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MATERIALS CONSULTING SERVICES

 

INTRODUCTION

    Material questions and problems affecting quality can come up when least expected.  Therefore having a material consultant available who has the right answers and solutions, and a materials engineering degree are essential to avoid material mistakes, and ensure material quality.

BACKGROUND    
    

    The science and technology of materials such as plastics, ceramics, and composites are enabling disciplines that make high quality, low cost, products, structures and components possible.  However, to get the maximum economic and technical benefits you must have the ability to properly select and apply the science and technology of materials without making mistakes.

PROBLEM  

    The problem is, most firms that design or fabricate products, structures and components typically have no one on their staff with a materials engineering degree to select, apply and specify plastics, ceramics, and composites.  This limits their ability to answer material questions, prevent and solve material problems, and interpret and apply the material and fabrication requirements in applicable codes, standards and specifications, which can be especially challenging to the layman user or specifier.  One material mistake can cost millions.  Typical mistakes leading to problems and reduced quality include: 

  • No one with a materials engineering degree to support the design function...
  • Using someone who does not have a materials engineering degree to make material decisions...
  • Assuming materials engineering is equivalent to welding engineering...
  • Relying on inspection to control and improve quality...
  • Not considering, or understanding the changes occurring in materials when fabricating, heat treating, forming or using other fabrication methods...
  • And others... see a complete explanation of these mistakes and others by clicking on COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID in the left side frame.

SOLUTION 

    The firm answers technical material questions, and advise designers, engineers, fabrication and quality personnel on matters of materials during the design, procurement, and fabrication phase needed to design and build in quality, by avoiding mistakes, and thereby ensure products, structures and components are suitable for the intended purpose.  This service can also be provided to your contractors, subcontractors, vendors or suppliers.

$    It's most costly to correct mistakes found in the finished product, structure, or component.

$    It's less costly to correct mistakes found when making the product, structure, or component.

   It's least costly to prevent mistakes during research, development and design of the product, structure, or                  component.

 

BENEFITS OF MATERIALS CONSULTING SERVICES

Materials consulting will allow you to:

  1. Prevent common materials engineering mistakes that reduce quality, lower productivity, increase costs, and jeopardize safety.

  2. Improve your technical capability in materials engineering.

  3. Eliminate the expense and commitment of hiring and maintaining a full time materials engineering support staff.

  4. Get the practical hands-on experience and knowledge required for the success of your project.

  5. Get solutions to problems or an independent opinion when needed.

  6. Profit from your project investment through improved quality, cost reductions, and on time performance within budget.  In other words you receive the best value for your investment dollar.

  7. Prevent unnecessary lawsuits resulting from failure or safety incidents.

  8. Design and build in material quality.

    For your convenience some of the engineering support and consulting services can be performed remotely saving you the time and cost associated with having an engineer travel to your location. If you prefer to have an engineer visit your location, or the location of a vendor, supplier, contractor or subcontractor, an hourly rate, travel time, mileage and associated expenses will be charged.

    To get a cost estimate for engineering support and consulting, or location visits, click on CONTACT METHODS in the left side frame, and use any of the listed methods to contact McWane and Associates.