Research and development


Sigma is more than a customer-intimate consolidator of composite and metal technologies; the firm is configured to provide art-to-part development services that transcend the “build-to-print” mentality of the industry. To this end, the company recently launched Sigma’s Black Box Solutions™, a team of development experts dedicated to transforming our client’s product concepts into reality using proprietary new technologies or a new take on the tried-and-true. Services include:

Program Management – maintaining superiority in existing/new manufacturing technologies/processes for select clientele by providing program structure, controlling risk & scope of activities.

Design Engineering – creating product/process concepts that are functional, safe, and can be manufactured efficiently; setting mechanical and product performance criteria; supervising the validation process; and providing 3-D CAD models.

Industrial Design – Sigma’s Black Box Solutions team is headed by a professional industrial designer with over 40 years of experience in new product development and the design of commercial vehicles. Sigma’s strategic partner Advanta Design Group Inc. provides depth that few other firms can match in product branding, ergonomics, styling, and 3-D CAD modeling.

Industrial Engineering - creating superiority in existing/new manufacturing technologies/processes and leverage same to create competitive advantage for Sigma’s customers; continually reducing manufacturing process costs through innovation; prototype development, tooling design and management; and plant implementation of development programs.

Materials technology - creating and maintaining superiority in existing/new manufacturing materials/processes to create competitive advantage for Sigma’s customers; technical review/selection of candidate materials and processes; and leading production evaluation circles.

Global Sourcing - to create superiority in materials/support service/equipment sourcing & leverage same to create competitive advantage for Sigma’s customers; develop supply strategies that leverage value of new process and materials technology; establish and manage strategic alliances with key suppliers to access under-utilized development capacity; and research allied markets to identify processes and materials that can be adapted to improve customer’s competitive stance.

3-D CAD modeling: Our Engineers are experienced operators of Solid Edge/Solid Works.

FEA and virtual simulation: Mecanium and Simu Tech are Sigma’s service providers of choice when it comes to vetting the structural integrity of its designs. Where public safety is concerned, we go the distance.

Physical testing and certification: Augmenting our own capabilities are PMG Technologies and Exova.

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