There are many different parts manufactured by machining technology. Today, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) struggle to reduce the cost of all types of production, including with metal machining.
To help reduce the cost of production of parts and components, there are three important factors to consider.
Outsource to Specialists
Rather than trying to complete machining services in-house, outsourcing to specialized machining companies is the ideal solution. Not only does the OEM avoid the cost of purchasing and maintaining machining center and equipment, but there are also the experienced operators at metal machining shops.
Consider Design and Material Elements
The best shops will offer engineering services. These services can often recommend the ideal machining operation to complete the project at a lower cost and with a faster production time. Making slight modifications to the design can also increase the ability to work to specific tolerances while also lowering the cost per unit of production.
The choice of metals used for the part can also impact both cost and speed of production. Often choosing from options in alloys can speed up production without sacrificing any of the required properties of the finished part.
Specialized metal machining shops have the latest in state-of-the-art equipment. This allows for increased precision in making parts and components, which translates into less waste and lower overall material use.
Additionally, using CNC or computer numerical control technology, any waste due to variations in parts is drastically reduced. This not only increases the speed of production but also cuts down on any requirements to provide secondary operations to bring parts and component into compliance with tolerances.
Finally, a top company is able to work with the customer from prototyping through to full production. When one company works from concept to production, the process is more efficient, effective and lower cost to the OEM.