Should I choose one supplier for machining and assembly?

22nd Aug 2022
by Sam Brown

We often talk to potential customers about their buying habits and the difficulties that they face in their buying process. 

Something that frequently comes up is that buyers and engineers can find it time consuming and sometimes costly when they buy machined components and then need to separately organise small, fiddly assemblies once they’ve received their parts.

Does this sound familiar?


A brass insert with a penny for size reference


Maybe this can be managed in-house if there are people with the right expertise. But often this is not the case, and another specialist supplier needs to be found.

You can find yourself dealing with multiple suppliers for machining, finishing and assembly. When this happens, what could seem like a small delay with one supplier can have a knock-on effect with other suppliers. Maybe you lose your allotted slot with one supplier which leads to further delays and associated costs. This situation needs careful management which can be considerably stressful and time-consuming.

So what is the solution?


Choose a one-stop shop

Choosing a one-stop shop for your machined components can eliminate time-consuming hands-on processes. Everything can be handled by a single supplier: material sourcing, help with machining design, machining, plating and other finishing processes, inspection, certification, and assembly.


Using a manual mill for press inserts


What are the benefits of a one-stop shop machining supplier?

A one-stop shop can be incredibly efficient versus managing multiple suppliers which often results in delays and inefficiencies.

Partnering with a single trustworthy supplier means you get a quality part delivered and ready to go. This can give you peace of mind and free up your time to get on with aspects of your role.


Close up of threads being inserted into a metal component


What one-stop shop services does Penta deliver?

Our customers have come to rely on us for a consistent and reliable one-stop shop service. 

This includes:

  • Putting thread inserts into tapped holes
  • Reinforcing holes in plastic components with metal inserts, e.g. PEM inserts
  • Fitting wire thread inserts
  • Press fit bearings and shafts
  • Mechanical assemblies: bringing together small components with use of adhesive, screws or fastenings
  • Adding adhesive strips
  • Bead blasting
  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Combining components into small assemblies
  • Plating, coatings, part marking and painting (see our finishing processes page for further details).  


Components being removed from the ultrasonic cleaner


If you’ve got a component that forms part of a small assembly, or requires various processes, get in touch with our experienced estimators who can discuss how Penta can help.