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Cascade TEK

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people get more accustomed to their
phone, they want to apply the same
desire to their work life.
"They want to see and monitor experiments remotely," he says, explaining that these features allow clients
to monitor Cascade TEK's products
when they are away from test rooms.
Clients also are asking for less complicated controls. "We try to make the
product as easy to use for an operator
who is not on the production floor to
be able to see his results remotely,"
McDonald says.

Bridging the Gap
Cascade TEK has "intimate" relationships with its suppliers, McDonald
says. "We rely on them to be able to
give us information that their parts
are going to be reliable and consistent
to match our designs," he explains.
These include such products as
valves, gages and pumps. Cascade
TEK's suppliers have to ensure "we're
choosing the most applicable product," he says, noting that the company
also sources locally when it comes to
sheet metal.
"We try to get American steel," McDonald says. "Those relationships are

very key for us in the procurement
world. We try to bridge the gap between procurement and delivery."

Growing Strong
This May, Cascade TEK will exhibit
at Space Tech Expo USA in Pasadena, Calif. "That's a burgeoning market with the SmallSats and CubeSats
that are going into space," McDonald

"we try to make the
product easy to use
for an operator who
is not on the production floor to see his
results remotely."
says, adding that there are many new
companies starting operations in the
southern California market.
Those companies will be at Space
Tech, "trying to see the new technologies and find new vendors and how
their parts can be qualified," he says,
adding that more experienced firms
like Cascade TEK will benefit from
the show as well.
"We do a lot of learning there,

Impressive Work

Cascade TEK has won rave reviews for its work,
including praise for its vacuum and laboratory
ovens from Erik Shelstead, a principal engineering
technician for Medtronic Ablation Frontiers LLC.
"Cascade TEK makes a fantastic product; [we're]
very impressed," he said in a statement.
Other engineers at Medtronic were as pleased as
Shelstead. "I want to also thank [Cascade TEK] for
the fast and super awesome service/turnaround,"
he added.

meeting customers and [finding out
about] evolving demand and specifications for that market."
McDonald sees more growth ahead
for Cascade TEK, as it continues
evolving its portfolio to fulfill customer orders. "We're able to translate
those requests from customers into a
standard portfolio," he says.
This will enable Cascade TEK to
provide better products, McDonald
says. "We're always looking for new requests," he says. "It's easy for us to expand and grow our product offering."
The thriving space, satellite and
automotive markets also will keep
Cascade TEK busy. "We don't see anything but growth in our future," McDonald concludes. mt

the sheldon team maintains
a focus on customer service
and innovation, which helps
ensure a fun environment.

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