Outsourcing your welding and machining needs seems like the most sensible thing to do especially if you need high precision work and cannot afford to own the necessary equipment. However, choosing the right person for the job who can handle global shipping is not as easy and straightforward as you think it would be. Knowing what to look for and what to consider when contracting a welding and machining contractor will help you get the help you need.
Shipping is Key
Most machining and welding products are bulky. Transporting them on your own would be quite the expense. Finding a company that will handle the shipping without any extra charges will help you keep your costs as low as possible. Transport might not be a nightmare if your plant is a mile or two from the fabricator. However, the costs and logistics become overwhelming if you are dealing with hundreds of miles or global shipping.
While shipping might be the greatest worry, reliability plays a key role to establishing a good relationship. You will want a fabricator who cannot only deliver to your doorstep but also do so on schedule. Apart from meeting schedules, your welding and machining contractor of choice ought to be highly skilled and capable of operating within the accepting error ranges. Reliability is all about:
- The ability to meet deadlines
- The skill needed to achieve high levels of accurate fabrication repeatedly
- A good pricing plan for service offered
- Comprehensive customer support and service platform
Efficient production and delivery logistics
The overall cost of purchase will always depend on the fabricator’s shipping method. The more cost efficient the process the cheaper the product. Efficient transportation and shipping can cut down on costs significantly. For instance, you will generally pay less if the fabricator is close to the raw material or has railroad access to an import/export port. Anything that makes it easier for the fabricator to create and ship the product to you will have a great impact on how much you pay for the services in question.
Getting youR project delivered on time
Swanton Welding is a complete solution for your project needs including machined parts, structural steel, complex steel fabrication, and delivery. We have successfully produced and delivered hundreds of large-scale fabrications and have the experience and knowledge to handle your project.
Our facilities feature 30ft eaves, 120-ton crane capacity, oversized doors, and a railroad stub immediately next door. This gives us not only the technical capability but the capacity to ship any items we produce in a cost effective and efficient manner. Whether you are a mile away or across the globe Swanton Welding can ensure your custom fabrication project is delivered to your site on time.