Procurement

Large Component Machining and Turning

Machining components for OEM equipment builders is a special interest area, and we have a number of candidates for such work.  One of these is a versatile machine shop specializing in short runs for larger parts.  They say their size range is “from the size of your hand up to as big as a rail car”, and here are the specialties of the house: Machine tool tooling-parts for assembly lines and associated machinery Large turning… 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


Medium to Heavy Fabrications

If you require sturdy fabrications such as weldments, angles, pump and equipment bases, machinery supports, or rolled parts such as tanks, tubes or smokestacks, we have multiple candidates who are most interested in answering your needs. Whether you need someone to fabricate a complete system or component parts these companies can often do the entire job, and do it well. And on time. And within budget. Reach Out to Me Directly for Questions Just give… 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


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


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