Elevator manufacturing has its complexities, especially since it calls for tighter dimensional tolerances than most industries. Design engineers for these OEMs are often enveloped in R&D and prototyping. Designers need to know that the tolerances can be met, prototypes can be effectively produced, and that a contract manufacturer can lay the groundwork for manufacturing design. Where design engineers specialize in designing the product, a custom metal fabrication partner helps the designer bring it to life.
The Consistent Need for Elevator Prototyping
Given a sizable R&D budget, there is an intensive demand in elevator manufacturing for the creation of cab prototypes. In order to create scale models for designers, contract manufacturers must be prepared to to execute rapid prototyping. The number of requested prototypes can reach five or more elevators, all of which must be produced in-house or through a third party contractor. The advantage of working with a contract manufacturer is receiving the feedback on the challenges associated with each design. Fortunately for the OEM designer, the prototype cabs can be shipped directly for quality control to the test towers. Designers can then quickly determine which prototype to send into production.
Don’t Count Out Coating as a Vital Part of the Manufacturing Process
Coating is a service that is rapidly gaining traction as an offering from metal fabricators. OEMs value having their parts shipped directly from the steel fabricator without the need to send them to a third-party coating specialist. Specifically, powder coating has given the largest metal fabrication partners the ability to apply coatings that will not deteriorate in even the most extreme conditions (barring being submerged under the sea). State-of-the-art powder coating can easily achieve a 3,000-hour salt spray requirement, giving cab exteriors the resilient coatings they need to be effective in the field.
What a Custom Metal Fabrication Contract Manufacturer Offers
In addition to helping OEMs save on overhead costs, contract manufacturers help designers accrue the information they need to improve the manufacturability of their parts. Contract manufacturers, especially those that are exposed to multiple industries, understand where designs can and cannot translate to quality fabrication in their own manufacturing processes. This ensures that cabs meet quality requirements and can be produced without breaking the bank.