Role of Suppliers in Product Design
For the last quarter century, the Renaissance in manufacturing has depended on innovative and superior designs that let producers excel in terms of product quality, delivery and performance. The pressure on manufacturers to continue this positive trend will almost certainly increase as global competition becomes more intense and raw materials more costly.
During this period, manufacturers have adopted a range of new tools to help them stay in front of their competition. These include “lean manufacturing”, “just in time” delivery and scheduling both within and from without of the factory doors, statistical quality control, and continuous feedback loops, among others.
However, one tool that many OEM producers have underutilized is the expertise of their suppliers. Many suppliers, including Dexmet, recognize their responsibility to contribute to the OEM’s success. High value suppliers look to develop a wealth of technical support information (both proprietary and public) to help their customers to succeed. Of course, as the old adage goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”.