Valued clients and prospective clients,

As of October 2nd, MME is pleased to announce the return of Alexandria Schumacher as Vice President of Operations & HR.

Miss Schumacher brings with her a commitment to drive our company’s core beliefs…provide a truly world class partnership experience for our current and future clients…and to apply her expertise to foster an environment of respect and collaboration with our partners and associates.

This is an exciting time in MME’s development, as Miss Schumacher’s return adds a new chapter to our 44-year history as a box build contract manufacturer with full supply chain management and control. Rest assured, the pillars of our approach to business will remain unchanged:

  1. All of MME’s associates will continue to give their best efforts to provide you with a world class partnership experience.
  2. Our entire suite of full contract manufacturing services is still at your disposal, and it will evolve and grow with the addition of new products and services when appropriate.
  3. MME’s belief in open and honest communication will continue.

We are grateful to you, our valued customer, not only for giving us the opportunity to provide you with Contract Manufacturing services, but for your loyalty and friendship, which have enriched our relationship. We are confident that this partnership will serve us all well.

If you have any questions about this exciting news and what it will mean for you, please contact any of us at any time.

Miss Schumacher

Miss Schumacher
MME group Vice President
aschumacher@mmegroupinc.com

What’s the Weld You Want?

 

The very fact that you’re reading this piece means that it’s highly likely you’re aware of Hot Plate Welding. Good; you’re our kind of person.

But is Hot Plate Welding right for your project?  Does it provide the very best solution to your problem?

There are multiple ways to bond two thermoplastic surfaces; Hot Plate Welding is one of them, along with Glue, Spin, and Sonic Welding to list a few. 

Before you choose the process that’s right for you, you need to consider a range of factors, all of which could have an influence on your decision.

MaterialsWhat’s the most appropriate and efficient process for the materials you need bonded?

Hot Plate Welding is certainly one of the most durable processes, but under certain circumstances other applications could provide similar results. MME group will work with your team to help understand the product requirements and testing, then come up with materials and make the appropriate recommendation for the application.

ScaleWhat volume of product will you need to produce to reach a viable price point?

This is where you need to find the sweet spot.  Hot Plate Welding can often come at a higher price point for lower quantities, but may be the best option based on part geometry, part size, and material selection. MME engineers partner with customers to find the best solution to fit the project’s needs.

TestingDo you need every part fully tested to prove functionality before delivery?

Quality in materials and process mitigates risk. MME can work with your team to determine the best testing methods and build testing equipment to your specific needs.

EnvironmentAre you aware of the environment in which the product will be used? 

In environments of extreme temperatures or pressure, Hot Plate Welding passes every test. But if those factors aren’t in play, other bonding applications may suit the job well enough.

ProcessIs the process you choose robust and repeatable?

Reliability and repeatability are two of the key benefits of Hot Plate Welding.  When there is little room for error, Hot Plate Welding is top dog.

Choosing Hot Plate Welding isn’t simply selecting an application. The equipment itself must operate at a capacity to produce the results you expect.

We have two vertical machines capable of contact and non-contact welding, and depending on the size of the part being processed, they have a typical cycle time of somewhere between 20 and 40 seconds.

Batteries, fuel tanks, automobile lighting, washer bottles, medical devices…whatever particular assembly challenge your company is facing, we can offer a quick, effective Hot Plate Welding solution.

For further information or to organize a demonstration of MME’s Hot Plate Welding capabilities, contact Alan Christensen… Lead Manufacturing Engineer …OFFICE: 651 289 8932   MOBILE: 651 270 2160  achristensen@mmegroupinc.com

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At MME we’re firm believers in the power of collaboration.

A product’s journey from concept to completion requires a highly specialized combination of talent and technology, and a seamless convergence of design, engineering and manufacturing.

All of these elements aligned when we partnered with Decon7 Systems (D7) to produce their patented multi-part application system.

The Decon7 Biological Decontaminant Accelerated Spray Plus (BDAS+) is a breakthrough solution to the complex chemical and engineering issues of containing the world’s most effective military grade decontaminant in an individual rapid response application system.  Combining familiar operation steps similar to a fire extinguisher, but with improved ergonomics tailored to the task and user, warfighters and first responders now have access to a truly immediate decon solution.

