“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”
Model Making and Rapid Prototyping
Jack Welch’s quote is simple, confident, and direct. There are many ways in which businesses can have a competitive advantage. Some have superior product performance, others have unparalleled quality, and many compete on price. But competing on product performance, price, and quality is not enough.
Today speed-to-market is a value that customers have come to expect, and competitive advantage businesses strive to achieve. Businesses earn revenue by bringing value to the market. Those businesses that can bring value quicker than others can gain market share, enhance reputation, and drive greater profits.
Harbec values how critical speed-to-market is for our customers; so much so that we created a proprietary process of supplying our customers with high quality, short-to-medium run plastic parts in any material and design known as Quick Manufacturing Solutions (QMS). Our QMS process helps customers dramatically reduce the time it takes to turn engineering drawings into custom models, prototypes, molds, and injection molded parts. Through QMS Harbec can help your business achieve speed by leveraging our:
- People – we have toolmakers that are cross trained to be model and mold makers. We’ve broken down technical and cultu ral barriers to the mold-making profession. Today successful toolmakers excel equally at creating precision prototypes as well as production molds. Our multifaceted team gives us flexibility and internal capacity which results in greater time and attention to detail for our customers, resulting in a better product, and faster.
- Processes – as a solution we “manage the queue”, meaning we support our customers project manage life-cycle of a project and product which can yield significant savings in time, money, and human resources. By “managing the queue” in-house at Harbec, customers can take advantage of design for manufacture through production and secondary options with one point of contact.
- Tools and Technologies – Harbec has in-house capabilities and equipment including CNC Machining, injection molding, clean room molding, additive manufacturing (Direct Metal Laser Sintering and Selective Laser Sintering) and others. Our investment and mastery in value-added manufacturing technologies allows us, through the QMS process, to identify alternative approaches to save time, money, and resources. Our rapid prototyping solutions allow us to deliver functional prototypes and production parts as quickly as in one day.
Achieving Results in Rapid Prototyping
As an example of our QMS solutions at work check-out our project collaboration with Kappius Components and who sought out our DMLS capabilities using EOS M270 additive manufacturing machine. Harbec’s expertise in model making and rapid prototyping supported by our internal QMS and disciplined approach to “managing the queue” have supported our customers goals for speed-to-market and competitive advantage. “We went from concept to bike-ready components in about a month,” says Russell Kappius. “I’ve never been able to move that quickly before.” We welcome you to contact us today on how we can be your one-stop source for precision parts with speed, accuracy, and quality.