Selecting the right fabrication company seems simple enough, but it isn’t. Due to the complex nature and high cost of fabrication projects, below are six key factors which will help you make the right choice so you can avoid delays, quality control issues and financial loss.
When factoring in experience, you want to look at more than just the number of years they’ve been in operation. You also need to understand the type of projects they’ve handled, and whether or not they’re capable of handling yours. Naturally, if you ask them directly most will say they can, because they want your business, but talk is cheap. Unless they can demonstrate they’ve previously worked on projects like yours and have staff members that specialize in it, then you should take your business elsewhere.
There can be no compromises when it comes to quality standards. Aside from the mandates which are established by regulatory agencies, the equipment or product must also pass quality control testing in-house. The service you work with should be aware of prescribed manufacturing methods and testing procedures, and should also have the appropriate certifications. It is also a plus if they can bring in new equipment, trained personnel or qualifications if needed. Also find out if they utilize metrics for measuring quality performance.
In addition to evaluating the overall company, you also want to consider their team. Get to know the key personnel who will be working on your project, and find out what certifications, skills and experience they possess. A major problem in the American manufacturing sector today is inadequate skilled operators. As a consequence, you’ll need to know the total amount of staff members the firm employs on their permanent payroll.
Anyone that knows anything about the fabrication business knows that fiscal stability is equal in importance to technical knowledge. Depending on the requirements of your fabrication project, the firm might need to hire additional technicians, purchase newer technology or boost their production capabilities. However, none of this is possible if they’re in poor financial shape, and to find out how they’re doing, inquire about the financial strategy they’ll use for your project. Will they require a credit line? When and how do they compensate suppliers? Are they willing to share loss and profit accounting details? How well do they pay their employees?
You want to work with an organization that utilizes the most advanced technology, especially automation. The reason is because greater automation means a reduced likelihood of quality control problems.
The level of client support provided by fabricators is paramount. The best way to determine their quality is by speaking with previous customers. Ask about the experience they had working with the firm, how much transparency they offered in terms of communication, and the fabricator’s willingness to meet their requirements. It is inevitable that challenges and difficulties will arise, especially with complex projects, but the manner in which fabricators handle them tells you how good they actually are.
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