CNC machining, with tight quality control over additional finishing operations.
Polymer manufacturer, part of a global group.
Zero reject rates improving profits.
Project management further sub contract operation reducing costs.
A global seal manufacturer and specialist polymer engineering company based in Somerset, approached Bradon Engineering to provide subcontract machining services whilst exhibiting at a UK based manufacturing event. The component required project management of finishing processes and strict quality adherence which several local suppliers had failed to achieve. Bradon met and discussed customer requirements in detail to put forward a solution.
The components were made from hardened steel and turned from bar on a Daewoo bar fed machining centre. They then go through two additional finishing processes (heat treatment and grinding) before inspection and delivery to the customer. The volume production and additional finishing processes created problems with local suppliers unable to manage and control quality of the finishing processes effectively. This turn led to very high reject rates impacting severely on the customer’s margins and relationship with its OEM customer.
Bradon’s ability to put together tailor made subcontract machining support packages for customers, its internal systems for managing the process and its machining expertise was the precise combination of skills required. The customer now receives a continuous supply of components to exact specification and Bradon continue to supply this component 100% defect free.
This case study highlights the need to provide both pro accurate machined components and project management services to deliver quality components and to provide the customers with added value services, reducing costs and improving performance.