Benefits of the Contract Manufacturing Industry
- Expertise: The outsourcing company can rely on experienced engineers who are accustomed to making new components with tight tolerances and exact specifications, saving time and money in the production process.
- CNC machinery is expensive and the purchase may not make financial sense if there are only a few parts or prototypes to be produced.
- Ability to Scale Up: If industry or marketplace demand is increased at the last minute, contract machining firms can easily increase the production run. CNC technology features different automation and artificial intelligence solutions to make increases in production almost seamless. In addition, outsourcing smaller runs allows the original manufacturer to focus their attention on more important parts and products to optimize profitability.
- Quality Control: Contract CNC machining must be done with tight tolerances to align with customer expectations. Contract companies often feature great quality control to complete their projects more efficiently than inexperienced alternatives. In addition, contract manufacturing industry firms have an entire team of skilled staff members to assist the CNC manufacturing engineers with designing efficient and effective parts.
- Private Label manufacturing: Companies that outsource their parts to be manufactured have branding rights to the parts. As such they are free to market the products under the original branding guidelines.
Circumstances to Contract CNC Machining
- Narrow or Specific Production Range: Companies that specialize in one type of part may want to outsource components they need outside of these particular areas.
- Frequent Scheduling and Demand Changes: Some manufacturers have seasonal or fluctuating demand changes due to the needs of the industries they serve. Scaling up and down can be expensive if it needs to be done outside of the expected parameters. Outsourcing can often make these production rate changes easier to manage.
- Complex Supply Chain: Contract manufacturing simplifies in-house processes overall.
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- Machining: The parts that are being machined may require specific CNC machining features to produce the best final product. As a result, the CNC industry is versatile to make parts for a wide range of applications. This means that contract manufacturers need to have a specific industry they accept work for, or they need a large budget and resources, and shop space to equip their company properly to handle the scope of work being contracted.
- Prototyping: Prototypes are a smart way to take advantage of contract manufacturing benefits. The part can be tested before the mechanical specifications are changed. The result is an advanced and accurate prototype that can still be adjusted as needed for the application.
- Engineering: CNC manufacturing can sometimes be limited to design restrictions. Especially if the machinery and technology is not equipped to create the part that is requested. That being said, it’s important for contract manufacturers to have a full team of engineers to help customers find solutions, and to develop and finalize designs. In addition, these companies should have industrial certifications like ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and AS9100.
- Quality Inspections: Contract manufacturing companies need to have an intuitive quality control system in place to make sure the final product meets both the application requirements and specifications. These companies should also have quality performance metrics available for the customer to assess, complete with records to ensure customer satisfaction and success.
- Project Management: Visibility into the manufacturing process, and accountability at all levels of the organization is important to some customers when they are selecting a contract manufacturing partner. Project management processes can differ, but they should always be discussed. For example, a single point of contact throughout the duration of the program will help customers to determine appropriate internal and external resources for the project. As a result, it will help them relay the information to their customers and internal team as needed.
If your team needs assistance with learning how to use the CNC machinery and technology, Mazak offers a variety of training classes. These will ensure your CNC Contract manufacturing teams are up-to-date on how to use and maintain the machines effectively. Please contact us to learn more about these training classes