A flange used globally posed a cost and supply problem for Schneider Electric. The challenge presented to MES was to reduce the flange’s production cost while securing its availability. MES was able to meet Schneider’s needs by delivering an end-to-end engineering solution. THE CHALLENGE The Schneider component consisted of a nut and a flange. Both parts were stainless steel, a relatively expensive option that had originally been chosen in order to withstand outdoor applications where potential exposure to moisture, cold or chemical environments could otherwise result in corrosion and component failure. The nut had been brazed to the flange. The use of stainless steel and the added production step of brazing meant increasingly higher production costs for the component, and Schneider was seeking an alternative that would reduce cost without compromising the durability of the finished part. THE SOLUTION MES proposed an engineering solution that would lower the component’s manufacturing […]
MES, Inc. has established a new business unit to facilitate its supply chain and inventory management services for European customers. The new company, Euro Metrics Sp. z o.o., is headquartered in Zielona Góra, Poland. It will operate initially from a third-party warehouse located in Chociule, Poland and managed by Schnug Polska Sp. z o.o. “The selection of this warehouse represents the next stage in a strategic plan by MES to extend its supply chain services to European customers and to North American customers doing business in the Euro marketplace,” according to Hiten Shah, Chief Executive Officer for MES, Inc. “The Schnug warehouse facility meets all of the capabilities we need for warehousing, IT system support and transportation,” Shah stated. “In addition, Schnug has proved to be very flexible and quick to react, which is aligns with our core value of meeting our customers’ expectations for fast turnaround in inventory management.” […]
In January of 2018, President Donald Trump effectively started a trading war with the impending imposition with a series of tariffs on selective products and components produced outside the United States. These tariffs included: Section 232 Tariffs authorizing the President to impose tariffs on any goods which can impair the national security. Section 301 Tariffs which authorize the President to impose penalties on any country or commodity based on “unjustified, unreasonable or discriminatory trade practices.” These tariffs offer the potential for increasing employment in a select number of U.S. aluminum and steel mills. However, with these tariffs having gone into effect on trade with Mexico, Canada and countries in the European Union, they bring a negative downside that will certainly radiate to many industries and have already alienated some of the U.S.’s closest allies. The Chinese Tariff Trap In particular, components and products imported from China have been narrowly […]
Aluminum castings have been used in various industrial application for nearly two centuries. As a material, aluminum has inherent qualities that make it a highly desirable material for use in mechanical parts. Aluminum is a lightweight, easily machinable metal with good thermal and electrical conductivity, Aluminum also has several drawbacks. It quickly oxidizes and wears rapidly. Because aluminum is relatively soft, it is susceptible to dings, scratches and galling. Adding a protective coating is one means of overcoming the negative aspects of aluminum, although each coating option comes with its own consequences. The options for coating aluminum include: 1] Anodizing 2] Plating – Nickel, Gold and Chrome, 3] Chemical Films 4] Powder Coating Anodizing Anodizing is a process by which the surface of the aluminum is artificially oxidized to create a protective coating. Oxidized aluminum is extremely durable. Chemically, it is inert, as demonstrated by its relationship to alternative forms of the […]
The MES team has been growing by leaps and bounds and now includes close to 50 members worldwide. With offices or personnel in the US, Mexico, India, China, Vietnam and Australia, we are truly a global company! We recently snapped some photos from our Mexico office, and thought you’d enjoy seeing the view our Mexico team enjoys. MES, Inc. is a full-service provider of global contract manufacturing services. Our value to our customers is our ability to manage the entire Supply Chain Management process, from sourcing, manufacturing, export/import, logistics and warehousing solutions. We take great pride in our ability to reduce manufacturing and tooling costs and manufacturing lead times for our customers worldwide. Contact us today to find out more and to see how we can save you time and money on manufactured components and supply chain management.