There are many different options for OEMs to consider when it comes to completing work in-house or outsourcing to specialized companies. In today’s highly competitive global market, outsourcing specialization processes is an effective way to offer scalable production and processing, to manage costs and to ensure the best solution to any hardening requirement is available.
Not all businesses marketing themselves as heat treating steel companies offer all types of solutions. Many of the smaller companies offer only a limited number of processes, which may be a good option for a small OEM if the circumstances are favorable.
However, these smaller heat treating steel companies usually lack the ability to ramp up production to match potential future demand, which may mean changing companies in the not too distant future.
There are a few heat treating steel companies in the United States with multiple facilities throughout the country. These companies tend to group specific processes within one facility, with the more common processes offered in multiple locations. This allows the company to rapidly adjust to any ramping up of processing requirements without impacting other orders.
Additionally, with the specialized services, highly trained staff in on hand, ensuring full quality control and process management to meet industry or customer specifications and tolerances.
Ability to Work Within the Supply Chain
Large, experienced companies offering heat treating services for steel or other alloys have the expertise and experience in working with supply chains. They understand the importance of working to the schedule, and they offer fast, reliable turnaround times on parts they are processing.
The volume of work they complete, the automation in their systems and the capacity of their facilities ensures OEMs get the best price, the fasted production times and the ability to deliver on volume order requirements.