Understanding the Work Scope of High Precision and General Engineering Services

04 July 2019

Equipped with the latest CNC milling and turning tools, the job of a general engineering services business is to manufacture ultra-precise products. Granted, a “General Services” description may indeed appear prominently in an engineering shop’s mission statement, but the process used to fabricate a high-quality end product is never performed with any degree of ambiguity. Prototype or medium-batch run, the manufacturing procedures scale to deal with a customer’s project specs.

Laying the Component Fabricating Groundwork

Okay, so the latest and greatest CNC (Computer Numerical Control) workstations are installed, and there are a number of multi-axis milling machines in place as well. A shop can take a client drawing and turn it into a highly detailed stainless steel component. Alternatively, there might be ceramics processing and plastic engineering services available, so every conceivable material option is ready to serve a demanding customer’s singular needs. Only, even with all of that machinery properly configured and maintained, does the workshop deliver any amount of process scalability? Let’s talk about work scope.

From Prototype to Custom-Designed Job Batch

While it’s true someone might come looking for a medium-batch run, complete with finishing and grinding service, a smaller part could be all that’s required at any given moment. A buyer comes in, perhaps with a CNC formatted file. He asks for a prototype, and this piece is fabricated. Over the course of several months, the same file is emailed several times, maybe with material or dimensional changes added. Again, new iterations of the part are produced. Fair enough, that’s all the company needs. Alternatively, expanding upon this mode of operation, the client returns to order a full run of the approved design. Clearly, a scalable engineering service has much to gain.

A High-Precision Engineering Service Parallelism is the next company attribute that needs addressing. It’s not good enough to hire someone who can fabricate a prototype or medium-volume parts run or a high-precision one-off ceramic object. To the contrary, a broad scope approach provides all or most of these services. More than that, though, while delivering these many fabrication workstations, a high-precision manufacturing model is adopted. Whether it’s a single component or a large batch of identical parts, a repeatability factor combines with a high-tolerance, high-quality manufacturing operation to guarantee the same component profile and finish, no matter the sourced material.

Work scope scalability comes a close second, right behind high-precision fabrication results. Armed with that scalability factor, all things are possible. Single or short-run prototypes are a standard company feature, thanks in part to a small alteration on a CNC model. Custom-designed ceramics and metal aren’t much of an issue either, not with when that engineering service is backed by over 40-years of experience.

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