Why reel-to-reel molding might be right for medical components?

A reel-to-reel method for electronics manufacturing eliminates waste and error for reduced costs.

Check out this great article about the advantages of reel-to-reel molding by Armand Pagano, Mold Design Manager/CNC Lead at Weiss-Aug Co. Inc. to the Medical Design and Outsourcing magazine.

Medical Device Machining: A Discussion with Weiss-Aug

“Integration of advanced processing options, software improvements, and the creation of hybrid systems are some of the most exciting advances in machining technology” – pointed Anthony Sanzari, VP of Surgical Products at Weiss-Aug in the interview to the Medical Product Outsourcing magazine.

Disruptive technologies are changing automakers’ needs, creating opportunities for suppliers

Electrification of the automotive subsystems is accelerating today. The Weiss-Aug Group is supporting current growth drivers by delivering customized solutions to electric and hybrid vehicles.

Check out this great interview with Kenneth Beller, VP of Sales and Marketing and Michael Eck, Mold Engineering Manager, on the current challenges in automotive technologies to the latest Design 2 Part Magazine.

The Weiss-Aug Group to Showcase A Wide Range of In-House Capabilities at MD&M West – 2019

January 15, 2019

This year, the Weiss-Aug Group will be showcasing a wide range of in-house capabilities used to support contract manufacturing and medical device component programs.

Working from initial concepts, The Weiss-Aug Group supports program development through the series production phase. The company provides customers with a full range of services from prototype development to highly sophisticated tooling and manufacturing work centers. With the newly opened Laser Lab Technology Center, equipped with the new modulated fiber laser system, parts are put in your hand in a matter of hours instead of days.

The Weiss-Aug Group is an internationally recognized leader in stamping, insert molding and assembly solutions serving the medical device industry for over 45 years. Weiss-Aug has 5 world-class manufacturing plants that offer core capabilities supporting medical and drug delivery device OEM’s.

The company is meeting the precise requirements of surgical devices and medical instruments and is ISO 13485 certified.

 

Visit The Weiss-Aug Group at booth #3610 at MD&M West, Feb. 5–7.

New Laser Lab Technology Center reduces time to market through improved prototype development

January 10, 2019

The Weiss Aug Group’s advanced prototyping capabilities now include a Laser Lab Technology Center, located at the Weiss-Aug Surgical Products Division in Fairfield, NJ. The new laser cutting and etching machines expand the capabilities of The Weiss-Aug Group to better support the demanding developmental requirements of today’s fast-moving markets.

 

Precision Laser cutting is faster, requires shorter setup, can process a vast array of raw materials and material tempers compared to that of traditional CNC technologies, all without sacrificing precision. This leads to quicker turnaround times for prototyping, putting parts in the hands of customers in hours, not days or weeks. 

 

Equipment in the laser lab includes a new modulated fiber laser system. This latest generation technology enables laser cutting of materials with thicknesses to 1.5 mm (0.059 in) and delivers high-performance cut accuracy to ±25 µm ( ±0.001 in). Ultra-high-resolution cameras allow precise 2D and 3D engraving, as well as grave marking.

 

 The combination of this technology with The Weiss-Aug Group’s 3D optical, laser and touch probe measurement systems allows fast deviation analysis and the creation of digital models for instant feedback to the iterative process. Customers benefit from this by being able to quickly test and modify prototypes to develop the best design.

 

The Weiss-Aug Group’s foundation in high volume precision metal stamping and insert-molding ensure that prototypes emulate the manufacturing process which result in designs that are cost effective and repeatable.

 

“At the end of the day, customers need to quickly iterate designs to feedback into final products and be assured that those part designs are manufacturable” says Michael Cullen, VP of Engineering at Weiss-Aug Surgical Products. “With Weiss-Aug’s 45+ years of experience and expertise in tooling, metal stamping and molding now combined with the latest prototype technologies, we can provide our customers with superior prototypes and superior manufacturing solutions”

 

The Surgical Products Division of The Weiss-Aug Group is focused on the development and manufacture of device components and assemblies utilized in surgical instrumentation. With facilities in the US and Mexico, The Weiss-Aug Group provides complete production lines for medical device assemblies.

