At Gallagher Fluid Seals, engineering is central to every project and solution we deliver. Our goal is to provide sealing solutions where there had been sealing failures, and our engineering team is among the most experienced and talented in the industry.
This blog post is the final installment of a four-part series discussing how we work with our customers to create a sealing solution for their most critical applications. So far, we’ve talked about Application Discovery & Review, Commercial Evaluation & Development, and Prototyping & Testing. The fourth step in this process is Approval & Production.
Part IV: Approval & Production
When parts have been tested and the concept has been validated, the next step in the process is commercialization. What is the best way to get this part produced efficiently and correctly, taking into consideration the varying needs of our customers?
After production-level pricing has been submitted and approved, Gallagher moves from a design and production role into a service and logistical support role. Depending on the needs of the customer, and the consumption patterns of the part, Gallagher can stock and release blanket orders, provide one-off purchases as needed, or even kit the part with other parts (or provide sub-assembly of items). We can also handle any packaging or labeling needs our customers may have, including private label parts or handling aftermarket purchases.
During the first three steps of designing the seal, we should have mitigated the chances of having a quality issue, but Gallagher can provide continuous quality support and testing, including PPAP and FAI approval. With quality being of the utmost importance to our organization, our King of Prussia facility is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Designing a Seal Recap
Section I: Application Discovery & Review – What’s the problem that’s causing pain for you or your end-user? What’s the value of a replacement (in labor, performance, money) and is it worth pursuing?
Section II: Commercial Evaluation & Development – Gallagher will choose the supplier whose core strength fits your needs. A viable prototype will then be created to begin the testing process. At this time budgetary pricing will also be submitted.
Section III: Prototyping & Testing – A first run of prototype parts will be created and submitted for testing. If testing at your facility is not available, GFS can facilitate 3rd party testing, either by one of our trusted suppliers, or by an accredited laboratory or testing facility.
Section IV: Approval & Production – Depending on customer needs and consumption patterns, GFS will determine the best way to produce this part efficiently and economically. We will provide logistical support to make sure our customers get quality products in a timely manner.