When working with a manufacturer, it’s important to understand your options when it comes to surface finishing standards. If you leave your finishing expectations up to your manufacturer to decide, you’ll end up paying for parts that are overpriced because they’ve been over processed. On the other hand, you could also receive parts that are under processed and have to be reworked. The following guidelines will help you communicate your finishing needs, so you can cut costs on your industrial products.
Yaskawa, a long-term customer of HUI, generally caters to a high-end, industrial market. However, in September of 2014, they decided to broaden their market and supply to entry level price points. To satisfy this, they needed to create and manufacture a more cost-Effective enclosure.
Manufacturability has a strong impact on who you choose as a manufacturer, cost and lead time, all of which control a vast majority of your project. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change everything about your ideal industrial product. In most cases, designing for manufacturability results in a series of small changes that will benefit both you and your manufacturer.
If you’re not branding your industrial products, then you’re missing a highly valuable opportunity to convey a consistent representation of your organization’s credibility, product quality and overall value. Your customers are spending thousands of dollars to purchase your equipment, so shouldn’t they readily know who produced it?