Macfab showcases satellite components at 4S Symposium

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4S Symposium 2018 - Macfab

NEWS RELEASE: May 8, 2018: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will be exhibiting at the 4S Symposium, May 28 – June 1, in Sorrento, Italy.

The 4S (Small Satellites, Systems and Services) Symposium is jointly organized with the ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (French Space Agency). This year’s event is being held in cooperation with two other major small sat conferences: the Small Satellites Conference (AIAA/USU) and the Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (IAA/DLR).

This year’s theme, Beyond Boundaries, addresses the role of small satellites in expanding the boundaries of scientific knowledge, and the potential for small sats to be a key element of the next era of exploration.

Macfab’s display will feature several satellite components, including a machined magnesium nano-sat frame, aluminium honeycomb test panels, and reaction wheels.

“We are attending the 4S Symposium for the first time this year,” says Macfab president Chris Macmorine. “As Macfab expands in the small satellite sector,the 4S Symposium provides a great opportunity for us to meet new prospects and reconnect with our existing customers.”

Macfab’s satellite and space industry experience and capabilities

Macfab is well established as both a developer and manufacturer of high-precision components and sub-assemblies. The company has a long history in the space sector, most notably through its work with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies and its Space Flight Laboratory, a global leader in microsatellites and nanosatellites. Macfab has specialized expertise in many other areas, including trace analysis and detection, night vision systems, and guidance systems.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: satellites & space, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security.

Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca

Macfab to attend 34th annual Space Symposium

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34th Space Symposium - Macfab news release

NEWS RELEASE: April 5, 2018: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend the 34th annual Space Symposium, April 16-19, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The company will be represented at the Canadian exhibit, sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada.

Initially focused on US space policy and programs, the Space Symposium event has grown significantly in its scope and size, attracting upwards of 11,000 attendees representing a wide range of space-related industries and services from around the world.

“This is the second consecutive year that we’ve participated in the Space Symposium,” says Macfab president Chris Macmorine. “Last year’s event was a great success for Macfab. We look forward to reconnecting with industry peers and colleagues we met last year, and meeting new ones. All in all it promises to be another productive and fruitful experience.”

Macfab’s satellite and space industry experience and capabilities

Macfab is well established as both a developer and manufacturer of high-precision components and sub-assemblies. The company has a long history in the space sector, most notably through its work with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies and its Space Flight Laboratory, a global leader in microsatellites and nanosatellites. Macfab has specialized expertise in many other areas, including trace analysis and detection, night vision systems, and guidance systems.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: analytical instruments, optics & photonics, defence & security, and satellites & space.

Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca

 

Macfab achieves increased throughput, shorter lead times with new five-axis equipment

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Macfab production floor

NEWS RELEASE: November 30, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, has today announced the successful installation of a new 5-axis CNC machine. This latest addition results in a new total of 36 CNC machine tools, a 24% increase in the past year.

Macfab installs HAAS 5-axis machine

 

Macfab’s latest acquisition, a HAAS VF-4SS super-speed vertical machining center, is shown being installed. “This equipment’s speed and versatility helps us absorb a lot of production demand,” says Gary Cowan, Operations Manager, “With its dual pallet feature, we can increase the throughput of complex, intricate parts.”

“Our customers depend on us to constantly improve on lead times regardless of their project's complexity,” says Macfab president Chris Macmorine. "We invested in this newest 5-axis machine because its advanced features are designed for exactly that purpose – faster results and exceptional reliability."

For more information on Macfab’s prototyping, production, finishing, and assembly capabilities, contact Joe Magyar, Business Development Director, at joemagyar@macfab.ca.


About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: analytical instruments, optics & photonics, defence & security, and satellites & space.

Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca

 

 

Macfab launches video series on company (and industry) developments

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NEWS RELEASE: September 26, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, has announced the launch of a new video series. The first video, “Celebrating our First 30 Years”, is available now for viewing at www.macfab.ca.

