Product and Process Analysis
Like most people who choose engineering for a career, the Fastenal Engineering & Design Support group likes to take things apart (...and sometimes we even like to put them back together again). While we have things apart, we like to look at the fasteners and other parts being used to see if there might be a way to produce the same product for less money, or a better product for the same money. We provide these "product teardowns" several times a year as a service for our customers, often saving them tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
During our teardowns, we focus on the fasteners and methods used to assemble the product. It's very common to find a wide variety of fasteners used in the same product -- stainless fasteners next to zinc-plated fasteners, high-strength fasteners used in low strength applications, custom products used in applications where standard products would be sufficient. All are opportunities for cost savings.
In order to continue to meet the needs of our customers in all the other areas for which we provide service, the number of teardowns we can provide each year is limited. When considering products for a teardown, we evaluate each product as well as each customer to make sure that there is not only good potential for savings in the product itself, but also the kind of support ("buy in," if you will) from the customer, so that our proposed savings will be realized rather than just looking good on a spreadsheet.
The majority of these projects require sending a sample product to the Fastenal Engineering & Design Support group for analysis. On occasion, however, we're available for line walks, Kaizen projects, fastener consolidation projects and similar engineering efforts that take place in our customers' facilities. Let us know how we can help, and and we'll do our best to provide the support you need.
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