The Decon7 BDAS+ is ready-to-use (RTU), lightweight, portable, and rapidly deployable.  It neutralizes chemical and biological warfare agents (CBWs), hazardous industrial chemicals (TICs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bodily fluids, bacteria and viruses. 

Three liquid components are contained in three bag-on-valve cylinders, protected by a roll cage-inspired, slatted casework made from high-impact plastic that provides excellent impact and drop-resistance.  Through careful material selection, component reduction, and designing the product for ease of assembly and simplified manufacturing, Decon7 and MME were able to balance the need for ruggedness and durability with the demand for a disposable product.

There’s no margin for error when manufacturing a product that will significantly enhance the safety of military and first responder personnel in crisis situations and extreme environments.

With that in mind, D7 was understandably diligent and thorough in their vetting of potential partners.  Some of their essential needs and “non-negotiables” were:

  • USA MADE
  • ITAR Registered Facility
  • Essential Price Point
  • Production Scalability
  • Packaging Design Team
  • Hazmat Shipping Certified Supplier

“MME was able to offer all of the critical elements we required in a contract manufacturer, including an experienced team we knew we could trust.  The MME team collaborated with our design and engineering firm on every detail, working together to efficiently execute the production plan.  Seeing our pilot product fully assembled, packaged, and ready for distribution was a fulfilling achievement for the Decon7 team.” – Matt Bluhm, CEO Decon7 Systems LLC

Thanks to stellar communication and collaboration between MME and Decon7 Systems, the D7 BDAS+ design is now a real life tool available for our brave first responders and we must say this expertly crafted, vital product is a great source of pride for both companies.

Please learn more about this project, customer, MME and other details.

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We Strive for Better

At MME Group, there is more to our business than making products or turning a dollar.  We strive to better our world, community, staff, and the environment at every possible turn.  We believe a level of fulfillment is achieved across the board from our efforts.   These words can often be lip service in business today, but we walk the walk.

It starts with an unwavering commitment from our Owners to encourage all employees to take paid time away from work to give back.  Staff can self-select or choose from many options to be stewards in the community.

When you make products there is inherent waste which is especially apparent in our industry.  Beyond the skilled engineering that reduces the waste in the design, the waste from operations is recycled at MME.  Tons of materials, like various grades plastic, are collected, stored, and sent away to be reused.

A source of extreme pride is our safety and performance record.  We have received ratings that exceed all industry standards in all categories.  Our third party consultants regard our performance exceptional.  This not only creates a safe and secure environment for work to be done, but the company can operate with profound efficiency under such conditions.

The value of a manufacturing skill goes beyond a paycheck.  Making products in America means so much more now than ever when it becomes harder to compete internationally.  Our culture envelops the American spirit of hard work and pride.  We encourage future generations to enter our trade through hundreds of our hours we donate to the local community college.  We promote “a culture of accountability,” marked by the MME Mantra; See It, Own It, Solve It, Do It.

Organizations including Minnesota Parkinson’s Foundation, Toys For Tots, American Red Cross Blood Drives and Walk to End Hunger benefit from the time and money dedicated from MME.  What does this summary of social responsibility say about MME?  We say, “Let it speak for itself.”  We do it because we should, not because people think we should.

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A TRAINING PROGRAM WELL DONE! We have recently been honored by Minnesota Business magazine as a manufacturing company with a standout training program.

MME group holds tight to the belief that every employee is key and our training program reflects that. Through a stand-up program for new and old employees alike, we’re able to:

  • Expand work opportunities
  • Retain high-quality jobs in state
  • Keep workers educated and equipped to do the very best job

Learn more about MME group, our training program and employment opportunities!

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EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW
Medical, consumer product, highly regulated and other industries are vetting contract manufacturers who provide solutions to effectively plan and execute complex manufacturing programs, quickly identify and solve critical quality issues, significantly improve operations costs, deliver products that meet stringent quality and federally-regulated controls, manage a vertically integrated supply chain, and produce high quality, market-driven products to its customers.


INTRODUCTION
The turn of the century marks a significant time in manufacturing history. In large numbers companies moved manufacturing offshore. Labor costs were cheaper, the cost of shipping decreased, moving product became less of an obstacle, and international communication became less of a barrier. What companies did not forecast were the challenges to offshoring. Nor, how American manufacturers would leverage the shift to create opportunities for improved equipment, labor and processes.

