Machining is the process that produces many of the precision machined parts that make the world go round. However, if your machining supplier is not meeting quality requirements, you may experience problems that impact project timelines and budgets. These issues can be as simple as difficulty getting timely design for manufacturability feedback, or they could be more involved like missing or defective parts or a lack of responsiveness to inquiries.
In this article, we will explore some tips for selecting a reliable machining parts supplier that prioritizes quality, utilizes modern CNC technology, commits to on time delivery and respects confidentiality. We also provide some helpful questions to ask when evaluating a shop’s abilities and capabilities.
One important thing to look for in a machining parts supplier is their internal engineering team. These experts are critical in the early stages of a part’s design, when they can influence a design for its machinability. In addition, they can provide valuable input if a customer is working with an existing part and wants to improve its production efficiency.
Another critical factor to consider is a machining parts supplier’s measurement and data collection system. This ensures that parts are measured accurately and a record of each part’s production history is kept, which can help with future repairs and prevent errors in production. Additionally, the system may be linked to the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) database, which makes it easy to retrieve information based on serial numbers and other criteria.