Assembly and Manufacturing Support
As manufacturers continue to outsource selected parts of their manufacturing process and continue to “Lean” out their operations it has become increasingly important to rely on kitting services as a cost-saving and time-saving measure. Our kitting services for manufacturers have been available for its major customers for over a decade with great success. As an early proponent of the kitting concept, The Hope Group developed several processes that met the need of MRO as well as OEM facilities. Today, the OEM operations dominate its activity as New England manufacturers seek ways to remain competitive within an increasingly challenging global marketplace.
Our most popular component kits for manufacturers include:
- hose assemblies
- tube and valve assemblies
A major machine manufacturer relies on The Hope Group for a series of custom kits including packages of o-rings in bags of 500 that are destined for use in assembling their machinery.
Benefits of Kitting in Manufacturing
Receive Parts Production-Ready and Improve Overall Efficiency
Reducing the number of steps in a manufacturing process saves time and money. A custom kit presents required parts to a worker on an assembly line or workbench in an orderly manner.
Eliminate Long Lead Times and Consolidate Many Suppliers Into One
Beyond the improved efficiency for the worker, a custom kit of goods destined for the assembly line has the hidden effect of reducing the number of line items. Customers submit one PO and receive parts from a single supplier, as opposed to ordering and receiving parts from multiple vendors. Further, companies who opt for kitting only pay one supplier because there’s just one invoice.
One of the unexpected benefit of kitting is the elimination of defects related to an incomplete assembly of a product. Allow our skilled assembly technicians to kit the components for you while you eliminate guesswork and improve quality.
Reduce Inventory and Improve Cash Flow
Another hidden benefit to custom kitting is improved cash flow. As you diminish the amount of stock holding, you automatically improve cash flow. Each small benefit of custom kitting keeps contributing to reduced cost and time expense. For example, if the custom kit reduces inventory, that reduces the requirement for floor space, which reduces your rent. It’s another hidden savings, beyond just the cost of the product in the bin.