 

Contact: marketing@weiss-aug.com

Kenneth Beller, VP of Sales and Marketing, O: +1 973.887.7600 x281, kbeller@weiss-aug.com

Michael Cullen, VP of Engineering, Surgical Products, O: +1 973.887.7600 x356  mcullen@weiss-aug.com

Weiss-Aug nabs 2nd Medtronic supplier award in 2 years

Medtronic recently recognized Weiss-Aug as one of the top 12 suppliers from its 48,000 worldwide vendor base for the second year in a row.

A manufacturer of precision metal stamping, insert molding and assembly, Weiss-Aug has collaborated for more than 25 years with R&D teams at Medtronic’s Boulder, Colo. and North Haven, Conn. locations on the development and manufacture of surgical instrument components and sub-assemblies.

“Weiss-Aug is proud to be recognized by Medtronic with this ‘Supplier Excellence’ award,” said Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis, EVP for surgical products and Weiss-Aug Mexico, in a  prepared statement. “We continue to focus on improving its R&D capabilities, work to implement new technologies that reduce our time to market and always strive to provide Medtronic with the best quality products.”

The company received the award during a conference Nov. 6-7 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Criteria for the award included a commitment to innovation, service, quality and value. In previous years, Weiss-Aug supported the development and launch of numerous sophisticated sub-assembly projects for Medtronic, totaling more than 30 discrete components.

The strategic partnership with Medtronic started in 1990. Both companies have grown tremendously and changed in the past two decades. In the past three years alone, Weiss-Aug has launched a plant in Monterrey, Mexico to better support the strategic needs of Medtronic, and invested in new technologies for machining, metal stamping, secondary processing and insert molding.

Weiss-Aug’s surgical products division just expanded its prototyping capabilities by installing best-in-class laser cutting and etching technology. Its new laser lab center optimizes prototype fabrication and supports low-volume production programs, the company said.

Source: Medical Design and Outsourcing

Author: Nancy Crotti

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The Weiss-Aug Group at The Battery Show 2018

It was a great show for The Weiss-Aug Group at The Battery Show last week.

We are excited to demonstrate our cutting edge technologies and solutions for electric vehicles.

Check short video to learn more.

Medtronic Recognizes Weiss-Aug with Supplier Excellence Award

Medtronic, the world’s leading medical device technology company dedicated to providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease, awarded Weiss-Aug as one of the top 12 suppliers from their 52,000 worldwide vendor base.   For over 25 years, Weiss-Aug has collaborated with R&D teams of Medtronic at both: Boulder, CO and North Haven locations on the development and manufacture of surgical instrument components and sub-assemblies.

“Weiss-Aug is proud to be recognized by Medtronic with this “Supplier Excellence” award. We continue to focus on improving its R&D capabilities, work to implement new technologies that reduce our time to market and always strive to provide Medtronic with the best quality products. “– proudly confirmed Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis, Executive Vice President Surgical Products & Weiss-Aug Mexico.

“For Weiss-Aug, this recognition means that we are fulfilling our promise of quality, precision and excellence in the best possible way. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Medtronic.” – added Richard Fox, Senior Program Manager for Surgical Products Division.

The key factors, that were considered by Medtronic while building the ranking for the “Supplier Excellence” award included: Commitment to Innovation, Service, Quality and Value.  In the past years, Weiss-Aug successfully supported the development and launch of numerous sophisticated sub-assembly projects for Medtronic, totaling over 30 discrete components.

The strategic partnership with Medtronic started in 1990. Soon after (in 1992), the PMA (Precision Metal Forming Association) awarded Weiss-Aug with the PMA Higgins Design Award for its contributions in the development of a power conductor for electrosurgical pencils. Both companies have grown massively and changed in the past two decades. In the past 3 years alone, Weiss-Aug has launched a plant in Monterrey, Mexico to better support the strategic needs of Medtronic, and invested in new technologies for machining, metal stamping, secondary processing and insert molding. The Surgical Division of Weiss-Aug, dedicated to the development of components for medical devices, just expanded capabilities of prototyping by installing best in class cutting and welding technology. The new Laser Lab Center with its state-of-the-art technologies optimize prototype fabrication and supports low volume production programs. More information to follow shortly on the new Laser Lab Technology Center at Weiss-Aug.


