Category Archives: Tools & Technologies

Four Ways to Evaluate the Quality of Precision Machining

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

Precision Machined Parts: How to Promote Continuous Improvement

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

Check List: Purchasing Industrial Machined Parts

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

How to Reduce Machined Parts Cost

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

Keeping on Schedule: Steps to Working Efficiently with Precision Machining Vendor

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

Nolte Welcomes Swiss-style Machining Specialist

Swiss-style MachiningIn order to provide the most comprehensive machining services for our customers, Nolte continually invests in expanding our capabilities and expertise. Recently, we welcomed a new team member who will enhance our proficiency in the area of Swiss-style machining.

Swiss-style machining has traditionally been an area highly utilized by the medical and electronics industries. Recently, the demand for Swiss-type machining has become more widespread, across a variety of markets. CNC Swiss-type machining provides an efficient and effective way to produce small components requiring an extreme level of precision detail with the highest degree of repeatability. Continue reading

Nolte Discusses Success with Management Software in Modern Machine Shop Feature

Recently Nolte Precise Manufacturing was the subject of an informative article in Modern Machine Shop magazine on benefits of management software in promoting manufacturing diversity. In the feature, Nolte owner and president, Doug Coster discusses the benefits his company has experienced from using E2 management software. According to article, Nolte has benefited from deeper insight into the complicated operations of the shop.

As Mr. Coster explains, this has “helped root out inefficiencies, streamline processes, improve communication among disparate departments, and boost flexibility, among other advantages.” Continue reading

Nolte takes part in PMPA Washington DC Fly-In

As a manufacturer of precision machined products, we, at Nolte, believe we have a responsibility to stay abreast of current legislation that impacts our industry. Decisions being made in Washington have a direct effect on precision machined component businesses. It is critical that we, as business leaders, not only stay informed, but make sure our elected officials are also informed about the facts regarding our industry. The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) Washington DC Fly-In events provide precision metalworking industry professionals with the opportunity to have their voices heard by legislators. Continue reading