Can you produce our castings and then stock them for us?
We stock both raw and machined castings. Some of our customers provide forecasts and with some we simply go by our past shipping records and use blanket purchase orders. This is a very effective way to reduce costs both for our company and for the customer. We have a stocking plan with one customer that involves more than 50 part numbers. The benefit for the customer is that they do not bring the product into their inventory until they need it. The benefit for us is that we can produce castings and machine them in more cost effective quantities.
Our ordering pattern is very volatile. In some cases, we could need what would be a normal one year quantity in a matter of weeks. Not just on one part number but on many. Can you supply castings under this condition?
We have just that situation with two customers. Their demand can spike with events that are unpredictable. In each case we have multiple sets of tooling at as many as three of our locations. We can respond quickly to meet the need during these emergencies.
Do you work with customers who have small quantity orders?
Some of us remember a day back in the 70’s when two hippies stepped out of a flower painted VW Microbus carrying a 12-on combination matchplate with various belt buckles on it. They asked if we could make and pour 10 molds for them. We did that within an hour. They were happy, paid cash, and were on their way. Within a matter of time, they had about 20 matchplates and 30 different designs. At that point, we were making 10,000 belt buckles a month for them. Sand cast custom brass belt buckles had a relatively short life but it taught us that every order is a good one. We frequently see orders for less than 10 pieces.
Can you provide a rapid prototype part for my new project?
We can deliver rapid prototypes for one piece or for an entire assembly. It generally requires 5 to 10 days depending upon the level of complexity. The parts can be produced by CNC machining from the exact production material or they can be replicated through stereo lithography and 3D printing. Our envelope size for 3D printing and stereo lithography is up to 24x24x24.