The manufacturing process is the bringing together of components and processing them into a module.
The Don Alan difference
The biggest mistake most manufacturers make is to believe that the manufacturing process starts when the components arrive into their store. From components in store to modules being complete is only a matter of days of processing. From ordering components to delivery of the components is typically 8 to 12 weeks but can be as long as a year.
Obviously reducing the processing time which is a matter of days will not help with overall delivery times when the components take months to arrive.
The problem is that getting parts on short lead times often means ordering outside of official distribution paths. This dramatically increases the chances of receiving counterfeit and pre-used parts. That one cent part that is dodgy could result in a total product recall.
Fortunately there is a solution that is only made possible by our unique business model. As we only manufacture what we design most components for a product will also be used in other products we manufacture. This means we can carry stock with the little risk as the components are used across several products and customers. The increased volumes of each component improves purchasing power and offsets the cost of holding stock.
Right now we have scheduled orders placed for stock that will end up in products that are not yet even specified let alone designed.
We manufacture in Australia and overseas. We maintain a significant in house production capability – we need this expertise to ensure our designs are optimised for manufacture and also to have the skills to manage our manufacturing partners. In most cases component inventory is handled in house.