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Cascade TEK

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Manufacturing. "They've had a lean
initiative going on for more than 10
years," he says. "They have a whole
team of people that are working on
lean improvements on a regular basis."

On the Bench
Cascade TEK can offer more convenience to its customers through its
bench top units. "Most people are
used to the old school [units] where
you can drive a bus into a vacuum
chamber," he says.
Instead, Cascade TEK's bench top
units occupy far less space and can be
immediately plugged in and operated
once they arrive, with no engineering
by the customer required.
"That's our differentiation in the
market," McDonald explains, noting
that there are few others providing
this type of product.
"We're one of the leaders."
cascade remains dedicated to
quality through extensive tests
during the production process.

Staying Current
Cascade TEK keeps its equipment upto-date in its facility. "We [want] all of
our equipment to be no less than 10
years on the floor," McDonald says,
adding that the company also updates
its software.
The company also makes sure it is
compliant with the latest safety regulations. This helps ensure that its

Across the Spectrum

products are applicable to clients in
Europe and other countries with similar safety regulations.
"We're tapping into all those countries that are trying to get their own
satellites in space," McDonald says.
"We're also trying to make sure we're
picking the highest-quality compo-

Based in Cornelius, Ore., Sheldon Manufacturing Inc. specializes in constant temperature equipment.
"[Our] major product lines include incubators, humidity test chambers, ovens, water and bead baths,
and anaerobic chambers for the life-science, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and industrial
markets," the company says.
The firm started operations with the goal of being a world-leading manufacturer of constant temperature equipment. "For over 45 years, Sheldon Manufacturing has worked with industry leaders to design
solutions for production and research needs across the entire constant temperature and environment
spectrum," it says.
Sheldon Manufacturing's experience can be seen in all of its projects. "Over the years, our reputation
has grown as an innovator of dependable and reliable equipment, designed [for] demanding environments," the company says.
"Our sophisticated and flexible manufacturing facility provides consumers the ability to quickly respond
to market conditions while maintaining competitive minimum quantities and product costs," it says.

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nents with the best specifications
and trying to make a product that can
meet their demands."

An Evolving Market
Cascade TEK is keeping busy, thanks
to market activity. The volume of
CubeSats that are being sent up into
space is increasing, "and the consumer space has increased the demand
to clean and outgas smaller components," McDonald says.
"We didn't change, but the market changed to better suit us, which
is interesting," he says, noting that
the company also is seeing changes
in what clients are asking for in their
custom features.
These include features related to
communication. "The ability to access data remotely has been a trend in
the last 15 years," McDonald says. "As


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