Are you new to purchasing in the Manufacturing Industry? Welcome to a brief snippet of what this job is about. From a metal manufacturing view point, everything comes down to Part Numbers and Purchase Orders aka POs. Here at VIP we treat Part Numbers and Prints as one in the same. We like to keep things simple because we always fabricate to print. Fabricating to print is difficult in itself, because there are many engineers that can design parts but can it be built is the question. This is a whole new topic. So staying on topic, you can read more about what a manufacturing print is about by clicking here.
A part number is a print and can also be referred to as a drawing.
Drawing = Print = Part Number
05/18/2020 by Adele Samudio
Throughout the last decade, Manufacturing has slowly gained its course back to the US, but in order to continue to stay here, US Manufacturing has to stay current with the Thought Process on how to overcome manufacturing labor shortages. Today, Welding is one of the hardest hit labor shortages.
Technical Skill Labor Shortage: As the Baby Boomers and Gen X skilled Welders are coming upon their last years, within the Manufacturing world, we find ourselves with a limited amount of successors in the field, which was predicted years ago. Today, we are seeing this issue come up more and more.
Math is one of the most important requirements of working in Metal Manufacturing. If you are looking for a career in this industry below are typical types of math needed for trade jobs within the industry.
The two trades below may not require a college degree but they do require excellent math skills.
In Manufacturing time is crucial when sending in a Request for Quote, therefore; you should always submit your request with the proper documentation to speed up the process.
First, you must understand the basic information needed to provide a quote. This information will be required by any manufacturer which is the following.
- Full Dimensional Prints
- Material Type
- Material Thickness
- Finish call out such as paint or powder.
With one of these details missing, it is technically impossible to provide a quote. More information about RFQs can be found here.
Now since you understand the basic information needed for an RFQ. The following items are critical details to provide an accurate quote in a timely manner.
Types of Part Marking
There are many types of part marking available depending of the functionality, durability, and longevity of the marking. Here are some types of part marking that are most commonly used:
- Ink Stamping: Often used for simple markings of letters and numbers using one or two colors like part numbers, manufacturing date, cage codes, serial numbers, etc.
- Silkscreen: Often used for with an artwork file that can be used with multiple colors for fonts, images, words, and designs link logos, aesthetic design, functionality identification, warning identification, etc.
- Laser cutting: Often used for a permanent marking and contemporary design like logos, and esthetic design.
- Emboss: Often used for a more permanent marking with an aesthetic appeal like logo design and part numbers.
- Laser etch: Often used for more durability for a marking that is to be more permanent, but also has a different type of aesthetics since it’s etched in the metal.
Part marking can be used for part identification, logos, aesthetic design, functionality identification, warning identification, and more. No matter the reason for the part marking, it is crucial to have the part marking information properly annotated on the drawings. Continue reading