Development of Better Product at Lower Cost

While working with a previous fabrication partner, the client was managing the production process themselves – taking three weeks to shuttle parts from one subcontractor to another and wasting precious time that could have been spent on revenue-generating business operations. Raw materials alone cost more than $24 per final unit produced. Continuing to manage production in this manner would inhibit the client’s growth.

New Design Results in Operational Efficiencies

A longtime client needed a cabinet door assembly that was nearly five feet long by nine inches wide, and it needed to be rigid. The original plan called for two fabricated stiffeners to be glued to the doors to provide the necessary support. The three-piece assembly cost $29.00 and required eleven operations to manufacture.

New Design Yields 20% Cost Reduction

One of the country’s largest original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of food service equipment hired Estes to design a new rotisserie.

Quick Turnaround for Complicated Fabrication Needs

The client needed a source to take on a specific fabrication project that no one had done before.

Redesign Reduces Production Costs

The original design of a client’s steel pan used in a medical application was a three-piece, spot welded assembly that cost $29.65.

Technology Enables Real Savings

The design for a client’s stainless steel box consisted of four pieces formed in a Z-shape at the press brake. These four pieces were then welded at the corners, which caused the stainless steel to warp slightly. The assembly had a brushed, cosmetic flange around the perimeter that would remain visible to the end user. To maintain an appealing look, the welds had to be ground, and then the flange had to be brushed.