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April 23, 2014
Lighting Industry Die Casting Case Study

MES Manufacturing Lead Time Advantages

The MES Overseas Manufacturing Lead Time Advantage: What are the standard lead times being quoted by your domestic die casting tooling supplier? MES has developed 45 die castings in 2013 alone with average lead time of 45 calendar days… Additionally, •  Tooling cost savings of 40%-60% over domestic suppliers •  Pre-tooling design reviews for DFM inputs (Design for Manufacturing), gate locations, vent locations, ejector pins •  Mold Flow – $1000 (for most parts less than 4 Kg) – with sourcing letter of intent ($2000 for parts – over 5 Kg) •  Weekly timelines •  Chinese based office – 22 full time engineers and 2 sourcing managers •  We work with 11 current die casting factories and have 6 more approved die casting factories in our quality system   Case Study #1: Medical Equipment Housing, Door & Lens • Aluminum – A380 • Tooling Kickoff to Complete: 35 days • PPAP […]
December 4, 2013
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Outsourced Manufacturing Considerations

This is the most metric-intensive portion of the supply chain process—one where we continuously measure quality levels, production output and productivity. Outsourced Manufacturing Considerations Manufacturers are increasingly relying on outsourced manufacturing as they struggle to keep manufacturing costs in check, shorten product cycles and stay competitive in their market. Outsourced manufacturing, done well, can help manufacturers save money on everything from facility costs, tooling, equipment purchases and maintenance, as well as staffing. Outsourced manufacturing can also allow for the expansion of core competencies and help protect companies from supply interruptions. As compelling as the savings are, sacrificing quality or lead times can end up costing manufacturers more money in the long term. You must ensure that the outsourced manufacturing vendor has the technical capabilities, capacity, facilities, and systems to provide the products according to your specifications and will provide the service you expect. You should assess the willingness and capability […]
November 20, 2013
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Contract Manufacturing Resources

The first step of the supply chain management process is to procure a quality source for manufacturing. The MES goal is simple: Provide the cost benefits of global contract manufacturing without the risks to our customers. Global Contract Manufacturing is a procurement strategy in which a company sources materials from countries with lower labor and production costs in order to cut operating expenses. Global contract manufacturing is not limited to just high labor content products anymore. Increasingly, companies are looking for Low Cost Country Sourcing suppliers to source sophisticated products requiring high capital (such as die casting machines, CNC machines or expensive casting lines, assembly lines, painting, powder coating and E-coating). Identifying qualified manufacturers who will fill manufacturing orders on time and on budget with low percentages of quality rejects is a critical component of the supply chain management process. While many companies look globally for ways to save money on production costs, it […]
June 27, 2013
Global Manufacturing-Supply Chain Management

MES Improves Lead Times, Overcomes Challenges with Hands-on Supply Chain Management

MES Improves Lead Times, Overcomes Challenges with Hands-on Supply Chain Management COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 20, 2013– via PR Newswire— Dealing with suppliers in India and China, MES is often asked how it overcomes communication gaps and development challenges (lead times, PPAP quality submissions, etc.). After developing with over 40 suppliers over last 10 years, following are the key issues. While these may seem very logical, in the world dealing with suppliers which are 15,000 miles away, all issues are exacerbated: 1.  Finding Qualified Suppliers: It’s very easy to find suppliers who say “they do export work”. It’s also easy to find suppliers who have “capacity”. It’s almost given that all suppliers have “ISO / TS Certification”. But what’s unique in both Indian and Chinese Culture is the deference to the customers. Customers have to train and develop relationships with suppliers to “extract” the correct information – this is not because […]
June 7, 2013
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The Advantages of Outsourcing Die Casting Manufacturing

One of the constraints in die casting often is the fairly high cost of tooling. This high cost makes it difficult, or in some cases even impossible, for some companies to compete or justify developing many products utilizing die castings aesthetics and superior mechanical strengths. In surveys done by CSCMP and APICS, quality of offshore supplier is often rated as #1 or #2 issue by purchasing managers, die casting commodity managers and engineers. There is a lot of information on the internet, but most of the suppliers would not be picked by customers as websites are not comprehensive or sometimes deceiving. What makes a difference are having engineers or sourcing people on the ground who can visit suppliers, who can do some due diligence with local competitors, tooling suppliers, accountants and if needed, banks. MES has team on the ground in India and China to do second level diligence on […]
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