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Parts like pistons, cylinder blocks, housings and valve spools go through many steps on their journey from raw material to finished components ready for assembly. Casting processes, precision machining processes, heat treatment and surface finishing all take time to perform, and when each step is undertaken by a different supplier costs and logistics challenges multiply dramatically.
Working with a business partner that can provide a one-stop-shop service takes complexity out of the procurement process. It reduces lead time and improves quality too. It can even simplify and accelerate new product development and prototyping activities.