When it comes to automotive parts, design, quality and precision matter a great deal, that is particularly true of manual and automatic transmissions, as well as numerous other applications. It pays to choose the right supplier from among the many stainless steel plate manufacturers on the market, but what qualities should you look for? What sets one supplier apart from another?
Experience and Years in Operation
One of the most important considerations here is how long the company has been in business. While startup stainless steel plate manufacturers might be able to offer some benefits, their lack of history can be troubling. How do you know they have the technology, knowhow, and experience you need? Instead, it’s better to work with a company that has decades of experience under its collective belt.
It is also important to consider the location of any stainless steel plate manufacturers you might be considering. For instance, a company located on the West Coast, far away from the nation’s automotive industry heart, will likely mean higher costs, additional shipping and handling headaches, warehousing challenges, and more. By working with a supplier in the heart of the automotive industry, you can benefit from relationships with other industry partners that reduce headaches, hassles, and costs.
Of course, you will want to make sure that any stainless steel plate manufacturers you are considering working with offer the services that you need. For instance, can they offer close-tolerance metal stamping? Are they able to provide high-volume production? Can they provide additional services, such as roll flattening, heat setting, or de-burring? Pay close attention to the full range of services offered by the company. Also, make sure that critical services are provided in-house and are not outsourced to another provider, as this can increase your costs and production lead time.
Finally, consider the company’s precision capabilities. This is particularly important for anyone in need of transmission components. Minute deviations in surface regularity or plate thickness can have devastating consequences for your products and customers.
At Raybestos Powertrain, we have decades of experience working with clients in the automotive industry. Our precision capabilities and range of services are second to none, and we have strong relationships with other partners in the industry to help reduce costs, hassles, and headaches for our customers. Get in touch with us today.