Why Kits are Essential for Aircraft

Aircraft

Aerospace products are expensive to build and demand a lot to maintain. When it comes to specific parts and their function, having aircraft hardware kits can save on expenses and time. Here are some conveniences of ordering supplies to support the aircraft you own.

Reduce the Number of Purchases

One of the most prominent benefits of purchasing kits is that they eliminate excessive purchasing. Filling out one order will give you the parts in bulk that you need to sustain any repairs or updates you might need to make for a certain window of time. Know how much you’ll need and prepare for those unknown variables that will cause you to expend some time and resources to repair and replace portions of your products.

Improved Efficiency 

Ordering supply kits eliminates the time cost of waiting for orders of specific parts. The kits will contain a variety of parts and fulfilled whatever specific order you were looking for. This is like a one-stop-shop for your needs. This is much faster and efficient than searching retailers for the individual part you need at the moment.

Control the Number of Suppliers

Kits contain various assortments and that means you need fewer suppliers to provide support for your equipment. By condensing various orders into one product, you don’t need to have a list of various suppliers who offer a portion of what you need. You can have your cake and eat it too with fewer, more strategic orders.

Buy smarter instead of more often. Making strategic purchases will allow you to spend less money overall. You will also save time by knowing where to go to make your purchase and receiving an assortment of parts instead of just one thing from one supplier. Economize your receipts and the number of suppliers to give yourself the flexibility you need for your business.…

Challenges With Outsourcing and Quality Control

Quality Control

Quality control is an important part of turning out respectable products that meet consumer needs. As factories and plants try to cut back on expenses, changing where the products are made is often the first step in a cost-efficiency solution. However, this can mean sending work overseas to foreign factories. This makes it harder to examine production lines, the quality of materials being used and the work being done. It isn’t impossible to still maintain quality control, but it does take some extra effort.

Challenges to Quality Control Overseas

Many companies experience cultural and communication barriers when working with foreign partners, but these aren’t the only challenges of outsourcing to an overseas factory. Other complications include:

  • Few professional trained managers
  • Failure to have a compliance plan
  • Little visibility into the raw material supply chain
  • Work ethics or behaviors foreign to U.S. businesses
  • Little to zero training in quality standards and management

Solutions To Quality Control

 There are ways to keep up with quality control efforts even when your office is thousands of miles away. By taking these tips into account, you can control the product you release and consumer satisfaction.

  1. Develop a Quality Control Program

Start by having a formal plan in place for quality assurance issues. This set of standards needs to be consistent among all of the departments across any plant or production facility. There should be clear expectations and specifications set, but follow up by making sure all facilities have the equipment in place to support the program. You may not be able to control if an overseas plant has access to new technology or large capacity turning equipment, but this should be an important consideration when choosing which foreign company to outsource work to.

  1. Rely on Multi-Point Testing

Don’t leave quality testing until the final stage of production or the last moments before a product ships. By inspecting at multiple points throughout the process, you will catch problems long before become significant customer concerns. Create an acceptable variation level by which to evaluate items and keep track of the areas where problems are most often found. This may require adjusting, whether it be through additional training, different materials or new management.

Your quality assurance program will flounder if you aren’t able to close the culture gap between your location and the new factory you have partnered with. Get to know the culture of your foreign peers and listen to their perspectives or insight. Invest in the relationship and you will have an easier time addressing quality control problems.…

Using Prototypes in the Inventing Process

Prototypes

If you’ve got a great idea for a new product and want to pursue creating your invention, starting with a prototype is a great way to see what works and what doesn’t and share your idea with others. Here are a few prototyping ideas to consider.

3-D Printing

This type of prototype production has become quite popular. Shared maker spaces all over the world contain 3-D printers that hobbyists can use to create plastic items. If this is the route you pursue to create a prototype, you’ll need a computer model to send to the printer. For those who don’t have the skills to create a model, CAD design services are a great way to get the computer files you need.

Homemade Prototype

Using any items you can find around the house or easily purchase is a low-cost way to begin playing with prototype production. Give yourself permission to be creative and use things in unusual ways. Repurposing an old sock into a filter might be all you need to test the initial viability of your idea. You might feel a bit like the nutty professor, but thinking outside the box when you choose items for your prototype can allow you to quickly try out many permutations of your ideas without much expense.

Modeling Materials

If you’re creating a product that might ultimately be molded or cast, you can work with modeling materials to try various shapes and sizes. Polymer clay is a virtually mess-free substance that is easy to work with your hands and simple tools. It also comes in many colors if that’s an important part of your design. Even a simple material like children’s play dough can help you explore design ideas quickly and easily during the prototype phase.

Using prototypes is a great way to move from idea to product when you’re inventing. Choose the right prototype process, and you’ll soon have a physical item you can show others.…