Metal Craft Maintains High Industry Standards while Maintaining a Low Carbon Footprint

Over the years we’ve heard a lot about sustainability, carbon footprints, and being ‘green.’ You might not think that a manufacturing company would consider being environmentally friendly an asset. But, as members of the high-tech industry as well as a member of the Elk River, MN community, we are always considering our impact in the world.

A prime example of our commitment to the environment began with our expansion plans in 2007.  As we were planning our new shop, we focused on three core values: quality, efficiency, and environmental impact. We wanted to build a shop that maintained high industry standards and quality requirements but was as energy efficient as possible. The 83,000 sq. ft. shop opened in 2009 and features an energy efficient design and systems that reduce energy use and resources.

Since quality is what we have built our reputation on, we designed the new production floor with this in mind. By placing the quality department in the middle of the shop floor we have improved the flow and the time it takes to reach it from any part of the building. Shop floor layout was made to accommodate easier flow of products and people. Better flow creates less confusion and congestion and improves efficiency.

A major concern in any production environment is lighting. Our new building has a production floor surrounded by windows with white walls and floors to increase brightness and visibility. During the day this natural light allows the shop to rely less on its energy efficient T5 fluorescent lighting. Although the windows provided light and heat in the winter, the summer required an energy efficient HVAC system to maintain comfortable temperatures. The system pushes cool air up from the shop floor during the summer and pulls warm air down from the ceiling in the winter reducing heating and cooling costs all year. Switching to a white vinyl roof on the building also lowered the temperature within the building during the summer months.

In addition to energy efficient windows, HVAC, and roofing, we installed a reverse osmosis system for filtered water to cut down on disposable bottles, a carpet made from recycled, a dedicated recycling and scrap area outside the building, and a runoff pond to allow rainwater from the building to safely re-enter the water table.

This building serves as a new standard for production facilities and we are extremely proud of our accomplishments. Employees reported higher levels of motivation and happiness in the new space. We have reduced costs and become energy efficient all the while continuing to provide the highest levels of quality and service to every one of our customers. To learn more about Metal Craft’s commitment to quality and the environment, contact us today!

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Metal Craft and Riverside Debut New Website

Have you visited our new website  yet? The new design is better suited to serve our customers and offers new features as well as additional information on the outstanding services we offer.

Redesigning the site allowed us to update the look and add features not previous included with the old site. With enhanced navigation, the new site works on all mobile platforms to deliver instant access when you are on the go. To get a greater understanding of our capabilities, we have created links for each one with more in-depth information added. This will help you find what you are looking for quickly and with ease.

It also allows visitors the opportunity to view both Metal Craft and Riverside’s capabilities in one stop; bringing ideas and solutions together to serve you better.

Although the site is new, the service and products you get from Metal Craft and Riverside remain the same high quality you have come to expect. We’d love to hear from you to discuss your needs and assist you in any way.   

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Understanding ISO Certifications and What they Mean for Manufacturers and Customers

When contracting for work, how can you be sure that work will be performed up to standards? If you perform the work, how can you easily inform potential customers that you are able to meet certain requirements? Holding a certification from a valued and trusted source is the perfect way to address each question.

The leading standards developer, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is an independent, non-governmental international organization that has a membership of 162 national standards bodies. They publish international standards to ensure that products and services are reliable, safe, and of good quality.

For the manufacturing industry, ISO standard 9001 is the generic manufacturing standard for a Quality Management System (QMS). It applies to all organizations regardless of the products provided. Implementation and adherence to a QMS ensures best practices, effective processes, and highest quality standards.

While most manufacturers are ISO 9001 certified, not all hold ISO 13485:2003  certification. This standard is the preferred or required method of meeting QMS requirements for medical device manufacturers. ISO 13485 is based off of ISO 9001 but changes the focus from continual improvement and customer satisfaction to standardizing regulatory requirements for medical device manufacturers. Compliance with ISO 13485 is the first step in meeting European regulatory requirements.

Metal Craft and Riverside also hold FDA Registration allowing us to produce and distribute medical devices that are commercially distributed in the U.S.

Metal Craft and Riverside hold additional certifications for specific industries. Below is a list of our certifications at each facility:

  • Metal Craft: ISO 9001; Medical device manufacturing certification ISO 13485 and FDA registration
  • Riverside: ISO 9001; ISO 13485, Aerospace industry AS9100C standard certification, and FDA registration.

We work diligently toward, and are extremely proud of, the certifications we have attained.  Standards are developed to protect and inform both the customer and the manufacturer. The high-quality products and services Metal Craft and Riverside deliver on a daily basis consistently exceed the expectations of our customers.  Certifications are proof of our dedication to upholding our own, as well as industry, standards.

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Yoda and Metal Craft Reveal Manufacturing’s Hottest Trends

Do you remember how you felt after seeing Star Wars for the first time? If you are of a certain age to remember when the movie was first released you remember that sense of awe. It was an adventure movie that harkened back to old time westerns but with concepts of the future. Back then, those robots and technologies were just fantasy but almost 40 years later we have integrated many of those ideas into our everyday lives.

