Machine shops produce parts and assemblies for manufacturing equipment, motors, laboratory devices, and various other types of equipment. When a company needs machine shop services, it needs a service provider that can create a part or assembly that has the correct design specifications, and produce it in the required volume. Before you place an order with a machine shop, you should ensure that it has the expertise, equipment, and production capacity to meet the requirements of the order.
Precision parts and assemblies should be produced by manufacturers who have a formal understanding of the requirements for the part in relation to its application. For example, there is a big difference between the requirements for tractor engine parts and parts for an aeronautical engine. In some cases, parts must be machined from a specific alloy to withstand the stress of the application, and be tested with laser scanners to ensure no deviations exist between the part and the design data.
If you need parts or assemblies that require a high level of expertise to manufacture, choose a machine shop that has experience producing the type of part or assembly you need, and understands the demands of the application in which the part will be used.
In addition to the specialization of its workers, the capabilities of a shop are defined by the type of equipment it uses. For parts and assemblies that require the highest quality assurance, a shop should ideally use a contactless laser scanner to reveal spatial defects through color coding, or a contact laser scanner such as a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) that checks the spatial data with a sensitive probe. It is also important for the shop to possess one of these resources in a configuration that can handle the size of your part or assembly. Some scanners only scan small objects, while others are designed to scan a range of sizes.
In terms of quality assurance, laser scanning is one of the most important machine shop services. Before you place an order with a shop, ask if it uses a laser scanner to check part conformance.
Some shops handle orders of a certain size, while others complete any size order. If you only need a single part, do not get baited into ordering more parts than you need just to get a single part. Although having backup parts is a good idea in the event of repairs, you can find a shop that will produce a single part if that is all you need. If you are looking for a shop that your business can form a relationship with, choosing one that completes any size order is the best option. Regardless of the size of your future orders, the company will be able to handle them.
Machine shop services consist of tooling services for various types of parts and assemblies, from aeronautical engine parts to pump assemblies that are driven by induction motors. If you need the services of a machine shop, be sure to select a company that has the expertise, equipment, and production capacity to handle your order.