Every project requires you to strike a balance between speed, cost, quality, and complexity in the supply chain. The idea of outsourcing engineering or manufacturing work can sometimes cause friction with in-house teams, but the value delivered by engaging an external turn-key supplier will help overcome those initial objections—and make you a hero inside your company.
The Build-Buy Decision is driven by Cost, Time, and Quality
Even when management has made a decision to outsource, internal employees’ resistance can still impede success on a project through sluggish communication and lack of transparency. When leadership is finalizing a build-buy decision, engineering teams’ concerns about the quality of outside work can conflict with leadership’s goals around cost, turnaround time and overall performance. Fears about job loss are also common when outsourcing is mentioned.
In fact, a decision to move to external manufacturing can make you a hero on the inside of your company by helping your company as a whole do its best work. Custom Manufacturing & Engineering (CME™) has helped many companies succeed by delivering turn-key solutions for even the most complex work.
Turn-Key Suppliers Save You Money and Time
Sole-sourcing your custom manufacturing work can drive substantial savings, yet many organizations are still tempted to keep work in-house even when there are concerns about cost-effectiveness. Sometimes management makes the decision to stay in-house because they think it will help boost morale. However, this decision can have an adverse effect, and lead to difficult compromises in other areas of the business.
Engaging CME as a turn-key supplier delivers a cost-effective solution for your design and manufacturing challenges—avoiding pain points such as inflated costs, quality issues, or compromises to your custom specifications.
You’ll also save time. The more work your external suppliers can take off your hands, the faster you’ll be able to complete each job. Time and money saved on engineering and manufacturing operations can be re-invested according to your company’s strategic priorities.
Turn-Key Solutions Support High-Quality Products
Quality management in the supply chain delivers value in the form of less time spent troubleshooting, and less money spent on refunds, repairs, and remodeling. This leads to happier engineers, better cash flow, and smoother overall operations.
CME has the certifications, the equipment, and the experience to manufacture the highest-quality products for a wide range of customers in technology-driven industries. We have both AS9100 and ISO 9001 quality management certifications, we run an accredited ISO 17025 calibration lab, compliant to TS16949, and we have over 20 years of experience in design engineering, lean manufacturing and quality integration.
When you engage CME as a supplier, we don’t just work to produce the best product at the lowest price. We aim to make you a hero within your company by fulfilling your mission as successfully as possible.
It’s critical to recognize the need for a balance between competitive sourcing and maintaining a manageable list of suppliers. Minimizing the number of suppliers in the chain helps streamline the logistics of a custom manufacturing job. Companies are often wary of sole-sourcing due to misperceptions about the cost-effectiveness of turn-key custom manufacturing.
The Pains and Risks of Striking a Balance
Many companies are forced to make sacrifices when determining how to manage complicated manufacturing jobs. They can either:
OEMS, Systems Integrators, and Key Tiers also recognize that the leaner their operation, the better their output is likely to be. The principles of Six Sigma, Kaizen, or continuous improvement show that the simplest process is often the best for managing complex manufacturing jobs. This is just as true in the global supply chain as it is on the shop floor.
When companies consider not only the upfront cost, but the full lifecycle costs associated with a project, finding the best value is much more challenging. That’s when it’s often time to engage a turn-key solution provider such as Custom Manufacturing & Engineering Inc. (CME).
How CME Helps Businesses Find a Balance
The solutions that CME provides for customers will help to balance the challenges of competitive sourcing while enhancing their lean supply chain.
CME’s Certifications Have Your Job Covered
Many companies struggle to pare down the overwhelming number of all their suppliers because they have a fixed list of approved vendors with the proper certifications. CME is unique in that it sets itself apart with three quality and calibration certifications: ISO 9001, AS9100C, and ISO 17025 and CME is compliant with TS 16949 conformance. Additionally CME is compliant with ISO 16949 for its calibration services. We take pride in our Quality certifications as a demonstration of our expertise—and our commitment to delivering consistent value to customers. Our proven experience in aerospace, defense, automotive, electronics, and other industries enables us to reduce cost and risk on even the most complex projects.
Competitive Pricing Meets High Quality
Under a single roof, CME’s turn-key services cover the design, development, manufacturing, and testing of even the most complex projects. When all aspects of the job are coordinated and executed by trained engineers accustomed to working together, it’s easier—and often more cost effective—to manufacture high-quality products.
CME’s Experience Guarantees Quality and Eliminates Headaches
CME’s 20+ years of experience in designing, engineering, testing, and calibrating—we can address your pain points solving your most complex challenges easily. We’re able to produce obscure, obsolete, or hard-to-find items to save time and money for our clients by bringing all of the work under one roof. CME combines competitive costs, outstanding quality, and great value—enabling clients to strike the perfect balance between competitive sourcing and manageability in the supply chain.
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