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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2021 / Vol 44 No 2


98 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK BRUNO MARBACHER THINGS THAT AFFECT THE COST OF FASTENERS FROM DESIGNING THEM TO INSTALLING THEM from page 8 For a special cold formed part, it could be quite a task. For quoting, those cost figures are approximations, most likely include safety margins. Some manufacturers use special software, some have created their own calculation programs. Regardless, what method is used some fine tuning is necessary to calculated material usage, that typically happens prior to production and not in the quoting stage. COST EFFICIENCY THRESHOLD The rule of thumb for a Cost-efficient minimum quantity for cold heading RAW MATERIAL CALCULATION For complex parts it is often necessary for manufacturing engineers and end user engineer to work together to come up the most cost-efficient, reliable final part. See illustration as to how the volume of the raw material blank is calculated. The cost associated with this is often called engineering cost. At times, a production drawing needs to be made that too would be part of engineering cost. If excessive tool wear/tool breakage is anticipated that too will be a cost factor. The multi-die machine takes longer to set-up, has more tooling and more expensive tooling. The dies take longer to design and make, they require a lengthy polishing process, machines run slightly slower. All these factors contribute to the piece price. The cost efficiency threshold may vary depending on manufacturer and parts being made. Development costs for tooling for cold formed parts are relatively high, especially for multi-die operations. It calls for high minimum production runs. So here is a list of things that possibly have an impact on the cost of the final product (landed cost of a part): ¤ Tooling cost in general: Typically, applies to the first run, if manufacturers get commitment for further orders that cost factor is less. Wear of the tooling is included. TOOLING CONTINUED ON PAGE 140

UC COMPONENTS, INC. 18700 Adams Court, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 TEL 408-782-1929 EMAIL THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 99 WEB UC COMPONENTS LAUNCHES A NEW, FULL-FEATURE WEBSITE UC Components, Inc. announces the completion and launch of their new full-feature website that greatly enhances the user experience. The updated website not only improved the overall look and feel of the site; also added are a full-featured, more intuitive, product browsing and buying experience for the customer. The site includes enhanced technical specifications, interactive CAD drawings, downloadable CAD drawings, 2D sales prints, 3D models, and much more. In addition, the new site has been built with increased resources, improved navigation, and live chat capabilities. UC’s new website also includes more detailed information on the company itself, their history, the industries served, product offerings, RediVac® and other processes, certifications, and a brand-new company blog. Visit the new and improved website at www. “The new site makes navigation easier and BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE dimensions clearer while adding 2D sales drawings that should make the procurement process more fluid from quotation to purchase. A visual approach has taken the UC site to the next level, weather you’re a first-time user or seasoned customer. The new website coupled with our cleanroom expansion and upgrade, ISO 9001:2015 certification, increased production schedule, and aggressive addressing of the COVID-19 epidemic have all poised UC Components for anticipated growth in 2021 and beyond,” stated Rick Anderson, President of UC Components, Inc. UC Components, Inc. is a pioneer and innovator in vented screw manufacturing and has been the world leader in high vacuum hardware since 1974. Today, UC is one of the leading manufacturers of fastener and seal products for clean-critical environments of the 21st century with a focus on plated, coated, polished, cleaned, and vented screws for High and Ultra High Vacuum equipment. UC COMPONENTS, INC.


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