The Arnold Machine Blog

How Concurrent Engineering Saves Cost in Manufacturing

When designing new components or products, cost is always a driving factor. To save manufacturing costs, concurrent engineering, wherein the design and manufacturing team works together during the development phase, can be used. Rather than making the design and subsequent manufacturing processes discrete operations, in concurrent engineering, parts are designed with manufacturing in mind. If a set process is planned for production of a part, the part can be optimized based on those parameters. If… Read more

Manufacturing Cost Reductions: 6 Actions to Avoid

For the procurement, sourcing, and purchasing specialists, cost reduction is a way of life. While there are several reliable ways to reduce overall costs, there are just as many decisions that may initially seem promising, but ultimately lead to an increase in cost. To prevent production delays and unexpected costs, the following recommendations are seven things not to do when reducing costs. #1 – Don’t Choose the Lowest Quote First, do not automatically choose the… Read more

The Benefits of Working with a Contract Manufacturer

Are you still doing manufacturing the old way? You know; your company develops a product, engineers the components, sends the specs to your manufacturing plants, then to the finishing and assembly facilities, and finally to the distribution center for delivery to your customers. This model has worked for years, and in many situations this model is still preferred. However, there is another model many companies currently use and it may be perfect for your application—contract… Read more

5 Tips on Material Selection for a CNC Machined Component

Modern CNC Machining allows for high precision, high speed production of specialty parts for nearly any use or application. A very flexible approach to manufacturing, it can cut and form hundreds of different metallic and polymer materials without sacrificing design complexity. Most importantly, CNC Machining allows for amazingly tight tolerances on part dimensions, a characteristic that sets it apart from other manufacturing approaches. If you’re considering a CNC Machining you will be no doubt satisfied by… Read more

Leading Cost Estimating Methods for Machining

Manufacturing firms need to have an accurate estimate of product design and development costs. This is especially important these days because the shorter lifespan of products accentuates the importance of design and development stages. There are two main cost estimation algorithms: feature-based cost estimation and parametric cost estimation. Feature-Based Cost Estimation The estimation algorithm that most closely follows the machining processes used to manufacture a part will be feature-based cost estimation. Manufacturing cost is determined… Read more