Scott Machine Case Studies
Scott Machine Inc. is a CNC machine shop that builds product to customer specification. We machine the components as specified and the customer is the boss. Understanding our role in the supply chain (manufacturer, not design) , it is not uncommon for Scott Machine to quote a product exactly as illustrated on the part print; but also offer the customer potential ideas for improved pricing and lead-time. In addition to machining, we have considerable experience in materials, heat treating, part marking, and packaging. We are not design engineers but we do suggest ideas and potential alternatives and the customer makes the final decision. Our goal is to help our customers such that it improves their position with their customers; then we manufacture the product as our customer directs. Read through the case studies below to see how we’ve helped our customers.
Challenge: The design engineer included the requirement for “Solid Dry Film Lubricant” to be applied to the threads. Solid Dry Film application is sprayed on the part, consequently overspray will occur. Since the engineer was silent on allowing overspray, this requires the part to be masked or taped off and then the masking must be removed after the Solid Dry Film dries. Masking and removing the masking is labor intensive and costly.
Solution: Due to the fact that the Solid Dry Film was to be applied to the threads to prevent seizure and that there was a thread relief it was suggested to modify the dry film note to allow minimal overspray.
Result: The design engineer agreed to the recommendation. As a result the special processing price was reduced 50% due to the labor savings. Additionally, lead-time was reduced 1-2 days, improving on-time delivery.