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Contract Manufacturing & Assembly

As you grow, you will be looking to add significant value to your specific production activities and associated processes. As an outsourcing partner, PP C&A will be able to assist in numerous ways.

From early design concepts, design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA), supply chain design & optimisation, to product standardisation, design approval processes and machine build, test and logistics – a complete end-to-end contract manufacturing solution is on offer.

As your outsourcing partner with a comprehensive set of manufacturing disciplines and connections, PP C&A will develop a strategy that builds in plenty of benefits. Benefits such as manufacturing cost and lead time reductions, flexibility and agility in the supply chain, a more modular and configurable approach to design, and finally; build, install and commission efficiencies with improved product performance and reduced machine downtime.

Many leading machine builders consider contract manufacturers for part of the overall build solution, PP C&A can support you in the same way but can also accommodate a complete machine build & test service should this be required.

A combination of production and engineering capabilities to suit your specific needs can be accommodated to deliver the desired result.

Such a solution can broadly be divided into: module build,  part machine build or full machine build –  – whichever provides the optimum solution for you. The production & engineering capabilities wheel below offers further insight.

PP C&A Engineering & Production Capabilities

Use the wheel to explore key capabilities.

Wider manufacturing capabilities

PP C&A is a proud member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN Group).

The MAN Group is a network of manufacturing companies designed to share technical excellence in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering processes.

As a customer and partner of PP C&A, access is open to numerous manufacturing disciplines from a single source and a more stable solution for complex, multi-discipline engineering projects.

The MAN Group provide every manufacturing discipline imaginable, including but not limited to:

  • Aluminium casting & CNC machining
  • Contract electronics manufacturing
  • Electrical & electronic assembly
  • Fluid Power
  • Tube manipulation
  • Forging
  • High volume precision stamping
  • Pressings, welding & assembly
  • PCB manufacture
  • Plastic injection moulding
  • Industrial design
  • Engineering supplies

PP C&A’s technical partners reach even further than the MAN Group alone, with long-standing relationships with providers of control, automation and information technology products and solutions, specialist providers of cabling, inter-connectivity and electronics solutions and industry specific consultancies and testing organisations, all with significant experience and expertise.

To understand the added value benefits in further detail, navigate to our technical partners page.

Supply chain management

Too many times companies allow a product design that engineers in unnecessary cost, creates a cumbersome supply chain and poor efficiency of build. Such companies then spend time and energy, post-design, attempting to reduce costs. It is often too little, too late.

A typical pain point for many can be alleviated by PP C&A’s proven expertise in value engineering at the initial design stage with the customer, and optimising the supply chain to create both competitiveness and resilience, eliminating ‘hidden costs’ and risk.

Supply chain ownership requires valuable experience and the necessary competence, in order to streamline the supply chain, improving efficiencies and associated costs at the same time.

Businesses often overlook the very real cost advantages associated with this transfer of supply chain responsibility. It’s not just the cost in time saved by outsourcing order placement (the average estimation of which is circa £90 per PO raised), but also in the corresponding tasks of booking goods in, packaging disposal, parts storage and movement, delivery note processing, paying supplier invoices and so on. The costs build with every additional administrative task within the arrangement.

When considering strategic outsourcing to unlock growth potential, the production and operational benefits that are often first examined should never be considered in isolation. It is important to not overlook the very tangible commercial opportunities, because they can make just as much impact to the bottom line.

These benefits will include:

By considering the end-to-end supply chain, we can derive maximum benefits for the customer.

Project management

PP C&A has a proven track record of working with many of the world’s leading OEMs and understand the importance of managing the detail.

Cross functional project management teams can assist you every step of the way, to ensure the move to outsourced manufacturing is a smooth transition with the minimum of disruption.

PP C&A work with your team and consider all factors that can impact the program such as:

  • Engineering design
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly
  • Technical compliance
  • Approvals and standards
  • Test specifications
  • Supply chain considerations
  • Packaging and logistics
  • Methods of order placement or replenishment
  • General administration

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Explore outsourcing case studies

Winbro Group Technologies

A strategic manufacturing outsourcing partnership – built on trust, integrity and maximising each other’s production expertise – is celebrating ten years together with the launch of the world’s most productive EDM drilling machine.

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Collected customer case studies (2021)

This collection of case studies examines some of the recent strategic outsourcing partnerships delivering against several business pains for machine builders and OEMs, and how those partners are benefiting from the PP C&A approach.

Needham Group

Turning to the strategic manufacturing outsourcing expertise of PP Control & Automation could prove to be a pivotal decision for Needham Group as it aims to turn a £30m expansion blueprint into reality.

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Inventor-e (iVendScale/iBinScale)

Inventor-e is accelerating disruption of inventory management with the help of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, a unique collective of sub-contract manufacturers and a world class engineering design consultancy.

Jenton Group

A new manufacturing partnership between PP Control & Automation and Jenton Group has created the capacity to build new UV technology in volumes that could help protect us from Covid-19 in indoor spaces.

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Mazak UK

As the years have gone by, the relationship between the two businesses has become more interlinked, with PP C&A increasingly being asked to be involved in the design stage of new machine builds.

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Ishida: Strategic outsourcing partnership

Watch how Ishida realised their growth potential by making outsourcing part of their manufacturing strategy.

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Collected publications & case studies (2019-2020)

PP Control & Automation has had the opportunity to publish a variety of articles in the UK’s leading journals for the manufacturing industries.

A B Graphic International Ltd

During the design engineering discussions, it quickly became apparent that a more value-added design would be beneficial, allowing for a modular, configurable and pre-wired (Plug & play) style solution with significant benefit.

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Inventor-e was established in 2001 as a technology business to provide point-of-use solutions to industrial manufacturers and the facilities management markets.

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