Tolerances: Do They Match Your Needs?

On rare occasions we see inquiries requiring tolerances that raise questions. Requiring excessively precise work means higher cost and the exclusion of potential suppliers. We recently chose not to bid on a fabrication requiring extreme precision. Perhaps that degree of precision is needed, but it also may be a case of over-engineering. In any case, our potential supplier does this sort of work routinely, so the potential customer missed a relationship with a potentially useful… Read More

Spares, One-offs, Prototypes, and OEM parts

Recently we visited a large food manufacturer. Their high speed manufacturing equipment was made in Europe, and spares and changeover parts were ordered from the OEM in Europe. Most of the time this has worked well, but they need to maintain a parts inventory because it takes about 2 weeks to get resupplied. We were involved in a separate project to supply parts for a project long out of production and another situation similar to… Read More

Technological Changes Influencing Today’s Supply Chains

“Five technology trends are shaping a future where mobility, integration, complexity, and competition will be the defining characteristics of successful supply chain strategy”. So begins the thought-provoking lead article from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) Supply Chain Quarterly. This article remains as valid today as when it was published. The Council’s research, supported by Penn State’s Small College of Business’s Center for Supply Chain Research, “identified 5 game-changing technologies and related emerging… Read More

Try This When You Need a New Supplier!

Engineers and supply chain/procurement managers need to acquire new suppliers for any of several reasons.  There is a good deal of information on selection criteria, but little on where to look.  We have thoughts on this and would welcome yours. There are several ways to find new supplier candidates, and most of these involve spending substantial time and effort qualifying these candidates—so you can then use all the various selection criteria that’s readily available.  Proficient… Read More

Stainless Pressure Vessel Manufacturer

All manufacturers have strength areas and our pressure vessel manufacturer does as well.  Companies needing stainless mixing tanks, for example, should find us attractive for value and service.  And if alloy vessels are needed, that’s another area of strength. Want to learn if our pressure vessel manufacturer is a right fit for you? Reach out to me directly If your needs are any of these we hope you will give our candidate an opportunity to… Read More

Trump has Manufacturing all Wrong

Reshoring is of great interest to us at Proficient Sourcing because of our desire—and ability to provide good manufacturing candidates for the outsourcing needs of most OEM’s.  We have a very wide and diverse collection of shops to do just that.  If reshoring is on your agenda, we hope you will keep us in mind.  Here’s a listing of most of the capabilities we can offer.  In fact, we are available and ready to assist… Read More

Gantry Milling for Very Large Components

If you are an OEM machinery builder, and your equipment is large and heavy, then you may need a manufacturer of heavy plate components, such as uprights, bases, crowns, and platens.  Large items such as these require large manufacturing equipment, and we have a supplier with extremely large and accurate gantry milling (bridge milling) machines.  They also feature similarly large grinding equipment. Reach Out to Me Directly for Questions Just give me a call (513)… Read More

Non-Disclosures: This one run amuck?

Proficient Sourcing provides manufacturing candidates of distinction for OEM’s seeking different suppliers. Very often non-disclosures are the first thing that happens. Once that step is completed by our signing the agreement, then the company can disclose what it is that’s needed and we can proceed to look for suitable candidates. During our work we’ll often require candidates to also sign the NDA before we disclose the nature of what is to be supplied. Have comments about… Read More

New Suppliers — Free Engineering and More!

Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 9/16 edition has a special report:  “Set Your Sights on Strategic Sourcing”.  This report contains a number of useful thoughts that could have very positive benefits to the purchasing organization.  A link to this report is at the end of this article.  While this report deals mainly with large entities, seeking strategic suppliers is worthy of the consideration of all. Proficient Sourcing finds new supplier candidates for procurement professionals.  In… Read More

Special Expertise-Equipment and Machinery Components

Many of our network shops have a special interest in services to equipment and machinery builders, as well as providing metal panels for heavy vehicles.  Runway systems for automation integrators is another specialty.     Reach Out to Me Directly for Questions Just give me a call (513) 489-5252! Click here to send an email   These specialties feature specialized equipment, which includes: Bridge (gantry) milling and surface grinding for very large parts, such as… Read More