During the past 10 years, American manufactures have strategically and creatively developed competitive solutions. A number of improvements have been applied that do not sacrifice quality while allowing the manufacturer to mange costs. Domestic and offshore industries are placing great value is sourcing manufacturers who provide this competitive edge. MME group has successfully planned and executed more than 200 complex part, product and project transfers.


What Defines the Process of Transferring a Part, Product or Project?
When tooling, molding, assembly or complete contract manufacturing services from your current supplier or manufacturer need to be transferred to a new supplier. This includes individual or multiple parts, products or the entire manufacturing Project.


When Should a Business Transfer Its Project?

  • Quality Concerns
    • Tool or mold is not maintained to its maximum life/potential
    • Current supplier’s process has changed (with or without your knowledge)
    • Quality of materials has changed / where materials are sourced from has changed
    • Supplier’s quality standards have dropped (with or without your knowledge)
    • Your company has expanded its quality criteria and the supplier is unable or unwilling to adhere to it
  • Costs
    • Current supplier’s costs have risen
    • Current supplier cannot price match
    • Your business is looking for part or program cost reduction
  • Supplier Consolidation
    • Multiple suppliers increase your risk for error and missed deadlines
    • Multiple suppliers require more oversight and management
    • Supplier consolidation may reduce costs
  • Current Supplier Exiting
    • Current supplier is going out of business
    • Current supplier has a conflict of interest – manufacturing products for your competitor or manufacturing its own similar products.
  • Delivery or Supply Chain Challenges
    • Frequent or unacceptable delays in production and on-time delivery
    • Mismanagement of supply chain
    • Deferred accountability
  • Logistics
    • Offshore costs and timing
    • Poor inventory management of raw materials or finished goods (No KanBan in place)
    • Poor forecasting of trends, product cycle sales, inventory levels
    • Lead time for parts, shipping (creates unnecessary down time)
  • Lack of Communication
    • Poor, evasive or unresponsive
    • Deceptive or dishonest
    • Poor communication with all your key suppliers

 

What Questions Should a Business Ask When Vetting a New Supplier? 

  • Do you have case studies or evidence of your experience with past transfers?
  • Do you have a proven process?
  • Do you complete a risk assessment to identify potential or anticipated problems?
  • Can you help identify costs, risks and solutions? And, will you be transparent about each?
  • What quality and regulatory certifications have you earned?
  • What engineering and product development expertise can you provide related to my transfer needs?
  • Do you minimize costs by re-tooling and re-qualifying?
  • Will you negotiate on my behalf to avoid buying excess inventory at inflated amounts?
  • How do I avoid unforeseen costs that my current supplier may charge as a result of me moving?
  • How do I take ownership of the equipment and product stored at my current supplier’s facilities?
  • Will you act as a liaison between my company and current supplier?


What Information Will a New Supplier Need to Thoroughly Plan for the Transfer?
A new supplier should not only ask about technical requirements, but should understand your pain points and expectations. When you choose a supplier, you choose a partner. Considerations include:

  • Full understanding of product, assembly, quality requirements, materials requirements, inventory levels demand, timing, cost concerns/budget, current supplier issues
  • Product specification prints
  • Asset allocation – what specialty equipment do you own or not own?
  • What contractual or other agreements do you have in place with your current suppliers?
  • Schedule


Upon Deciding to Transfer Business, How Should a Business End Its Relationship With Its Previous Supplier?

If it’s the end of the relationship be straightforward and honest about why the business is being transferred. Expect a difficult conversation, but remain firm and fair. Include people from your team who fully understand the process and rely on your new supplier to answer technical questions beyond your understanding. Ultimately, ensure you have steps in place to protect your business.

  • Expect negotiations and resistance, but avoid deviating from your plans
  • Obtain or prepare a list of your equipment and assets
  • Ensure you have ample materials or inventory levels to avoid down time during the transition
  • Determine what the current supplier has for Work In Progress (WIP)
  • Leverage any other business you have and plan to keep at the current supplier, if applicable
  • Consider buying specialty equipment directly from the current supplier (could be a win-win)

The good news from MME just keeps coming.  We are proud to announce that we are approved by the FDA to register products produced in our facilities.  Our 42 years of manufacturing experience has involved many milestones, and this is our most recent.  This compliments our other certifications like ISO, ITAR, UL, and CE.

