Build to Print Capability
Build to print is a form of contract manufacturing. It is generally the best option when a machine or even a single component of a machine, or a piece of equipment that is part of an assembly line has to be replaced – particularly when it isn’t a standard part. It is though also used for new designs and builds.
Unlike build to specification, when a company will outsource the entire job, build to print projects require customers to supply assembly and production drawings, instructions, and manufacturing details. If it is a replacement part or piece of equipment, build to print ensures that the component or machine is replicated.
If the company requiring build to print has in-house engineers, they may undertake the design and drawings. If not, some companies opt to hire a third-party engineering firm to do this part of the job for them. The other alternative is to ask the supplier they contract to do the build to print job, to have the production drawings and details drawn up by their engineers.
Advantages of Build to Print Versus Build to Specification
A primary advantage of build to print is that the customer maintains control over all the parameters involved, without having to undertake the production process. The customer is then able to focus on their core business, while experts like MESH Automation take care of specific needs to keep the manufacturing operation running efficiently. Even if the supplier provides the drawings, the customer determines the parameters required prior to manufacture.
When machines and components are built to specification, the supplier has sufficient freedom and flexibility to make use of in-house manufacturing skills and even design expertise to get the job done the best possible way.
In essence, build to specification is geared to meet the needs of customers who know what they want in terms of size, function and so on, but who need a custom solution for their business.
A primary advantage of build to specification is that the supplier must take full responsibility for everything from design to the quality of the final product. Of course this also means that if anything is less than perfect, the supplier will be liable to rectify whatever is wrong. Outsourcing this way also substantially reduces overhead costs.
Build to Print With MESH
MESH Automation has a flexible build to print service that offers fabrication, assembly and commissioning services customized to the needs of customers.
Because MESH Automation is vertically integrated, we can fabricate or build equipment, machinery components and control panels. Our superior print to build capabilities include:
- A full-service CNC machine shop
- A UL 508a panel shop
- Waterjet cutting of various materials
Whether you outsource a single machine component or an entire machine build, you can rest assured that our work will be performed in a timely manner and at a competitive price. We can do as much or as little as you choose. We can supply all the components you need or we can also just supply the labor for customers who already have the components or equipment required for their projects.
If you’re in the market for print to build, contact us today to discuss how we can help.