Types of Assembly Services
Below are descriptions of some of the more common types of assembly processes used in industry today, and that our team at Alle-Kiski Industries can support for your project.
Contract Manufacturing is the act of one company outsourcing the manufacturing process or certain steps or sub-assemblies of their manufacturing process to another business. The sub-contracting company typically retains ownership and responsibility for design and commercial aspects such as sales and customer interactions, but is able to leverage the capacity of the subcontractor to compliment their internal manufacturing capability and/or mitigate the challenges of manufacturing this part or assembly internally. Often the type of work performed is larger volume production runs of sub-assembly or component parts.
Integrated Systems, as the name implies typically combine multiple different technologies into a larger system or machine. This can include elements like pneumatic or hydraulic valving or actuation, electromechanical motors or actuators, control panels, machine controllers, electrical or fluid power wiring and plumbing, machine frames and guarding, and much more. These systems are often much more complex and can function as stand-alone machines that perform automated manufacturing.
Our Assembly Process and Approach
At AKI we provide the services highlighted above as well as many others. We have a dedicated assembly area that is separate from our other manufacturing area. This clean, climate controlled area, includes assembly benches and storage shelves, various tooling, packaging equipment and more. We have the ability to design and manufacture custom assembly fixtures to be used to suit your contract manufacturing needs. This area enables us to support high volume production of component and sub-system assemblies.
Additionally, we have significant experience and expertise in fabricating larger more complex integrated systems. From small benchtop equipment to large free-standing machinery, we have the right team to support a range of requirements. We can aid in the design concept of your machine and have manufactured integrated systems including fluidpower and electromechanical integrations, all built around in-house fabricated frames. We can also construct complete control panels incorporating electronic and fluid power controls.
Whether you have a need for a small volume of simple parts to high volume or highly complex integrated solutions, we can support your needs.
We cover industries from medical, to energy to defense to instrumentation and robotics and more. Have a current or upcoming project? Have a member of our team contact you to discuss.
We have seen a variety of assembly requirements over the years. From electric motor component production builds to polishing machinery to hydraulic pump and valve systems. Almost any industry has demands that could make use of our services.
The Advantages of Assembly
Often companies find that there are many benefits to outsourcing their assembly. For one, if the in-house expertise is not there, leveraging a third party partner like AKI, can take a lot of burden off recruiting and training the right mix of talent to support in house. Additionally, managing variable costs can be a real challenge especially in production builds. Outsourcing manufacturing puts the onus of supply chain onto the outsourced partner, reducing resource strain and ultimately saving cost. Cost and reliability are probably the two primary drivers of this outsourced service.