There are numerous factors to keep in mind when selecting a machining partner. In the United States alone, there are over 18,000 machine shops, therefore, finding the right heavy machining partner may be an overwhelming task. Norwest Precision Ltd., a New Era Group company, has over 50 years of experience in contract and production machining, fabrication, and assembly. Located below are a few points and questions to consider helping guide you to the right heavy machining partner.
Can the Machine Shop Meet your Requirements?
It is important that potential machining partners recognize that most OEMs have unique part specifications. A trusted partner should be collaborative with OEMs, providing quality service without having to make significant sacrifices to the specification of the workpiece. In other words, if the machining partner cannot make this collaboration possible, the right machining company has not been found.
What are the Forecasted Turnaround Times?
Turnaround time can be impacted by numerous different factors for a specified machining job including the intricacy of the part and the capacity the shop has at that point in time. In the beginning stages of discussion with a machining company, original equipment manufacturers should identify a clear lead time in order to ensure that the machining partner has capacity without disrupting the workflow. Finding the right heavy machining partner involves selecting a company that can produce high quality parts for a reasonable cost and in adequate time.
Equipment Capacity As Well As Setup & Mobility!
Machines that may seem too unwieldly for smaller or lighter parts may be too small to accommodate larger and heavier parts. For machine shops that handle both small and large parts, it’s important to find a balance of equipment that meet the needs of both types. As parts grow in size, so does the need for inspected and sufficient support equipment such as cranes, positioners, etc. For OEMs it is important to work with an experienced team who has the necessary facilities and proven know-how for heavy and large part machining.
due to their size and weight, large part machining and handling involves additional risks that are not present in the machining of smaller parts. Heavy machining requires additional planning to ensure the job can be performed safely. For this reason, it is crucial that OEMs discuss safety practices upfront with potential machining contractors to ensure safety protocols are thorough and personnel safety is considered in every step of the process. Some examples of safety measures for large part machining include robust in-house operator training programs as well as various inspections including safety walk-throughs prior to initiating a job as well as inspections of cranes, lifting devices, and other critical equipment.
About Norwest Precision Ltd.
Established in 1965, Norwest has grown to become the recognized global leader in large machining, fabrication and assembly for OEMs. The key to our success has been exceptional people, unparalleled facilities, and an unwavering commitment to quality and safety.
Contact the team at Norwest Precision Ltd. To learn about our leading-edge facilities and advanced machining solutions.