Factors To Consider When Comparing Heat Treating Companies
There are many different heat treating companies in the United States. Most are smaller companies that are located in industrial areas and specific industry hotspots throughout the country, including those places known for automotive, aerospace and medical device manufacturing.
They are also commonly associated with areas where there is agricultural and heavy equipment manufacturing as well as oil and gas equipment production or other types of construction and fabrication services.
There are also larger heat treating companies that have multiple locations in both industry specific locations as well as outside of the USA. This allows these larger companies to focus specific heat treating services in different facilities, increasing capacity, efficiency and quality control over production.
When choosing from the different companies offering heat treating services, there are several factors that should be closely examined before focusing just on the bid price for the service.
Some heat treating companies have minimum and maximum run volume requirements. Typically, large companies tend to have minimum volume requirements where the smaller companies have maximum production limits. Other companies are willing to work with OEMs for small to large orders.
Maximum Production Capacity
The maximum production capacity for any heat treating companies is always a factor to consider, particularly for a new product line. If the company is not able to ramp up production to meet the market needs for the OEM, they are not a service the OEM can continue to work with.
Ability to Do More
Most of the top heat treating services offer a full scope of value-added services. This can include assembly, machining and even specific types of finishing services. Working with a company offering a range of services can save money or small and large orders.
The more the heat treating service can offer your business, the better the match. By incorporating more services from one company, there is also a lower cost of production, further benefitting the OEM.