Tight Delivery Schedules
“We need it right away,” has become a mantra for a lot of our customers. The pandemic and its ramifications have thrown off the timetables on many projects, and companies are now scrambling to meet changed schedules and deadlines.
“We can get it for you right away,” is our usual answer. We are set up to provide quick turn-around as well as expedited services to get you the parts you need to move your project forward.
Maintenance and Uptime
The key to providing expedited service is having extra “surge capacity” in our shop for any project we are working on. We do this by having at least two machines available for any project. This requires having very low machine downtimes.
Preventative maintenance and machine calibration and testing are things we take seriously. We also schedule PM activities strategically such that machines are consistently maintained without cutting into peak hours in our shop. Low machine downtime is a point of pride for our maintenance staff.
Trained Operators, Shift Redundancy
Extra machine capacity is wasted unless there are capable operators and inspectors available to step in on a project. Our internal qualification process insures that we have trained personnel available should the need arise. We also have flexibility in our shop scheduling, which allows us to add staff and shift hours to a project in order to move it quickly through the shop.
In-house Machine Shop
We design and fabricate custom tooling for many of our projects. In fact, this is our preferred way of working, especially when EB welding.
Electron Beam welding occurs in a vacuum, and pumping the vacuum chamber of the welder up and down as parts cycle in and out can be a significant factor in production speed. Our in-house tooling is designed to optimize the number of parts in the chamber during a welding cycle, while also providing beam access to all weld areas. The result is, that with proper tooling, we can weld more parts quickly with absolutely no reduction in weld quality. There is a difference between rushing a project, and simply having an efficient process. Our customers rely on us for the latter.
Having a full machine shop in-house also allows us to make custom tooling quickly, as the need for it arises. So if a customer has an expedited part, there’s no waiting for a job shop to make fixtures and ship them to us, we just make it ourselves and get going with the needed welding.
Finally, we can construct tooling for prototyping and new development projects. This allows us to anticipate production requirements, get ahead of schedules, and further decrease lead times.
To keep jobs moving, we have our own internal metallurgical lab when the requirements dictate that a specified penetration achieved needs to be verified. Shipping parts out for this type of testing slows things down, which is why we perform all of our own destructive testing as well as non-destructive testing, such as gross and fine leak testing. Because of the variety of testing requirements from our customers, we have built an excellent network of local testing labs if there’s a test we don’t do in house, such as radiographic and dye penetrant inspection. These labs are able to support us in an expedited manner to help us maintain our strict timelines.
Location Location Location
What good is turning around parts quickly if getting those parts to a customer is slow? Our faculty is located 40 minutes outside of New York City. We have easy access to any sort of transportation, including three major airports, so it is possible for us to ship your parts to you in whatever manner is most expedient. We supply welding services to a number of satellite makers, and we regularly turn around components in hours and ship them express in order to make a launch schedule. In fact, we have had customers fly in via private aircraft to Republic Airport, which is a few blocks from us, where we’ve met them and handed them finished parts, and then watched the plane take-off a few minutes later.
The Bottom Line: Fast and Flexible
We are well aware that welding is typically something which occurs towards the end of the supply chain when there is usually little slack left in that supply chain. At EB Industries, we offer expedites as fast as half-day service. Locally, we’re accustomed to customers dropping off parts in the morning and picking them back up in the afternoon. We understand the Just-In-Time (JIT) methodology that is a requirement for some companies, and the pressures that this can cause. We’re here to support and collaborate with you, so that all lead times and deadlines are met with as little stress to you as possible.
For more information about our expediting policy and how we can support you turn both development and production orders around quickly, efficiently and safely, please contact us to speak with a member from our engineering/sales team.