Choosing the right industrial fabrication company isn’t always an easy decision. It’s not just about the budget and timeline. If a business can’t deliver a high quality project and keep up with demand, it hurts the reputation of the client. Safety standards have to be met. When selecting the organization that will provide industrial fabrication, here are three essential elements that have to be carefully examined before making a final decision.
The Fabrication Company and Their Business Practices
The first element of choosing an industrial fabrication company is the actual business itself. Here are some criteria to look for:
- Ask about the knowledge the company brings to the project. How experienced are they with the particular industry?
- Does the company make your business a priority? You can judge this in how well the customer service is in responding to your calls or emails. Listen to how the staff talks to you and how your questions are answered.
- Does the company explain their process, services, and structure? This is called transparency, and you should get a feel that the business is up front with you about delays, pricing and other information about how they work.
- How organized does the company appear? This can be thought of in two different ways. First, there’s the company structure. Do you have a single point of contact or does it seem like you’re always talking to someone else? You might also look at how well the company handles your data and timelines when you do call.
Examine the Facility
Even a well-run company can’t meet product demand if the facility isn’t up to par. How can you tell? Does the facility make the grade in the following categories?
- Is the technology modern? Keeping up with the latest production technology isn’t always easy, but the facility should have updated methods for industrial production.
- What certifications does the facility offer? Even if your industry doesn’t require certification for your fabrication purposes, you can still ask about certification because it ensures a more reliable output.
- Does the facility have sufficient capacity to meet the scope of your project? When a facility isn’t large enough to meet demand, it affects the timeline and speed of production.
- Does the facility have specialty equipment to get the job done? It’s not just about technology, but about forklifts and cranes to move your product effectively and safely.
- What about the staffing at the facility? Look for experience and expertise as well as the numbers of employees who will be handling your job.
- What kind of access to delivery does the facility offer? Saving money on production costs doesn’t help your bottom line if you spend more in getting the product where it needs to go.
- When the facility doesn’t have access to roads or rail, it might not be a good fit.
What About Results?
Once you’ve chosen a facility, after the first run, you need to check the results. Unfortunately, there’s no way to check these things until after you’ve received your product. Ask yourself:
- Was the product produced up to your standards?
- Did the project stay on budget?
- Was the pricing transparent when you received the bill?
- Was the product on time, not just finished, but delivered on schedule. If there was a delay, did you get a reasonable explanation or platitudes?
- Did the company meet your expectations? Better yet, did they exceed your expectations?
At Polaris, we have the three elements that make up a professional, high quality industrial fabrication facility. Discuss a project with us to see what we can offer. Our state-of-the-art facility is adequately staffed and properly equipped to meet your expectations. We are close to rail lines and have good highway and interstate access.