Foodservice Equipment OEM Onshores to Weather the Perfect Storm, Taps Rahco to Fill Production Gaps and Quality Concerns
Global supply chain disruption, extended lead times from an offshore supplier, and formulation concerns rising from a volatile polymer market began to forecast a Perfect Storm that this foodservice equipment manufacturer couldn’t weather .
The distress call went out when this industry leading OEM experienced production line down periods due to an offshore supplier’s inability to provide key assembly components. The OEM was also concerned that the material used for their component had been manipulated due to raw material allocations and force majeure challenges.
Rahco stepped up and conducted material validation and compliance performance specification testing, rapid proto-typing, and expedited production tooling.
Rahco’s chemists and on-staff material science experts developed and tested a formulation based on most available raw materials that satisfied the customer’s high performance and ASTM D2000 specifications. Rahco’s design and engineering team worked with the client’s tooling sources to compress deliverable dates for a top-quality production mold; facilitating a production-intent proto-type mold that was completed in 4-weeks, and a production mold to meet a high-volume EAU that was delivered within 9 weeks.
Rahco successfully eliminated the supply chain gap, reduced lead times by 80%, and introduced a robust custom formulation that exceeded expectations and field requirements. Confidence in the critical formulation as restored and the brand’s integrity was protected.