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• Progressive capital investment plans are in place.


After making initial contact, re- quest a quotation. Provide the facility with all the necessary information, which may include blueprints and computer designs, in addition to writ- ten fi gures and dimensions. Be spe- cifi c. Indicate areas that may require machining or unusual dimensions and techniques. Ask your metalcaster if any improvements can be made on the component design to improve the piece or cut costs. T e more specifi ca- tions included in the quote upfront, the better equipped the caster is to provide an accurate quotation.


3. Select a metalcaster, negotiate a contract and develop a working relationship.


Once the quotes are in, select the met-


alcaster that best fi ts your needs. Consider the total landed cost of the component, which includes the cost of shipping, delivery and casting your component.


Start Here!


You’ve defi ned your casting and put


procurement strategy in place. Now what?


Do you have a preferred metalcaster?


Yes. I want to use an existing supplier.


No. I need a metalcaster.


Do you need to re-work the casting design? Were any details not specifi ed?


Work with your caster to fi x the issues. You receive a Umm, not exactly. Yes! Start your project.


Develop benchmarks and stay involved with the


project. Stay in contact with your metalcaster.


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Be patient. The casting is coming.


The casting project is complete. Are you a happy buyer?


Not entirely. Track down the issue. Were the terms of the contract fulfi lled? Did you stay in contact? Are the issues fi xable?


component sample. Is it what you were expecting?


Yes. Negotiate the


contract. Come up with a timeline, price and working relationship.


Did you fi nd a match?


Research potential suppliers and narrow your list to a few prospects.


Request


quotes from potential suppliers.


While it is important to start the project quickly, it is just as important to fi nd the right fi t. If none of the quotes meet your expectations, consider including other metalcasters in the quotation process. With a supplier chosen, the buyer


and caster must sit down and deter- mine a timeline. T oughts to consider


during this discussion include: • Are benchmarks indicated for both the caster and buyer?


• How often will you meet to touch base?


• What is the best way to commu- nicate (email, phone, etc.)?


Payment should be fi nalized in this


stage. Once the contract is signed, it is too late to go back.


4. Fulfi ll the contract & pursue casting improvements. Renew the contract & defi ne future casting need.


Finally, the long process of


research and negotiation has paid off. The casting order is complete.


Purchasing Flow Chart


Before deciding you are satisfied, be sure the terms of the contract are fulfilled. Determine


the following: • Was the project completed on time?


• Did any “hidden” costs pop up? • Were the components delivered properly?


• Were you included in all aspects of the project? In a perfect world, each question


will be answered affirmatively, and everyone will walk away happy. But consider all aspects of the process before moving on. If it was a posi- tive experience, keep the relation- ship thriving. Improvements and modifications to the casting can continue with the same caster. Consider contract renewal for further casting needs. Staying with the same metalcaster for the same project means less work on the buyer’s side and project familiarity on the caster’s side. 


Keep the relationship


thriving. Renew the contract if you have a future need. Work on improvements.


Yes! Job well done.


Yes. Learn


from this for your next purchase.


No. Try another supplier next time. Start at the beginning.


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