Suppliers

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


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


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


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


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