One of the more challenging considerations when comparing different outsourcing solutions for fabrication and manufacturing is to be able to compare different services and providers effectively.
Unfortunately, when it comes to sheet metal fabrication services, there can a very large difference between the services and options provided by a top company and those provided by an average to lower quality provider. Unless the business knows specifically what to ask it can be tempting to go with the lowest price bid for the project rather than with the company that has the ability to provide quality workmanship at a fair price.
Capacity and Capability
These are two different aspects of sheet metal fabrication services, but they do go hand in hand with top companies. Look for a service provider with the capacity or the ability to complete the job on time and within your requirements when it comes to tolerances and part specifications.
Capability, is the expertise and experience of the service provider. This is critical in any application as an experienced company will have a proven track record of quality production and on-time delivery of orders. Companies that have decades of experience will have a strong customer base, which is always a positive attribute to consider when comparing your options.
While there are some niche sheet metal fabrication services that just provide services to one industry, the top companies will have expertise across a wide range of industries. This can work to your company’s benefit in providing options for production and fabrication that may help to reduce costs and streamline the process.
In addition to fabrication, consider the other services the service provider offers. Having the ability to use one company for precision machining, assembly, welding, and even design services can help to ensure quality control as well as decrease supply chain and logistics concerns during production.