We do not often think about or give credit to the geniuses that create many of the intricate parts of our modern life. We all know that there are people and machines that create things like clothing, basket balls, bicycles and more, but what about all of the tiny little parts that make up our cars and our televisions and refrigerators? Some one (or something) puts together these appliances from a multitude of smaller parts, but what about those smaller parts: who makes them? Often these tiny pieces that we take for granted are made with precision machining. If you think about all the tiny little parts that make up a car engine, and how vital it is that each and every part be produced to the exact same specifications, you will realize how amazing precision machining really is. Do you want to fly in a airplane that was made with substandard or ill fitting parts? Or have an operation at a hospital that uses tools and equipment that are made from a substandard precision machine shop? No! Of course not. We have come to expect that all of these parts will be made precisely within a millimeter of exact accuracy, because if they are not, that could spell disaster for the person using the final product.
Precision machine shops may not be something that exists in the mainstream, but the mainstream uses items that they have produced every day. Think about that the next time you try to put together a bookshelf from Ikea. Who made all of those little tiny washers and hinges that all fit together so exactly? There are many people that create products or own businesses that rely on the skills of precision machinery, so it is no surprise with how vital these products are that the industry is very competitive when it comes to producing the best quality work. If you are a business owner that is looking for a shop that does precision machine work, keep in mind the following:
1. Are they ISO certified? This means that they have received a certificate that shows that their shop meets all of the quality standards for their industry. In other words, they are running a shop that meets all safety standards and is using all their machines in a way that makes a final product that is consistent and good quality.
2. What kind of turnaround should you expect? Small business owners in particular do not have several months to sit around and wait for their parts to get to them. They need them quickly so that they can start selling and making a profit. Which leads us to the next question:
3. What size projects do they take on? If you are a major car manufacturer, then you likely need a company that can handle the huge jobs that you are going to give, them, but if you only need hundreds of a part made and not thousands, then you want to look for a company that will take smaller jobs.