Using contract manufacturers to produce components and parts of aluminum sheet metal is a cost-effective option to managing the fabrication in-house. By turning to specialized services, prices can be kept low, production volume can be quickly scaled up as needed and the OEMs can take advantage of quality control practices that are designed to meet their tolerances and specifications.
Finding the best aluminum sheet metal fabrication service will be a critical factor for any OEM. Not all sheet metal fabricators will be able to provide the quality control, production capabilities and the shipping and delivery options required. Taking the time to find out about any fabrication company under consideration will provide the necessary information to make an informed decision.
Capacity and Scalability
Not all aluminum sheet metal fabrication services offer the same capacity for volume parts fabrication. While it is very common for the initial few runs for parts to be small to moderate in volume, the fabrication company should have the ability to quickly scale up to meet your production needs.
Equipment, staff and physical space will all impact the ability of any fabrication service to quickly increase production without compromising on quality and precision. Always confirm and verify the service provider has the in-house capacity to meet what is anticipated to be your maximum volume orders.
Quality Control Standards
When precision and quality control is essential for parts and components, verify the company under consideration is an ISO 9001 certified supplier. These companies meet international standards for continual improvement in their products through comprehensive quality control in place throughout the process.