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Turnkey, Assembly, & Sub-assembly Services

We exist in a business ecosystem where finding solutions to complex manufacturing processes is critical. Our customers have found that one of the best ways to reduce the overall cost of precision instruments is to outsource the manufacturing and assembly of products directly to us.

Commonly referred to as contract manufacturing, the turnkey process can range from subassemblies that are then placed into a final "parent" product to a completed product ready for resale. Contract manufacturing is an option commonly exercised when companies decide to focus on their own core competencies to increase their efficiency. As a result, operations which require certain core competencies that are difficult to staff and train for are outsourced, often beginning with manufacturing of products.

Some of the benefits to outsourcing manufacturing include:

  • Cost reductions in labor for the areas of:
    • The manufacturing floor's assembly process, particularly during periods of high staff turnover.
    • Inspection processes as there are fewer component parts to inspect
    • Administration in the planning and purchasing departments, given that there are fewer component parts to order and track.
  • Facility size and other capital investments:
    • The transfer of in-house manufacturing to an outside source reduces operational square footage requirements.
    • The machines and companion software packages required to keep up with cutting edge technologies are very expensive. This cost cuts in to a company's operational budget and impacts cash flow. When the manufacturing of product lines is outsourced, the need to purchase heavy equipment decreases.
  • Costs involved in the design for manufacturability are redirected to the supplier.
  • Accountability for the product is more easily located and reduces managerial strain.

Consider the examples of items we manufacture pictured on this page. The first example is a product that is fully assembled. We have complete manufacturing responsibility, beginning with raw, molten metal that forms the castings through the electro-mechanical assembly of the enclosure. Our customer is now free to focus on other areas such as marketing, sales, and operations. Additionally, the purchasing agents have a simplified procedure for ordering the product and need only focus on placing the order to fit their inventory requirements.

Product #2 is a more complex subassembly, which allows our customer to significantly reduce the overall cost of inspection, assembly, and administration in the manufacturing of their product line. This spindle constitutes the arm of a robot and is an extremely complex assembly. The performance tolerances are so tight that it requires specialized procedures in a clean room throughout the assembly process. Inspection needs to be done in vitro for both the compatibility of component parts and to verify compliance with performance specifications.

During the prototyping of a product, the need for subassemblies often becomes readily apparent. With product#3, issues surrounding the integration of an engineering concept with the manufacturing design were resolved by partnering with the customer on its development and manufacturing. It became apparent that by allowing us to complete this as a subassembly, rather than provide all of the component parts as individual items, there was an efficient division of resources between customer and supplier.

With product# 4, the end effector bearing assembly is eventually placed into the arm of a robot. Because of this product's small size the assembly process is intricate and requires subtle manipulation that our customer's assembly line could not efficiently accommodate.

If your company is considering outsourcing for some of its products or subassemblies, we would like to be part of your decision making process. Please contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing form you.