Here's the scenario.
You had a great end to 2017 and this year has begun well too. You're working to capacity and orders are being fulfilled.
So you're relying on your suppliers to get your components to you on time.
Your outsourcers have promised that your components will be manufactured to the required standard and delivered to you on time. There's ample time to assemble the parts and make YOUR deadline.
You've factored in sufficient wiggle room. Enough to account for a breakdown here and there or a late delivery even.
But what if...
What happens, if a particular supplier starts to get a little too unreliable? Too many late engineering deliveries can mess up even the best laid plans AND could lead to penalties downstream.
There are tons of reasons your outsourced work can ruin an otherwise successful project. This blog post covers two of the most common.
1 - Your supplier has reached full capacity
If your engineering deliveries are often late, it's possible your favourite precision engineering supplier is flat out, running at full capacity. And your project is at the back of the queue!
Oh, the irony!
You outsource a component because you can't handle the workload but your outsourcer can't either. Sadly, some companies simply cannot turn down work, even when they really ought to!
If you can't handle the workload, don't take the project on!
It doesn't feel great does it? Knowing that your project isn't a priority for the people you've hired to do the job.
Hearing regular excuses about your late parts is a massive red flag. Isn't it time to consider a new precision engineering company?
2 - Too many orders...
Full order books are great but if your supplier is unable to keep up with the additional volume of orders... it's a problem. Outsourcing can help, but...
You outsource work yourself, it's a critical part of getting things done. You understand, in times of need, outsourcing is a great solution. However, it complicates everything and if your supplier can't cope with the logistics, delays are inevitable.
To help prevent late deliveries, you should consider using a precision engineering One Stop Shop with sufficient capacity and the capability to take care of your project from start to finish.
This means less time spent on organising external logistics and a quicker turn around. So you'll never need to worry about late deliveries again. Wouldn't that be a weight off your mind?
All very obvious, but important to remember.
Ensuring your delivery IS on time!
The best way is to keep the work in-house! Alternatively, it could be time to look at a new supplier for your precision engineering projects!
You'll want to check:
- Their capacity is enough for you
- They're a One Stop Shop - to simplify logistics
- Auditing, if required, is made easy
The quicker you can find the right engineering company for you, the quicker they can get your parts to you. And the easier life will be moving forward. Imagine the feeling of knowing, being certain your parts will be delivered on time, every time!
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