Hamond Industries Ltd - the Slide Forming Specialists
Sometimes, sending a manufacturing process offshore is a good idea. Sometimes. Especially if labour is a large cost factor.
But in the case of stamped metal parts, if the part was designed well and manufactured well, using the right metal forming process for the job, there should be next to no labour cost. So where's the saving?
Before you send a stamping offshore, it might be worth a look to see if (a) it's the right design and (b) it's implemented using the right process. Sending a wasteful process offshore still makes waste, leaving it in someone elses backyard. Cleaning it up may eliminate enough waste to achieve your goals without the complexities and logistics of offshoring.
Slide forming is a manufacturing process for small to medium sized stamped and formed metal parts. Because the slide forming machines themselves are more sophisticated than regular stamping presses, the parts are manufactured more quickly, more accurately and there is less waste material. All of this results in a more economical part. As a bonus, complex shapes require less dedicated tooling, making the tooling faster and cheaper to manufacture.
Because the shapes manufactured can be more complicated, a single part designed (or redesigned) with slide forming in mind can replace several parts welded or screwed together into an assembly, reducing assembly, inventory, warehousing and downstream labour costs.
Complex shapes made by conventional stamping often waste considerable material in what's called a carrier strip. Slide formed parts rarely need a carrier strip, so material consumption is lowered. This is just one way where the right process will yield a better part price.
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