In addition to cost savings and vendor consolidation, our core strength is value engineering: working closely with customers to develop fasteners that add integrity to an assembly while also reducing the overall cost of the finished product.
Our customer required a high strength insert and their specs outlined a heavy diamond knurl on 316SS material. As proposed, the design was not optimal for manufacturing. In order to achieve the coarse knurl pitch without crushing the ID of the part, we had to utilize specialized (and expensive) processing equipment. Furthermore, an additional honing operation was required after the knurl was applied, imposing added costs for both tooling and handling.
Inserts International suggested an insert profile with horizontal grooves and flats which improved resistance to torque and pullout while allowing the part to drop complete off the machine.
By eliminating the need for additional operations and specialized processing equipment, we were able to reduce costs and lead times for our customer.
An automotive customer needed to reduce the cost and weight of a high-volume insert. The part was designed out of 36000 Series Brass and required a change of material in order to comply with revised ELV requirements (less than 1% lead).
First, we restructured the entire manufacturing process to maximize output and drastically reduce the amount of scrap. Despite brass raw material costs increasing due to the lower lead content, our streamlined method of production offset the charges and dropped the total piece price. We then presented our customer with an additional quote option out of aluminum, using the same automated manufacturing process to minimize costs.
Both inserts offered sizeable cost savings to our customer while the aluminum proposal reduced the overall weight of each part by 65%.
All of our customers have requirements and quality standards specific to their industry. We take these very seriously. As a contract supplier, our team is here to serve as an extension of you – to help you get a quality product to market on time, every time.
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