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Keeping pace with OEM requirements with Swiss Screw precision CNC manufacturing

Today’s Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have very stringent requirements for the contract manufacturers and suppliers they work with in creating their products. OEMs know when precision made components go in, their products will stand out in terms of quality and performance.

Swiss screw precision CNC equipment can help contract manufacturers keep pace with OEM demands including tolerance requirements, high precision and fast turnaround. Here’s a look at some of the qualities that OEMs look for when evaluating and choosing a manufacturing partner, and how Swiss screw machining can help answer the call.

Technology – OEMs may assess a contractor on the types of equipment and technology that will be used to produce their components. A contractor’s investment in newer technologies speaks to their capabilities and commitment to quality as well as efficiencies. Swiss screw technology can make a big impression, with its reputation for superior precision and accuracy.

Flexibility – Contract manufacturers need to keep pace with rapidly changing requirements of the OEM, assisting with prototypes one month, and then going into full production the next. That’s not to mention a variety of different metals and materials the OEM may specify. Swiss screw machining offers the versatility to accommodate fast turnaround on prototypes and high-volume production runs. Plus, Swiss screw can handle many different materials including copper, lithium, tin, silver, gold, nickel, and aluminum to name a few.

Capacity – Of course, OEMs need to be sure a contract manufacturer can accommodate their production requirements and schedules. Swiss screw technology can be key to keeping up. The machines have up to 6-axis machining capabilities, with positioning for component features such as cutting, drilling, and tapping that might otherwise have to be machined separately. The technology helps meet capacity requirements by improving efficiencies and turnaround.

Quality – Above all else, OEMs demand quality. It is a given with Swiss screw technology. The equipment meets tighter tolerance requirements due to better support for all stock material during the production process. The part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy and outstanding quality.

Sheldon Precision is an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, producing critical parts and components for a broad range of industries across the country and worldwide. For more information on how our Swiss screw expertise can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today.