Manufacturing

A Reshoring Update

“According to the Reshoring Initiative..reshoring … .job announcements soared in 2017.  For the first 3 quarters of 2017, announcements were up 250 percent from 2016 YTD, representing a gain of nearly 180,000 manufacturing jobs.”  This was the headline of a recent article; you can find the link below. By in large, the trend to offshore manufacturing occurred because of the great gap in wage costs between the US and especially China.  This despite the principle… Read More


Low Cost Innovation – The Hidden Benefit!

Your suppliers can be a low cost source of ongoing and effective innovation.  In fact, in some companies, supplier-initiated innovation happens regularly through such things as suggested design alternatives, different manufacturing approaches, and even ideas on streamlining internal processes. If you are fortunate enough to have such a supplier relationship, you may experience innovation more economical than internal R&D departments and engineering initiatives.  But how do you discover such a supplier, and then encourage such… Read More


Supplier for LARGE metal parts

Our network of suppliers contains several companies that specialize in the very large, the heavy, the thick (as in plate) and not only metal, but also plastics and fiberglass.  The photo above is was press brake formed from 110,000 PSI tensile strength, AR400 steel into a .750″ thick, 18′ long and 8′ wide component, and that customer required 20 of these items monthly. If you are an equipment or machinery builder, you might need equipment… 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) 4th quarter 2014 Supply Chain Quarterly. We frequently look back on articles we’ve found useful, and found this one, which appears to be every bit as valid as it was 5 years ago. The Council’s research, supported… Read More


Memo to Equipment and Machinery OEM’s!

We at Proficient Sourcing wish all a Happy New Year, and especially to equipment and machinery OEM’s. Our mission is to provide candidates for your outsourced manufacturing, and we have an especially capable group of metalworking companies very experienced in making machinery and equipment parts of all sorts. If you have a serious interest, we invite you to investigate our capabilities.  The idea here is to give you a place to go for candidates, without… Read More


Want timely delivery of outsourced parts? You can help!

We were scrolling through a number of procurement discussions and found several that dealt with the factors that make a good supplier. Among the most frequently noted is timely delivery of product made to specifications. We are in total agreement; a history of good performance is the primary criterion for our network. However, this can be a shared responsibility, not just a supplier factor. A good performing supplier strives for perfect quality and on-time shipments… Read More


Reshoring News – Pick your Position

We have been interested in reshoring information for several years, and found 2 newsworthy items recently: Number 1:  “Manufacturing jobs returning to the United States from offshore climbed to 171,000 in 2017 for a staggering 2800-percent increase since 2010, and equaling 90 percent of the 189,000 total manufacturing jobs added in 2017. This brought the number of jobs returned to more than one-half million since 2010. With at least half of these jobs believed to… Read More


Hard Chrome Plating and Grinding

Hard chrome plating, and then OD grinding is an excellent answer for repairing and/or providing wear resistance to parts such as shafts, rolls, hydraulic cylinders, rams, pistons and rods.  Proficient Sourcing features a company that provides this service, and does both under one roof.  Our company focuses on industrial machinery and construction equipment that has round, rotating (high value) parts that are worn and need repair.  Their value is to employ hard chrome plating and… Read More


Sign of Success!

We are particularly interested in working with OEM machinery and equipment builders.  Our network of shops contains many who are particularly focused and successful working with such customers. Equipment and Machinery Engineering is a page describing some of our capabilities available to equipment and machinery manufacturers—especially large and heavy components.  But, of course, advertising is one thing; performance is quite another. We understand the decision to go with a new supplier is difficult, and one… Read More


Machining and Metal Fabrication: Lots of Choices

Over the past 10 years, Proficient Sourcing has built a network of shops with capabilities to cover almost any metalworking requirement you might have for both machining and fabrication, whether large or small or somewhere in between. Our mission is to offer candidates for your needs and do so FAST. Below is just a quick sample of what awaits your inquiry: If you need micro machined parts, we have 2 candidates for such work. Examples would be DOD… Read More