Manufacturing

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


Concerns: Outsourced Manufacturing for New Products

Proficient Sourcing recommends potential suppliers to buyers interested in improving their supply chains.  On occasion we have been contacted to help source the manufacture of some or all of a new product. This starts a chain of events where problems lurk at every turn.  Most of the new products fail; very few result in home runs.  Yet, the possibility exists to attract the job shop willing to take a chance.  There are some in our… Read More


Our 2021 China Trade Relationship

As we look beyond coronavirus effects, much of how our economy develops in 2021 will depend upon how we deal with China. Obviously there have been significant changes due to the pandemic, and now we have a new administration. Many believe the new administration is more favorably inclined to China, and there are even some reports of China “buying” influence as a widespread problem. Here’s just one example from a San Francisco newsletter: “The inaugural… Read More


Manufacturing Reshoring as 2020 Ends

Several 2020 articles and news reports indicate reshoring of manufacturing is on the rise.  Clearly the pandemic has shown the limitations of overseas supply for critical items in a situation of rapidly increased global demand.  Increased reshoring might be a good economic boost, and act to counter the negative effects of the pandemic. The Trump administration made a great deal of noise about increasing US manufacturing, and especially bringing operations back from China.  Tax policies,… Read More


Manufacturing in 2021 – A Prediction

With all the unusual events of 2020, and the multiple effects on US manufacturing, what is forecast for 2021? Surely major change has got to occur, and how we respond to those changes is likely to be a very major factor in business growth. When we found a Forbes article from late December, Five Predictions for The Manufacturing Industry in 2021, we found some hints on what lies ahead. Proficient Sourcing, which finds and recommends… Read More


CFO’s Economic Forecast

CNBC’s Global CFO Council is a group of the world’s top CFO’s, and this group issues quarterly outlooks for the largest global economies, as well as other economic forecasts.  These outlooks occur in categories such as “improving”, “modestly improving”, “stable” and “modestly declining”.  China’s economy continues to get the highest “grades”. As we all know, the global coronavirus has depressed virtually all economies one way or another, and in the US, for example, such businesses… Read More


High Volume Powder Coating done FAST

You require powder coated painting, and your metal parts are unusually large, and you may have a significant quantity of parts to be painted.  Not only that, but you need fast turnaround and, of course, want competitive pricing. We may have just the answer you need! We feature a company with an unusual capability—not only high volume production powder coating, but a special automated paint line with high headroom.  This means your larger parts can… Read More