Prototypes are often an essential part of the design process, allowing designers, clinicians and others to test a product before investing in the production tooling. To facilitate this process, Meier has assembled a dedicated prototyping center to provide you with parts that closely simulate the progressively stamped metal components your final design will require. Through the use of our unique stage die system, we are able to quickly and effectively simulate the progression of a full production tool in a fraction of the time. By using this method, the prototype components display the typical cut-by, shear, and other features and characteristics that are normally present only when stamping the parts during high-volume production.
To assure that your requirements are not “competing” with production time, our prototype center is self-sufficient with its own dedicated engineers, toolmakers and short run resources as well as the necessary EDM, milling and quality measurement capabilities required to do the job right the first time.
This process allows you to test the proof of concept or produce limited volumes for design verification and clinical testing quickly and effectively without incurring the cost and time required for a full production tool.
Producing a quality progressive or automated transfer die is only half the story. After production release, Meier will continue to support your ongoing production requirements. With our focus on the customer, we strive to provide you with a worry-free supply chain that includes the use of inventory management tools such as KanBan replenishment and consignment inventories. In addition, we continually focus on improving our Operational Excellence to help control costs and reduce waste, which further enhances your competitiveness.
As an added service we provide complimentary ongoing tool maintenance and repair support throughout the viable life of the tooling. Our dedicated maintenance and repair shop assures that the production dies are ready to use when needed and we maintain spare components to replace parts that become worn or damaged through normal wear and tear.
Although stamping yields the highest value when producing high volume components, it is also useful for the production of mid-size and small volumes as well. To support shorter runs, Meier offers options to meet your volume requirements and our production volumes range from a few dozen to millions of components.
Meier has developed both in-house secondary operations capabilities as well as a network of approved suppliers that offer a complete range of finishing operations to best meet your custom component requirements. In addition, our relationship with other Cretex Medical companies gives our customers access to machined components (rms); molding processes (JunoPacific); custom surgical instrumentation and sterilization case and tray products (rms Surgical); and laser cutting (Spectralytics), providing a truly comprehensive solution for most component and sub-assembly requirements.
With decades of stamping experience, Meier has the capability to work with a wide range of metals. We possess a deep understanding of material properties and forming characteristics and can assist you in finding the best material solutions for your components.
Raw material coils can be selectively plated before stamping with precious metals such as gold, silver and palladium to minimize the cost of the precious metal and eliminate secondary processing.
Bi-metals used in the manufacture of thermocouples and thin layers of precious metal can be bonded to the raw material to provide surface integrity, which is superior to plating.
Dual-gauge or multi-gauge coils enable the manufacture of profiled component parts with varying wall thicknesses.
Continuous coils of hardened tempered material can be selectively annealed prior to stamping to provide localized ductility.
Meier designed a process to laminate polymers to metals prior to stamping.