The Benefits of Materials Engineering

Posted by Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E.

Published in Stamping Journal October 2005

U.S. stampers are missing an opportunity to gain a competitive edge by offering materials engineering support, which often is lacking within OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Many stampers take the position that they “just build to a print”—but so do overseas shops.

OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers are moving business to global low-cost suppliers. As a result, U.S. stampers try to remain competitive by cutting costs or offering more services.  U.S. stampers are missing an opportunity to gain a competitive edge by offering materials engineering support that the OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers often lack. Instead, many stampers take the position that they just build to a print—but so do overseas shops. So how will U.S. stampers differentiate themselves?

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About Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., P.E.

Michael is Principal Engineer and Trainer at Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. Reach him at mike@imetllc.com or 847.528.3467