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Cascade TEK

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ers request and customize it to [their]
needs," McDonald says.
Sheldon Manufacturing's ownership gives Cascade TEK access
to many resources, including laser,
punch pressing, metal forming, welding and powder coating equipment.
"We get to run our product through
the parent company's full, complete
ISO factory and pop it out for us
through the custom side," he says.

Meeting Demand
Cascade TEK serves a broad base of
markets that range from medical devices to aerospace to satellite manufacturers. This includes "anyone
who is doing CubeSats," McDonald
explains. A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite.
The company's end-users also include universities as well as clients in
the pharmaceutical and automotive
markets. "We sell into any industry
that needs a dry, clean part," he says,
explaining that the ovens can aid with
outgassing, as well as solvent and water removal.
This makes Cascade TEK's products ideal for the space market. "Our
vacuum ovens are designed to have
those space-ready parts put in them
and [make them] qualified for space
flight," he says.

side of sales," McDonald explains.
"Those guys effortlessly solve customer problems due to their extensive experience."

Faster and Better
Cascade TEK's clients turn to it for
the reliability and consistency that it
provides, McDonald says. "They want
to know that the values that they're
going to read are accurate and repeatable," he says. "They have demands,
which are our requirements."
The company's fully integrated
structure also keeps clients coming
back. Its engineers are capable of
multiple tasks, including laser forming and punch bridging sheet metal.
"Everything we build for the product
is part of our normal flow of design,"
McDonald says.
"We can do everything from the
top to the bottom as far as the product, design and controls go," he says,
noting that this has helped Cascade
TEK nurture a repeat business rate of
70 percent.
Many of the customers have been

All Warmed Up

In January, Cascade TEK introduced its TFO forced
air lab ovens, which not only have applications in
scientific research, analytical and laboratory use, but
also are "suitable for use on the production floor and
beyond," it says.
"[Its] typical applications include aging, curling,
drying, baking, pre-heating, conditioning and
lifecycle testing," Cascade TEK says, noting that the
oven can achieve temperatures of 306F with quick
ramp-up and recovery times.

with the company since its start.
"They have been buying, upgrading
and replacing [equipment in] their facilities as they go so they can go faster
and better," he says.
Cascade TEK also focuses on quality through extensive tests during
the production process. "There's
inspections at each manufacturing
cell," he says, noting that the company also performs quality assurance
testing of the product and performance verifications.
The firm also utilizes lean practices, which have been instilled
through Sheldon

Problem Solvers
McDonald joined Sheldon Manufacturing in 2010. "I've been at Cascade
TEK since we acquired them," he recalls, adding that the company has
assembled a creative team.
"They're interesting guys to hang
out with," he says. "They're always
trying to solve a problem. Everyone's got a project."
Its employees also keep a focus on
innovation. "It's a fun environment
to be in, especially from the custom
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