No manufacturer expects to hear that making their assembly work operation someone else’s responsibility is a good thing, but the reality might surprise you. Outsourcing assembly work to your machined parts manufacturer is the most convenient and cost effective strategy for ensuring that high quality, installation-ready parts are efficiently incorporated into your products. That may sound like a wild claim to make, but the evidence is in the ROI.
Assembly work can be a complex process and often requires a significant investment in time, manpower, and equipment. Additionally, competent assembly workers are not a dime a dozen, which can make cultivating and maintaining a solid team difficult and draining. Relying on your machined parts manufacturer’s existing assembly work resources and talent pool instead of building and maintaining your own can keep your operation lean and more focused on the big picture.
Having access to a different pool of machining and assembly experts also allows your operation to benefit from additional skills and innovative processes that positively impact overall efficiency. For example, at Allis Roller, we developed an efficient process for installing our complex rollers into brackets that can directly attach to the required apparatus inside our customers’ vehicles and equipment. This saves our customers time and money, and allows them to rely on us for quality parts that can be seamlessly installed into their own products for faster manufacturing on their end. Lean assembly work strategies translate to leaner manufacturing processes elsewhere, speeding up turnaround and lowering overhead costs.
Bottom line, lean, efficient manufacturing practices result in higher ROIs, but enhanced efficiency isn’t the only reason to outsource assembly work.
At Allis Roller, we’ve already integrated effective assembly work configurations into our existing manufacturing operation. However, one of the biggest disruptors to our seamless, linear complex parts manufacturing process is the movement of parts and product back and forth between our operation and the customer.
Whenever our customers are responsible for the assembly of parts our team has manufactured, any small adjustments in need of addressing create roadblocks that hold up the entire manufacturing process. For example, our assembly operation often utilizes precise equipment for the pressing of bearings into rollers. It takes a high level of skill and experience to achieve the right press fit without pressing too tight, or too lightly, and still allowing the bearings to turn. During such a delicate process, our machinists are always right there to address any necessary adjustments immediately. However, when our customers manage assembly work on their own, some parts may have to be sent back to us to ensure that their high-tolerance bearing fits function optimally. Those circumstances can double turnaround time, creating a domino effect of delays and unnecessary transportation expenses that could have easily been avoided with a leaner logistical strategy for handling assembly work.
With the additional shipping and handling required to move individual components back and forth, parts are also more likely to be damaged en route. Simply allowing the complex parts manufacturer to complete the next level assembly process reduces the opportunity for defects to occur during transport. Damaged parts not only take time to repair, they can also require total replacement in worst case scenarios, making efficient assembly processes an important precaution in protecting your investment.
Seamless assembly work logistics and efficient lean manufacturing strategies like ours have the potential to positively transform the ROI, while preserving a project’s pre-determined budget and schedule. That’s why we continue to offer high quality assembly work services at Allis Roller. It keeps our customers competitive and our standards high.
For more information on the lean manufacturing principles that make Allis Roller a trusted machined parts manufacturer and assembly operation, connect with one of our team members via the Contact page.