Supplier development is the process of working with certain suppliers on a one-to-one basis to improve their performance for the benefit of the buying organisation and is critical as cheap or inappropriate bearings can ruin even the best machine.
But how do you ensure that you purchase quality parts?
Simply put, you must clearly communicate your needs and then verify that the product and manufacturer meet them.
Here are the main ways to make sure you ensure that you are supplied the highest quality parts:
- Technical specifications – they define the necessary properties, documentation requirements, and inspection methods.
- Verification- this stage is done through testing and audits.
- Testing – objectively demonstrates the product’s performance and results can further refine the specifications or guide the scope of a subsequent factory audit.
- Audit- is the investigation of the production methods, in-factory quality control and employee skill.
However, defining technical specifications, testing and audits must be performed in coordination for the best results.
Elgeti Engineering based in Germany, are a leading distributor of bearings and are happy to support you in all aspects of bearing supplier development, from drafting technical specifications and verifying designs through comprehensive testing and metallography services and factory audits.
Elgeti Engineering hold regular online seminars covering the topic, if you wish to find to find out more information visit their website.
Source: Elgeti Engineering