Manufacturing

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


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


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


China’s Strategic Challenge

Doing business in any foreign country presents many challenges. These are magnified when language and culture very from what you are used to.   Exporting manufacturing to China has brought great short term benefits and long term concerns. So when we found a brief summary of China’s culture and history in explanation of their strategic challenge to the US, we thought you would find this of value. A link to the complete article is at the… Read More


Gear Cutting, Sprockets, Splines, and Pulleys

We specialize in your drive train parts! Call 513-489-5252 today to learn more about how we can help you! Many customers are equipment and machinery builders and drive train components are integral to these businesses. Gears, for example, may need refurbishing or replacing, and even very old parts duplicated due to wear. We have companies that specialize in this sort of work. They have long experience satisfying customers in need of new parts as well as repairs… 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