Manufacturing lead times can be frustrating to deal with. In this post we will go over some methods for dealing with the pain of long lead times.
While some lead time is always going to be necessary in any custom manufacturing process, there are some things that can be done to lower the time needed for you to get your order delivered on time.
Have the right info
Make sure you have as much information as possible to provide to your manufacturer. Time can easily be swallowed up by back and forth requests for requirements and clarifications where notes are lacking. If there is a debate over the design, involve your manufacturer early on so they can offer advice that can help keep lead times lower.
Consider alternative components
Sometimes lead times get pushed out because there are lead times on the components themselves that are also quite lengthy. Your manufacturer should be able to give you substitutions with the same form and function that are more readily available.
Make use of KANBAN / Stock Agreements
If you know you are going to need a particular design for a long period of time and have consistent demand, you can look at arranging a KANBAN agreement with your manufacturer. In this method, the manufacturer will continually produce enough units to meet the agreed upon delivery schedule—ensuring that you avoid any delays.
Choose the right manufacturer
The right manufacturer will be up front about the lead time on your design. They will also be able to work with you to find ways to lower that lead time—from design advice, substitutions, stocking agreements, to things such as bonded inventory agreements with vendors that allow for priority delivery of key components. At MRO we do all of these things and more to make sure you get your order as quickly as possible. If you are in need of a manufacturer who understands your needs, please get in touch with us today!