When planning your production budget, Flenar knows that customers want the best possible quality, lead times, and production efficiency possible. By following a few crucial guidelines, we work with customers to ensure that their products are of the best possible quality at the best possible price.
To understand how to save on machining costs, it’s crucial to understand the processes that go into a complete machining project. Here are factors to consider:
So, if the greatest cost determinant is machining time, how can you keep that time down? Adjust your tolerances.
Variability in machine tools and measurement devices means that sometimes, products meant to be identical are not. To virtually eliminate these variations, designers put a “tolerance” on the dimensions of their machined parts. The closer the designated tolerance, the more faithful the assembly and function of the completed machined part. If tolerances aren’t carefully considered during design, components may not assemble or may not perform as expected.
Any machine shop worth its salt will offer the same advice when it comes to keeping costs low: study your tolerances. The tighter the tolerance, the longer components take to machine, and every minute that a machine runs means cash out of pocket.
Quality machine shops will always default to very tight tolerances. For any shop, the priorities are reproducibility, quality, and part functionality. A close tolerance means a beautifully functioning part. For you, however, a shop working at its own strict tolerances might burn right through your budget!
So, when consulting with a custom machine shop like FLENAR, be sure to clarify every spec. Our seasoned employees happily collaborate on changing machining tolerances to keep your project on time and within budget parameters. We encourage customers to consider the following:
|BE SAFE! Only you know what is safe for your machined part.
Don’t let a shop talk you out of the tolerances that you know are necessary for your components.
Never allow play in a tolerance when you know it is not in the best interest of your part’s performance.