What Makes a Good Supplier?

A good supplier fulfills your requirements in an excellent manner, and does so time after time.  What is specifically required for “good” depends upon your particular circumstances.  One of these is whether you need a supplier for the long term or for a one-off situation. In either of these situations there are several important supplier qualities that matter greatly. Proficient Sourcing exists to help you, the buyer, find excellent sources for your custom manufacturing requirements… Read More

Holy Grail or Pyrite?

(a useful procurement strategy?) We have had interesting engagements with 2 sophisticated OEM buyer organizations lately.  Both these OEMs are equipment manufacturers seeking better supplier features—highly desirable potential customers for us! Proficient Sourcing has a network of outstanding shops covering a many capabilities. Often we are successful in providing a valued supplier candidate who answers the need of the OEM.  We are particularly interested in OEM’s seeking suppliers for equipment/machinery building.  We have several suppliers… Read More

Economic forecast for Manufacturers: Free Presentation

The Cincinnati CPA firm Barnes Dennig has a special emphasis on manufacturing.   On November 7, 2018, Barnes Dennig and a few other local companies will sponsor a wonderful presentation that features nationally known speaker Alan Beaulieu, who gives a terrific presentation with a very valuable message.  It’s free, too! Mr. Beaulieu’s company is ITR Economics which claims to be the oldest, privately-held, continuously operating economic research and consulting firm in the United States.  Their value proposition is… 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.  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 most cases, these are both one-off situations and involve larger companies considering… Read More

DOD, Aerospace and Medical Devices

We feature a precision machining company that specializes in the small and difficult.  In particular, the company is expert in micro and precision machined parts such as cannulated bone screws, fixation devices, laser/photonic devices, gimbal, missile and drone navigation devices and weapons firing parts.  Note these parts are produced for applications where failure is not an option. Their special focus is medical devices, DOD and aerospace parts and products.  The company has these certifications and… Read More

RFQ’s to new suppliers — getting good responses?

We experience new inquiries continuously and believe results for all sides could be improved.  People exploring new suppliers with RFQ’s may not get the response desired.  Suppliers may no-bid an inquiry, despite the fact that the work would be an excellent fit.  Why is this? As the economy improves, it’s a rising tide that raises (almost) all boats.  What this means is the potentially new suppliers have less time to fully consider new customer requirements. … Read More

Immigration — Is there any sane opinion?

After reading yet another rant on this subject, we think some commentary might be appropriate.  We’ll take a break from supplier-buyer issues this edition. Over the past year or two, we’ve all been subjected to noisy comments on sanctuary cities, refugees, amnesty, path to citizenship, family separation, DACA, border walls, chain migration, open borders, and who knows how many other subjects related to immigration.  It appears we are expected to consider each of these subjects… Read More

Capability: Springs

Our ISO and ITAR spring source specializes in the design and production of extension and compression springs for industries where precision manufacturing techniques are of paramount importance. The company is able to offer rapid turnaround, and can economically manufacture both simple and more complex spring shapes, by the tens or by the millions! Completely new spring configurations can often be produced with no tooling costs! Reach Out to Me Directly for Questions Just give me… Read More

The Manufacturing Factory: A Key Human Life Improver

Almost every object we touch in life came from a factory somewhere.  This is a relatively new thing in human history, and took a great deal of combined innovations to become possible.  A large number of people working in an organized and coordinated way did not occur until the late 1700’s.  Since Proficient Sourcing is involved in finding sources for your factory’s outsourced parts or assemblies, we are most interested in such history. Recently we have… Read More

Several Choices for Medium to Heavy Fabrications

Whether you need someone to fabricate a complete system or component parts these companies can often do the entire job, and do it well.  Stainless and the various steel alloy plate and sheet, rolled, formed, cut, machined, drilled and welded to other parts is the wrok of these shops daily.  They have an excellent history of on-time delivery of medium to heavy fabricated parts made to spec and within budget. In one of these companies,… Read More