Early supplier involvement is known to offer a number of benefits, but some are still hesitant to use ESI for fear it will drive up their costs. A more thorough understanding of the concept and its benefits can help you maximize your profitability and the quality of your product.
WHAT IS EARLY SUPPLIER INVOLVEMENT?
In essence, early supplier involvement is an approach in which a product developer collaborates with its manufacturing and supplier partners early in the design process. The primary reason for this is that early supplier involvement allows designers, manufacturers and suppliers to provide input that can contribute to the overall manufacturability and cost of finished products. Working with partners who are experts in other aspects of the design and manufacturing processes can help produce a more successful product.
BENEFITS OF EARLY SUPPLIER INVOLVEMENT
There are a number of advantages associated with early supplier involvement including better production quality, faster production, and lower production costs. By providing input earlier in the design process, your manufacturer can make recommendations and provide design advice to approach production strategically.
HOW TO APPROACH EARLY SUPPLIER INVOLVEMENT WITH YOUR MANUFACTURER
The most important thing you can do when you begin working with a manufacturer is to request complete transparency. You will also want to come to an agreement with your supplier that protects you from potentially misleading information. The agreement should request transparency around pricing and costs throughout the product development process.
Here at KASO Plastics, we understand that it can be challenging to navigate the manufacturing process, which is why we are here to help you every step of the way. Our team of experienced engineers and designers have decades of experience providing tailor-made solutions to injection molding customers. Regardless of the scale or scope of the project, we are here to help.
Contact KASO Plastics today for more information about Early Supplier Involvement.