Astro Manufacturing Blog

Part 1: 7 Things to Know About Your Contract Manufacturing Partner

Posted by Gary Santavicca on Aug 25, 2017 10:23:12 AM

Turn-key contract manufacturing is the production of products or equipment by one company possessing multiple capabilities for another company.  Contract manufacturers provide services to several different companies based on the end customers' design or product needs.  A full service turn-key manufacturer can take products or equipment from concept, to design, to build in order to meet the customer’s specification.  Here are 7 important factors you should know about your supplier:

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Topics: Metal Fabricating, contract manufacturing, custom fabrication, Medical Device & Equipment, CMM Inspection, Machining, welding, Engineering services

Part 2: 6 More Things to Know About a Contract Manufacturing Partner

Posted by Gary Santavicca on Aug 22, 2017 3:42:22 PM

As we stated in Part 1 of this series, a contract manufacturer (CM) should be able to provide services to several different companies based on the end customers' design or specifications.  A full service shop can take products or equipment from concept, to design, to build in order to meet the customer’s specification.  Here are 6 more important considerations you should know about your supplier: 

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Topics: contract manufacturing, prototyping, cnc machining services, cable assembly, machine automation, integrated manufacturing, automation systems design & build

6 Reasons to Outsource Machining

Posted by Gary Santavicca on Jul 7, 2017 10:20:18 AM

Technology has progressed and come together over the years to make high speed machining (HSM) a common and practical process. Actuation of machine tools, high speed spindles and cutting tools and sophisticated software to run powerful CNCs make HSM the driver in the metalworking industry. CNC machines enable simultaneous machining by various tools on each part reducing cycle time and improving throughput. With the proper set-up and synchronized sub-spindles all surfaces can be machined simultaneously.

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Topics: contract manufacturing, custom fabrication, laser cutting service, CNC Milling Services, CNC Turning, 5 Axis CNC Milling & Machining Services, Boring Mills, CMM Inspection, Machining, CNC Machining

6 Keys to Medical Device & Equipment Contract Manufacturing

Posted by Gary Santavicca on Jun 29, 2017 10:06:05 AM

Medical manufacturing is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.  Whether it is medical devices and instrumentation, such as implantable devices and surgical instruments, or MRI’s and CT scanners, as the world population grows, so does the demand for medical equipment.  Demand and innovation have made medical manufacturing a leading economic growth sector worldwide.

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Topics: Metal Fabricating, contract manufacturing, custom fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, Medical Device & Equipment

Economies of Scale of Full Service Contract Manufacturing

Posted by Gary Santavicca on Jun 19, 2017 5:12:24 PM

Contract manufacturers who service multiple customers in a variety of industries are able to offer reduced costs and increased economies of scale by procuring purchased items, manufacturing components in-house, and maintaining a broad range of skilled labor.  Contractors that possess these extensive capabilities will have equipment for many types of machining.  They will have the ability to provide full assembly of machines, equipment, or products, to fulfill the customer’s requirements.

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Topics: Metal Fabricating, contract manufacturing, custom fabrication, sheet metal fabrication

When is Outsourcing Right for You?

Posted by Howard Herrick on Mar 29, 2017 10:18:40 AM

8 Questions You Should Ask to Get the Final Product You Need

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Topics: Product Assembly, Capital Equipment Manufacturing, metal fabrication

Sourcing a Metal Fabricating Company: 5 Things to Look For

Posted by Mike Bollas on Mar 14, 2017 2:34:04 PM

Whether you are a defense or aerospace contractor, or a corporation that manufactures commercial or industrial equipment, chances are you’ll need a metal fabricator.

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Topics: Metal Fabricating

Importance of Selecting the Best NADCAP MIL-Spec Painting Partner

Posted by Marc Tosti on Mar 13, 2017 1:51:03 PM

NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is an international program in cooperation with major aerospace and defense contractors.  This accreditation program provides cost-effective methods for sub-contractors of special processes and products to support consistent improvement in aerospace and defense.

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Topics: NADCAP