What matters in manufacturing? When your business is contract manufacturing, its almost like running a franchise, you produce components to meet drawing requirements with specified materials and have little control over the end users design needs or innovation process.
Even worse there are hundreds if not thousands of other facilities capable of meeting the tolerances. Your not unique. So how do you get noticed? How do you stand out in this market, build a business that matters?
The products you produce, are your marketing. The dimensional and visual quality of the parts that come from your factory are your product. Your competitive advantage is in your operational efficiencies.
- On time delivery
- energy Efficiency
- Short project lead times
- Production versatility
- Cost tracking
- cash flow management
These are the things that can make you stand out when the actual parts you produce can be made anywhere in the world by many facilities just like yours.
Machines, tools, techniques and mentalities from ten years ago will put you out of business. Holding on to outdated processes and equipment does not make sense. The longer you are stuck in your ways, the further ahead someone else is getting.
Manufacturing is changing. The only way to stand out is to be willing to throw away every process and idea you've ever had and try something new, different and radical. When other shops start this are you going to compete?