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What To Look For When Choosing Your Subcontract Precision Engineering Services



Choosing a precision engineering service can be a daunting decision, as engineering companies tend to differ. Here we discuss some of the key things to consider when you’re making this choice:

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Whether You Have Any Technical Knowledge


In general, we find that engineering buyers tend to have a certain level of technical expertise and knowledge of the field, which will help you to target the best subcontract precision engineering service for your projects. It also means you have more chance of knowing what questions to ask. For example, a company may try to promote their CNC machining services to you for a one-part order, on the grounds of it costing you less – and if you have little technical knowledge of engineering, you may not recognise the validity of that suggestion.

However, there’s no need to stress or feel daunted. While you may not have much knowledge of engineering, if you’re doing the buying, your purchasing skills are likely to be first-class. We find that non-technical buyers are often more concerned about cost and tend to find the best deals as opposed to taking note of any engineering add-ons that may be on offer.


If you lack experience in the industry, it might be a good idea to request some assistance from a supplier to ensure that your decision is the correct one.


Collaborating With Your Suppliers


Technical knowledge may stand you in good stead. However, being able to collaborate with your subcontractor and gain a thorough understanding of their production traits tends to be more important to modern buyers of machining services. If you have good communication skills, you should be able to build up and maintain a strong relationship with suppliers.


Whatever the purchase entails, the necessary skills are the same across all industries and purchases. If this leads to a decrease in price, your employer will inevitably be pleased. Just make sure not to sacrifice the quality of the service.


Having An Understanding Of Company Values


When it comes to finding an appropriate prototype engineer or service, having an understanding of the company values is much more important than technical expertise, as is having an idea of buying structures. For example, you may understand everything that your manual machining company will be doing, but if they keep you in the dark on longer-than-hoped-for lead times, you’ll likely be let down regardless. Look for a company who offer proof of transparency and remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.


Make sure to consult with the subcontractor and supplier to gain an understanding of technical processes and drawings and take their advice when making your final decisions. Suppliers appreciate that not everyone shares their expert knowledge of engineering, and will be happy to help.


Here at Eaton Socon Engineering, we are happy to help clients all the way through the buying process, whatever their level of expertise may be. For both manual and CNC machining, we provide a reliable service. Contact us today for guidance on lead times.


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