In many instances when you are interested in investing in custom fasteners, it’s usually very important to make sure that you select the right vendor to supply the products. One of the major reasons for this is that the quality of the manufacturer will influence your value for money. Low quality manufacturers are usually associated with tons of problems, including not adhering to the standards that you provide for them.
In addition to that, you may also have problems with doing the job on time. Remember that when you are ordering custom fasteners, they may need to be made from scratch. If you are working on a tight time frame, it would be wise to find a manufacturer who can deliver on time.To this end, you should always ensure that you select the right manufacturer based on a set of criteria. Some of these include:
A custom fastener manufacturer should be able to provide prototypes
When you are ordering special types of fasteners such as titanium hex head cap screws or Inconel socket set screws, it’s important to get some prototypes that you can use to figure out if what you are ordering is ideal or not. You can use the prototypes to gauge the quality of the manufacturer, and also to find out if what you are getting is actually suitable for the application you have. If you are satisfied with the quality of the product, you can then ask the manufacturer to manufacture the rest of the fasteners. One other benefit of doing this is that it will help reduce the cost of asking for revisions on the product.
Quality customer service
After you have ordered the custom made fasteners, you may need to be in contact with the manufacturer a lot. Having a manufacturer who does not have quality customer service can be very frustrating, since it means that this process may not work well. When you are choosing a manufacturer, always try to find out if they have quality customer service, as this will definitely influence your experience with them.
They should have variety
There are some custom fastener manufacturers who limit themselves to creating only one type of fastener. It’s important to avoid working with them, since it means that you will not have access to the full variety of designs that you need. One advantage of working with a manufacturer who has a wide inventory is that once you have submitted your designs to them, they can offer advice on how to make it better. This will only work if they have experience in manufacturing many types of designs. The availability of variety also has the potential to cut down on the cost of manufacturing, since it will take less time.
In summary, if you are going to get custom made fasteners, you should always try to work with manufacturers that you have vetted. The above are some of the things you may need to look out for when doing this. It might take you some time to identify the best, but this process is well worth it.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.