Efficient supply chains
The foundation for effective precision assembly is an efficient supply chain. The $64k nut is a term that is fully understood in this respect. The systems, processes and experience must be in place to ensure the necessary materials and components are always available and are in synchronisation with the production schedule.
From small and delicate to large and robust, our assemblies are always supported by an effective supply chain. For example, whether it is an intricate silver-soldered, nickel-plated unit with its complex wound copper tube, or the much larger, heavy duty Wallace Mooney Viscometer, both are good examples of a well-managed and synchronised supply chain.
These red handles are a good illustration of a smart sub-assembly involving machining, fabrication, plating, rubber coating and then finally painting. Many processes are involved that enable this part to be ready for the main assembly.
One of our contract camera assemblies involves the difficult dis-assemble and re-assemble of purchased lens sub-assemblies. This is small and fiddly work, but it is important to ensure that the concave and convex do not get incorrectly assembled. We use resources such as microscopes and clean environment rooms to facilitate a successful build and test of these specialist camera units.