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Low-Volume Manufacturing

Short-run and low-volume production can be achieved by different manufacturing methods. It makes sure that you will move from prototype to production smoothly.

WayKen is a low-volume manufacturer that applies unsurpassed level of expertise to deliver quality and repeatability on every part. We determine your best pathway to the marketplace based on your project’s goals and expectations, providing cost-effective and rationalized advice from designs, materials, production processes, manufacturability, etc.

EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT LOW-VOLUME PRODUCTION

Customized Low-Volume Manufacturing Is the Way of the Future

Today, there are more expectations for customization and diversity from consumers than ever before. As your product lifecycle shrinks and new product launch cycle shortens, flexible innovation and time-to-market are critical to your strategy. Promoted by these, product design develops rapidly and product developers turn their attention from mass production to the low-volume manufacturing.

Depending on the processing methods, manufacturing process, mold tooling and materials being used, low-volume manufacturing generally involves the production range of 100 to 100K parts. Compared to the many risks and costs associated with scaling too quickly to “mass commercialization”, the practice of low-volume manufacturing reduces risk, makes design flexible, reduces time-to-market, and creates opportunities to save production costs. The effective short-run or low-volume production solutions make all stakeholders benefit in the product lifecycle, from design to manufacture and all the way to the supply chain and consumers.

Advantages of Low-Volume Manufacturing

● Design iterations more flexible

Creating low-volume product runs makes it easier to validate design, engineering, and manufacturability before you invest in expensive production tools and putting them into mass production. Rapid design iterations after the first pilot run can further optimize and improve the product before facing more consumers.

● Short turnaround while lower cost

As the costs of tooling and setup become more crucial components of the project budget, low-volume manufacturing process is often more cost-effective than the mass-produced due to faster in building and shorter cycle time, thus it reduces the overall cost of production.

In addition, mass production facilities often impose minimum order requirements to offset their heavy production investments and cover set up costs. However, low-volume manufacturers will help you with a faster and more flexible order. It is especially beneficial for early stage and small to mid-size companies.

● Bridge the gap to production

Producing hundreds to a thousand pre-production components can be a very helpful step before moving to mass production. The pilot runs will be able to bridge the gap between prototype and production, get your functional, form fit tests and engineering design verification done quicker, allow you to show potential consumers and salesmen a definitive finished product, and let any issues to be discovered and corrected well before them transferred to manufacturing.

● Shorter time to market

With the increasingly fierce competition in the product market, becoming the first company with unique products to promote the market can make a difference between success and failure. The combination of highly competitive and unpredictable markets has led developers and designers to face mounting pressure to create high-quality products at the least amount of time possible. Since the production and supply chain support are optimized for low-volume product, manufacturing can ensure the feasibility of the project, and make your product go to market faster at an affordable price.

Applications of Low-Volume Manufacturing

  • Functional prototypes that match final products
  • Production-grade engineering prototypes
  • Rapid bridge tooling or bridge production
  • Pre-production components for verification tests (EVT, DVT, PVT)
  • Custom low-volume CNC machined parts
  • Plastic injection molded parts for pilot runs
  • Low-volume sheet metal fabrication
  • High-quality customized products
  • Short run of production parts

LET WAYKEN HANDLE ALL YOUR LOW-VOLUME MANUFACTURING NEEDS

Custom Low-Volume CNC Machining

In specific sector of low volume manufacturing, CNC machining plays a vital role in custom manufacturing for machined parts of plastic and metal. Manufacturing in low volumes in CNC machining is also one good assessment solution for the coming mass production schedule.

As a professional manufacturer in CNC machining, WayKen has served customers from diverse industries by manufacturing high-quality, precision machining components. The combination of superior equipment and the unsurpassed knowledge and experience of our team members gives us a tremendous edge for short running production quantities.

We offer a one-stop shop for all your low-volume machining projects in China. Whether you need production-grade plastics, various metals, or custom aluminum machined parts, WayKen has the ability to manage any mix of materials and volumes for you.

Cost-Effective Rapid Injection Molding

Rapid injection molding provides a better choice for those clients needing low volume molded parts. It can not only manufacture hundreds of production-grade plastic parts for verification test close to the final product, but also provide on-demand production of end-use parts for low-volume manufacturing.

At WayKen, we specialize in rapid molds of both aluminum and steel and low-volume plastic molding, and rush parts to you on a schedule that supports your entire testing and pre-production schedule. We blend traditional injection mold tooling methods with rapid mold tooling to provide cost-effective and rationalized advice from designs, materials, production processes, manufacturability, etc.

At the same time, when the design is stable or volumes are growing, WayKen will move to conventional mold production for your benefit. Diversified solutions for custom plastic means you work with a single source for everything from prototype to production for delivery.

Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming parts from a metal sheet by cutting, punching, stamping, bending, and finishing. Compared with the high setup cost and cycle time of high volume production, low volume sheet metal fabrication will lower setup time so that jobs can quickly be changed over.

WayKen custom sheet metal services offer a cost-effective and on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. From one off prototypes to low-volume production, we offer a variety of manufacturing methods, materials, and finishing options. Our capabilities include fabricating parts ranging from stainless steel, aluminum, steel, brass, copper, galvanized and more, and making device panels, frames, cases, chassis, brackets, and other components that roll into a large assembly.

We take pride in constantly improving our customer experience with enhanced technology and support, and work closely with our customers in order to provide the highest level of low-volume manufacturing service.

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