eNews from Sigma Design Company
Research, New Product Development & Manufacturing
August 2012For Clients and Friends
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SIGMA featured on Food Network television show "Invention Hunters"
Our Capabilities: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
People Power: Gene Starr, Senior Designer, SIGMA
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SIGMA featured on Food Network television show Invention Hunters  


In May, Sigma Design Company was featured on the Food Network show Invention Hunters. The show follows Patrick Raymond and Steve Greenberg who visit inventors across the nation hoping to find the next "million dollar idea." Once convinced, Raymond and Greenberg bring the inventors to New York City to pitch their ideas to Lifetime Brands, Inc., one of the largest housewares manufacturers in the world.  


Sigma Design Company, in collaboration with Gordon Perry Design, were recruited in March to design and create an improved working prototype for the "Pure Sure," a valve for carton beverages, which allows children to pour a drink themselves without making a mess.  


The television crew gets ready to film at Sigma's new innovation center in Middlesex.   

With only two weeks to complete the task, Sigma Senior Design Engineer Bob Messinger turned up the heat to 'plate up a winner.' A visit to Sigma Design Company's new innovation center in Middlesex, NJ was all it took to convince the scouts that the new and improved product was ready for round one.  

Sigma President Jerry Lynch and Gordon Perry talk with the Invention Hunters crew.


Sigma Design co-owners Jerry Lynch and Debbie Lynch, who heads a Culinary Arts Program at Middlesex County College, were excited to be a part of this show. A food-related invention was a perfect match for the team at Sigma Design Company, which can work with inventors from concept to market.   


Contact us today and find out how Sigma Design Company can make your product a reality.        


Sigma Design Company featured on
Sigma Design Company featured
on "Invention Hunters"


Our Capabilities: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis 


Sigma has recently added Nonlinear FEA to its suite of advanced engineering tools.  


This new offering will allow Sigma's engineers and designers to better tackle some of the toughest challenges by more accurately simulating nonlinear behavior, including plastics analysis, large deformation and nonlinear/time-based loading. Of particular interest is the team's ability to effectively load and unload a part, thereby predicting any permanent deformation that may occur.  


Recent clients have sent preliminary plastic models for review, enabling quick review of proposed design changes and their effects on part integrity, before more expensive prototypes and tooling are manufactured. Additionally, models were simulated at elevated temperatures to recreate the real-world testing scenarios the part was designed to withstand.  


Nonlinear FEA is another tool in Sigma Design's advanced engineering toolbox, and complements the years of plastic part experience held by Sigma's design and engineering team.  



Stress within a plastic clamp is shown as a work piece is slid into place.  


Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis



Learn more about our capabilities by viewing SIGMA'S online brochures.    



SIGMA Design Company- Turning Smart Ideas into Product Solutions with Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis 

People Power: Eugene (Gene) Starr, Senior Designer


Eugene (Gene) Starr is a Senior Designer for Sigma Design Company. He has been with the company for 28 years and works on the mechanical designs for projects.


Projects Gene has recently worked on include: an

Gene Starr, Senior Designer, SIGMA 

invasive gallbladder removal tool prototype, Glen Mills French Press G-M™, which is used for biological cell disruption, and New Energy Technologies, Inc.'s Motion Power™ Heavy system. This system is capable of generating electricity from moving vehicles. When a truck drives over the system it will slow the vehicle down while also producing  electricity.  


Gene's skills in layout and development of complex machinery allows Sigma to develop highly-engineered electromechanical systems and subassemblies.


When he's not at Sigma you can find Gene at the Millington Volunteer Fire Company, where he previously served as the Chief.


What Gene likes best about working at Sigma is the relationship with his co-workers. "We work well together," he said.


SIGMA Design Company Offers a TEAM of Professional Designers and Engineers 

Sigma Design Company, LLC   Turning Smart Ideas Into Product Solutions

Located in central New Jersey, Sigma Design Company conceives, designs, prototypes, engineers and manufactures novel new products in the USA. We specialize in complex mechanisms, electro-mechanical devices, and analytical systems and appliances for the renewable energy, medical device/laboratory, clean technology, marine, filtration, consumer products and other sectors. Our professional team offers design engineering consulting, failure analysis, human factors design, and rapid prototyping services, as well as new product development, marketing and business development services. The company also offers manufacturing cells that are fully staffed and tooled - from 500 to 10,000 square feet.
The company started in 1962 and was acquired by its current owner in 1999. In October 2011, Sigma Design Company relocated, expanded and opened its 'Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center' in Middlesex, New Jersey.
200 Pond Avenue, Middlesex, New Jersey 08846 USA

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