Every consumer has a tale or two about a bad experience with a shop, so it is important to stay well informed about how you should select the right one. Precision Machining is a very specialised skill and one that should be carried about by well trained, competent experts.
To help you along the way when you choose a precision machine shop, we have decided to draw up 3 common myths about all precision machine shops. By understanding these myths you will be in a much better position to choose a shop that will get the work done efficiently and to your liking.
1. All shops are created equal
There’s a lot that goes into making a very good precision machining house. People often, incorrectly, think that each machine shop is the same as the next. This is very far from the truth. It’s an extremely complex business and each precision machine shop will be able to serve customers with different needs better. There are many factors that go in to making each shop different from the next; finances, quality of system, size of the machine and also the process they use for manufacturing. It’s to easy to just say that they are all the same, and a considerable amount of research should be done before choosing your shop.
2. The equipment is the only thing that counts
Industry insiders always suggest looking at a company’s facilities list. This list will show you all of the equipment that the company has operating on its shop floor. The lists can sometimes be extremely impressive and quite a lot of the time they are supposed to be. Companies will always take the opportunity to boast about the newest machinery they have. Of course, this is an extremely part of the process, but it certainly isn’t everything that is required. We can use the analogy of a race car – you can have a perfectly made car but you also the need the right driver and pit team to make sure you win. Precision machine shops need to have the right operators and also the manufacturing expertise in order to make parts fit for the consumer. So make sure you take a good look at the staff and understand about the sops history before making your decision.
3. The lowest price is always the best way to go
I have often noticed that when consumers are choosing which shop to choose, they will go to three or more shops to get quotes and then choose based on the lowest price per piece. Price does not ensure quality and you must check that the shop is actually capable of carrying out the work. A low quote can sometimes be a sign that the shop operate poorly and don’t understand your specifications correctly. Price should never be the defining factor in your decision as it may end up costing you more in the future.