Many factors may play into your scrap nightmare: wrong or misread tolerances, incorrect materials, and imprecise measurements. These nonconformance nightmares will cost you plenty. It’s the call from your customer, or the news from the shop floor no one wants to get: “The part doesn’t fit.” The amount of time and effort for a redo is a tremendous drain and distraction.

A customer reject can cause unprecedented havoc, embarrassment, and serious delays. Plus the customer’s confidence in your processes may be questioned and can impact future business opportunities (via negative word of mouth impacting referrals), tarnish your repetition in the industry and impact repeat work from existing customers.

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Scrap Touches Everything

Scrap touches all facets of design and manufacturing, so the effort to reduce scrap and rework must be as a company—wide effort. For a small or medium-size enterprise (SME), this may seem too costly and ambitious, but the alternative, doing nothing, is more expensive and time consuming. Here are some solutions that some companies are employing to reduce scrap and avoid rejections.

With the computer-based characteristic identification tool, it’s easy to establish the requirements during the early stages of the production lifecycle. The leading aerospace suppliers organize and prioritize the requirements to electronically determine RFQ advantages and PO responses. In fact, a characteristic tool can show you if you missed any requirements, highlight specification innuendos and, overall, perform characteristic identification when you receive the RFQ or PO to help clarify customer requirements.

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