So, lets’ look at how some of the ideas from Star Wars are hot trends in today’s manufacturing industry.

Robotics: Just like R2-D2 and C-3PO, robots are our friends. Robotics are a huge part of today’s manufacturing operations and add benefits such as added productivity with minimal impact on costs. Increasing operating efficiency gives a company a competitive edge in the marketplace. Lights out manufacturing, a methodology of fully automated processes, allows companies to integrate robotic systems into the line to continue production without workers constantly manning the machines.

Just like in the movie, robots work with humans to improve the operation of the plant. At Metal Craft, we use robotics for lights out manufacturing allowing us to run production 24/7 through automated systems.

Automation: Today’s robots don’t have the capability to think for themselves, yet, so they rely on the systems created by humans to run effectively and efficiently. It takes experienced workers, programmers, and careful planning to set up a lights out manufacturing environment. This is now a high-tech industry that relies on humans and machines to work together. The ability to run 24/7 enables long-term success of day-to-day operations.

Internet of Things (IoT): The internet can be a place of mystery and dark forces and some might consider it to be like the Dark Side. But Vader isn’t representative of the internet. It is more like a Jedi Knight who works toward guarding peace and justice. The internet brings people together, connects businesses to solutions, and communicates ideas. Utilizing the IoT connects machines with humans so that the two can work more closely together in unity and harmony, just as Yoda had hoped for.

Metal Craft delivers simple solutions for complex projects. Our custom precision manufacturing capabilities serve the medical device and implant manufacturing industries. When you need help and Han Solo isn’t around, give us a call. The Force is strong with us!

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Giving Thanks and Giving Back During the Holidays

Our core values of quality, service, and innovation go beyond just what we offer our customers. These values are a part of everything we do here at Metal Craft & Riverside and extend through to our family of employees and out to our extended family in our local communities.

Although we bring our service attitude to the community all year long, it is most enjoyed during the holiday season. The holidays are a time where we all begin to reflect on how we can make a difference to those around us. Charitable contributions are an ideal way to support causes, both local and global, and we encourage everyone to find a noteworthy cause and support it.

As for us, we are proud supporters of local food shelves and women’s shelters which directly help members of our communities that are suffering hardships. This holiday season we’ve raised over $1,500.00 for our local food shelves and we always adopt families to provide gifts for those who have come across hard times. Our company makes giving back easy and fun and takes pride in our how much we are able to achieve.

Moments Before Metal Craft & Riverside Holiday Party & Charitable Drive

It is important to us to give back to the community we live and work in. We hope that our example will be an inspiration to others to spread good cheer and their good fortune with those who are less fortunate.

From the Metal Craft & Riverside families to yours, wishes for a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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Metal Craft Thanks NASS For Another Successful Meeting

The beginning of October was the annual North American Spine Society meeting, where spine care professionals around the globe attend to share and discover the latest information, technologies, and procedures within the medical spine industry.

Metal Craft attends every year to showcase and support our medical device manufacturing capabilities among our customers within this critical industry. We want to thank everyone who engaged with us over the course of the three-day meeting.

Chicago, IL - 2015 NASS – Attendees at registration during Tuesday's sessions at the 2015 North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting meeting here today, Tuesday October 13, 2015.  The 2015 NASS annual meeting hosts spine care professionals from around the globe that are sharing the latest information, innovative techniques and procedures, best practices, and new technologies. © Photo by © NASS/Todd Buchanan 2015 2015
We truly enjoy attending NASS because of the many connections and discussions we have with colleagues and like-minded professionals about industry trends and advancements. This year many were discussing PEEK material, titanium, and other materials being used for a structural interbody cage. The focus, of course, is choosing and using the best material for bioactivity improvement and bone growth. This discussion is one we at Metal Craft are enthusiastic about having because we want to be sure we are always using the best quality materials in our products.

Overall NASS 2015 was another great success, and we wish to stay connected with everyone we met. If we met at NASS, please connect with us on Twitter to keep this discussion going and to get the most up-to-date information about Metal Craft. Thank you again to NASS for hosting all of us, and we look forward to next year’s meeting in Boston!


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Metal Craft Heads To Chicago For NASS 2015

As a leader in the precision machining services for orthopedics and medical industries, we’re happy to not only be attending NASS but to also be exhibiting. At our Booth #1315 we will be engaging, demonstrating, and discussing how our medical device and implant manufacturing have been used and trusted for over 30 years. Our medical instrument manufacturing methods include 5 Axis CNC machining, CNC grinding, gun drilling, wire EDM and much more.

NASS provides us with the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and discuss any enhancements in the field with our colleagues and other like-minded industry leaders. We’re always keeping current with the latest in spine science development. We are honored to offer our services to this influential industry.

NASS has become a learning place with all the best thought leaders under one roof. Many demonstrations, keynote speakers, Surgical Innovation Labs and workshops within the program round it out to be an extremely valuable experience.

