6 Attributes You Should Look for in a Custom Gasket Manufacturer

If your business needs gaskets for different manufacturing and/or machine maintenance functions on a regular basis, it's imperative to choose a custom gasket manufacturer who can consistently meet your needs and exceed your expectations. While there are several custom gasket manufacturers out there who may have the equipment to create custom gaskets, not all manufacturers are created equally. 

And choosing the wrong custom gasket manufacturer can have long-standing implications, including ruining a well-designed piece of machinery or well-designed product. If you find yourself choosing between multiple custom gasket manufacturers, here are a few tips and key points you should consider. 

Experienced Custom Gasket Manufacturer 

Because any one can purchase die cutting equipment and call themselves a custom gasket manufacturer, it's critical to look past the obvious criteria. Specifically, you should choose a custom manufacturer with experience and a proven ability to deliver high-quality gaskets. And when it comes to longevity, Frank Lowe is second to none. 

Since 1955, we have been helping businesses across all industries and markets by providing high-quality custom gaskets and other die cutting components. Simply put, you'll be hard pressed to find a more experienced custom gasket manufacturer. 

Testimonials & Customer References 

When you choose a custom gasket manufacturer, you're essentially trusting them to provide a gasket that could serve a critical role in the functioning of your product, application, or machinery. If they provide subpar work or fail to provide accurate materials selection assistance, it can lead to expensive product or machinery failures or even worse. 

As a result, you should require a potential custom manufacturer to provide references or customer testimonials prior to doing business with them. Most importantly, every custom manufacturer will boast and rave about their abilities — but nothing speaks louder than actual references or customer testimonials

The Custom Gasket Manufacturer Should Work with CAD Files

In today's world, it's imperative you partner with a custom gasket manufacturer who can move at the speed of business. In other words, you should require them to have a computerized system. The ability to recognize and utilize CAD files will quickly increase the speed of production for your gaskets. In addition, it will substantially lower your costs. 

At Frank Lowe, we offer a full range of capabilities, including the ability to work with CAD files. Our team of gasket engineers will work closely with you to provide solutions, including design assistance with CAD files. 

The Custom Manufacturer Should Offer Prototyping Services

If you already have the optimized dimensions of a gasket, prototyping services may not seem like a substantial value add. However, what happens if you need a new gasket or would like to try a less expensive material? 

Regardless of your current demands, it's imperative to choose a custom manufacturing partner with the capabilities to meet you future needs, including prototyping. At Frank Lowe, we offer rapid prototyping and custom fabrication capabilities that allow you to quickly try out several different potential solutions to find the best one. 

Materials Selection Assistance

Your custom gasket manufacturing partner should be able to do much more than simply die cut a shape over and over. Instead, you should look for a partner who can add value in more ways than one, particularly when it comes to materials selection

At Frank Lowe, we bring over 65 year of experience helping manufacturers and business across virtually all industries choose the best material for their gasket, application, or product. Our experienced product engineers will get to know your application need and then guide you to the most suitable material. In the process of doing this, we regularly ship our customers sample materials, so they can be confident in their decision. 

For instance, when we were assisting Stella Davina in the design creation of a new product, we shipped them a sample package of components so they could truly understand the different qualities of each material and make the best decision.  

The Gasket Manufacturer Should Have Technical Knowledge

The custom gasket manufacturing partner you choose should be aligned with your industry or very experienced in the machinery involved in your line of work. At Frank Lowe, our seasoned gasket exporters who offer in depth technical understanding on all of the different gaskets we supply. As a result, we're able to make knowledgeable suggestions and guide machinery owners toward the most suitable material and type of gasket

Contact the Custom Gasket Manufacturing Team at Frank Lowe

By partnering with Frank Lowe, you'll have an entire team of highly-specialized support willing to listen to your problems and help guide you to a solution. Instead of being cycled through a system, you'll have a dedicated point of contact who'll get to know you business always look to add value in all we do. 

Most importantly, when you partner with Frank Lowe, you can tap into more than 60 years of custom gasket manufacturing experience. We'll lend our experience to help create efficiencies wherever possible — whether it's helping you quickly choose a material for gaskets, machinery or providing expert design assistance. In either case, we'll act as an extended arm of your business. 

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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