PEKO Precision Products

Trade shows: Find the right contract manufacturer for your job

Posted by Brianna Marchetti on Sep 13, 2018 1:08:34 PM
Sophisticated Contract Manufacturing Made Simple 

As you may know, the New England area–specifically Boston–has hundreds of machine/manufacturing shops, but what sets companies apart from one another?  By attending trade shows you have the chance to get in front of innovative companies that utilize the newest and latest technological advancements.  However, it's easy to become sidetracked, or even overwhelmed, by a company's flashy booth that isn't a solution to your problem–especially if you are seeking a sophisticated contract manufacturer to manage the production of your product.  

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Topics: CNC Machining, Contract Manufacturing

Sharing 50 years of precision machining experience with our new PreciSion Insights e-guides

Posted by Scott Baxter on Dec 2, 2016 9:09:00 AM


For over 50 years, PEKO has learned more than a few lessons about CNC Machining.  Being a premier CNC machine shop means taking advantage of all the successes and failures over the past half decade.

For our 50th birthday, PEKO has decided to create an an e-guide series to help those looking for a mechanical contract manufacturer.   These guides will help focus on the highlights of what to look for when choosing a partner.  Finding a good supplier can be a long and confusing journey.  WIth our guides, we will help purchasing and engineering personnel make the right decisions for their company.  Our guides highlight the must-ask questions when optimizing a machining supply base. 

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Topics: CNC Machining, precision machine shop

Finding a new machining supplier for the hard to make parts:

Posted by Scott Baxter on Feb 24, 2016 10:12:04 AM

What to do with a fabricated part that your usual suppliers can't make:

We all have a great supply of local cnc machining, precision fab and other manufacturing vendors that we have built trusting relationships with over the years.  These vendors have been there with us through thick and thin.  We have familiarity and trust that can only be built through years of demanding manufacturing challenges.  Oftentimes, parts come along that are simply not suited for the average vendors.  You know its a long shot but you send out these parts for quote, each of your local vendors sending back the NQ response.  They say, "Jeez, Scott, you know we can't make a part like that, it is way beyond our capabilities".  So now you have to go looking for a new vendor and hope they are the right fit for your part and for your business.  Here are some things to look for:

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Topics: CNC Machining, large parts

Four Concerns for BIG Parts CNC Machining and Assembly

Posted by Scott Baxter on Aug 18, 2015 11:49:31 AM

Large Parts CNC Machining and Assembly:

In the world of CNC Machining, Assembly and Fabrications, parts and features can range from the palm of your hand to the size of a tractor trailer and then some.  Different CNC Machine Shops are suited for many different size ranges.  High volume shops can produce millions of small parts in a short amount of time.  But today I wanted to talk about the big stuff.  Those large parts and assemblies that are not only hard to source for the OEM, but also hard to produce without all the right capabilities.  Large CNC parts and assemblies create very specific problems for the manufacturer but with smart planning and good equipment, the manufacturer can provide excellent value to the OEM without causing too much pain.     
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Topics: CNC Machining, Contract Assembly, machine shop, large parts

7 Useful Factors in Evaluating Precision Machine Shops

Posted by Scott Baxter on Apr 23, 2015 9:47:11 AM

Machine Shop Evaluation:
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Topics: CNC Machining, precision machine shop

Stainless Steel Machining: Quick Tips from a Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Scott Baxter on Mar 26, 2015 1:28:12 PM

As a Contract Manufacturer of Equipment, Instrumentation and Machinery, we are tasked to perform CNC Machining (Milling, Turning, EDM) on a wide variety of different materials.  One of the most common materials we are asked to work with is Stainless Steel.  Due to the Chromium content of Stainless Steel, this material does not rust and corrode very readily.  Common SS alloys like 304, 316, 316L, 430 and others are common to great CNC Machine Shops like PEKO.  These alloys are great for use in the Aerospace, Defense, Marine, Medical, Food, Energy and Semiconductor industries.  Each of these industries has very strict requirements from things like sterile surfaces to harsh environments.  Below I've listed some helpful tips and tricks when it comes to machining Stainless Steel alloys.

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Topics: CNC Machining

Machining Aluminum: Some Quick Tips from a Contract Manfucturer

Posted by Scott Baxter on Mar 25, 2015 2:05:00 PM

CNC Machining of Aluminum and some Quick Tip:

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Topics: CNC Machining

5 Difficulties for CNC Machining and Assembly in the Defense Industry

Posted by Scott Baxter on Mar 11, 2015 3:43:58 PM

Prime Contractors like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and others are becoming more open the the idea of value-add suppliers that can do CNC Machining, Sheet Metal Fab, Welding and Assembly.  In many cases, they require certifications like the ISO 9001, AS9100 or even specific AWS weld standards.  They are benefiting from the ability to save money and time both in bidding and production.  By using these suppliers, the Prime OEMs can focus on the integration and testing of their product to ensure it is ready for government purchase.  ITAR registeration is also a critical feature in the Defense manufacturing industry.  At PEKO, we've been dealing with such customers for years and we've put together a quick list of some of the difficult things to contend with when manufacturing for the Prime Contractors.
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Topics: CNC Machining, Contract Assembly, Defense

3 Challenges for Semiconductor Machining and Assembly

Posted by Scott Baxter on Dec 15, 2014 11:30:00 AM

The Semiconductor industry has been making strides for years now.  Although highly cyclical in nature, the wheels are always turning.  As such, the industry is constantly looking for CNC machining suppliers as well as assembly suppliers that can provide the components they need.  This industry is littered with low volume and high complexity parts.  Not every CNC machine shop is up to the task.  Anytime you are dealing with tools and instrumentation in this industry, everyone in the supply chain must be extremely aware of the critical nature of the parts.  A seemingly simple CNC machined part can be detrimental to the equipment if the correct procedures are not followed.  An industry with wafer handling, EUV, lithography and wafer inspection equipment is sure to be riddled with challenges for the entire supply chain.  Here at PEKO, there are challenges that we deal with daily.  Companies from Silicon Valley to Southern California and all the way to Boston,MA can benefit from working with a good Semiconductor machine parts manufacturer.  By successfully dealing with such challenges, we can ensure the customer receives the product as demanded.

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Topics: CNC Machining, Semiconductor, California Machine Shops

What Makes a Great Precision Machine Shop

Posted by Scott Baxter on Nov 11, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Identifying Key Factors for a Precision Machine Shop is important:

All over the country, there are  pockets of manufacturing still alive and well.  From plastics to metals and everything in between, there is still life in the manufacturing industry.  With some many shops of different sizes, specialties and cultures, it is important to identify key factors that contribute to a great precision machine shop. 

Not all machine shops are created equal. Many buyers and sourcing personnel focus too much on price without considering the big picture.  Quality, Delivery and Cost are all important and to achieve them the makeup of the business matters greatly. 

Buyers in high tech  industries such as Medical, Semiconductor, Defense, Printing and others would be prudent to look at the company a a whole to see how it operates before making any important purchasing decisions.  Let's analyze some important factors that one should consider when picking a machine shop for a project.

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Topics: CNC Machining, Low Volume Precision Machining, precision machine shop