The key to a successful offshore die casting and manufacturing project is to recognize and focus on the right success metric, the Total Cost of Manufacturing, which consists of the following:
- Tooling and per-part cost—as reflected in suppliers' quotes, this is where most offshore suppliers have a significant advantage; what are sometimes overlooked, especially by less experienced buyes, are the next two equally important factors:
- Project management overhead—mainly dictated by communication efficiency between design engineers and the supplier regarding design, specifications, manufacturability consultation, and changes. Ideally the design engineers should communicate directly with the manufacturing engineers.
- Quality of product and support.