“How does this benefit me?”, you say.

  • First and foremost is the confidence to know that you are working with a top tier contract manufacturer dedicated to continuous process improvement.
  • Complete chain of custody capacity.  As our recent Whiteboard Video demonstrated,  MME can function as the sole supplier, ensuring the best possible outcome, along with saving time and money.
  • We have what you need.  For many companies outsourcing this key step is essential.  We now have you covered.

From a technical perspective our registration number is 3006535109, and we are compliant to 21 CFR Part 820.

If the FDA trusts us, so can you!

For more details please contact Brian Bussmann. (651) 483-0965

MME group, a contract manufacturer for small- to medium-sized parts and products, announced today the launch of its new contract manufacturing video.

The minute-and-a-half video playfully takes viewers through a typical customer dilemma – A product is engineered to the point where an experienced and reputable contract manufacturing partner is needed to complete critical design phases necessary to bring the product to market. The video illustrates how well MME group moves customer ideas from concept to completion.

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MME group provides product development (engineering), tooling, molding, assembly and quality services. It specializes in medical, highly regulated and consumer product industries. MME group capabilities include automated assembly, clean room, sterilization services, inventory management and logistics. It is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2012 certified, ITAR registered and compliant with UL, CE and FDA regulations.

“Every customer project is unique, but the pain points are often the same – pressure to deliver a high quality product under a tight deadline and within budget,” said Brian Bussmann, vice president at MME group. The Company utilizes start-of-the-art technology, apply manufacturing best practices, features cleanroom molding and assembly, and operates a high tech quality lab. Bussmann explained, “It’s not only our operations and equipment, but our people, dedication and experience are how we consistently achieve manufacturing success.”

“Our videos are one of many tools we provide customers to help them decide if we’re the right contract manufacturing partner for their project,” said Bussmann.

At MME we’re committed to making our process and your products better.

As part of our commitment to smart, targeted improvements, over the past year we’ve invested in several high-performance laser marking systems. Bringing these flexible machines in-house gives us more control from start to finish, and elevates our value proposition for your project.

What is laser marking? Simply, it is using a laser beam to permanently mark or label a surface. Our laser marking systems provide:

  • Clear and consistent marking on a wide variety of materials.
  • Pin-point precision for even marking.
  • Flexible assembly line integration to minimize downtime and increase productivity.
  • State-of-the-art technology to reduce human error.

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This cost-effective approach to product imprinting has numerous advantages, including permanence, flexibility and mark quality. In some cases it can be a great alternative to pad printing, molded imprints, and other options. Several customers have found that laser marking is a great way to have their brand name identified in a fashion that stands out. And with new and changing regulations governing part identification in industries like medical device manufacturing, accuracy and uniformity have never been more crucial.

Our laser marking systems—along with the care and quality you’ve come to expect from the MME team—put us on the cutting edge as we seamlessly execute your products from design to market.

Contact us to learn more about how your product can benefit from high-quality laser marking.

We’re enhancing our medical device contract manufacturing services to provide full service FDA registration. Customers who previously looked to us for guidance in filing FDA registration will soon rely on us to develop, follow and complete FDA registration for medical device manufacturing.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA regulation provides the framework that all manufacturers must follow by requiring manufacturers develop and follow procedures and fill in the details that are appropriate to a given device according to the current state-of-the-art manufacturing for that specific device.

Title 21 CSR Part 820 of the quality system regulation provides current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements that govern the methods used in, and the facilities and controls used for, the design, manufacture, packaging, labeling, storage, installation, and servicing of all finished devices intended for human use. FDA registration and strict adherence to the regulation ensures that MME group medical device customers are compliant with the medical device subchapter of the Food and Drug Administration Department of Health and Human Services.

“Requirements for FDA registration are based on the device and type of activity performed on the component we manufacture for our medical industry customers,” said Mark O’Hanlon, quality lead at MME group. “On the heels of our recent ISO:13485 recertification, we look forward to becoming FDA registered .”

Learn more about contract manufacturing and MME group medical device services or call (651) 483-0965.