Demanding markets require innovative solutions and Meier excels in providing complex critical-to-function and micro-sized components required to meet the needs of today’s innovative technologies.
Our extensive knowledge in high-performance material alloys and tempers combined with our experience fabricating stamped metal-formed components provide a proven resource for your most challenging applications. Our designers work closely with your engineers during the product design phase, producing valuable Design for Manufacturability (DFM) input. In addition, we employ tools like Tooling Failure Mode Effects Analysis (TFMEA) and Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) to identify and address manufacturing risks before we cut steel. This allows us to deliver the best value while achieving your quality, design and performance requirements.
Rooted in our tradition as a tooling design and manufacturing leader, Meier’s advanced in-house tooling team is equipped with modern technology to produce the high-quality dies and fixtures used in our precision stamping and assembly operations.
Our highly skilled design team uses years of experience and advanced 3D solid modeling CAD software to design high-quality progressive and automated transfer dies necessary to transform a simple metal strip into a complex finished component. Working with the latest CNC machining centers, CNC wire EDM, grinding and high-speed milling technologies, Meier’s dedicated toolmakers convert the tool design into an automated production die.
The work does not stop there. Once the automated production die is ready, it undergoes rigorous de-bug and testing procedures to assure the component produced meets your dimensional and performance requirements. It is then subjected to our qualification and validation procedures, designed to demonstrate capability and repeatability, assuring that once the tool is transitioned to manufacturing, it will produce high-quality components for the life of your product.
Well-executed Project Management is key to ensuring the successful outcome of every project, whether it is for a quick turn prototype or the design and validation of a Class A production tool.
Meier’s Project Managers, use a formal project management process to make sure every program is well structured and closely monitored for on-time and on-budget performance. However, a project is more than just a plan, it also requires the right resources to turn the plan into action. At Meier, our designers, engineers, quality and manufacturing personnel know what it takes to deliver high-quality stamped metal components.
Identifying Critical Milestones Makes All the Difference
Every project requires a defined set of carefully orchestrated activities and resources. At the initiation of every project, our Project Manager will work with your team to define the project deliverables, expectations and tasks required to meet the required outcome. A detailed plan will be developed linking tasks, resources and responsibilities with a timeline of critical milestones. Through continuous monitoring and review, the Project Manager will anticipate issues that could impact the project, thus eliminating missed deadlines and surprises that can derail a timeline.
Throughout the project, our Project Manager will provide frequent and accurate communication to your team via email, phone or conference calls as requested. More important, each member of your team will have a dedicated go-to professional to answer your questions, update your project status and help you stay on target.
Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Review
The DFM review provides a detailed review and discussion of your designs and tolerances to ensure that products can be manufactured at a reasonable cost. The review also guarantees that a stable manufacturing process is feasible and meets your quality requirements.
Tooling Qualification and Release to Manufacturing
This is a critical phase of any project to make sure that the tooling is capable and robust enough to meet the demands and rigors of manufacturing. Using a variety of standard techniques like FAI, PPAP or a full validation OQ and PQ required by our medical device customers, our Tool Qualification Process (TQT) assures that your parts will be consistent from run to run and will maintain the high quality that you expect throughout the product lifecycle.
As part of our culture of continuous improvement, every project undergoes an objective and critical review against the planned timeline, resources, budget and any other issues that may have impacted the plan. These “lessons learned” provide Meier with an important and valuable opportunity to apply our experience and take any necessary measures to enhance and improve our planning and performance on future projects.