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Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis, Executive VP Surgical Products & Mexico, M: +1 973.887.7600 ext. 327

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Weiss-Aug Mexico Announces Successful Completion of ISO 9001:2015

Weiss-Aug Mexico S. de RL. de C.V., a division of the Weiss-Aug Group, is pleased to announce the successful completion of ISO 9001:2015 certification through registrar Perry Johnson. The Weiss-Aug Group provides Automotive, Medical Device and Aerospace customers with custom manufacturing solutions for a wide range of products.

Founded in 2017, Weiss-Aug Mexico S. de RL. de C.V is the latest addition to the Weiss-Aug Group, and currently focuses on providing assembly services to medical device customers. Jorge Zamora, General Manager, adds “We are happy to receive our certification, especially because we received zero major and zero minor non-conformances in our audit”.  Although brand new, The 28,000 SF Monterrey Plant, has already shipped over 1 million parts to its customers in the short time it has been operational.

Although happy to have the current success, the Weiss-Aug Group is focused on expanding Weiss-Aug Mexico’s capabilities, with metal stamping operations commencing in Q2 of 2018.  “We already have 2 22 ton high speed bruderer presses, and are in the process of completing the setup of our press room and tool room. Customers are very interested in this type of precision stamping technology”, adds Zamora.

Along with metal stamping operations, Weiss-Aug Mexico will also add precision injection and insert molding and expand assembly operations. The Weiss-Aug Group, now with five locations, can better serve its customer’s needs, while providing the same engineering and manufacturing excellence it is known for.

Please visit www.weiss-aug.com to learn more about us and how we can serve you.

Weiss-Aug's CNC Technology Center featured in Engineering 360

The latest addition of the CNC Technology Center is a brand new department for Weiss-Aug. Weiss-Aug’s engineering and manufacturing teams have carefully selected the equipment for this room. The main goal for its implementation was to minimize tooling problems, increase quality, and improve our capabilities.  



A Progressively Designed Facility for the Leader in Progressive Stamping Tooling…

April 26th, 2017 Greater Pittsburgh, PA- JK Tool Inc., a lead designer and manufacturer of progressive stamping tools, precision machined components and custom assemblies recently moved into a brand new custom designed facility in New Kensington, PA.

The new facility located in New Kensington, PA is 18,000 square-feet and is part of the Westmoreland Business & Research Park. This new facility offers a modernized approach to tooling and manufacturing with a focus on workflow.

The new efficient system in New Kensington has an open floor plan, layout, and systematic design which gives team members improved communication, process optimization and ability to manage projects visually. Through value stream mapping, equipment is in the optimal position, with design engineering on the same level as the plant for immediate feedback from manufacturing to design. Along with Engineering, Precision Grinding is also segregated for acoustic effect, but still is visible and part of the plant floor through the design of the walls with large integrated glass panels.  Final assembly and groom areas are located adjacent to the press room to provide the most direct access to move completed tools back and forth from the press room. This progressive layout has been successful for JK, resulting in improved lead times and deliveries for its customers while maintaining the quality that JK is known for.

The facility design was led by Rock Hudson, who recently joined JK as General Manager. Rock (Rocky) brings more than 23 years of related experience to the team. For the past seven years, at a leading Tier 1 automotive stamping company, Rocky trained and mentored employees abroad in tool maintenance and repair. He also launched new tools and worked directly with tool shops throughout many projects. With his extensive experience in tooling, Rocky incorporated some key optimizations in the facility layout.

JK Tool (Previously JK Tool & Die) was founded in 1980 as a designer and builder of high-speed progressive stamping tools. JK Tool and Die became JK Tool Inc. in 2013 when it joined The Weiss-Aug Group. The Weiss-Aug Group has invested in expanding JK’s tooling capabilities and adding precision machining as well as additional capacity for larger dies.

JK Tool will host an open house on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. For more information on the open house and other events, Please check our website or follow us on linked in or twitter.

The New Kensington plant serves the automotive, electronic, medical, energy, aerospace/defense and industrial markets and offers many capabilities, including CNC and manual milling, CNC and manual lathe/turning, Jig grinding, wet grinding, and precision grinding, CEDM, and WEDM machining, precision metal stamping die try-outs/production, heat treating, cryogenic and hardness testing processes, die assembly and build, design engineering, low volume stamping, design, and prototyping.

