A good supplier won’t force a project that’s better suited for another manufacturing method. An honest supplier should be able to recommend manufacturing methods that best fit your custom project, even if it means losing your business.
For example, if you come to us with a small and thin project that will be most efficiently manufactured by machining, we will not force it into a casting.
2. Do you have experience in our industry?
The goal of this question is to evaluate their experience.
How long have they been in business?
Have they made a project of similar size, thickness, and complexity?
What are the top industries they serve?
Do they understand my industry’s standards and regulations?
Are they loyal to a different industry?
Will I be treated equally as their other customers?
There are many certifications in the foundry industry, such as material certification or heat treat certification. Which do you need? Does your supplier regularly provide these certifications?
6. How do you ensure quality standards are met?
The first step to ensure quality standards are met is to clearly communicate expectations. Document quality standards on prints and verify understanding of what’s acceptable and unacceptable between all parties. The foundry will use these key specs to build an inspection process for your product.
Verify the supplier has quality control procedures in place. Are they ISO9001 certified? How frequently are parts inspected? What happens if my part is out of spec?
You’re successful if your supplier is
Use these questions to discover the best supplier for your custom project!
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