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Does Your Rubber Gasket Manufacturer Keep The Kinks Out of Your Supply Chain?

Die cut rubber gaskets may seem an insignificant and low-cost part of your production process. However, just as the want of a horseshoe nail lost a kingdom, the want of a rubber gasket can bring your line to a screeching halt, erasing all gains in productivity.

According to George Alessandra, an economist at the University of Rochester, supply chain shortages are the worst in 50 years, and he doesn’t see an end in sight.  China’s Zero COVID policy led to extended lockdowns in major manufacturing cities like Shanghai. Businesses only began reopening in June after a 2-month closure. 

Your rubber gasket manufacturer should be your partner in keeping the line running and the kinks out of your supply chain. 

Here is how Frank Lowe fortifies your supply chain. 

What You Need When You Need It

Are you still trying to operate with a just-it-time model, or have you pivoted to just-in-case?  Either way, Frank Lowe’s Northeastern United States location makes shipping affordable and fast. 

A container on a ship from Shenzen port to New York City can spend over a month at sea. And getting the container on and off the ship adds even more time to the trip. You can pay well over $10,000 in freight and port charges. That doesn’t include the cost of getting the goods from the port to your manufacturing facility.


The time in transit is almost unbelievable.


Shipments that previously took 43 days now take an additional 20 days. And that’s a decrease from transit times that were over 80 days. 

And if you can’t wait, you are in trouble. Air freight from Asia is costly and can still take weeks. 

On the other hand, Frank Lowe ships across the United States, and delivery generally takes no more than 4 to 5 days for ground freight. Air freight is even faster!

Set It and Forget It

Managing your inventory is much easier when you can rely on Frank Lowe’s set it and forget it approach to supplying your rubber gasket needs. 

Your single point of contact with the company works with you to understand your lead time needs and your manufacturing processes. Together you develop a plan that supplies the rubber gaskets you need to keep your line running. We work with you on minimum order quantities, so you don’t need to keep excess inventory on hand. 

When it’s time to reorder, we’ll be ready to meet your needs.  Our Blanket Purchase Order Program allows you to get the benefit of bulk pricing without carrying higher inventory.

If you have a recurring need for rubber gaskets, using our Blanket Purchase Order Program ensures a supply of the parts you need is ready to ship on an agreed-upon schedule. You benefit from: 

  • Decreased administrative costs, as you don’t need to submit a monthly or quarterly purchase order for parts
  • Decreased administrative costs, as you don’t need to submit a monthly or quarterly purchase order for parts
  • Less stress on procurement professionals busy shoring up the supply chain elsewhere.

A Future Thinking Partner

Frank Lowe is ready to evolve with you.

As your manufacturing processes evolve and you develop new products, your supply chain needs will change too.

Tell us your needs, and we’ll find the product. Not all die-cut rubber gaskets perform the same or have equal tolerances. With 10 elastomers available, we may be able to identify a material that better suits your needs. It might even save you money. 

Does your manual manufacturing process include removing web scraps and slugs? Frank Lowe believes you shouldn’t slow your production line or increase labor costs to remove pesky web scraps. Just let us know, and we will take care of that for you. 

Our company is built on relationships and not transactions. We’re more than just a rubber gasket manufacturer, we are product consultants. 

But don’t take our word for it. 

Here is what Chuck Conto with Red Cat Brands had to say about working with Frank Lowe during a new product development project. “They were extremely quick to provide samples, so we were able to try different materials…they even made helpful suggestions and helped us think outside the box.”

More Than a Rubber Gasket Manufacturer

Build a supply chain with resilience. Work with a partner that pivots with you and can anticipate your needs. 

Focus on improving your products and put your rubber gasket purchasing on autopilot with Frank Lowe.

Get custom die-cut gaskets to meet your requirements for temperature, ozone, oxygen, flexibility, strength, and abrasion resistance. 

Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your line will never be down waiting on gaskets from overseas. 

Exceptional customer service, high quality, and responsiveness to your needs make Frank Lowe the rubber gasket manufacturer you can rely upon to keep the kinks out of your supply chain.

Contact Frank Lowe today for a quote.

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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