Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used materials in the production of parts and components across all types of manufacturing and fabrication applications. Stainless steel is particularly effective in applications where corrosion resistance, strength, and the ability to stand up to challenging working conditions and environments is a concern.
In many of the applications where stainless steel is used, precision machining is an essential consideration. This includes parts for the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as for medical devices and equipment and in the oil and energy sectors. Each of these industries may also have different requirements for the use of specific grades of stainless steel, and each of these has different challenges for machining services to consider.
Overall Company Experience with Stainless Steel Machining
Comparing the benefits and advantages of different stainless steel machining services is a crucial part of the selection process for a service provider. Look for companies that not only work in the specific industrial sector your company is in, but also for a broad base of experience.
Machining companies with this extensive experience across several industries are able to utilize this expertise to troubleshoot possible issues, to effectively lower the cost of production, and to offer strategic solutions to provide precision parts to meet the requirements of their customers.
Production Capabilities and Capacities
OEMs need to consider the short and long-term production capabilities and capacities of stainless steel machining services. Most OEMs work with the same company from prototyping through to full production, and the anticipated maximum production volume should always be considered when selecting a machining service.
It is also important to consider secondary or additional machining, welding, and value-added services the company can provide. By using one service provider for multiple aspects in the production of parts and components, the supply chain and the costs of production are easier to manage and control.