Outsourcing some or all of the steps in manufacturing parts and components is a common practice for both large and small companies as well as OEMs. For those in any industry manufacturing parts and components from sheet metal, outsourcing to sheet metal fabrication services offers several benefits.
The biggest advantage of outsourcing sheet metal fabrication services is the cost-efficiency for the business or the OEM. Rather than having to invest in equipment, training, and operators, they can rely on companies with top of the line and state-of-the-art equipment, highly trained employees and a proven reputation in working on the design and fabrication of both simple and highly complex parts.
As with any type of hiring, it is critical to take the time and find the right service provider. Too often companies are eager to look for the lowest price on the quote, which often translates to an inexperienced bidding process or poor quality equipment, operators or materials.
Look for Quality Control
Even if you do not require precision sheet metal fabrication services for your current order, ensuring the company is a quality control focused provider is worth your time.
Companies that have taken the time and made the effort to be ISO 9001 registered are a great place to start. These businesses make quality control a priority as part of their business model, which results in greater production efficiency, lower waste and a focus on providing the customer with the best product possible.
Capacity and capabilities are two different factors, both of which are important. However, the capabilities of the service provider are irrelevant for your order if they do not have the capacity to produce to the volume you need.
Making sure the company can produce parts and components to your standards and to your schedule should be a priority in the hiring process. By starting from these points and then considering price, it is much easier to outsource effectively.