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Tella Tool’s Prototype Capabilities

At Tella Tool & Manufacturing Company we are an industry leader in the metal stamping & assembly, fabrication and CNC machining business.  Currently we occupy 150,000 sq. ft. in 4 plants and 2 states, with over 125 employees providing metal forming and machining services to numerous industries.  We also offer full prototype capabilities, with quick turnaround service.  One industry that has taken advantage of this is the medical device manufacturing industry.

Prototypes are an essential component in the development of metal stampings, and fabricated and machined components.  They can save time and costs by detecting issues during the design phase, instead of after a full production run is completed.  At Tella Tool we have the resources and equipment to offer complete engineering support to develop prototypes of our customer’s concepts and designs.

Our prototype capabilities include the following equipment:

  • 3 Axis Laser
  • Vertical & Horizontal CNC machining
  • Press Brakes
  • Turret Presses
  • Mig, TIG and Spot Welding
  • Shear
  • Secondary punch presses

Our experienced, diverse and innovative Engineering team lends support, assistance and guidance through the entire product development process.  Our Engineers work hand-in-hand with our customers’ engineers to collaborate and ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness through the design and prove out phases of a program.

Along with our prototype capabilities, we also offer program management resources which are dedicated to transforming the customer’s vision and expectations into an executable plan.  Our capabilities and experience allow us to streamline the delivery process, control costs and improve project results.  We will align our project management strategies directly with our customer’s business goals and objectives to make sure we meet their needs and expectations.

For more information regarding our prototype capabilities, as well as our other services and capabilities, visit our website or contact us here.  For the latest company news and updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Growing Medical Manufacturing Industry

The medical manufacturing industry is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the world.  As the population continues to age, many resources are being put towards developing new medical devices that can be used to treat these patients.

Medical Manufacturing

From 2015 to 2020, the growth of the technical medical device market is expected to grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5%. This translates to an equivalent of $428,970,000 USD. Several factors are contributing to this growth, such as technological advances, chronic disease, an aging population that is growing, and a rise in disability adjusted life years (DALYs).

Overall, there are 10 types of medical devices that are distinguished by type and/or region.

These include:

  • In vitro diagnostics (IVD)
  • Diagnostic imaging devices
  • Cardiology devices
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Endoscopy devices
  • Ophthalmology devices
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Diabetes care devices
  • Anesthesia/respiratory care devices
  • Kidney/dialysis devices

The largest share of the global market comes from North America, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific. Due to easy access of advanced medical devices and established channels of distribution, the U.S. is currently the top market. However, with a rapidly growing region, Asia-Pacific is being driven by a large population and increasing health care needs in their healthcare infrastructure which is constantly improving.

At Tella Tool, engineering support is offered to aide in design for manufacturability for new projects and ideas. We offer high/low volume precision metal stampings, assemblies, fabricating, and CNC machining solutions. Our precise and quality work is well suited for most industries, including the rapidly growing medical manufacturing industry.

Tella Tool is committed to helping customers find the perfect solution for their needs, whether for the medical manufacturing market or any other industry. At Tella Tool we believe in supporting our customers fully – providing innovative engineering support, reliable product quality, and responsive customer service to our entire growing customer base. Contact us here for more information.

Earth Day 2016

While the world may be divided up into many different countries, each with their own unique set of conflicts/issues, one concept is universally accepted:  we all share this one planet Earth and we all have responsibility to help take care of it.  Each year this fact is recognized with the global celebration of Earth Day, an annual event celebrated on April 22.  On this day, from the corporate level down to the individual level, events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  The goal of the day is to bring global attention to the critical nature of protecting our planet and to foster unity in addressing this issue.

Earth Day 2016

At Tella Tool, we support Earth Day and are committed to continuous improvement in our policies relative to environmental protection. We are compliant to the standard ISO 14001-2004 and registered with Smithers Quality Systems. ISO 14001-2004 is a family of standards pertaining to environmental management that help companies conserve vital resources and prevent pollution.  By becoming compliant to these standards, we are able to reduce operating costs via improved efficiency and waste reduction, improve the health and safety conditions for our employees, and reduce the risk of environmental liabilities.  These practices help us to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem, as it pertains to environmental pollution.

To maintain the focus of continually improving on our environmental policy, we have developed and implemented an annual training plan for our plants.  This assures that new employees, as well as long-term employees, are all up to date on company expectations.  We also utilize the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) which sets the criteria for the classification of health, physical, and environmental hazards, as well as clarifying what information should be included in safety data sheets and on the labels of hazardous chemicals.  Additionally, we offer “Bloodborne Pathogens Training” to our employees to be certain they receive information related to bloodborne pathogens and diseases, methods used to control exposure in the workplace, vaccinations and medical evaluation information and post exposure follow-up procedures.  Future Tella Tool environmental plans include investing in the purchase of a compactor to reduce the size of the waste material we produce.  All current and future initiatives ultimately contribute to putting into action our commitment to the environment.

