Industrial manufacturing services supplier Protolabs has started providing “its secondary services” in Europe. The offering includes immediate availability of detailed measurement and inspection reporting.
Provided in addition to the standard quality control process, it turns out that each process does not have a defined duration and depends on factors like part complexity and quantity.
The standard process includes X, Y, Z measurements at the start of the production run as well as at final inspection. With the additional measurement and inspection services, Protolabs aims to complete the first one in order to meet specific customer requirements.
Stephen Dyson, Protolabs’ Special Operations Manager, said, “The marked increase from customers across all industries wanting to take advantage of the speed and flexibility of On-Demand manufacturing brings with it a desire to simplify the supply chain. We are offering Secondary Services to reduce the number of process steps that the customer has to manage, saving time and resources.”
Protolabs specializes in several manufacturing technologies such as injection molding, CNC machining, and 3D printing. It should be noted that quality processes and procedures such as First article inspection (FAI), Initial Sample Inspection Report (ISIR) and Product Part Approval Process (PPAP) are often specific to industries. If all of this started from demanding industries such as the aerospace and the automotive, one observes that other industries have also established these procedures as they ensure not only confidence in component suppliers and their production processes but also the appropriate control documentation.
As Dyson said, “Our customers really value our rapid manufacturing services for low-volume parts and prototypes, but they now want the benefit of On-Demand manufacturing for production parts, which have higher expectations for sampling, measurement and process documentation.”
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