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Tooling & Software
OEM machines that require tooling and software programming to manufacture a product can add significant value to the customer if you provide both the hardware and the software program to build parts fast and accurately.
Customer Product Design & Manufacture Consulting
The OEM is usually the expert on how to build a part on their machine. Why not go further upstream and collaborate with the customer to design their parts and potentially the tooling and programming to manufacturing it?
I have worked with several OEM companies that have set up design labs with dedicated engineering staff and a host of their machines, which allows them to design and build parts.
OEM Job Shop
The OEM may even build the part for their customer for a period of time, so they indirectly become a job shop. The rationale here is to allow the customer to grow the sales of the new part to the volume that justifies the purchase of a machine from the OEM.
This service provides some combination of everything the customer needs to produce a part or product. The services the OEM provides vary, but a few scenarios include:
- Provide the machine including leasing or financing
- Design parts
- Provide the tooling and software to make the parts
- Install the machine
- Maintain the machine including all parts and service
- Training of new customer employees
This may require the OEM to have their employees stationed full-time at their customer’s plant.
Project management is required for the majority of capital equipment projects. This becomes a core competency for many OEM companies.
If the OEM is selling machines and services for a portion of a project, they can also offer this service to other OEM and suppliers on the project. While project management can become a stand-alone service, is typically a separate entity.
These services vary based on the industry and project. 吉祥彩票官网 can range from laying out a section or the whole facility, to purchasing the equipment and services to install it, to integrating the various equipment and project managing the various OEM suppliers and contractors.
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