Subcontracting is a key element for any company wishing to compete effectively within the industrial production sector; it affords you the external know-how and additional production capacity essential to your growth. However, with the wide range of services available, it may be difficult to identify which one best suits your needs. In order to assist you, we have listed 8 industrial subcontracting services that you absolutely must know to keep your business competitive.
1. Manufacture of electrical and mechanical systems
Increasingly in demand for the design of various appliances, the manufacture of electrical and mechanical systems is a complex task requiring technical expertise and certifications. Whether you need electrical harnesses, electronic mechanized systems or an electrical cable system, you will be pleased to have a subcontractor perform this task. Learn more about electrical and mechanical systems.
2. Molding of plastic and rubber materials
Subcontracting for the molding and production of plastic and rubber parts is quite common. However, quality of the raw materials, the injection process and the treatment of the product may differ greatly among providers (especially for subcontractors from China, India, Thailand, etc.). It is therefore important, when looking for a subcontractor, to ensure that the product delivered to you meets all of your quality and manufacturing standards. Find out more about molding plasticand rubber parts.
3. Laser and plasma cutting
This service can be very useful for the cutting of several materials requiring high precision. Whether you want to make cut-outs in steel or aluminum, this expertise will enable you to make complex shapes with high throughput. Moreover, in the best cases, you will find several complementary services such as digital bending, welded assembly, stamping and rolling. Get more information on laser and plasma cutting.
4. Automation and robotics
Automation allows you to improve quality, repeatability and throughput of many operations, from the simplest task to the implementation of a multi step assembly line and more often than not,external expertise is required for this essential service. Learn about automation and robotics.
5. Water jet cutting
Water jet cutting is the most versatile form of cutting for almost any material. Whether you are working with foam, rubber, plastic, or composite materials, this technology does not distort the part due to heat. Discover the many ways your company can benefit from different uses of water jet cutting.
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6. Conventional and digital machining
For some complex parts, machining is still the best solution. This method is getting more and more refined and the use of modern technologies allows the creation of very complex shapes with both high precision and accuracy. This service can be particularly useful for the fabrication of customized metal designs. Discover the benefits of conventional and digital machining.
7. Wood cutting and machining
There is currently a renewed interest in using wood as a raw material within several industrial sectors. Although wood has infinite applications, it can be difficult and complex to work with. Therefore, having a subcontractor who is intimately familiar with the characteristics and requirements of this raw material will facilitate the processing to your exact specifications. Learn more about wood processing.
8. Industrial paint and coating applications
Often overlooked, this finishing step is as important as the others when it comes to fabricating a part. As a protection for the raw stock material, the paint or coating provides better wear protection and longer life to the product by increasing its resistance to abrasions, weathering and material erosion. Get more information on paint and coating application services.