Many people are wondering what exactly is precision manufacturing and what does it do. In this article we aim to explain this, as well as give a list of aspects that should be considered when choosing such a manufacturer.
Manufacturers of precision products make use of specific blueprints done by CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) programs to come up with complex parts. Usually, it requires the programming and utilization of CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) devices. CNC machines are capable of producing the exact product dimensions that are required.
Drill presses, grinders, high-speed robotics, lathes milling machines and saws can be used in precision manufacturing.
What does a precision manufacturer make?
A precision manufacturer is very versatile – it can make components in different industries – like aerospace, defines, maritime and medical, among others. Precision machines can be used with materials such as bronze, glass, graphite and plastics.
When do you need a precision manufacturer?
If you need to machine a component into a larger product, you can ask help from the precision manufacturer. It can be used for things that need close attention to details, plus the strict following of specifications. Here are 6 things to keep in mind in choosing a precision manufacturer:
How big/small are the parts? There are manufacturing companies that machine small parts, whereas others machine larger components.
How many parts are required? Do you need a prototype? Or do you need hundreds to thousands of components to be manufactured? Though a number of companies cost higher to set up, you can save more in the long run, when you order in bulk.
Do the employees look happy? A company can reveal a lot about itself through the behavior of its employees. Happy and helpful workers show a good company culture, which leads to high customer satisfaction. If workers do not like to work there, they do not feel motivated to provide you with a quality product.
Are you complete with specifications, or would you want the manufacturer to help with the engineering as well? This is critical in developing a prototype.
Is the company located near you? If you plan on working closely with the engineers of the company, it would be more practical to choose a manufacturer who is closer to you.
Take shipping into consideration as well. If the company is located nearby, they may bring the product straight to you, reducing shipping costs.
Would you like the manufacturer to store the finished product? If so, you could benefit from choosing a manufacturer with an inventory management program.