Manufacturing

Suppliers in SE Asia: May be better than China!

Proficient Sourcing LLC exists to help buyers improve supply chains.  We do this by offering proven candidates for OEM buyers’ outsourced manufacturing needs in almost any area.  Here’s just a partial listing of the capabilities we can provide. Almost all our supplier candidates are domestic, and most are midwestern.  In some cases there’s a need for outsourcing overseas, and we have limited answers for such things, other than foundry work in China.  And many things… Read More


Rare Earths – An Update

Rare earths, those 17 elements critical for many industries (defense, electronics, smart devices, etc) are a continuing global supply chain issue.  2 years ago we wrote an article, that summarized the situation as of mid-2019.  Now there’s more news. Both Trump and Biden administrations have made some noise to improve the US supply of these minerals.  Currently, China provides about 80% of worldwide rare earths.  Fortunately, several other countries are ramping up supply efforts, particularly… Read More


Reshoring: The Case Strengthens

Several important current news factors support reshoring manufacturing as a high priority for the US.  Among these factors are efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15, supply chain risks for critical items such as medical supplies, semiconductors, rare earths, and employment difficulties throughout the economy.  All these strengthen the case for a robust manufacturing sector.  So what to do? As we all know, for decades the private sector has shipped a great deal of… Read More


Recovering US Manufacturing Competitiveness

The March 25, 2021, article on Market Watch discusses how the US can regain it’s former position as the world’s most competitive manufacturer. The compelling thought is the US has the world’s primary position in scientific research and discovery, which should drive manufacturing innovation. Why, then, haven’t US manufacturers been able to translate that big advantage into a global competitive advantage? And why have countries such as Germany and China become so prosperous with inferior… Read More


Suppliers for New Products: We Changed Our Minds

Proficient Sourcing LLC exists to help OEM procurement.  In specific, we find prospects for manufacturing whatever the OEM needs.  While this is mostly machining and occasional plastic injection molding we also feature a wide variety of capabilities that are significantly less common.  With all the companies we recommend, all these “others” have a history of happy customers. We have excellent sources for several of these not-so-common capabilities, including metal spinning, one-off gears, powder metal parts,… Read More


3D Engineered Prototyping and Design

  We are featuring a company that specializes in very accurate 3D printing, done FAST and with engineering assistance as desired!  Perhaps your need is help with product design where evolutions can be produced and investigated quickly.  In most new product and innovative work prototypes are essential for approvals.  Getting these accurately made and done quickly sounds very appropriate.  And then would a few 3D printed market-ready products help your overall plans? We seek companies,… Read More


Target Price: To Provide Or Not To Provide?

Recently we introduced a potential supplier to an equipment OEM.  The OEM has several fairly large machine parts they want to source to new machining sources.  The desired vendor will be capable of handling thousand pound steel parts, which require complex machining operations.  Not quite 5-axis, but their parts have very intricate details. This means a complex quoting procedure, and perhaps if the OEM would provide some sort of cost parameters it would help avoid… Read More


One Stop Shop: Prototype to Production of Smaller Parts

We have a shop that has a fabulous array of capabilities for small parts and assembly shells that accommodate smaller pieces. We know of no shop with a more extensive list of capabilities—if you need a highly precise metal item (or plastic injection molded) of almost any sort that’s under a 24” cube, it’s very likely our shop can handle the job with great skill, including relatively hard to find metallic 3D printing, forging, coatings,… Read More


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Chapter 2

A great deal of the current administration’s spending seems to be directed to increasing jobs in America. Whether green energy or infrastructure, what’s made the news usually includes some reference to new job creation. Is this credible? Can the federal government make a meaningful contribution to the country’s employment, and if so, where and how? One thing for sure is subsidies for some businesses will surely create new jobs. The emphasis on green energy in… Read More


When To Call Proficient Sourcing

You call Proficient Sourcing when need a new/replacement supplier to make tanks, parts or assemblies, especially if your requirement is for something large. Over the past few months we have had several complex projects. These projects involved procurement professionals or project managers contacting us seeking solutions. A specific supplier capability was desired. We were able to quickly provide credible candidates. In every case the project is proceeding and on schedule. The reason this happens is… Read More