No matter what your profession, a lot of work and detail goes into the production of your product. However, when that product is something like components for high-tech machinery or medical equipment, failure is not an option. You must have quality products and they must be assembled precisely to work at maximum capacity.
Weiss-Aug offers assembly services. They have been doing it for nearly half a century and they know what the score is. If you are dealing with a parts manufacturer or an assembly service, there are some questions you should ask. The answers will determine if you are working with the right company.
Questions for your plastics manufacturer:
1) What type of equipment and methods do you offer?
All plastic manufacturers are not the same. The difference is in the types of services they do, Some stick with the reliable method of injection molding. It has been a tried and true for many years and in the past, it has proven to be the best method for precision parts. For a hollowed out piece, blow molding may be used. This uses gas to blow the center of the item to hollow it out. In recent years 3D printing has taken the industry by storm. A special printer is programmed to place layer after layer of plastic to create a single, solid piece made to specifications.
2) Are you geared for larger capacity orders?
One of the ways plastic manufacturers have improved (in order to be more competitive) in recent years, is by focusing on customer service. Many companies have geared down. They offer very personal service and you have an entire project team on your order. So, how can that be a bad thing? Of course, great service and attention to detail are required. But when the time comes to produce mass amounts of product, can the smaller teams handle the load? Can they still produce a quality product that is reasonably priced and meet the deadline for large capacity orders? When time is important and your business is on the line, this is everything.
3) Are you set up for shipping where I want delivery?
We live in a global economy. Many of our companies have locations and customers in other countries. Even if that is not the case, it is a safe bet that the shipments will need to go to multiple locations in multiple states. If you are dealing with a manufacturer that has never shipped out of state, does he have the resources in place to ship the order when it is ready and use a service that can make timely deliveries? If the only shipping company he uses does not deliver to your state, the shipment will have to be transferred to another company in route. This takes time and any time there are multiple hands on a shipment, there is more room for error.
These are important factors when it comes to the production of your product. It is important to know who you are dealing with. How much experience do they have? How well trained are their employees and what safety procedures are in place to ensure minimal errors? As stated before, the answers to these questions will let you know if you are dealing with the right plastic manufacturer for your needs.