What’s a Good Deal in International Trade?

We claim no expertise in international trade, but found an interesting view on the subject in the July, 2015 Modern Metals worth re-issuing.  The author made several points about recent trade deals, and concludes, “the [Obama] administration’s claims about he pure benefits of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) should be viewed with a great deal of skepticism. With Trump on the trade warpath, and especially concerning trade deficits, we were interested to hear some conservative note that… Read More

One Stop Metalworking Shop: Does (Almost) It All!

To solve a procurement problem, you need to find a supplier for many different capabilities, with high precision, and with the ability to interact along-the-way for design confirmation. This situation might demand detailed milling and/or turning.  To generate the material for this part water jet and/or laser cutting could be needed, and the part then needs forming, drilling, knurling, threads cut, and welding, or any number of secondary operations. Perhaps your requirement is to laser… Read More

RFQ Responses – Storm Clouds on the Horizon!

As manufacturing improves across the board in the US, procurement professionals are likely to be seeking new, different, and improved suppliers for outsourced manufacturing.  We foresee frustration in the days ahead. Why is this?  The answer is prosperity exists within the job shop community as well as with OEM’s.  This means the importance of NEW business is lessened.  And, companies are working to accommodate their primary existing customers, who’s business is also enjoying prosperity. Proficient… Read More

Equipment and Machinery: Engineering, Machining, and Fabrication

Perhaps your business needs large parts, weldments, and/or design engineering.  If you are in the machinery and large equipment business, you may be seeking sources for large, bulky and heavy metal parts and assemblies. You may be seeking equipment/machinery refurbishment, including rolls, journals, gears and gear boxes, and other drive train components.  Another possibility is reverse engineering of older parts and equipment components. We will be pleased to help with your equipment or machinery.  Machining… Read More

Are You a “Customer of Choice” to Your Suppliers?

There are actions available to most buyers that will surely lead to better supplier relationships. A Dell Computer executive dealt with the issue of “what your suppliers really think of you and what you can do about it” in a recent webinar.  Proficient Sourcing helps buyers seeking new custom manufacturing sources.  “Commitment to Utilization” was one webinar point that has particular application for these circumstances. It is wise to keep in mind that with a… Read More

Custom Metal Enclosures

Fabricated custom sheet metal enclosures and heavy plate metal enclosures are a specialty for several companies in our network.  Whether sheet metal custom enclosures or heavy plate cabinet enclosures for more severe applications, this is a frequent requirement for metalworking suppliers.  We have several excellent candidates waiting to provide just what you need. Reach Out to Me Directly for Questions Just give me a call (513) 489-5252! Click here to send an email A typical… Read More

2018 — Good Economic News

Industry Week’s January 29, 2018 edition featured an article “State of the Economy: January 2018”. The article uses big picture macro economic statistics, which show optimistic news. It begins with this: “We are off to a positive, yet demure start to 2018. Leading economies are exhibiting slower, but stable growth and the U.S. has followed a similar trend with many manufacturing companies excited for growth due to new tax laws.   The cyclical upswing that is… Read More

Thermoformed Plastics

Thermoforming, vacuum forming and pressure thermoforming are variations of a versatile plastic process used in all manner of industries—perhaps yours! If and when your plastic requirements suggest the use of a terrific thermoforming supplier, we hope you will contact us. Reach Out to Me Directly for Questions Just give me a call (513) 489-5252! Click here to send an email Thermoforming is the insertion of a cold thermoplastic sheet into the forming area, heating it… Read More

Supplier Selection Criteria – Are We On The Same Page?

Proficient Sourcing provides custom manufacturing candidates for engineers, buyers, and others seeking outsourced manufacturing. To do that effectively we must identify companies that fit your requirements. During a long period of productivity consulting we developed a set of criteria for identifying good companies to recommend, and it would be extremely helpful if you would tell us if these criteria are the “right stuff”! The better the match between our respective criteria, the more likely we… Read More

3D Printing: Fused Deposition Modeling

There are several methods of 3d printing but fused deposition modeling, or FDM, is the most common. Using a thermoforming technique, FDM can quickly and affordably fabricate prototyped products and their parts. As a non-laser-based process, it’s frequently used by engineers and designers to create and perfect their ideas before mass production. We feature a superior source for this exciting technology. Are you ready to get your prototyped products fabricated? Call 513-489-5252 today! Why Choose FDM… Read More