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If you have been following Modus Advanced for any length of time, you have probably heard us talking about our engineers. They make up more than 10% of our staff, and we talk about that a lot. There’s a good reason for that: We believe our staff engineers set us apart from the vast majority of other converters or manufacturing partners you could choose.
In the post below, we’re going to walk you through every reason why you should care that we employ so many engineers. Read on to learn more.
Everything we do is meant to make Modus the obvious choice for your next manufacturing partner. Our engineers are one of the most important pieces of that puzzle, and we’re more than happy to show you why rather than tell you. Contact us to learn more about what to expect when you work with us.
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Our Engineers Are a Critical Resource for Our Customers
Our arrangement is an uncommon one among converters. If our competitors have engineers, they are few in number or rarely in direct contact with customers. But we provide our customers a direct line to an experienced team of working engineers who help them with design, manufacturability concerns and understanding what will actually go into making their part.
We recognize that our clients are often engineers themselves, and we also know engineers love talking to other engineers who really get it. That’s what we offer — an engineering team that knows our processes inside and out and offers a thorough knowledge base to our customers.
Engineers Optimize Manufacturing for Speed, Quality & Cost
We don’t just stick all of our engineers into some poorly defined engineering department. We weave engineering throughout the company so that every department gets and delivers the benefits.
For example, many of our salespeople are degree-holding engineers, so they can truly understand customers’ needs and offer real solutions. Meanwhile, we have two engineers in our quality department to ensure not only that everything we produce meets all quality requirements, but that we are constantly improving our quality assurance practices. And these departments aren’t exceptions to the rule. We have engineers in our machining and form-in-place departments, as well as materials and manufacturing engineers.
In all departments, our engineers are constantly looking for opportunities to optimize our processes. In fact, many of our engineers are Six Sigma yellow belts and green belts — we even have a black belt on staff. That means they never stop finding ways to make your part faster, higher quality and less expensive.
Our Manufacturing Quotes Are Incredibly Accurate
If you have worked with a few manufacturers, you can probably relate with this experience: You get a quote to manufacture your part, but somewhere in the process, there’s an unexpected technical hiccup, and the price soars far higher than the original quote.
It’s a common part of working with manufacturing partners, but it doesn’t have to be. Modus Advanced is living proof of that concept. That’s because we lean heavily on our engineers in the quoting and design for manufacturability stage. We ask them what all is going to go into the part at hand and what we should think about before calculating what it will cost.
Their expert opinion helps us turn over every stone before issuing the quote to you. That way, you get an accurate price and don’t have to worry about unpleasant surprises further down the line.
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Our Engineering Team Keeps Projects Grounded
We work with a lot of customers who employ engineers, and we love that. But many design engineers aren’t practically trained in manufacturability. It is often an afterthought, or left of the docket completely, during college. That’s precisely the reason we often find ourselves offering practical, real-world design advice on parts that other engineers created.
It’s not that they did it wrong — it’s that they don’t understand manufacturability the way we do. They understand function but not always creation. We’re more than happy to weigh in to complement the existing strengths of your engineering team. That way, you get the best design, and that’s what we’re all about.
We can advise when we believe a design has been overengineered (e.g. there are features of the design that don’t improve function but make it more expensive to produce) or includes unnecessary parts or materials. If a design choice is technically possible but unnecessary and expensive, you can expect to hear about it from our engineering team. We don’t just take your order, put it in a box and ship it. We’re constantly looking to optimize it, and that’s a really good thing for you.
We Love Working with Smart People. That Includes You.
Over the years, we have gotten mountains of positive feedback from customers about our engineering staff. We’ve solved problems for customers who had spent years and millions of dollars trying to solve them with other partners. We’ve stopped problematic designs from going to production and provided a better way. We’ve truly helped our customers with our engineering staff, and that’s why we plan to increase the number of engineers we employ even more in the coming years.
Honestly, we have gotten hooked on working with really smart people. Our engineers are the sharpest in the industry, and just like our customers, we can’t get enough of it. We also can’t get enough of customers who appreciate working with incredible engineers like the ones on our staff. That’s why we want to hear from you.
Whether you need design guidance or are looking for a manufacturing partner you can rely on for years to come, you’ll find what you’re looking for with Modus. Give us a call at 925-960-8700 or contact us online to get started.