Macfab video

In this scene from the new video, Macfab president Chris Macmorine (left) walks the floor with company founder David Macmorine. Chris, David and others on the Macfab team offer their comments and insights on the company's development

 

Macfab team - 30th anniversary, 20 Sep 2017

Macfab hosted a 30th anniversary luncheon on September 20th, highlighted by the premiere screening of the new video

The video project was originally intended to commemorate Macfab’s 30th anniversary, but it soon turned into a bigger story, one that reflects the industry’s growth as well as Macfab’s. Says Macfab president Chris Macmorine, “We saw that our story reflected developments that have affected many of our customers’ businesses, not just our own. It made sense to us to go into more detail on these key areas, with a short series of videos instead of just one.”

New videos, which will be released over the coming months, will focus on major developments in prototyping, contract manufacturing, quality management, and complementary services such as finishing and cleanroom assembly.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in defence and security applications.

Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit macfab.ca

Macfab seeks procurement partnerships at DSEI 2017

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DSEI 2017 is expected to draw 1,600 exhibitors and 34,000 attendees from over 100 countries. It encompasses the full spectrum of defence and security design and manufacturing, including air, land, sea, defence and joint applications.

DSEI 2017 - Macfab

NEWS RELEASE: September 5, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017, the world’s leading trade fair in the defence and security industry, to be held September 12-15 in London, England.

Macfab will host an exhibit at the Canada Pavilion as part of a trade mission organized by the Ontario government’s Export Services Branch. Attendees are invited to visit the Ontario Pavilion at Stand N3-626.

Specialized machining collaborations welcome

Several of Macfab’s customers are attending DSEI 2017. Additionally, says business development director Joe Magyar, many attendees are on the company’s list of prospects: “Among the components we supply to our sensor/detector customers, many are made from two exotic materials – titanium alloys, and Kovar, a nickel-cobalt ferrous alloy often used in glass sealing applications.

"Our message at this trade show is that if you have a requirement defined by these special materials, we can help you with that. We welcome the challenge of working with the tougher materials.”

Defence & security procurement partnerships in Canadian markets

Macfab is well established as both a developer and manufacturer of high-precision prototypes, components and sub-assemblies. As such, the company is ideally positioned to collaborate with global firms looking to enhance their access to Canada’s defence- and security-related procurement opportunities. (For details on Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, click here)

To this end, Macfab is actively pursuing new partnering opportunities in several of its specialized product areas, including trace analysis and detection, night vision systems, guidance systems, and other niche applications.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in defence and security applications.

Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit macfab.ca

In a classic example of its collaborative R&D with high-tech manufacturers, Macfab worked more than two years with its OEM customer to develop an ion emitter (left) operating at kilovolt levels, used in trace analysis and detection devices. 

Titanium end cap - Macfab

A titanium fibre optic receptacle with a 0.79 mm diameter through hole; the height dimension is held to a tolerance of +/- 0.003 mm.

 

A titanium end cap for a laser pump cavity – delivered burr-free, laser-engraved, cleaned, ready for assembly.

A laser diode, manufactured by US-based Innovative Photonic Solutions is contained within a sheath of Kovar that was machined by Macfab both inside and outside over a length of 0.450 inches with a wall thickness of 0.006 inches.

Macfab showcases specialized machining capabilities at Laser World of Photonics 2017

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NEWS RELEASE: June 1, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend Laser World of Photonics 2017, the world’s leading trade fair in the photonics industry, to be held June 26-29 in Munchen, Germany. Macfab will host an exhibit at the Canada Pavilion as part of a trade mission organized by the Ontario government’s Export Services Branch. Attendees are invited to visit the Canada Pavilion at Hall B1, Stand 527

Attendees and exhibitors at Laser World cover the full spectrum of laser and photonics designers and manufacturers, in markets including optics, electrical engineering, tool and machine manufacturing, and precision mechanics. The previous Laser World event, in 2015, attracted over 31,000 visitors from 72 countries, including more than 1,200 exhibitors.


 

Macfab QA lab

 

Laser World 2017 logo

The Laser World event is known officially as the 23rd International Trade Fair and Congress for Optical Technologies— Components, Systems and Applications. The trade show, with its numerous lectures, presentations and plenary sessions, attracts over 31,000 visitors, including over 1,200 exhibitors.

