How Your Fabricator Can Help You Lower Cost While Adding Value
Original equipment manufacturing (OEM) companies like yours can stand to gain a lot from custom metal fabrication partners like us. At Engineered Mechanical Systems, we strive to go beyond simply delivering high-quality metal fabricated products.
You have a lot of responsibilities to your customers and to your brand. Customers expect quality and safety in the products they buy from you. Failing to deliver can cause irreparable damage to your brand and cause customers to stop trusting you.
Fabricating companies like ours work with you to alleviate many of your concerns while maintaining, or even raising, your standards.
Let’s talk about how.
The Strategic Value of Outsourcing Fabrication
Producing your own physical products can place a lot of different demands on your company.
You need the resources to purchase the right equipment and maintain it.
Operators will need to be hired and trained to keep the machines running and keep parts flowing.
Deadlines will suffer if you only have one machine and it goes down for any length of time.
You have to factor in labor costs, material costs, quality control, packaging, and shipping.
A fabrication partner is already going to have solved these concerns.
Fabrication Companies are Specialists
Like most specialized business requirements, it can make a lot of sense to outsource to professionals. You can greatly decrease your overhead and focus more on your customers and growing your company.
Fabricators have the time, resources, and focus on mass production. Their business model was constructed around the desire to produce large quantities of parts, at a high quality, on time and within budget.
Experienced in Reducing Costs and Improving Quality
Our fabrication specialists aren’t just there to be “to-do-monkeys” and deliver on a contract. They use their experience and knowledge to help you reduce your costs and improve quality.
You can lean on them for things like helping you determine if a slight design change could drastically reduce production costs without affecting the integrity of your product. Their ultimate goal is to help you grow your business so that you keep bringing projects to them. Our specialists are invested in your success.
Reduced Material Costs
They have already taken the steps necessary to reduce material costs.
Fabricators take the time to build relationships with raw material providers and order their material en masse.
They are able to use more of each sheet of metal by combining parts for multiple clients onto one sheet so that you’re not paying for waste.
Then, they can often sell the smaller, unusable, leftovers to scrap yards to further reduce material costs.
Lower Equipment & Staff Costs
The costs associated with purchasing new equipment, equipment maintenance, and employee training are spread across their clients as well.
Distributing these costs often means that they can purchase new equipment to provide more services while delivering tighter tolerances, higher quality, and lower costs.
Access to a Wider Variety of Equipment
A contract with a fabrication company will give your company access to a wider range of equipment — often outside the budget for your company’s assets.
Having access to a wider range of equipment will decrease costs since products can be tweaked to meet additional needs.
You won’t have to choose between compromising your product’s design to match your existing capabilities or investing large sums in equipment and personnel. This is a huge advantage when you are striving to stay competitive in your space.
You will have the ability to innovate and expand your offerings without making drastic changes to your staffing, processes, or facilities.
Access to Sophisticated Software & Technology
Many fabrication companies are also equipped with more sophisticated software, experienced operators, and advanced capabilities.
For example, at EMS, we have a department that specializes in reverse engineering. Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art Faro scanning equipment. They can travel on-site to scan full facilities or scan individual components. This process can drastically reduce costs in a wide variety of scenarios.
Reproduce parts that you’ve lost the original artwork for.
Redesign parts that are failing to make them stronger.
Analyze competitors products for performance and benchmarking.
Defend a patent if a competitor knocks off your product.
Reproduce parts and assemblies that were previously handcrafted.
Software can also be used to simulate and run diagnostics on various production methods. This can be a great way to determine if you can reduce the number of processes, and therefore costs, in manufacturing your parts.
Choosing a Fabricator
Finding a fabricator that is physically close to you can be a huge time and cost savings. Proximity makes it easier for you to tour their facility and see their operations first-hand.
However, it’s important to make sure that you don’t choose a mediocre fabrication shop just because they are close to your office. The finished product is the most important thing to consider. It needs to be completed on time and to your standards.
The right choice for a fabrication partner will be someone that brings cost-savings into the picture while still delivering a quality product. Having access to the right equipment, a well-trained and skilled labor pool, and a supplier will grow your business. You will add professionalism and efficiency to your own client commitment to quality and value.
The right strategic partnership will remove obstacles and challenges from the production process — production, costs, supply, and delivery.
Work with Our Professionals
At Engineered Mechanical Systems, we help you navigate through your challenges. We want to make sure that you are able to streamline your operations and get as much on your bottom line as possible.
We serve companies just like yours all over the United States with a commitment to meeting and exceeding your expectations.
To get more information on our services, or for a free consultation on how we can put our resources to work for you, contact EMS today.