Metal stamping encompasses a variety of metal forming techniques, such as punching, piercing, blanking, bending, welding, plating, and heat treating. Knowing what to look for in a metal stamping partner is crucial to a productive relationship. A beneficial supplier can speed up your production times, lower costs, and produce better quality. On the flip side, an unreliable supplier can lead to delays, recalls, and poor inspection results, all of which hurt your bottom line.
Here we’ll discuss the essential characteristics to look for in a metal stamping supplier so that you can form the best possible partnership for your organization.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Metal Stamping Supplier
While there can be many considerations that go into choosing a metal stamping supplier, the main factors have to do with the company’s quality and capabilities.
Evaluating quality when choosing a metal stamping supplier means paying close attention to the following:
— Design. Your metal stamping supplier should be able to provide design recommendations that will help avoid defects and future expenses. At Engineering Specialties, Inc. (ESI), we do this by designing the part based on the step-by-step metal stamping process it requires. Knowing exactly how each step changes the workpiece helps minimize or eliminate some design costs.
— Materials. The best supplier works with a wide range of materials and knows which ones are best for your metal stamping project. They are knowledgeable about each material’s unique properties and how it behaves in specific stamping processes. ESI’s experience with steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminum, titanium, and more has allowed us to put together a Material Selector Tool, a guide to each metal’s bend rating, tensile strength, density, and other traits.
— Experience. Your metal stamping supplier should have the appropriate expertise, precision, and quality standards in place to manufacture your products. ESI is equipped to work on projects of all sizes, from thousands to hundreds of millions of parts. We are especially well-suited to perform metal stamping services for industries that require extreme precision, including the automotive, medical, and aerospace fields.
Production Capabilities and Capacity
Your metal stamping manufacturer should have the capacity and production capabilities to meet the changing demands that affect your industry.
— Vertically Integrated. ESI is structured to manage your project from its design all the way to its delivery. We partner your team with our design and engineering experts on your part’s design while offering support on its material, production process, and sequence of operations. We manufacture our tools in-house and following part production, we can offer assembly and other secondary and finishing services.
— Flexibility. Recent supply chain issues have delayed lead times and driven metal prices up. A flexible metal stamping supplier can deliver consistent products and services despite market fluctuations. ESI’s longstanding relationships with metal vendors span 30 years and have allowed us to closely monitor market trends. We use these insights to recommend design and material alternatives so that your project is completed on time, at a reasonable price, and according to your application’s needs.
— Response times. Time is money in your business. From the initial consultation to the end product, quick response times ensure timely project completion. Your metal stamping supplier should communicate with you frequently and effectively to meet production deadlines.
— Industry Experience. Your metal stamping supplier should have vast experience creating products for your particular industry to ensure they are familiar with industry-specific regulations and any quality standards your parts may need to meet. ESI has over three decades of experience in the aerospace, automotive, medical, defense, lighting, renewable energy, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) industries. Our team has not only worked within our company for 20+ years — the combined experience of our engineering staff encompasses nearly 300 years of experience in their fields!
Partner with ESI for Your Metal Stamping Needs
At ESI, we believe that a metal stamping parts manufacturer should consult with you from the initial design stages to final product delivery. That’s why we are committed to excellent customer service throughout every stage of our partnerships.
Our IATF 16949:2016 certified facility utilizes cutting-edge technology to produce precise components to your exact specifications. Our QA staff is Six Sigma Black Belt trained, and we implement multiple inspection processes to ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency. Contact us or request a quote to learn more about how ESI can serve you.