Suppliers

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


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


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