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

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Prototek is the first manufacturing company in the world to allow customers to check out their facility right from their computer with Google Business View.

Prototek boasts some of the best machinery in the quick turn prototyping and short run production industry, and now customers can see it for themselves with the aid of Business View. Starting from outside the front of the building, you can walk right through the front office and onto the shop floor, where you can see all of Prototek’s machines, departments, and fully integrated operations layed out in the order which parts are processed. Walking down the center of the shop, you see their 4000 watt Amada Pulsar on the right, along with their two Amada LC-C1 laser/turret combos and Amada Vipros Queen. Then you see the deburring department on the left with their new SteelMaster deburring/graining machine. Moving on, on the left you see their brake department with a full arsenal of machines of every size, up to 140 tons. After that, on the right, you see their new Haeger 840-WT 4E fully programmable hardware insertion machine with four autofeeders and touchscreen computer built in, as well as their full stock of all PEM hardware organized in proven kan-ban system. Continuing on, for the parts requiring anodize, chromate, paint, or powdercoat finish, you can take a left turn into the post-processing department. If not, you continue forward to pass the welding and grinding departments. Prototek has a colossal sheet metal cantillevered racking system you can see on your right, then comes the assembly and inspection departments. Shipping is on the right, or you can continue around to the left, passing the CNC machine shop’s inspection office, where you’ll see the impressive Mitutoyo CMM machine and Fowler F14-A comparator. Keep going, and you reach their machine shop department. In here, along with their nine cnc machines they have, you can also find their new Mazak Nexus and Behringer Fully Automatic Band Saw.

Prototek does everything in its power to remain at the head of the industry, taking every opportunity to implement new technologies as they are released to replace the old. Google Business View allowed for a unique opportunity for improving their customers’ understanding of what they do, and the kind of organization and efficiency that allows them to finish parts in a single day if necessary.

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
fastquote@prototek.com

http://www.prototek.com

http://www.prototek.ca

Contoocook, NH – May 14, 2012 – Here at Prototek Sheet Metal Manufacturing, we have always realised the importance of visibility on the web since 1990 when we created our own initial web site. Since then, we have been ever expanding our web presence by undergoing site design and coding upgrades to retain quick site load times and user interface simplicity, while including our full capabilities of quick turn sheet metal and machining prototypes and short run productions. As the times change, so do we. We believe it to be imperative to remain cutting-edge in all related fields.

Prototek is proud to announce that we are now mobile friendly on all platforms, including Android, Apple, Blackberry, and Windows phones. We have a separate website for customers who wish to find us on their smart phones. Statistics show that 1/3 of all internet searches are completed from mobile devices now, and statisticians believe by the year 2015, more than half of all web searched will be completed using mobile devices. Evolving with the industry standards and remaining the best at what we do has always been our strong suit, just as quick turn around times of precision metal parts has always been our niche. We hope customers enjoy our new mobile friendly site, but if one wishes, one may go directly to the original site by a link at the bottom of our mobile pages.

From our mobile site, customers can simply call, email, and text us, as well as use their phone’s built in GPS to navigate them to our 40,000 square foot facility if they wish. (We do request customers give us at least a few day’s notice)

Bruce Isabelle, CEO and President of Prototek, had one more thing to say on the subject:”Becoming mobile friendly was an obvious decision. As technology advances, it inevitably becomes smaller and hand-held. It is our prerogative to allow potential customers to find us when on the go or in a pinch, so we created a mobile site with only the most important information and simple contact methods. This is less than a novel event for us, but it could mean finding that one engineer that needs a project done in a day when our competitors are quoting a week’s lead time. We are working on a few more web related projects at the moment, but I would like to wait until they’re finished before disclosing them to the public.”

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
fastquote@prototek.com
http://www.prototek.com

Prototek at Design2Part Show on May 1st and 2nd

Contoocook, NH – April 25, 2012 – For over 37 years, engineers and product manufacturers have relied on Design2Part trade shows to find the best custom or stock parts and manufacturing services. Each D2P show features hundreds of American job shops and contract manufacturing experts showcasing their skills for design, prototypes, production runs, value added services, assemblies, and much more.

Prototek is proud to be attending this year’s Design2Part exhibition to find new customers that will undoubtedly be impressed with our capabilities and customer service. We are always looking to expand, and believe it to be crucial to increase awareness of our rapid precision prototyping and production runs of both sheet metal and machined parts. Turn around time is becoming an increasingly saught after attribute in the production world, and here at Prototek, we will quote jobs in hours and are fully capable of shipping jobs in one day. We would like the pleasure to work with new customers to further expand our base and prove that we will do what ever it takes to remain at the cutting edge of the industry. We hope to see you there!

http://www.d2p.com/ShowInfo

1551 Thoreau Dr N

Schaumburg, IL 60173

May 1st & 2nd

Tuesday 9:00-4:00

Wednesday 9:00-3:30

BOOTHS 540/542

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) ine 603-746-2002 (fax)
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm EST
fastquote@prototek.com
http://www.prototek.com

Prototek is known for their rapid production rates of precision sheet metal and machined products, and constantly upgrade old equipment with state-of-the-art machines that allow them to grow with the industry.

