Apr 27, 2016

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Six Simple Mistakes to Avoid When Sourcing Pressed Metal Components

You’d be forgiven for thinking that when it comes to working with aluminium pressing companies, it would be pretty difficult to get things wrong. After all, the fact that this is such a specialist industry area means that there can’t exactly be a great many different service providers competing for the same business, right? You’d think so, but in reality there are in fact considerably more service providers populating the industry than most would expect. And as is the case in all industries, not all providers are working to the same high quality standards – not even close.

The key therefore lies in knowing how to both avoid the dodgy dealers and ensure that you don’t make any other of the most common mistakes along the way. If you are looking for a result that is high quality, cost effective, timely and efficient from start to finish, it is more than worth investing a little time and effort in ensuring you go about things the right way.

Here is a quick rundown of six simple mistakes to avoid when looking to procure pressed metal components:

1 – Working with Middlemen

First of all, there are absolutely no instances whatsoever when and where it makes sense to work with middlemen. The reason being that to involve a middleman in the process (as opposed to going directly to the engineering company itself) is to do nothing other than add additional complications and expense to the matter. Middlemen do not do their job for free and serve as something of a go-between for you and the service provider. It therefore makes sense to cut them out of the deal entirely and go direct.

2 – Confusing Low Prices with Value for Money

Another common mistake is that of falling into the assumption that low prices and value for money are one and the same thing. While it is certainly possible to combine low prices with value for money, it is the latter of the two that counts for most. The reason being that there will absolutely always be service providers out there willing to offer you lower prices, but this doesn’t mean that the products and general service standards they provide offer any value for money whatsoever. Costs should always be considered in accordance with quality.

3 – Not Seeking Design Assistance

It’s important to bear in mind that unless you yourself have extensive expertise in the relevant area, chances are you could benefit from professional design assistance. What this basically means is that rather than coming up with a concrete design and passing it on to the engineering company to manufacture, you instead work with the engineering company from square one and have them assist you in creating a design that is efficient, viable and cost effective. It’s the kind of priceless advice that could save you a small fortune, while at the same time improving quality standards.

4 – Ignoring Feedback and Recommendations

Feedback and recommendations are not the be all and end all when it comes to selecting a service provider, but they should certainly be taken into account.  For example, if after carrying out your own research there seems to be a pattern emerging with regard to the past customer opinions in one direction or the other, it is a pattern that you probably shouldn’t ignore. If almost everybody says that an engineering company is fantastic, it probably is. If alarmingly large groups say it is better to stay away from them, it is advice you should probably listen to.

5 – Not Considering All Available Metals

From the very beginning of the design process, it is natural to already have a specific material in mind that will be used to create the required components.  Nevertheless, it is always worth considering each and every available and viable material at the time, as there may be benefits to certain materials you were not fully aware of. This is again why it makes sense to work with the professionals from the earliest possible stage as they can help ensure you select the most appropriate and cost effective material for the job.

6 – Not Requesting Prototypes or Samples

Last but not least, it is never a good idea to commit to a large order or any kind of repeat order before first requesting prototypes or samples. This is really the only means by which you can verify ahead of time that the components or products ordered will be viable and fit for purpose. The very last thing you want is to find yourself stuck with thousands of high quality components you have absolutely no practical use for, though this is an inevitable reality when samples or prototypes are not requested