
Contoocook, NH 03229

Toll Free 800-403-9777
Local 603-746-2001
Fax 603-746-2002

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Prototek Computer Design

Prototek utilizes MetalSoft FabriWIN, Solid Works, Pro-E and AutoCad to import your computer designed files. We can open your 3D solid models, unfold them, then use the geometry to send to our manufacturing cells. This process drastically helps in the rapid prototyping of precision machining prototyping manufacturing of your sheetmetal components.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Prototek Advanced rapid prototyping of precision machining Machining " ARM "

Our newly developed precision machining company, Advanced rapid prototyping of precision machining Machining also known as ARM - has six new CNC machining centers, 2 lathes and 2 (3 axis) knee mills; allowing us to keep tighter tolerances and handle larger and longer parts than normal. We can offer as little as a week lead time, several weeks faster than the indurstry standard.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Prototek Expansion of Machine Shop

We recently completed the expansion of our machine shop to over 6000 sq. feet, so our turn-around times remain among the fastest in the industry! Manager Keith Isabelle is available by phone, email or live chat to discuss our increased capabilities and quote your jobs. See our photo gallery for examples of our work.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication specializes in rapid prototyping of precision sheet metal and machined prototypes

Prototek Manufacturing began in 1987 as a family owned and operated business as a supplier of quick turn precision sheetmetal and machined products for the prototype markets. Today we are still a family owned and operated business. Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication specializes in rapid prototyping of precision sheet metal and machined prototypes, short run productions, and quick turn around products and apply the most state of the art and comprehensive processes to meet the competitive demands of the industry. Prototek also uses the latest software packages including Pro E - Solidworks - AutoCAD - CadKey - FabriWin - to accommodate our rapid prototyping of precision sheet metal and machining prototyping way of business.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Prototek Manufacturing has a team of seven engineers

Prototek Manufacturing has a team of seven engineers that assist in research and development as well as conceptual and component design. Our engineers work closely with customer counterparts to define the requirements and design assemblies and their components for economical manufacturing. These engineers compliment our staff of estimators, who are also qualified to discuss product requirements. As always, Prototek's goal is to assure our customers that the product they receive will meet their requirements of high quality at a fair price.