The Advantages of Vertically Integrated Contract Aerospace Manufacturers
As aerospace and defense projects have become more complex, contract aerospace manufacturers have been relied on to produce increasingly complex parts. In many cases, these precision components will need to not only be fabricated with high precision but also undergo a range of finishing processes that ensure their performance, in extreme conditions. This often requires coordination between multiple contractors, which can create numerous fail points while driving up costs and lead times, but working with contract aerospace manufacturers who are vertically integrated can help to eliminate these issues.
A vertically integrated aerospace manufacturer will be able to provide not only precision machining processes, but also to coordinate multiple finishing processes such as heat treatments, thin film lubrication coating, painting and powder coating, kitting and assembly. Many of these aerospace manufacturers may also have engineering capabilities that allow them to offer turn-key solutions. While this can all be accomplished through subcontracting, vertically integrated aerospace manufacturers are unique in that all of the companies providing these services are part of a single larger organization.
This unification offers numerous advantages when it comes to managing complex parts program. communications channels between the organizations are already established and often inherently linked through the overall enterprise’s ERP/MRP or Kanban system, which can help in supply chain management to prevent production delays. Program costs are also driven down by vertically integrated aerospace manufacturers. Many overhead costs can be shared between subsidiary firms, allowing for better overall pricing on complete parts programs.
If you’ve never worked with vertically integrated aerospace manufacturers, consider Intrex Aerospace for your next project. We are an Affiliate of Demmer Corporation and offer a broad range of precision milling and turning services, and turn-key solutions. As an ISO 9001- and AS9100C-certified manufacturer with extensive experience in Lean and Six Sigma program implementation, you can rely on us to consistently deliver high-quality parts with an on-time delivery rate between 95 and 100 percent.
Contact us today for an estimate on your component or parts program.