Over the years, EDS has assisted in sourcing the following:
- Injection molded components
- Stampings and metal assemblies
- Die casting parts
- Turned (screw machine) parts
- Machined parts
- Mechanical assemblies
- Electrical assemblies
- Packaging and packaged products (complete or partial)
- Finished goods
- Service and Aftermarket parts
International Purchasing Services for the consumer goods industry
A client from the consumer goods industry approached us looking for a service provider to represent their interests in Asia. Their former service provider reached the limits of its capabilities and was not able to scale to support their growth. In addition, the client was facing production quality issues, shipment delays and costs increase.
During our first involvement we created and executed project work plans and managed the day-to-day operational aspects with the vendors. We also performed quality control services through pre-shipment inspections and conducted Social Responsibility audits for some of their vendors. As a result we were able to fix the production quality issues and reduce production lead time.
On the other hand, we assisted our client with quoting and pricing negotiations on existing and new products, and even to explore new sources in China, India and Thailand.
We currently help them to handle a purchasing volume of USD 25 million.
Fuel pump assembly components
We sourced the components for a client in the heavy industrial construction equipment industry for use in a military application. Targeted for use in 24V and 28V fuel pump assemblies, quality was of paramount importance to ensure reliable delivery of fuel in precise volumes under all operating conditions.
Our early involvement in this project allowed us to collaborate with the client and recommend several revisions to the initial design to help modernize it. We also updated the inspection procedures to ensure that the parts were manufactured to meet all critical dimensions and performance objectives. Primary operations involved deep drawn stamping of the cold rolled steel and stainless steel parts. Prior to production, numerous inspections using high-resolution measuring equipment ensured that the tooling met all vital quality parameters. In addition to stamping, production involved injection molding and machining of the rare earth magnets.
Once completed, the assembly measured 6.0″ in height x 3.0″ in diameter. Strict attention to detail at every step in its production ensured that the weldments were at 5° and the product was accurate to within ±0.002″. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the customer specification, the assembly met UL performance standards to ensure zero-failure operation. We currently ship 8,000 units to the customer on an annual basis.
USB hub circuit for the electronics industry
A client in the electronics industry approached us to manage the production of the USB hub circuit highlighted here. Designed for use in an Apple docking station, we provided assistance with the design and engineering aspects of this project as well as its manufacturing and rigorous quality assurance.
During the design phase, our engineers applied industry best practices to ensure that the device would meet strict government safety codes. They also specified materials of construction in compliance with UL, CUL, and RoHS standards. Taking into consideration all the important factors in the production of this device, we chose a vendor with excellent technical capabilities and an outstanding reliability rating.
With finished dimensions of 6.4″ in length x 5.15″ in width x .62″ in height, this USB hub featured epoxy laminate pre-preg 4 layer board construction. Primary operations involved both surface mount and thru hole assembly as well as drilling and etching. Along with masking and silk screening, secondary operations consisted of applying a conformal coating to provide environmental protections to ensure the long-term integrity of the assembly. Numerous quality assurance processes verified the functionality and connection speed for all circuits.
In the hands of our client, these boards had a near-zero rejection rate. Because of our ability to manage all the critical factors in the design and manufacturing of this USB hub, we continue to supply them at the rate of 4,000 units annually.
Brass fitting for industrial water heaters
A client in the industrial water heater industry approached us looking for a source of supply for the brass fitting highlighted here. Its unique design incorporated compound threads, and they were seeking a manufacturer that could machine them accurately and repeatable at a cost factor that would fit within their budgetary constraints.
Based on our engineering assessment of the client’s specifications, our professional sourcing team identified a manufacturing facility that had demonstrated exceptional ingenuity on several past projects. We worked in close partnership with the factory’s engineers and technicians to secure sample product, which we then forwarded to the client for their approval. The client was very impressed with their form, fit, and functionality, and immediately issued a purchase order for volume production.
Primary operations involved forging the brass coupling to make the component stronger and less susceptible to failure. Advanced technology screw machining equipment combined with intelligent cutting tool selection and precise computer control over thread pitch, angle, and geometry enabled close tolerance machining of the compound 3/4 -14 NPSM and .987/.982 PD threads. When completed, the fitting measured 1.75″ in diameter x 1.975″ in length and fully satisfied the requirements of the customer specification.
Engineering expertise and in-depth knowledge of specialized threading tooling and techniques were major contributors to product quality and performance. We continue supply these fittings to the client in production quantities of 35,000 units annually.
Tooling assembly of hand dryer motor for the appliance industry
A client in the small appliance industry approached us looking for a new source for a 120 & 230 V motor. With a rejection rate of around 4% on the motors produced by their current vendor, they needed a higher quality product from a reliable source at a price that fit within their budget restrictions.
With our advanced technical competency for electrical motor design, we engineered a smart, practical solution for manufacturing the components and building the motor. We managed all aspects of the project from concept engineering all the way through to delivery of the product to the customer’s facility. One of the important facets of this project was to ensure that the motor met all national and international safety standards as well as RoHS requirements.
Designed for use in the hand dryers found in public restrooms, the motor featured numerous components produced via several different manufacturing methods, including screw machining, progressive die stamping, die casting, winding, and more. Materials of construction included steel, copper, and zinc as well as plastic and rubber. We took a very organized approach to managing the production flow of all the components, which was vital for ensuring that assembly proceeded at a steady pace.
In addition to inspections to validate that dimensional tolerances were held to ± 0.127 mm, the motors underwent full electrical and dielectric testing to ensure their long term performance. The client was fully satisfied with the quality of this motor, and the rejection rate dropped to a remarkably low .03%. We currently supply these motors to the customer at the rate of 60,000 per year.
Linear actuators for lifting systems
A client who manufactures independent-living aids such as power-chair lifts and home lifting systems, was using 12 volt linear actuators that exhibited inconsistent quality. Due to this problem they approached us to obtain assistance in sourcing a linear actuator that would meet their needs and requirements, avoiding those undesirable quality issues. By implementing a diligent process we found a source and worked with the client to make design changes. Our engineers performed rigorous in-house testing as well as third party testing utilizing a client’s test fixture. Once the actuator met the requirements for performance and quality, samples were submitted to the client for in house and field-testing. The client confirmed our test results and noted that our linear actuators exceeded the quality and performance of previous suppliers. We won the business and continue supplying these linear actuators today.