Which Manufacturing Process should I choose?
Each manufacturing process has attributes that makes it more cost effective. In castings alone, sand castings have inexpensive patterns, but the loosest tolerances; investment castings have more expensive tools but tighter tolerances. Sand Castings can make parts up to 200,000 lbs. Investment castings are predominantly below 50 lbs. So a lot depends on the application. Barry Gluntz has 22 years experience in helping business owners and engineers determine the best process for the application. Call him at 440-333-2790. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Which Alloy should I choose?
Each alloy you choose, from a macro basis, choosing Aluminum, Steel, Iron, Bronze, or Stainless Steel. On a micro basis, a steel can be plain carbon which is less expensive, low tensile and yield properties, but very easy to make and very stable. An alloy steel can have very high tensile and yield process and can be surface hardened or treated to create a wear resistant exterior. Barry Gluntz has 22 years experience in helping business owners and engineers determine the best alloy for the application. Call him at 440-333-2790. Email him at email@example.com .
Why can’t I get product when I need it?
Great question! Myriad of answers. Often times, there are time periods when a manufacturer is ramping up production for many customers and is overscheduled. This is temporary, but in these situations, the squeakiest wheel gets the grease. Stay in close contact with your vendor until you are out of this situation. Remember the other customer is keeping in touch as well trying to influence delivery. Accept partials when possible and be open about moving other items out of the schedule to get your priority items in.
When it becomes an ongoing, chronic problem, you need to evaluate the relationship. I have seen in industry that the best relationships get more attention. This does not always mean the biggest book of business, but the company that treats the relationship as a win-win, not a subjugated customer/vendor relationship. Is your accounting department paying your invoices on time. Cash flow means a lot to all businesses. Are you a good fit? Are your parts short run in a larger production foundry? Are your castings too large or too difficult so they cause bottlenecks in production? Finding the best fit is what CNL does best.