A Multi-Service Supplier is Essential
Today, every OEM is facing supply chain and labor shortages when trying to maintain production schedules. Having separate manufacturers supply various services along the process chain with ancillary support services can help ease the burdens the lack of workers and material can cause. Additionally, multi-service suppliers help reduce time and cost because of the efficiency of working with one supplier versus multiple.
Many OEMs discovered the value of a single source supplier years ago. These manufacturers can provide engineering or tooling to support and OEM design team. Also, they can deliver parts that are ready to integrate into the production process.
The risk of using a single supplier is if there is a lack of quality. Your supplier needs to have a proven quality control record with a low PPM rating and high on-time delivery percentage. Quality must be monitored throughout the processes. If quality is lacking, the purpose of using a single source supplier will be lost. It is also beneficial if the vendor can meet tight schedules when needed. Additionally, a supplier with experience can help to lower costs or production times helps to not only meet requirements but can help improve the overall product.
To sum up why you need a multi-service supplier in today’s manufacturing environment:
- Alleviate production slowdowns caused by outside factors
- Act as an outsource when additional workers aren’t available
- Increase process efficiency
- Lower overall costs
- Improve quality and delivery