This customer supplies specialized equipment to our military. They needed a pre-production prototype built on a compressed timeline. When they talked to our team, they were in the process of trying to win a new contract and needed a full first article unit built in 6 weeks. The job included painting and assembly. Working with their engineers in the early stages, we were able to reduce costs by over $10,000 in tooling by standardizing some of their features. The overall unit cost was also reduced by incorporating some of our suggestions and simplifying the manufacturing process. Many of these suggestions were incorporated into their final design. Our fabrication department was able to get this through engineering review, make all the components, paint, assemble, inspect and ship within 6 weeks to keep our customer on track with their timeline.
Here is some of the feedback we received from our customer on this build:
“The fabrication quality is superb and the powder coat is top notch. No major findings for improvement. We only have some small ticket items which, given your timeline, are understandable. Our comments will provide a good basis to review and solidify your processes.”
“We are happy with the quality of your first article and I will be glad to advocate for WMPI as a qualified supplier of these rigidized metal cases.”
“Overall, your team did a fantastic job given the timeline and the fact that you have never produced this product for us previously.”
This is a great example of what can be accomplished when our sales and engineering team is able to work directly with our customers’ engineering team to brainstorm ways to improve manufacturability, reduce costs and meet deadlines.
This project required fiber laser cutting, CNC punching, component machining, brake press forming, hardware insertion, certified welding, painting and assembly. A full First Article inspection was performed, including supplying material and painting certificates.
|Equipment Used to Manufacture Part||Fiber Laser, CNC Punch, Hardware Insertion, CNC machining. Aluminum MIG Welding, Spot Welding, Sub-Assembly, Polishing, Painting, Packaging and Inspection|
|Overall Part Dimensions||3’ x 2’ x 6’|
|Max Material Finish||Welds ground smooth prior to paint|
|In Process Testing/Inspection Performed||Virtek Scanner, Faro Arm and Fit & Function, First Article|
|Estimated Part Weight||150 lbs.|
|Industry for Use||Military|
|Volume||1 First Article Sample, possibility of 100 units annually|
|Delivery Location||East Coast, USA|
|Standards Met||Customer supplied print, 2D CAD Drawing