Our vendors play an essential role in the Pioneer Cuts Quality Promise. PC experts use a wide variety of different suppliers to increase production speed, efficiency, and safety at the facility. So, we manage vendors from a range of industries to provide our clients with reliable CNC machining services regardless of their project size or schedule.
Our vendor management structure
Pioneer Cuts takes a diligent structure approach to curate and trading with its vendors. Aside from purchasing the best manufacturing materials on the market, we might also outsource certain services. Processes such as simple metal finishing and heat treating can often be completed by one of our well-respected vendors. This, in turn, can help streamline our fabrication processes for more time-crunched clients.
We use top-rated vendors for purchasing new tooling equipment as well. Plus, our long list of retail and/or wholesale partners also includes suppliers for everything from packaging goods to shop rags. The Pioneer Cuts vendor management structure is thus organized and well-backed with abundant, reliable resources. That’s why we choose the best and maintain working relationships with them all.
Vendor selection and pricing
Our duty as the best CNC machine shop in Michigan is to be completely transparent from start to finish while promising top-quality parts and components. Different vendors hold different industry certificates. The more certificates a vendor holds, the higher their prices may be. Therefore, we reveal that information up front to help our clients make more educated decisions.
Pioneer Cuts’ well-established relationship with reputable vendors makes us ready to serve many industries. However, strict industry regulations require us to supply certain fabrication projects in a particular way. For example, Space X uses specific vendors in all their manufacturing processes because of strict manufacturing rules. So, Pioneer Cuts must purchase certain materials for fabrication from a supplier on that list.
Meanwhile, all vendors must possess a Nadcap Certification to supply materials for aerospace and defense production contracts. That special certification can affect the vendor’s price significantly. Other certifications like ITAR for arms dealing are often required as well. We do everything in our power to reduce costs otherwise, giving our clients the satisfaction of perfect adherence to manufacturing regulations while still saving them money elsewhere.
Many jobs also require the use of domestic materials or components only. Those projects may limit the number of optional vendors for each stage of fabrication. So, if Pioneer Cuts wants to offer the best and most trustworthy CNC machining vendors, then pricing has to be at the bottom of our vendor rating list.
Dealing with Pioneer Cuts vendors
Managing a long list of different vendors can be overwhelming to any business, machinist, or client. Plus, not all vendors are the easiest to work with. Some may even disappoint by missing deadlines because of functionality failures or corporate spite. Their carefree attitudes do little for the bottom line besides cause frustration and panic.
Vendors are just companies, and companies are full of people. People operate however they see fit and there’s little anyone can do about that. Their core remains as steadfast as our objectives, so the only way to handle conflict is with gentle reason and professional persuasion. We appeal to their sensibilities without yelling or burning bridges. That’s because disrespect only makes things worse.
Building better lead times
There is no gain to be enjoyed through fanning the fire of frustration. Doing so may also reduce our chances of working with that vendor again in the future. The risk of being occasionally disappointed might ultimately outweigh the risk of not being supplied properly for our important manufacturing projects. So, we suggest listing all vendors and then rate them based on specific criteria, with the price being a minor factor.
In fact, dealing with vendors means quality has to take precedence over everything else at Pioneer Cuts. We understand that the best approach is to complete as much of each project in-house as possible. We must own the responsibility of providing our promise to clients but that’s virtually impossible without preparation. Therefore, we ask for adequate planning to help build longer lead times into the schedule.
If a vendor disappoints by missing a deadline or by becoming difficult to handle, simply remain courteous and professional so as to not worsen the situation. Try talking to them in a level-headed manner and keep in mind that top-quality is the main objective. Often times, the vendors you’ve had the most trouble with end up offering the best lead times when you’re in a pinch.
If they continue to cause problems or refuse to show concern, then stop using them. Instead, ship your parts further away and pay more for a service that takes longer. If you have adequate lead times from proper vendor management, then making extra room on the schedule for quality shouldn’t be an issue.
The Pioneer Cuts promise
At Pioneer Cuts, we promise our vendors accountability and respect because that’s what provides our clients with top-notch CNC machining services at the end of the day. We work with only the best suppliers to ensure streamlined fabrication processes from start to finish. We’re also capable of having our services outsourced by external entities for more expedited CNC machining.
Our professional teams start with certified suppliers to adhere to specialized industry regulations, and then they work from there to select the best possible partners from a carefully rated list. Through our diligent vendor management structure, Pioneer Cuts is able to offer on-time CNC machining services to the entire state of Michigan and beyond.