If you've experienced post-sale product failure or equipment downtime in your manufacturing operation due to out-of-tolerance parts, you know all too well the pains of poor quality. In an effort to make delivery schedules and keep part cost down, machine shops are under the gun constantly to work faster and more efficiently. If raw materials are of poor quality, part manufacturing costs go up in terms of decreased tool life, machine downtime and material scrap. It's in your best interest to find an experienced supplier who vets their raw material as much as you vet them. It ensures the best quality part, fastest delivery and lower total procurement cost.
Quality is a term that is thrown around a lot. Even if a company is ISO 9000-certified, it doesn't always mean their controls are best-in-class. Manufacturers can reduce the risk of poor quality or late delivery by working with an experienced machine shop. In an effort to reduce their own downtime and scrap, these shops have already had the burden of vetting raw material suppliers.