Often, one of the first questions we’re asked is, “How do I decide where to design and build my custom manufacturing equipment?”
It’s an important question that we’ve been answering for customers since 1983, guiding them through their primary options from doing it in house to off-the-shelf solutions to outsourcing.
Our VP of Engineering asked the same question in his previous roles leading product development at equipment OEMs and designing factories for high tech manufacturing companies.
If you will pardon a bit of tongue-in-cheek, Paul tracks the decision process for answering the question in the flowchart above, which serves as a guide to finding the right partner from the following options:
- Off-the-shelf (OTS) equipment suppliers
- In house or outsource
- Contract manufacturers
- System integrators
- Design-and-build partners
We’ve written a series of blogs introducing different manufacturing equipment options and the process of determining which is the best fit for you. It starts with this blog: Off-the-Shelf Equipment Vendors.