The US aerospace and defense market includes a complex network of contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers, most of which are small to mid-sized companies that maintain both military and commercial products. This network delivers technologically advanced equipment, products, and assemblies, including those that make our military the most effective and best equipped in the world.
Aerospace industry manufacturers are challenged to provide the best products at the lowest cost while facing changing regulatory requirements and fiscal restraints. As an experienced and capable precision machining supplier, Nolte Precise has been answering the aerospace industry’s need for precision machined parts and assembled components. In addition to offering aerospace manufacturers the benefit of our AS9100 certification, we provide excellent customer support and on-time delivery. Continue reading
Industrial equipment manufacturers are experiencing a wide range of benefits by working with Nolte Precise for their precision manufacturing needs. In addition to lowering the cost of doing business, these businesses have improved operations through the advisement of an experienced and highly capable manufacturing partner.
We offer industrial equipment manufacturers the newest equipment technology, comprehensive project support, and extensive machining expertise. Components quality is always assured with our close tolerance precision machined parts. Through our proven precision machining track record, we are able to offer industrial equipment and OEM manufacturers the advantages of reduced cost, time, and labor. Continue reading
A quick Google search reveals a myriad of precision machining supplier options. Finding sources for precision machining is easy, however evaluating the quality your precision machining options may prove a little more challenging.
As a manufacturer, it is important to have a process in place for evaluating the machine shop you partner with, to assure you are working with a competent supplier with the right capabilities. The evaluating process may need to be particularly stringent if your products are manufactured for industries involved with medical devices, semiconductor components, or defense equipment.
Though industries may vary, there is a wide range of similarity in the criteria for evaluating a machining supplier and the quality of its precision machining. The following are four areas to consider in the evaluation of precision machining. Continue reading
Increasing efficiency and reducing waste are essential elements in making a business more profitable. Every aspect of the operation typically provides some opportunity for optimization. As a manufacturer, your precision machined parts process likely offers multiple opportunities for continuous improvement.
Three areas that offer opportunity for ongoing improvement with the manufacture of precision machined parts include simplifying processes, improving organization, and reducing errors. Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas:
Streamline Manufacturing Processes
Reducing waste and increasing efficiency begins with stream lining your manufacturing processes. The potential for wasted time and resources increases exponentially when processes are not scrutinized on a regular basis. While it is easy to fall into the trap of letting your work flow proceed if there are no immediate problems, the rewards for taking a critical view and implementing continuous improvements are usually immediate and measurable in terms of reduced material loss and higher productivity. Continue reading
Your purchased machined parts greatly affect the profitability of your business. No matter how efficient your manufacturing process, if you are paying too much for your machined parts, or you are constantly dealing with problems related to your purchased machined parts, your bottom line will be hurt. The best way to make sure your machined parts are enhancing the profitability of your products is to carefully consider your protocol for purchasing industrial machined parts and look for areas of improvement. Consider these areas: Continue reading
Reducing costs is essential to increasing the profitability of your business. The precision machined parts you use in your manufacturing processes could offer an opportunity for significantly reducing your cost of doing business. For example, small modifications made to your part design can actually amount to tremendous savings over time.
The following are strategies you can use to decrease parts expense:
Use Different Materials
In some cases, the material you specify for your components is critical for its application success. In other cases, you may be able to substantially reduce the cost of your machined parts by using a less expensive material. Continue reading
Working with a precision machining vendor is an effective way for manufacturers to increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. When establishing a relationship with a precision machining partner, it is important to follow the right steps to assure efficient work flow.
Establish Communication Flow
Clear lines of communication are essential in any vendor relationship, but especially so when an ongoing relationship is involved. Discussing projects up front assures mutually shared expectations. The discussion should include preliminary specifications, initial aspects of the part development, prototyping, production, as well as the logistics and cost of the project. Continue reading
As 2015 comes to a close, the Nolte team is proud to look back on another prosperous year. In addition to helping our clients become more profitable, we’ve seen our own business grow. Reinvestment in our success has been a key focus this past year, with investments in: Continue reading
The United States and our economy were both built on skilled labor – manufacturing and construction jobs. Today our economy continues to be driven by skilled labor jobs, but there is a looming threat to this foundation. A generation of baby boomers, approximately 25% of the U.S. population, is soon to be fully retired, and the positions they will be vacating are skilled trade jobs. A shift away from labor intensive jobs among newer generations means that there will not be enough qualified individuals in the upcoming workforce to fill these positions. The skills gap, as it is termed, presents a problem for everyone in its implications. Continue reading
Deciding whether or not to recommend your supplier can be a tough decision for a number of reasons. Will the supplier perform as well for my colleague as they did for me? Will sending new business my supplier’s way detract from their capacity to serve my needs?
Then there is the question of how well you know your supplier, and what can be expected of them for the long term. Perhaps they performed well on the first order, but how will they respond when things go wrong? Have they been just as attentive on your recent orders as they were on the initial one? What if there is an unexpected disruption or delay – will they give you a heads-up, or will you have to call to find out what’s going on? Continue reading