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What to Look For In a Metal Pressing Company

While it’s not as if steel, brass and aluminium pressing companies offer the kinds of services the average everyday consumer would require, their role in facilitating industry and commerce is enormous. Growing demand for high-quality components and products has led to a dramatic spike in the number of service providers offering access to pressed metal parts, which can be both a blessing and a curse for those seeking such services.

On one side of the argument, availability has never been greater and access never easier. On the other side, it’s inevitable that such growth in numbers will inherently make it easier for subpar performers to slip the net. And given the potential importance of the items and components being sourced, compromise is generally not an option.

So with this in mind, what follows is a quick introduction to just a few of the most desirable traits to look for in a metal pressing company, if both quality and real value for money are genuine priorities:

1 – History and Pedigree

First of all, it’s a good idea to look for an engineering company that has been in business for some time and has real pedigree. The reason being that the metal pressing and manufacturing industry is a prime example of a specialism that takes time to perfect – those with the most experience often delivering the very best results. Not only this, but an extensive background and history make it much easier to assess whether or not the provider in question is up to the job, going on past performance.

2 – Specialism and Capacity

One crucial check to make is that of whether or not the prospective service provider in question has the kind of capacity to deal with your requirements.  They may be able to produce fantastic results for the right price, but this is somewhat irrelevant if they cannot deliver the items and components you need in the kind of quantities in which you need them. In addition, it is also worth looking into the primary specialism of the service provider in question as the majority of engineering companies focus on certain specific areas, as opposed to doing literally everything.

3 – Versatility and Material Range

In terms of materials, it all comes down to exactly what you’re looking for and the kinds of materials your project requires. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to work with those that are capable of processing a wide variety of materials as this opens up as much choice as possible. The more versatile, capable and flexible the service provider is in terms of what they do, the better the overall outcome for the client.

4 – Additional Processing Services

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Rather than involving any number of service providers to take care of your requirements, it makes much more sense to work with one provider of the highest calibre to cover all bases. Some of the very best engineering services currently up and running will offer additional processing services on top of their standard design and fabrication services. Such services may include additional fabrication, treating, coating, finishing, packaging and shipping – all of which have the potential to cut costs and improve quality of output when taken care of under one roof.

5 – Automation of Processes

Something else to be on the lookout for is whether the service provider in question uses computer or robotic automation to take care of any of the production process. The reason being that not only does automation of manufacturing processes improve quality of output and overall efficiency, but it can also have a significant impact on costs. More often than not, those using automation where possible during the production process are able to keep their costs and ultimately their prices much lower than others.

6 – Comprehensive Design Assistance

It’s one thing to take a completed design to an engineering company and have them manufacture it on your behalf. However, it’s something else entirely to approach an engineering company with a requirement and have them help and guide you through every element of the design process from start to finish. In the case of the latter, you are almost always guaranteed to come out with a faster, more efficient, higher quality and more cost-effective result.

7 – Recommendations and Ratings

Last but not least, it is always important to factor past customer recommendations and ratings into the equation, just to see what others have had to say about the service provider in question. It’s simply a case of seeking guidance from those who have tried and tested the same services as you beforehand, in order to see how the provider performs when put to the test.