As part of their objective to provide their customers with the highest quality materials, Prototek has recently learned of a toxic chemical masquerading as a superior element providing desired characteristics in some powder coats.

This chemical is known as TGIC (triglycidyl isocyanurate), and has been added to some polyester powder coats to enhance its cover and binder. TGIC’s effects, unfortunately, have also shown negative characteristics in lab tests. According to http://hse.gov.uk, TGIC has a time-weighted average (safe exposure limit) of 0.1 mg/m^3 for 8 hours.

TGIC is classified under the Chemicals Regulation 2002 as toxic, irritant, sensitizing, mutagenic, and dangerous for the environment. It poses the risk of serious damage to eyes, toxic if inhaled or swallowed, causes skin to become overly sensitive, may cause heritable genetic damage, harmful to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in aquatic environments, and more undesirable effects. It is for this reason that Prototek has made the decision to stop carrying TGIC powder coats.

Prototek will no longer be stocking TGIC powder coats as part of their Green Initiative, due to the harmful effects it has on its employees and the environment. Many companies aren’t aware of the toxicity of this chemical on their fabricated parts, so Prototek will begin requesting that customers’ prints and CAD files that request powder coats with the following designated characters switch over to a non-TGIC powder coat alternative:

  • Cardinal
    Part numbers starting with a “T”
  • Dupont

Part numbers starting with a “P”

  • Sherwin Williams

Part numbers starting with a “P”

  • Tiger Drylac

Part numbers starting with “#39” or “#49”

  • Americoats

Part numbers starting with “T”

  • Protech

Part numbers starting with “P”

  • TCI

Part numbers starting with “9”

 

Prototek Sheetmetal, LLC started in October of 1987 specializing in quick turn precision prototyping and short run production of sheet metal and CNC machined parts for the high tech industries. Their facilities total over 60,000 square feet, equipped with the highest standards of machinery in the industry to date, and is constantly adding more to their collection, including a full plating, painting, powder coating, and silk screen lines in-house.

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 ISO 9001:2008 certified, ITAR, DFAR, FAR, SAM, and RoHS compliant, as well as a BBB A+ accredited, and a WOSB certified company.

Prototek Sheetmetal, LLC ships world wide, and can produce most parts in a single day when required.

 

Prototek Sheetmetal Fabrication, LLC

Darlene Isabelle, CEO

244 Burnham Intervale Road

Contoocook, NH

603-746-2001 (phone)

603-746-2002 (fax)

Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm EST

fastquote@prototek.com

www.prototekmanufacturing.com

www.prototekmachining.com

Contoocook, NH – March 14, 2013 -Prototek Global Manufacturing has seen a need for an online quoting system for budgetary purposes. We believe our customers should be allowed to quickly choose a few variables from a drop-down list on our website, and receive an instant, accurate quote, according to their part’s requirements. As the leaders in quick turn precision prototypes, that is exactly what we intend to bring you.

The prototype manufacturing industry by large operates on quick turn around times, and is highly dependant upon suppliers that can produce precise, quality parts as quickly as possible. The old way of companies submitting a CAD model to a manufacturer and patiently awaiting a quote to be returned is not only slow. It’s unnecessary.

 

Our new proprietary online quoting program, InstaQuote®, will fill the void that companies have inaccurately assumed is inherent in the industry. There will be no more need to wait for a quotation, only to find you could change a design element or two and save on manufacturing time and cost. Upon visiting our InstaQuote® page for the first time, our customers would initially create an account. Once logged into their account, they will be able to process as many budgetary InstaQuote®s as they would like, as well as view previous quotations, place an order, or submit payment for a job.

 

Using InstaQuote® is fast and simple. Customers would select their material type and thickness from a drop-down, then how many cutouts, counter sinks, taps, and bends there are, along with a few other variables that may pertain to their job. Once complete, they will be given the option to “uncheck” certain processes from your QuoteTree to see how their quote is affected. After being  satisfied with their InstaQuote®, clicking a Submit button would email both parties the end result as well as saving it in their account.

