Why This Well Capitalized Manufacturer Uses Blachford’s Engineering Expertise to Protect Their Brand

This esteemed company is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and gas engines and industrial gas turbines. With nearly 100 years of manufacturing experience, its product expertise is unsurpassed.

Challenge:

This company must ensure its equipment meets strict regulatory sound requirements – even when that equipment is an 1,100 ton excavator. But this company will do whatever it takes to meet customer needs and regulatory requirements because it is committed to outstanding product quality and strong customer relationships.

“For our shareholders, we have to produce a product at the lowest cost, at the right level of quality, and sell it at the highest price we can. We look for suppliers who can help us do that. Blachford helps us do that.”

– Global Procurement Manager

Solution:

Over the decades, Blachford has helped the company meet regulatory requirements throughout the world in addition to meeting specific customer needs. These achievements have been crucial to the company maintaining its reputation. As a premium supplier, the company respects and values Blachford’s technical competence and expertise in acoustics and material applications. Blachford is one of the only suppliers whose data the company trusts enough to use for compliance measurement without additional testing. This reduces cost and development time. The estimates cost of just one additional acoustics testing engineer including benefits, capable of this level of precision, is over $100/hour (over $200,000 annually). Leveraging its’ acoustic design expertise, while solving a particularly challenging time-sensitive compliance issue, Blachford was able not only keep a multimillion-dollar mining product available for sale, but also eliminated 14 SKUs from the acoustics package, shaving $140,000 annually off the total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Across product families, the reduction of one SKU is a $10k savings. Blachford eliminated 14 SKUs.”

– Noise Control Research Engineer

Expected Annualized Benefits:

  • In an emergency helped retain account worth millions of dollars in sales of mining equipment by developing innovative, custom alternative to fiberglass part
  • Reduced SKUs, lowering the TCO, producing annual savings of $140,000
  • Fractionally saved the need for an additional acoustic engineer at a cost with benefits of over $200,000/yr.

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Case Study Snapshot:

Customer Industry:

Construction Equipment Manufacturing

Annual Revenue:

54 Billion

Total Employees:

100,000

Business Issues:

  • Project and protect the image of a premium brand
  • Reduce TCO and continuously improve
  • Meet regulatory requirements to support markets around the globe
  • Successfully meet project deadlines with a small noise control research group

Key Results:

  • Saved 140k by eliminating 14 SKUs
  • Saved 200k in engineering expenses
  • Achieved Regulatory Compliance
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Customers Who Trust Blachford Acoustics Group

“Blachford eliminated SKUs. Across product families, the reduction of one SKU is a $10k savings. Blachford eliminated 14 SKUs.”

– Noise Control Research Engineer – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“The first project with Blachford, it was a definite quality improvement, and it was over a million dollar yearly cost savings for just the purchase parts themselves. We went from 28 (SKU) parts to 14.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“Noise is important to brand image. It is one of the top factors along with driveability and reliability. Acoustics – it’s a 4 out of 5, it might even be a 5 in importance projecting the image, the brand, and the quality that we want projected to the market.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Our ten-fold growth prior to our acquisition was expedited by our working relationship with Blachford.”

– Design Engineer

“For our shareholders, we have to produce a product at the lowest cost, at the right level of quality and sell it at the highest price we can. We look for suppliers who can help us do that. Blachford helps us do that.”

– Global Procurement Manager – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“When a company does a spec, boundary conditions like humidity that day, temperature, that all matters. ASPM national or international spec. We try to verify where we can, but we don’t even have the equipment they have. We trust their specifications. Blachford brings innovative ideas, processes, materials, and offerings we value.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Then, bringing them in at the beginning with our new product design, it probably saved 6-12 months of development. We didn’t just wa nt the spec sheet value. We wanted customers to get in the machine and experience the difference.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“If we have an acoustics issue, we will reach out to Blachford since they are the experts. It saves us money because we do not have to keep an acoustic expert on site with an annual salary, with benefits, of $125K.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“As a mechanical engineer, we make stuff that is practical and affordable and Blachford’s materials routinely help me reach these goals.”

– Design Engineer

“We [purchasing department] reported savings of $100k annually from moving to the die-cut solution using Blachford.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

Customers Who Trust Blachford Acoustics Group

“Blachford eliminated SKUs. Across product families, the reduction of one SKU is a $10k savings. Blachford eliminated 14 SKUs.”

– Noise Control Research Engineer – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“The first project with Blachford, it was a definite quality improvement, and it was over a million dollar yearly cost savings for just the purchase parts themselves. We went from 28 (SKU) parts to 14.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“Noise is important to brand image. It is one of the top factors along with driveability and reliability. Acoustics – it’s a 4 out of 5, it might even be a 5 in importance projecting the image, the brand, and the quality that we want projected to the market.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Our ten-fold growth prior to our acquisition was expedited by our working relationship with Blachford.”

– Design Engineer

“For our shareholders, we have to produce a product at the lowest cost, at the right level of quality and sell it at the highest price we can. We look for suppliers who can help us do that. Blachford helps us do that.”

– Global Procurement Manager – Construction Equipment Manufacturer

“When a company does a spec, boundary conditions like humidity that day, temperature, that all matters. ASPM national or international spec. We try to verify where we can, but we don’t even have the equipment they have. We trust their specifications. Blachford brings innovative ideas, processes, materials, and offerings we value.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“Then, bringing them in at the beginning with our new product design, it probably saved 6-12 months of development. We didn’t just wa nt the spec sheet value. We wanted customers to get in the machine and experience the difference.”

– Design Engineer – Heavy Equipment Manufacturer

“If we have an acoustics issue, we will reach out to Blachford since they are the experts. It saves us money because we do not have to keep an acoustic expert on site with an annual salary, with benefits, of $125K.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

“As a mechanical engineer, we make stuff that is practical and affordable and Blachford’s materials routinely help me reach these goals.”

– Design Engineer

“We [purchasing department] reported savings of $100k annually from moving to the die-cut solution using Blachford.”

– Design Engineer – Truck Manufacturer

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