Tough Mechanical Motion Control Problems – Solved!
Cablecraft Engineering Expertise Saves Government Millions
Since beginning work for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Cablecraft Motion Controls has saved the U.S. government over $10,000,000; $2,000,000 on the maintenance of the A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog). Our most recent win (Hanger Release – 2019) for the U.S. Air Force is an expected savings of over $500,000 for the first year alone!
These savings are a result of a government program known as Source Approval Request, or SAR. The program encourages potential manufacturers to submit proposals which include all of the Engineering Support Activity (ESA) required to produce an item that is equal to, or better than, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part. The goals of this program are to reduce price, correct delivery issues and/or address quality/reliability issues.
Reduce price: Single-source (i.e. monopoly) suppliers tend to increase price over time. By definition, these manufacturers have no competition; therefore, not subject to normal free-market checks and balances and prices often rise as a result.
Delivery issues: Some suppliers are not meeting Government On Time Delivery (OTD) requirements. Delivery issues can place critical defense systems in jeopardy. In a monopoly situation, a given supplier may take the “where else will the government go?” approach and have a diminished sense of urgency for on-time deliveries.
Quality/reliability issues: In other situations, suppliers are not delivering consistent, high quality products. In these cases, the parts are not holding up over time. When this happens, reverse engineering often can add enhancements to reduce or eliminate the root quality and/or reliability issues.
To reverse engineer these complex assemblies, a highly functional cross-functional team is required; enter Cablecraft Motion Controls. Our design and manufacturing engineering, supply chain, quality, accounting and sales teams all work together to successfully complete these SAR projects.
Samples are ordered, dimensions taken (Coordinate Measurement Machine, laser & manually) materials are analyzed for composition, destructive testing completed, drawings/3D models created, components identified, and component suppliers researched. For the Hanger-release, Supply chain market test quoted and sourced 14 new components.
Once the design is finalized assembly tooling design is completed/ordered, the assembly process created, inspection methods identified and documented.
It is a relatively straightforward process building products to print and Cablecraft does this for many of our clients. It is quite different to be handed a finished assembly and figure out how to manufacture it with no drawings, material specifications, manufacturing or assembly methods and no context as to the other connected components, assemblies or systems. As our significant SAR/government savings attest, Cablecraft has developed the engineering and manufacturing expertise to get this done.
Bring us your toughest mechanical motion control problems and allow us to leverage our extensive engineering expertise to craft a solution specific to your requirements! We have the experience and knowledgeable staff, you can count on, to deliver industry-leading designs and quality products at affordable prices.Back to News