Local Machine Shops vs Aftermarket Parts Manufacturing

Local Machine Shops vs Aftermarket Parts Manufacturing


Hi, my name is Gary. I’m the Quality
Manager here at American Holt and today I want to talk about using a local
machine shop versus going to American Holt for your replacement parts. There’s
a couple of cases where a local machine shop really makes sense and that is when
you have an equipment failure in the middle of the night and you need a minor modification done to a part, whether it be to make it run
smoother or better. The local machine shop, that’s a service that they can provide
to you. As we discussed earlier the services that local machine shop can
provide and the difference between the local machine shop and the service that American Holt provides. A good example here is just a
roller shaft with a spline. Now, a local machine shop can produce these parts in
small quantities…one, two op (operations), but would be very expensive. Here at American Holt,
where we have a large supply of parts, we have the ability to not only provide the
parts at a lower price, but the precision that goes into a part like this: with
custom gauging for splines, threaded diameters,
roller bearing diameters and concentricity to major diameters. What would separate American Holt
from local machine shop, many times, would be the custom gauging that we make: ID
splines with go and no-go gauges, OD splines with custom gauges (both no and no-go), and key ways. American Holt has made a
major investment in gauging to ensure that keys will work each time.

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