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OEM project design FAQs

To get answers to frequent questions about Advantage Fabricated Metals' OEM project design capabilities, please select one of the links below:

What type of engineering support can you provide?

Advantage Fabricated Metals will help design and develop parts for our customers.

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Do you have a P.E. or a design engineer on staff or under contract?

We do not have a P.E. or design engineer on staff, but we do have a P.E. under contract plus professionals on our staff with significant design expertise.

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Can the cost of tooling be amortized over the life of the part?

Yes, we will certainly amortize the cost of tooling or we can add the tooling cost into the finished part price. Our customers do not have to pay for tooling as an upfront cost.

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If you assist with the design, do we still own the design?

Design ownership is negotiated on a job-by-job basis, and is dependent on the investment Advantage Fabricated Metals must make.

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What types of quality programs are followed?

First, Advantage Fabricated Metals customers approve all initial parts before production. Then, our personnel inspect production parts using random sampling. Every operator is responsible for inspecting product, or component, quality at the beginning and end of their shift or a production run.

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Do I need drawings?

We work most quickly when customers can supply electronic or disk files. However, our engineering department is capable of producing the required production drawings from complete concept design to a sketch made on a napkin, to using customer-supplied CAD drawings.

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What is the typical process customers go through when developing a new part?

The following list provides the normal sequence Advantage Fabricated Metals uses with our customers to develop a new part. The steps are:

  1. Initial meeting
  2. Concept evaluation
  3. Concept prototype
  4. Quote development submission acceptance
  5. Tool development
  6. First Part production and approval
  7. Production

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If usable tooling already exists, how long does it take Advantage Fabricated Metals to begin production?

We can initiate production within one to two weeks if existing tooling fits our presses with little or no modification.

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For more information about Advantage Fabricated Metals and the OEM project design services we provide, please fill out our contact form or call us at 1-815-323-1310.


Advantage Fabricated Metals
a division of Corrugated Metals, Inc.
We invest in our customers.™
3575 Morreim Drive • Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Phone: 1-815-323-1310 • Fax: 1-815-323-1317
Email: info@advantagefabricatedmetals.com

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