 

Prototek’s niche has always been quick turn precision sheet metal and CNC machined parts. InstaQuote® is the only program of its kind, and we are working very diligently to bring it into fruition. We know this will become the industry standard for prototype budgetary analysis.

The Prototek team is very excited to bring to you exactly what you have been waiting for.

About Prototek Global Manufacturing

Prototek Global Manufacturing started in October of 1987 specializing in quick turn precision prototyping and short run production of sheet metal and CNC machined parts for the high tech industries. Their facility is a new 50,000 sq. ft. building, equipped with the highest standards of machinery in the industry to date, and is constantly adding more to their collection, including a full plating, painting, powdercoating, and silkscreen lines in-house.

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 ISO 9001:2008 certified, ITAR, DFAR, and RoHS compliant.
Prototek Global Manufacturing ships world wide, and can produce most parts in a single day when required.

Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication, LLC
Keith Isabelle, GM
244 Burnham Intervale Road
Contoocook, NH
603-746-2001 (phone)
603-746-2002 (fax)
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm EST
fastquote@prototek.com
www.prototekmanufacturing.com
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Contoocook, NH – March 13, 2013 – Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication is proud to be reporting another expasion of 3,000 square feet is under way for a new metal anodizing and chromating facility. This new department will not only be state-of-the-art in material plating efficiency; it will also be ACGIH, SMACNA, OSHA, and RoHS compliant and recognized as a Zero-Waste closed-loop treatment center.

Once only capable of handling 15% of their plating requirements in-house, Prototek will now be fully equipped to process over 95% of their precision sheet metal and cnc machined parts that require type I and type II anodizing, clear chromate, gold chromate, hardcoat anodize, and passivation on stainless steel, as well as adding zinc chromate and electroless nickel within the next two years.

Prototek will be utilizing a closed loop ion exchange wastewater treatment and air pollution system controlled from a batch reactor tank superstructure observation platform. The 500 gallon plating tanks and 1,000 gallon treatment tank will be constructed from all natural polypropylene, and an ozone unit will be installed throughout the system to prevent algae growth and maintain cleanliness around the clock. Ion-exchange bottles will help remove any contaminants from the system, recycling the contents back to high quality deionized reusable water.

This fully-certified Zero-Discharge/Zero-Emission plating facility set up is no small project. Everything will be built custom for Prototek’s requirements, from the 65 feet of catwalk dry floor configuration with spill containment flooring to the monorail hoists, boiler, and plating containers. Overall, this will be a 6 month project that will cost around $800,000. Most of the operations will be controlled by automated computer systems will a full alarm system built in. This allows Prototek personnel to focus on what really matters, which is finishing the customers’ parts with the highest level of quality in the shortest time period possible. Prototek always seems to be pushing the possibilities, and this eco-friendly titan of plating lines will allow Prototek to manufacture larger assemblies than ever before in-house. Plating more jobs within their facility translates to faster lead times and higher quality finished products than ever before. What more would you expect from the leaders of precision sheet metal and cnc machined products?

About Prototek Global Manufacturing:
Prototek Global Manufacturing started in October of 1987 specializing in quick turn precision prototyping and short run production of sheet metal and CNC machined parts for the high tech industries. Their facility is a new 50,000 sq. ft. building, equipped with the highest standards of machinery in the industry to date, and is constantly adding more to their collection, including a full plating, painting, powdercoating, and silkscreen lines in-house.
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 ISO 9001:2008 certified, ITAR, DFAR, and RoHS compliant.
Prototek Global Manufacturing ships world wide, and can produce most parts in a single day when required.

Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication, LLC
Keith Isabelle, GM
244 Burnham Intervale Road
Contoocook, NH
603-746-2001 (phone)
603-746-2002 (fax)
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm EST
fastquote@prototek.com
www.prototekmanufacturing.com