Niche machining specialists welcome

Several of Macfab’s customers are attending Laser World in Munchen. Additionally, says business development director Joe Magyar, many attendees are on the company’s list of prospects: “Of the components we supply to our laser/photonics customers, many are made from two exotic materials – titanium alloys, and Kovar, a nickel-cobalt ferrous alloy often used in glass sealing applications.

“Our message at this trade show is that if you have a requirement defined by these special materials, we can help you with that. We welcome the challenge of working with the tougher materials.”

Kovar - IPS diode

A laser diode, manufactured by US-based Innovative Photonic Solutions is contained within a sheath of Kovar that was machined by Macfab both inside and outside over a length of 0.450 inches with a wall thickness of 0.006 inches.

Titanium component - Macfab

A titanium fibre optic receptacle with a 0.79 mm diameter through hole; the height dimension is held to a tolerance of +/- 0.003 mm.

Titanium component - Macfab

A titanium end cap for a laser pump cavity – delivered burr-free, laser-engraved, cleaned, ready for assembly.

Bringing Canada’s best and brightest into the limelight: a profile of Ontario’s advanced manufacturing trade mission

As a highly specialized provider of prototyping and contract manufacturing solutions throughout the world, Macfab brings a wealth of experience and niche expertise that can be applied across a broad range of scientific, industrial and R&D applications. On the other hand, international business development is a long, time-consuming, and expensive process.

That’s where the federal government steps in, together with Ontario’s and Quebec’s provincial governments: By sharing their costs, resources and support services, small- and mid-size companies like Macfab are able to make the most of their market development budgets.

Just as important as the cost savings, smaller companies gain significant credibility and appeal through their association with Canada’s highly reputed manufacturing base. “It is certainly a plus to let the market know you are from Canada,” says Victor Miranda, Area Director, Europe (Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and ICT), Ontario’s Export Services Branch.

“By exhibiting with the Ontario government, smaller companies that might not be well know in a new market will get that validation, that they are a legitimate company and that they are capable of delivering.”

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in oil and gas, and defence and security industries.

Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit macfab.ca

Macfab to attend ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry

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NEWS RELEASE: May 25, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend the 65th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry, to be held June 4-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The ASMS conference is one of the largest events of its kind, typically attracting over 6,500 scientists from academic, industrial and governmental laboratories.  As Macfab president Chris Macmorine explains, “Mass spectrometry has traditionally been one of Macfab’s core markets. The ASMS conference is a great opportunity for us to connect directly with end users and manufacturers of analytical instruments.”

Microscope - Macfab

Macfab’s 30-year track record in mass spectrometry components

Serving as both a development partner and contract manufacturer, Macfab offers deep expertise in mass spectrometry – which remains the largest segment of its production activity – and in other industrial and R&D applications such as chromatography, trace analysis and detection.

The company supplies high-precision prototypes, components and sub-assemblies, and is uniquely qualified to provide integrated cleaning, finishing, and packaging services for OEM manufacturers in this market.

About ASMS

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) was formed in 1969 as a non-profit corporation to promote and disseminate knowledge of mass spectrometry and related topics. Membership includes over 8,500 scientists from academic, industrial and governmental laboratories; members’ R&D programs encompass chemistry, geology, forensics, biological sciences and physics. For more information, visit their website here.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in oil and gas, and defence and security industries. Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit macfab.ca

Target plate - Macfab

Lathe operator - Macfab

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Machining

 

Macfab attends SPIE Defense & Security 2017 Conference

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NEWS RELEASE: April 7, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend the SPIE Defense + Security 2017 Conference, held April 9-13 in Anaheim, California.

The SPIE Defense + Security technical program focuses on sensors, imaging, and optical technologies for security, law enforcement, avionics/aerospace, defense, and military applications.

SPIIE Defense & Security 2017 Conference

“We’re attending the SPIE conference for the first time and we are excited to be part of the action,” says Macfab president Chris Macmorine. “Macfab has extensive experience with many of the technologies covered in the technical program, so we are expecting to make some great connections and forge new partnership opportunities.”

