With the 2015 upgrades to the ISO9001 and 14001 standards, and the 2016 alignment of the automotive standard TS16949 (now designated as IATF16949).
Rapid prototyping at H T Brigham adds value for customers
The benefits of 3D printing have been widely reported; fast, low-cost and kind to the environment. This rapid prototyping allows working concepts to be ruled in or out more quickly, speeding up the development process and reducing the project lead time as a whole.
SMOOTH TRANSITION AS H T BRIGHAM TAKE ON METAL PRESSINGS RE-SOURCE
A major first tier supplier of automotive components needed to switch supply of a particular package of metal pressings to an alternative manufacturer, within a strict deadline. The client needed to place the business with a supplier which could guarantee continuity of supply and had the expertise required to manage the project in a timely and professional manner.
Our client needed a supplier who ...
1. Could be accommodating and responsive to their urgent requirements
2. Were established, reliable and technically sound.
3. Were capable of working effectively to extremely tight deadlines
4. Could keep disruption to a minimum
Having successfully been selected to take on the project, H T Brigham needed to do so quickly and effectively, to ensure that continuity of supply was not compromised and the customer could meet their own delivery deadlines into the OEM.
H T Brigham’s approach was to conduct in-depth liaison with the customer’s quality and engineering teams to fully understand and respond to their request. It was very important that communications between the two companies were comprehensive and frequent to ensure that the operation went as smoothly as possible. It was also vital that internal relations within H T Brigham were strong, since all departments had to pull together to get the project completed.
Paul Tanner, Technical Sales Manager, said, “The cross functional team approach paid dividends by ensuring that there was a coherent work ethic, making thorough investigations from the initial enquiry to final production. This ensured that there were no surprises relating to raw materials, quality expectations or tooling. It is something that we are used to doing. We know the potential pitfalls of such exercises, so we have the systems in place to safeguard re-source implementation.”
It was essential to conduct an initial feasibility review. To do this effectively, it was important to ensure that all necessary tooling information was made available, including tool design, photographs, tool type, tool dimensions and tonnage requirements. Once this was complete and all material sizes were supplied, accurate costings could be produced.
Following H T Brigham’s selection for the project, the next priority was for the engineering team to witness the jobs running using the existing method, in order to observe any peculiarities of run rate, scrap removal and part ejection, so that the quotation could be validated.
A full review of the existing quality standards, including any in-process gauges, was then carried out. The customer’s quality control engineers were then required to join the H T Brigham team on-site to witness the jobs running, allowing swift pass off against acceptable last off boundary samples.
The entire operation was completed within timescale, causing minimal disruption and enabling H T Brigham’s new customer to meet critical deadlines with their own customers.
This is one example of how H T Brigham was able to quickly and effectively accommodate a customer’s change in requirements. It is our aim to support all of our customers in this way and use our metal pressings expertise to solve any presswork issues which they may have.