Taking a firm stance on environmental issues is something we take seriously here at Tella Tool.  As a leading job shop with state-of-the-art capabilities, we believe in being at the forefront of the effort to promote environmental protection.  By setting and adhering to high standards for ourselves, we hope to set an example for other companies…..because it will take the efforts of all companies and all individuals to tackle the responsibility of caring for our great planet, Earth.  To learn more about our manufacturing capabilities and/or our environmental policy, please contact us here.

A CALL FOR QUALIFIED WORKERS: TELLA TOOL INVESTIGATES THE STATE OF MANUFACTURING & STEM

Imagine a manufacturing unit work floor. The machines are huge and archaic. And they turn workers into just another cog in the system facilitating rote jobs. In fact their presence is a nod to the company’s policy of retaining human employees. The truth is the computer is enough to get everything done!

Now turn the clock forward to 2016 and take a look at the global economy. Offshoring is no longer as lucrative as it used to be. Enterprises are returning to the US soil in record numbers and they need talent to get their factories operational. And lean production paradigms like Six Sigma are creating factories that are equipped with cutting edge technological advancements to minimize wastage. Machining is no longer a push button operation. Each unit comes with its own level of challenges requiring skilled craftsman with backgrounds in mathematics, metrology, metallurgy, and machining to ensure defect free final products. If the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production survey is to be believed, punch and leave employees now make up just 26% of the workforce. 34% of the labor is now skilled and qualified. And the need of such white collar specialists will only grow with time.

Let’s Take a Look at STEM:

The skill gap in US is no secret. There are more available jobs in the manufacturing sector than there are potential candidates. And this is why many industries have to contend with employees who are not a good fit for the positions they are accepted into.

The country needs more young minds in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics collectively known as STEM. Currently only 5% of US laborers are engaged in jobs that require STEM knowledge. And 40% of students who plan to graduate in STEM disciplines end up choosing something else.

The problem lies in the image of STEM fields and manufacturing. They are both viewed as difficult, uninteresting and unrewarding. This perception has to be revised. Students need to be shown that a STEM background can allow them to earn roughly two times more than their peers in other disciplines and that manufacturing is now a futuristic space with potential for real growth and perks down the line.

Tella Tool Supports STEM & Manufacturing:

As market leaders in precision metal stampings, assemblies, fabricating and CNC machining, Tella Tool is proud to wholeheartedly support STEM endeavors and practices such as Manufacturing Week. To know more about our values and our services, contact us here.

U.S. Reshoring and Innovation Hubs

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It seems that only yesterday the United States biggest problem was lack of exported materials, excess of imported goods, and an influx of outsourced jobs. But today, with pressure from rising manufacturing costs in China, the U.S. manufacturing industry is coming home. This trend is in part due to a program proposed by the White House that centers around the concept of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

Also called “innovation hub,” these are public-private centers made up of industry leaders, universities, and the federal government and paid by an initial government 5-year investment matched by corporate or educational partners. It’s goal? Not only to spur the manufacturing industry within U.S. borders but also increase the rate of production for innovative solutions. The Obama administration modeled the program after Germany’s Fraunhofer Society but while the German program already has 67 institutions, the U.S. is starting with 45.

The first institute opened in 2012 in Youngstown, Ohio with a focus in additive manufacturing and 3D printing and there are more to come. While it is a relatively young program, it has a large amount of stakeholders and those in the manufacturing industry are already commending it. Vicki Holt, the CEO of Proto Labs, a “quick-turn” manufacturer of plastic and metal prototype parts, expressed support for the program, “The future of our industry lies in the integration of hardware and advanced software to maximize the efficiency, quality and affordability of manufacturing processes…Leveraging the innovation of the American software community is the key to making American manufacturing competitive once again.

While its not certain whether these programs or other factors like higher costs in China, the North American Energy Boom, or just general confidence are to blame for the rise in manufacturing, they seem to have a positive impact on various industries. The Institute for Supply Management released a monthly business report showing the increase of 15 out of 18 manufacturing industries in the month of June. Not only that, but an index based on five different industry indicators showed that American manufacturing has been steadily increasing for 13 continuous months and these programs are likely to keep that trend moving. What do you think is driving this increase in U.S. manufacturing? Share or let us know your thoughts!