Macfab brings niche prototyping expertise to a growing list of industries and applications

Macfab’s 30-year history is rooted in the development of laboratory equipment for a variety of engineering, medical and scientific applications. Macfab today is well established as both a developer and contract manufacturer of high-precision prototypes, components and sub-assemblies. The company has deep expertise in trace analysis and detection, night vision systems, and guidance systems. In the avionics/space sector, Macfab produces a range of components and sub-assemblies for microsatellites and nanosatellites.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries. For more information, visit www.spie.org

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in oil and gas, and defence and security industries. Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca

Macfab brings niche expertise to 33rd Space Symposium

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NEWS RELEASE: March 21, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend the 33rd annual Space Symposium, April 3-6, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Initially focused on US space policy and programs, the Space Symposium event has grown significantly in its scope and size, attracting upwards of 11,000 attendees representing a wide range of space-related industries and services from around the world.

“We’re looking forward to this event,” says Macfab president Chris Macmorine. “This is the first time we’re attending and we’re looking forward to expanding our network. It should be a great fit for Macfab, as we are actively pursuing new partnership opportunities in this industry.”

33rd Space Symposium - Macfab

Macfab is a niche player in the space business

Macfab’s wide range of experience in the space industry makes the company an excellent potential partner, says Chris Macmorine: “We do component prototyping and manufacturing for a number of space companies. Also, we are ideally positioned to collaborate with global firms that want to gain access to Canada’s upcoming defence- and security-related procurement opportunities. At the Space Symposium event, we’re looking forward to establishing new contacts and relationships.”

Macfab’s satellite and space industry experience and capabilities

Macfab is well established as both a developer and manufacturer of high-precision prototypes, components and sub-assemblies. The company has a long history in the space sector, most notably through its work with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies and its Space Flight Laboratory, a global leader in microsatellites and nanosatellites. Macfab has specialized expertise in many other areas, including trace analysis and detection, night vision systems, and guidance systems.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in oil and gas, and defence and security industries. Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca

 

Macfab struts its satellite and space capabilities at SODA’s “Made in Canada” forum

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NEWS RELEASE: March 14, 2017: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will participate as an exhibitor at the 2017 “Made in Canada” event, to be held on March 30th in London, Ontario.

Presented annually by the Southern Ontario Defence Association (SODA), the event enables Ontario business operators to connect with OEMs, system integrators and other business leaders involved in the Canadian and international defence and security sector.

“We’re excited to be part of the Made in Canada event,” says Macfab president Chris Macmorine. “It’s a great fit for Macfab, as we are actively pursuing new partnership opportunities in this industry.”

Showcasing Macfab’s satellite and space offerings and capabilities

Macfab is well established as both a developer and manufacturer of high-precision prototypes, components and sub-assemblies. Notable areas in which Macfab has specialized expertise include trace analysis and detection, night vision systems, guidance systems, and other niche applications.

Macfab’s wide range of experience makes the company an excellent potential partner, says Chris Macmorine: “We are ideally positioned to collaborate with global firms looking to gain access to Canada’s upcoming defence- and security-related procurement opportunities. At the Made in Canada event, we’re looking forward to establishing new contacts and relationships in several of these specialized areas we are involved in.”

About the Southern Ontario Defence Association

The Southern Ontario Defence Association (SODA) is an Ontario Regional Association whose mission is to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the defence and security sector. Its goal is to remove barriers and have an inclusive forum for SMEs, to network, find opportunities, and share best practices.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a leading contract manufacturer of precision custom components and sub-assemblies for medical, life sciences, avionics and space instruments, and for equipment used in oil and gas, and defence and security industries. Serving customers across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, Macfab provides prototype and production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions.

Macfab was founded in 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, and has grown from a small machine shop serving the local engineering community to become a full-fledged manufacturer serving international customers. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca

Made in Canada - SODA event - Macfab

Made in Canada, to be held March 30, 2017, is presented by the Southern Ontario Defence Association

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Technicians in Macfab’s clean room are potting threaded inserts on a two-foot square aluminum honeycomb panel