Things to Consider Before Deciding on a Metal Fabrication Company
Posted: Apr 12, 2017
Several small and huge firms provide metal fabrication services. Some of them provide huge amount of production at low costs and some provide bespoke services at high prices. The work of these companies totally depends on the type of clients they are dealing with.
If you want professionals to undertake your metal fabrication projects, there are several things you must consider before deciding on a company. Let’s take a tool at some of them.
Knowing about the services and offerings
The first step you need to take before joining hands with one of these companies is to physically visit their operational facility or workshop. Find out if it is spacious enough to handle your projects and business needs without hindrances. Also ask the professionals about the type of materials they use. This is because not all of them use quality products. There are other aspects involved too; like the size and the thickness of materials and the type of metal you want to get fabricated etc.
Decide the type of services you are looking for as these companies offer a range of services including metal finishing, welding, cutting, forming etc. All metal fabrication companies do not provide designing facilities. So if you want the prototype design for your project, it’s better to clarify these things before striking a deal. This is because you need to know whether the company professionals will accomplish the project on their own or work on the design given by you.
Years in the industry
Experience is very important aspect in the field of manufacturing. This is because a lot of your investment is involved and you do not want a team of amateurs working on your project. You can ask questions related to industry regulations and norms to get an idea about the type of projects they have been undertaking. Don’t be reluctant to ask for the list of their clients and references of current customers if the need be. This will give you a clearer picture about the workings of the firm.
Quality of customer service
If you are looking forward to establishing a long term professional relationship, you must check if the company gives importance to the quality of customer service. You definitely do not want to strike a deal with a company that doesn’t adhere to your unique business requirements. So make sure their approach is good and remains the same even after the completion of your projects.
A lot of factors have to be considered when it comes to costs. Some companies may use superior quality metal and state-of-the art cutting equipment (for example laser cutting machines). Some also ensure that they use quality spare parts for their cutting machines. So if they are using Mitsubishi laser cutting machine they will also use mitsubishi laser parts and not any locally made spare part. Now this definitely means that they are less likely to make mistakes. In such a scenario, it would be okay to pay the price they ask for. Even the company providing bespoke services might ask for more prices. During such times, you can check the urgency of your project and offer work accordingly. Bulk production is usually cheap but you might have to compromise on the quality. You can make some price comparisons online before you decide on the company whose prices you can afford.
These are some basic aspects you can consider. Other aspects depend on the type, size and the quality of your projects. You can get in touch with metal fabrication experts in your area and know more about their services.
Alternative Parts, Inc. is the manufacturer and distributor of replacement parts for Amada Machinery.