This article was written by Marko Duffy, President of Marathon Manufacturing Services. It describes what is required and what should be taken into consideration when writing a PO for any metal finishing job.
When you send your intricately machined or fabricated parts out to your finisher, are you giving them enough information to do the best job possible? You may be doing a terrific job giving the plater, anodizer, painter everything they need to know and if so congratulations! You’re one of a few.
Having been a metal finisher for many years, I have seen all types of Purchase Orders. From the proverbial cocktail napkin to the 14 page dissertation, there are all kinds of Purchase Orders that we’ve seen and dealt with with varying degrees of success.
Not as Easy as You Think!
The best Purchase Orders always tell us the following info: