Buying Custom Engineered Product? Be Smart About It!
EPG is a category referred to by engineers, architects, manufacturing professionals and many more in supply chain and manufacturing circles. It’s the category that offers that ‘wow’ factor in our business. It allows for custom-engineered and manufactured products to reinvent how a product is built, maintained, or how it is distributed. Or, in the case where a product is only in its infancy, EPG assists in the design stages of the equipment, which will enable a company to build it.
The Engineered Products Group is a very specialized field which requires highly trained and experienced engineers, technical salespeople, manufacturing professionals and a support services group.
If you’ve been engineering custom equipment as long as Handling Specialty has, you already have a repeat customer base which knows your capabilities and trusts your support structure. This is never an easy ascend, but Handling Specialty has accomplished it in a myriad of industries since its inception in 1963, ranging from automotive to aerospace.
When considering a company for your engineered products, it’s wise to do your homework, like requesting case studies, if none can be found on the company’s website. The complexity to which a company can engineer is an important factor as well, including electrical, hydraulic, mechanical and even software engineers designing the way a piece of equipment will operate.
Engineering is obviously an important step in realizing your custom equipment, but don’t overlook manufacturing. Has the company built the products they’ve engineered? This is where trial and error takes place. This is where real-world experience comes into play. Handling Specialty consolidates the engineering department into the same building as their manufacturing plant. This is where the two worlds meet – conceptual and material. This is where mistakes are put to bed. This is when a company gains experience from doing. This is exactly the kind of company you want in your corner when seeking out an EPG partner. Not only will they include a realistic assessment of the costs affiliated with your custom equipment project, but they will likely have created it or something very similar in the past.
Following the manufacture and installation of the product, you want to be sure there is a solid support structure for your equipment in place in case of damage. This is another department which exists in the same building alongside manufacturing and engineering at Handling Specialty. These three departments, plus sales, accounting, purchasing, marketing and more, all exist within the same four walls at Handling Specialty’s Grimsby offices. It is a very employee-centric workplace where every department involved in a project is in constant contact with each other and the client, offering a professional and enjoyable space for employees to work and customers to visit.
When a company can work together to see a project through like Handling Specialty can, it’s definitely worth your while to look them up when considering the design, build and support of a piece of equipment as important as an engineered product.