Frequently asked questions about low volume manufacturing
We’re often asked for more information about our low volume manufacturing and engineering services for companies in the space, science and associated high technology sectors. The following sections answer some of the most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or would like more details then please get in touch.
Low Volume Manufacturing
We specialise in low volume manufacturing for customers in the high technology industries. But what do we mean by ‘low volume manufacturing’?
The phrase ‘low volume manufacturing’ will mean different things to different engineers.
For most precision engineering companies, low volume manufacture generally relates to a production stage between the development of prototype parts and the output of high volumes of components, which are typically numbered in thousands or more. The production of small numbers of parts is generally undertaken to ensure that quality, performance and functionality are as expected, or to support the initial launch of a new product before demands begins to increase.
At Frazer-Nash, we take the definition of low volume manufacturing literally. Indeed, to us, ‘low volume’ can range from a single finished part to perhaps five, ten or twenty components in each batch.
Our engineering and quality inspection processes, CNC machining capability and additive manufacturing systems are therefore configured specifically to meet the demands of customers looking for the production of a small number of unique precision engineered parts.
This requires a different approach and mindset to that normally employed in higher volume manufacturing operations. In particular, it means that we work far more collaboratively with each customer, to ensure that every part we produce is ‘right first time’.
We therefore provide advice on the best approach to design for manufacture and on factors such as the most appropriate materials to achieve the required outcome; many of the materials specified by our customers can be difficult to machine and demand careful planning and setup to ensure we achieve the optimum tolerances and finish.
We also provide a range of value-added services, such as detailed inspection facilities, complete with detailed reports and full traceability to comply with customers’ internal quality processes. This can be crucial to our customers in the scientific and space sectors, with the parts that we engineer being used in, for example, critical satellite or cyclotron applications, where component failure is not an option.
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