Ask anyone in the aerospace industry, and they’ll tell you why sourcing specialized aircraft hardware is significant. You can only feel confident in your aircraft when you build it with well-made, sturdy, and reliable equipment. To achieve this, you’ll need a reputable industrial hardware supplier.
However, with the global aerospace parts manufacturing market expanding at a rapid rate, multiple distributors are competing for the top spot. As a result, you may find it difficult to choose an industrial hardware wholesaler suited to your specific needs.
While each supplier is different, a few common characteristics separate the great ones from the good. So, before deciding on a potential distributor, check how they perform on the following parameters.
1. Product Quality
An industrial hardware wholesaler is only as good as the quality of product they offer. And, given the aviation sector’s long list of safety standards, it’s unwise cut corners with aircraft hardware. An improperly made part or weak component can lead to dire consequences.
When shopping for a component supplier, start with evaluating their product line. What material do they use to produce the hardware? Do the products meet industrial mandates?
Moreover, is the supplier willing to be accountable for quality issues? Do they book regular inspections to ensure effective quality management?
Based on the answers to these questions, you’ll know whether or not you should continue negotiating with a particular supplier.
2. Pricing Model
As an aviation business owner, you’re probably no stranger to budget demands. In fact, money may be your top priority. Hence, you must find an industrial hardware supplier that offers best-in-class products at reasonable prices.
Bear in mind that the distributor’s charges usually include more than the price of the component. In other words, you’ll also pay for their service, knowledge, and experience.
It’s best if you ask about the distributor’s pricing model right out the gate. This way, you’ll be able to compare quotes from different suppliers and select one that fits your budget. Also, avoid wholesalers with suspiciously low pricing quotes, as they may surprise you with hidden costs down the line.
When it comes to the aerospace industry, mistakes can have far-reaching aftereffects. Not only are hardware errors expensive and damaging, but they can also lead to fatalities. This is why you should team up with experienced suppliers who specialize in designing and manufacturing aircraft components.
Seasoned industrial hardware distributors are less likely to sell defective specimens, thanks to their prolonged association with the aviation sector. Consequently, you can count on them to deliver top-notch hardware consistently.
4. Production and Delivery Capabilities
In certain cases, your choice of supplier may simply boil down to who meets your requirements the best. As mentioned, not all distributors are cut from the same cloth. It’s up to you to decide whether a potential supplier is capable of delivering the level of precision and quality you need. But always opt for a supplier that uses premium raw materials, sophisticated technology, and stringent quality controls.
That said, advanced facilities are only effective as long as the product reaches you in time. Unless the supplier has an expedited delivery schedule, you may have to wait for months to receive the completed aircraft parts.
To prevent this, try and find local industrial hardware distributors offering same-day shipping. This will also help you cut down on freight costs and save a ton of money on overhead expenses.
5. Certifications and Warranties
According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advisory Circular (AC) 0056, civil aircraft parts distributors should enroll in third-party accrediting programs based on voluntary industry oversight. Not only does this ensure that their hardware is quality-stated, but it also confirms that the distributor can maintain said quality.
For this reason, it’s in your best interest to opt for an accredited distributor with a valid, active license. Without this assurance, you run the risk of finding quality issues with your supplies.
Veteran distributors can also have a host of additional certifications, including:
Plus, most competent wholesalers offer limited warranties and repair/replace defective parts free of charge, provided they have not been misused, disassembled, or improperly installed.
6. Market Reputation
Once you’ve decided on a supplier, run a background check on them. For starters, go through their website with a fine-tooth comb to get an idea of their services and market presence. See if they have any major accomplishments. Look them up on third-party review forums to see what their clients think of their services.
Doing this will give you a fair idea of the distributor, their offerings, and their track record before you enter into any negotiations. A supplier with a sterling market reputation may be better at delivering satisfactory performances, as they have an image to protect.
Choosing the right hardware supplier is easier said than done. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. All you have to do is weigh each potential distributor against the points above. This will leave you with a comprehensive list of qualified suppliers who can meet all your needs with ease.
At Elite Sales Inc, we value quality above all else. As an industrial hardware supplier with over 100 years of combined experience, we provide large/small businesses with exquisite products at reasonable prices. Contact us to learn more about what we have to offer!
I am Randy Gonzales. I am the President of Elite Sales Inc, a rigging equipment and wire rope distribution company based in Miami, Tampa, Houston, and Dyer. I have more than 30 years of experience in the distribution and supply of industrial hardware industry.