One of these productivity increasing machines is the Behringer Miter Horizontal Band Saw. This machine is fully programmable to feed stock material and make precise cuts between 30 and 135 degrees. With the decrease in operating times and more precise cuts, they will be able to save more material and use CNC machinists where they are most valuable. With their new cantilevered racking system and programmable band saw, Prototek’s machining department will have everything it needs to keep up with the increasing work flow in the department while maintaining the fast turn-around times everybody has known Prototek for since 1987.

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
sales@prototek.com
http://www.prototek.com

Prototek being featured in December’s edition of The Fabricator Magazine

Prototek will be featured in the newest edition of The Fabricator, a magazine presenting all new innovations of the high tech industry of rapid production and prototyping. Specifically, Prototek will be accentuated for their purchase of the new LC-C1 punch/laser combination machine from Amada.

 Rapid production and prototyping is becoming a bigger industry every year. Staying ahead of the competition is a feat only the adept will accomplish. These are the types of companies The Fabricator is associated with, and exactly why Prototek has been getting so much publicity. Prototek can stay ahead of the competition by incorporating state-of-the-art technologies in a very methodological way, benefiting both the company and the customer. Prototek utilizes a scanning system, where each Prototek employee must scan into the specific procedure he or she will be working on,  so customers can check up on their parts online, and see how their rapid prototypes or  precision production parts are progressing through the shop.

With the addition of the new LC-C1 punch/laser combination machine, Prototek is now able to run fewer shifts on the sheet metal punching and lasering cells, while increasing production throughput, decreasing lead times, and decreasing cost.

“Before purchasing the C1, we were running 3 shifts in our punching and laser cutting departments at 90 percent capacity. Now, we’re running 2 shifts operating at 80 percent capacity, and we’ve increased sales by 15 percent!” Commented Keith Isabelle, General Manager of Prototek.

The LC-C1 has a revolutionary design, decreasing time when switching between turret and laser cutting modules. There is also a vacuum built into the turret, allowing for the punching of holes 50% smaller than traditional turrets! This allows for small geometry and common holes to be punched out of a sheet of metal, while all the contours and complex geometry gets cut by the laser. The combination machine doesn’t stop there though. It also has the capability to tap holes, counter sink holes, and bend parts! Prototek  previously had 6 employees working in secondaries departments doing such tasks, but with with the implementation of the LC-C1, four of these employees were able to switch to more specialized departments. All around, the LC-C1 is the perfect sheet metal prototype and production cell for Prototek.

 

About Prototek Sheet Metal Fabrication

Prototek Manufacturing started in October of 1987 specializing in rapid prototyping of precision sheetmetal for the hi-tech industries. Their facility is a new 40,000 sq. ft.  building. Prototek currently has 65 employees and has expanded into rapid turn machined parts, SLA, and 3D printing. They are home to state of the art welding and bending departments, as well as painting and 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 3D solid models or CAD (computer aided design) files, and keep a constant supply of necessary materials. These include stainless steel, cold rolled steel, and aluminum sheet, tube, angle, and channel, lexan and other plastics, copper sheet and bar, spring steel, mirrored stainless, and a large stock of hardware. Prototek is currently ISO 9001:2008 certified and also ITAR and DFAR compliant.

Prototek Sheetmetal Fabrication, LLC
Bruce Isabelle, CEO
244 Burnham Intervale Road
603-746-2001 (phone)
603-746-2002 (fax)
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm EST
sales@prototek.com
http://www.prototek.com

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.

http://www.prototek.com

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.

http://www.prototek.com 

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

Prototek’s new LC-C1 punch and laser combo is the perfect tool for rapid precision sheet metal fabrication. Along with their expansion in rapid turn machined parts, stereolithography, and 3D printing, they are still at the top of the rapid precision prototype market.

Due to the nature of their business, Prototek was having difficulty with same day to one week turn times. Tight deliveries from their qualified outside process vendors were becoming more difficult, and they were running out of capacity for the increased volume of prototypes. Decreased quality and extended lead-times are inevitable when dealing with vendors, so Prototek started in-house powder coating, painting, silk screening, plating, and anodizing operations. “This gives us full control over quality and same day finish, allowing our customers to receive high quality, custom complex parts faster than ever.”

The next big obstacle for Prototek was punching parts quickly and efficiently while maintaining the ability to cut intricate geometry. “We were actually punching some parts on our Amada Vipros, then taking those same parts and laser cutting complex contours on our 4000 watt Amada Pulsar laser. It just took too long. After speaking with Steve Yongsma with Amada America, he suggested the new Amada LC-C1 laser/punch combo”

The Amada LC-C1 is the ultimate punch and laser combo, providing flexibility without compromise. A 2.5 kW laser oscillator provides speed, and a vacuum integrated into the turret to remove slugs allows for rapidity and punching geometry 50% smaller than a standard punch press. It has four built in tapping heads, three forming stations, and also countersinks holes.

“Prototek was operating three shifts for punching and laser cutting, which were running at 90% capacity. It was three months ago now we installed the LC-C1, and it has made a tremendous difference in our turn times. We had six employees working in our secondaries department countersinking and tapping, but now four of those employees have moved on to more specialised fields. Since incorporating the LC-C1, Prototek’s sales have increased by another 15%. Additionally, we are now running only 2 shifts in the laser, punch, and laser/punch combo departments at 80% capacity! The LC-C1 is the perfect protoype manufacturing cell for Prototek.”

Prototek continues to be the fastest rapid prototype company in the country and quite possibly the world.