The New Kensington plant serves the automotive, electronic, medical, energy, aerospace/defense and industrial markets and offers many capabilities, including CNC and manual milling, CNC and manual lathe/turning, Jig grinding, wet grinding, and precision grinding, CEDM, and WEDM machining, precision metal stamping die try-outs/production, heat treating, cryogenic and hardness testing processes, die assembly and build, design engineering, low volume stamping, design, and prototyping.

The Diemasters join The Weiss-Aug Group

As of November 30, 2015, Weiss-Aug, a leading contract manufacturer of precision metal stamping, insert molding and assembly, announces an expansion of its global customer service capabilities, through its newly formed affiliation with The Diemasters Manufacturing, Inc.

The Diemasters Manufacturing, Inc., located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, has been committed to the quality craftsmanship of high precision products since 1948, specializing in metal stamping, fabrication, assembly and product design support. The company’s customer base spans across the globe and includes some of the most recognized brands serving a broad variety of markets.

The Diemasters’ holds a TS-16949 certification and is a four-time industry award winner in workforce development. The company received the 2012 “Metal-forming Pioneer Award” from the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) for their proprietary productivity system. Weiss-Aug and The Diemasters will collaborate on technology, product development and customer outreach to complement each other’s already impressive capabilities and valued relationships.

“We are committed to joining forces with strategic organizations that reflect our culture, enhance our global footprint, augment our talent and demonstrate a proven track record of servicing customers with the level of quality and professionalism that the Weiss-Aug reputation has been built upon. The Diemasters is a company with whom we have collaborated for years and we are excited to welcome them to our team”, states Dieter Weissenrieder, Owner and Founder of Weiss-Aug.

According to Virgil DeLay, President of The Diemasters, “Our team is incredibly excited to enter into this partnership with Weiss-Aug, which will enable us to reach a level of performance and customer service that we would not be able to achieve on our own.”

This new association with The Diemasters leads to a new alignment and structure among Weiss-Aug and its affiliates, which will be known as, The Weiss-Aug Group. Comprised of Weiss-Aug, JK Tool, and The Diemasters, The Weiss-Aug Group shares a common mission and set of core values among these affiliated companies.

The Weiss-Aug Group, comprised of Weiss-Aug, Weiss-Aug Surgical, JK Tool and The Diemasters is your contract manufacturing partner for innovative and technically sophisticated custom insert injection molding, precision metal stamping and integrated component assembly.

JK Tool Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certification, Demonstrating Its Commitment to Customer Satisfaction and Continuous Process Improvement

Apollo, PA – November 5, 2015 – JK Tool Inc., a provider of design, engineering, manufacturing and grooming of progressive stamping tools, precision machining and custom assembly capabilities, announced it had received its ISO 9001:2008 certification for its manufacturing operations. Certification to ISO 9001 requires an accredited third party auditing organization to thoroughly review the company’s internal quality management system processes, to ensure that they are capable of consistently delivering products that meet customers’ needs and expectations.

Though recently certified, the ISO Quality Management System (QMS) Standard has been the basis for JK Tool’s internal QMS for a number of years, as many of its customers are in highly regulated industries, which require their own compliance to the standard.

About JK Tool

JK Tool & Die, Inc. was founded in 1980 to design and manufacture precision, high speed carbide progressive stamping tools & dies. In October 2013, JK Tool & Die became an independent affiliate to Weiss-Aug Co. Inc., and, the company’s name was changed to JK Tool, Inc.

Significant investments have been and continue to be made into JK Tool’s infrastructure, capabilities and capacities. JK Tool maintains our core focus on the Design, Engineering, Manufacturing and Grooming of Progressive Stamping Tools and Precision Machining and Custom Assembly of components for the automotive, oil and gas, medical and aerospace industries.

JK Tool Inc. is located in Apollo, PA, USA (30 miles Northeast of Pittsburgh, PA). We are situated on 5.5 acres with over 50,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and office space. Our infrastructure includes an on-site network server with remote backup and fire-walled drives to ensure our customer’s data is protected and secure. JK Tool’s shipping, receiving and material handling capabilities can accommodate small trucks to trailer loads. Our manufacturing centers are apportioned by technology to facilitate efficient process flow. JK Tool is currently ISO 9001 : 2008 Certified. 

Read more about JK Tool on the corporate website: www.jktoolinc.com