We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting potential customers who are looking for a trusted name in medical manufacturing. We’re enthusiastic to explain our capabilities and quality assurance in manufacturing medical prototypes and devices.

If you’re attending NASS, don’t miss the chance to speak with one of our experts at Booth # 1315. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have for us.

We anticipate making connections, rekindling existing customer relationships and learning a great deal at the 30th annual NASS meeting. We hope to see you there!

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Metal Craft & Riverside Supports MFG Day

Are you ready to take part in Manufacturing Day? The significance of this day is not to recognize all the hard work manufacturers put in day in and day out but to help expose the truth about manufacturing. Too often, this industry is thought of as a dreary job, when, in fact, it’s an exciting career. To prevent this ideal of manufacturing being anything other than innovative, inspiring and rewarding, this special day gives us the opportunity to strut our stuff.

Metal Craft will be hosting a tour
on Tues Oct 6th from 2:00-7:00pm

This Manufacturing Day, October 2nd, we mfgday15encourage everyone to engage with young students. Now that STEM is being heavily pushed and early on throughout education, it may be easier than ever to expose the truth about how a career in manufacturing has many rewarding advantages to it. Whether they’re considering entering the industrial workforce or not, it’s up to us to promote the many benefits of manufacturing.

Allowing students to understand how working together to reach an end goal is at the heart of what it means to be a manufacturer. Showing students that products and parts are being made right in their local towns to be used around the country may help open their minds, answer their questions and trigger their interest in this wonderful industry.

We at Metal Craft & Riverside strive to promote manufacturing to our local youth not just on Manufacturing day but throughout the entire year. Whether it’s attending college job fairs, or inviting students to visit our facilities first hand, we are committed to stimulating the next generation into choosing manufacturing as their career choice. This
Manufacturing Day will be no different as we open our doors Tuesday, October 6th from 2:00- 7:00pm for a facility tour. We look forward to meeting with any attendees and to what the rest of the country’s manufacturers do to recognize this day.

Are you unsure where to start? Contact us orcheck out for tips and ideas on how you can contribute.

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Time for a Manufacturing Re-Brand

Often times, in the manufacturing world, the medical instrument manufacutringterm “manufacturing” gets a short-sighted explanation. It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as the process of making products especially with machines in factories. This is a very broad, dull, and unfair way to define an innovative and indispensable industry.

Manufacturing is not just production lines of machines and people pumping out large amounts of goods, it has come a long way from those traditional views. Nowadays manufacturing is much more exciting than ever before. It involves revolutionary technology, science, engineering, business, and marketing. In our modern age, we shouldn’t let old fashioned ideals of manufacturing prevent us from considering it as a potential career path.

The stigma that surrounds manufacturing is that of a dirty old job shop with grimy floors, oily machines and filth scattered throughout. Now picture this; high ceilings, spotless white floors and natural light beaming through a manufacturing facility each day. As you walk through a contemporary architecturally designed office, ‘Think Pods’ that allow space for designers and engineers to collaborate, modularize work and create connectivity throughout a workforce align the halls. Manufacturing today is modern. Manufacturing is clean. Manufacturing is innovative.

At Metal Craft & Riverside, we partner with many local communities to drive this message even further. We connect with local high schools, tech schools, and colleges in efforts to disrupt old interpretations of manufacturing. We encourage any interested students or graduates to consider choosing manufacturing as their professional field. We welcome them to tour our facilities to get a true sense of its culture and impact.

We also welcome any manufacturing professionals seeking employment to check out our openings. If you’re in search of a rewarding and challenging career that comes with the dignity of knowing your work is serving other major industries, an opportunity may await you at Metal Craft & Riverside. To join our mission of delivering quality metal parts for the aerospace, defense and medical industries check out our career center website.

Let’s rebrand manufacturing to what it should present; a meaningful, enjoyable, and innovative industry.

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Save the Date: June 25 Ribbon Cutting!

At Metal Craft and Riverside, our community is a large part of who we are. We’re actively involved, and we believe that much of our success comes from our supportive and thriving community.

As we grow, we actively encourage the members of our area to be a part of this growth, which includes the hiring of many local graduates. This also means welcoming all members of the community to join us when we celebrate. Therefore, we are very excited to do just that on June 25th, when we will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at our new Riverside facility in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

We’ll welcome and involve all of our neighbors and friends, including the Chamber of Commerce, state and local government officials and local high school and college students—possibly future members of our team! We’ll be showing our guests what we do daily, who we are, and how they can benefit from rewarding careers in manufacturing and engineering.

Of course, we’ll also be doing a lot of celebrating! There will be food games, and prizes. The local news stations will be on site to document the festivities. Of course, everyone at Metal Craft and Riverside is very excited for the event. We can’t wait to cut the ribbon, open our doors, and continue to share our happiness and success with the members of our community. A community who has played a great role in it for many years, and will for many more years to come. For more information about this exciting event, please e-mail us at today!

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