There are many challenges to face & factors to consider in component manufacturing, prior to commencing production, as well as finalizing the design of a component.
Am I going to be winning or losing in terms of profitability?
Is it going to be productively effective to manufacture in house?
Hence, we have developed 10 Valuable Tips for you to consider.
- Quantity. First of all, this is arguably the most important feature of the decision making process aside from the physical dimensions & tolerances. The volume can determine the manufacturing process, as well as having a large impact on individual component costs.
- Longevity of production. Are the parts regular? and if so, how many batches are planned?
- Lead time. Often, the time constraints can determine the manufacturing process of the parts and which operator.
- Coatings & material choice. Several factors need to be considered including corrosion resistance & secondary operations. Sometimes, with a smaller component that needs galvanizing, it will actually be more cost effective from stainless steel. Especially if there is secondary operations such as drilling or tapping.
- Tooling. Tooling is an investment because the manufacturing of the components is more efficient, by performing multiple stages in one operation. The complexity of the component will be a key factor in the decision, as will volume.
- Correct specification. Ensure that the design is relevant to the application, ie tolerances & fitment to other components in the assembly. Over-specification of material or tolerances will lead to increase cost.
- Component Optimization. Often, with a broader approach to the design, including looking at the entire assembly, components can be optimized for increased productivity, profitability as well as aesthetics. With a small investment in tooling you may be able to incorporate 2 parts or reduce the amount of secondary operations.
- Who are the Stakeholders? Who else needs input into the design? Ensuring that all stakeholders; including the manufacturer, clients, & assembly team are aware of the design is especially relevant. Their input may be vital to the successful design of the parts. Your manufacturer may be able to offer advice on how to achieve this.
- Sub-Assembly required? Do the parts fit up to anything? If so, would it be more efficient to outsource an entire sub-assembly?
- In-House or Outsource? Finally, is your in-house team the best team for the job? Often, manufacturing of componentry is a distraction & as a result, takes the focus away from the ultimate goal – assembling & dispatching the completed product.