When you’re working with any engineering company to get critical metal forms, precision wire components, or other custom-engineered parts, they should provide:
1: Prompt Communication
When you’re working with a professional precision engineering company on any project, you should be able to expect prompt, timely communication.
Failures to communicate leave you in the dark when it comes to the status of your engineered parts order. Is your production order on-schedule, ahead of schedule, or behind? If the engineering company isn’t communicating, then you cannot know for sure.
If an unforeseen issue crops up with the production of your precision engineered part, you should be notified as soon as possible. This way, you can make adjustments to your own schedule based on this delay—you shouldn’t be blindsided by such problems at the last possible second.
Prompt communication is the cornerstone of establishing transparency and trust between your company and your precision engineering partner.
2: Valuable Feedback About Your Design Request
If you’re consulting another company about manufacturing a specific part for your needs, that company should be able to provide some valuable insight based on their experience and knowledge.
For example, say you’re putting in a request for an ultrasonic parts washing basket to be used in processes with strong chlorinated solvents, and you also specify plain steel for the basket body material. Most experienced mechanical engineers would try to recommend that you use a different metal alloy, such as grade 316 stainless steel, to prevent basket corrosion.
An experienced precision engineering company isn’t just temp labor—there to take an order and spit out a part no matter how little sense the design makes—they’re your manufacturing partner, whose sole goal is to make sure that you’re getting the best part for your needs. If they see a problem with the design, they should speak up early on rather than wasting time and material on a design that will not work.
3: A Commitment to Quality
When you contract for a part to be made to meet precise tolerances, you need to be able to count on the engineering company’s commitment to meeting your exacting standards. A variance of just a couple of millimeters can have a huge impact on part performance in many applications.
Any precision engineering company needs to be able to demonstrate a commitment to quality through their processes, training, and tools. It’s not enough to just have a good process, smart people, or a high-end piece of factory automation—your precision engineering partner must have all three to provide the best quality with consistency.
4: Expedient Manufacturing
Quality is very important, but it’s still important for your precision engineering partner to be fast, as well. It doesn’t matter if your precision part is microscopically perfect if it arrives 6 months late and causes you to miss your production goals for 2 or more fiscal quarters.
Thankfully, many of the same tools that can help your engineering partner maximize quality can also help maximize production speed.
- The right training ensures that your engineering partner’s team can find the most efficient production methods.
- Strong factory automation solutions keep production fast and consistent.
- An established process allows consistent and predictable manufacturing timelines.
Find the Right Precision Engineering Partner
The right precision engineering partner will be open, communicative, knowledgeable, and committed to providing Quality Engineered Quick® for your custom metal/wire form order.