Red River has the Tolerance to Meet Tight Tolerances

Precision manufacturing wouldn’t be precise if it couldn’t produce consistently reliable and accurate parts. At Red River, we put precision in our name because we have the capabilities to manufacture outstanding components for any industry, no matter the material or the complexity.

Our goal is to produce high-quality American made products, and we meet this goal on every project. As a full-service metal and manufacturing company, we work with a wide variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, stainless steel, titanium, copper, alloys, and much more.  Our Punch Press can handle the material thickness of 10 ga mild steel, 14 ga stainless steel, and 3/16 in. aluminum. Press brake capabilities can handle parts up to 12 ft long and has a maximum of 125 tons.

We meet the needs of the precision industries we work with by providing them with fabricated parts that meet the tight tolerances specified. We routinely work to tolerances as little as ±0.005 in.

Red River Precision Manufacturing lives up to its name. Our customers rely on us for full fabrication services of high-quality components at competitive prices. If you need turn-key fabrication of prototypes, short runs, or volume production, Red River delivers precision every time.

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Red River Precision Manufacturing Gets into Clean Energy

Clean energy is a broad term for less polluting energy sources, which include large scale energy supplying sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal but also smaller energy reducing products such as LED light bulbs and electric cars. The clean energy movement is taking shape across the U.S. as Americans are looking for ways to reduce energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and dependence on fossil fuels.

Even though the recent Supreme Court decision ruled to put the EPA’s Clean Power Plan regulations on hold, the clean energy movement is well underway and gaining speed. Cities across the country are signing on for new solar energy programs and residential solar is continuing to grow. Wind energy has found a greater footing in Europe than in the U.S. but projects are continuing on land and in the sea to build viable wind farms. The most amazing part of this clean energy boom is that it is often supported by local utilities. The end game is to cut greenhouse gasses but finding renewable energy sources that are reliable, effective, and efficient are also a major benefit.

With the growth of the clean energy industry, we recognize the needs the industry will face as it continues to expand. Precision metal forming will be required to continue to build the solar panels, wind turbines, and specialized components that will deliver electricity to more homes in more diversified areas. Red River Precision Manufacturing has the capabilities needed to handle the challenging requirements of the clean energy industry.

As the energy industry continues to move into cleaner sources, the bending, cutting, and machining services provided by Red River Precision Manufacturing will continue to be sought after. To learn more about how our metal fabrication services can meet the needs of the clean energy industry, as well as any other industry, please feel free to contact us.  

Custom Metal Manufacturer For Your Semi-Conductor Fabrication

There is no question that technology is advancing fastermanufacturing semiconductors each year. Cell phones, tablets, smart devices, all have had rapid advances. Morre’s Law predicts that computing power doubles every eighteen months. That means that more and more semiconductors will be needed and semiconductor manufacturing will have to meet this increase in demand. Red River Precision is up for this challenge and dedicated to producing quality American-made products.

Whether it’s prototypes, short runs, or volume production our highly specialized personnel are ready and willing to serve the semiconductor market.

As full-service customer manufacturer or metal prototypes and products, we have a wide range of capabilities including bending, punching, machining, sawing, shearing, forming and welding, as well as waterjet cutting. We work with metal and nonmetal materials and when the water jet cutting services are applied secondary operations are reduced or unnecessary.

If you are in need of a custom metal manufacturer, don’t hesitate to take a look at our projects or contact us. We’re happy to answer any question and discuss which process if the right solution for you.

Manufacturing Trend Predictions for 2016

For those outside the industry, it often seems like not much ever changes with manufacturing. Raw goods go in, and finished goods come out. But, for those of us involved in the day-to-day aspects of the industry, we see how new technologies are having an impact on today’s processes.

With the coming of the new year, there is always anticipation and excitement about what changes may take place in the next 12 months. Surveys are completed regarding industry trends and how manufacturers will be working over the coming year. A new report by Citrix examined technology trends in manufacturing and found that most manufacturers are embracing some new technologies but the tried and true methods are still the mainstays of their business.

In 2016, the industry is predicted to embrace next generation materials for 3D printing and utilizing this process to design and manufacture more personalized products. Aluminum costs are dropping and the material is finding new applications in many industries (the Ford F-150, for example). Robots and high-tech manufacturing are also hot topics as connectivity and technology join forces with traditional methods.

Although the experts often point out the newest technologies as coming trends, we see the trends in combining the traditional manufacturing processes with the technology to improve their function. For instance, computer and software driven water jet cutting equipment handle both metal and non-metal materials and eliminates the secondary operations to obtain smooth, finished edges while improving on accuracy and efficiency.

While predicting the future is commonplace at this time of year, many of those predictions are not yet viable in today’s manufacturing environments to improve upon the processes currently in use. The technologies that do make it are the ones that allow us to improve processes and reduce costs for our customers. At Red River, those are the trends we will be embracing.

Work With A Small Business Like Red River Precision For Big Advantages

Small Is The New Big” is the title of one of business guru and best-selling author Seth Godin’s books. In fact, in the book, Godin writes, “Small is the new big. Recent changes in the way that things are made and talked about mean that big is no longer an advantage. In fact, it’s the opposite…” Godin goes on to say that your customers have more power now and “treating them like they don’t matter doesn’t work.”
That’s one of the main advantages of working with a small business like Red River Precision: You get more personalized service. You matter. And there are other advantages, too, like having the opportunity to easily make changes and customize a product or service when you work with a small business, like us.

At Red River Precision Manufacturing, we are proud to be a small business providing sheet metal fabrication from our 12,500-square-foot facility in Texas. We pay attention to our customers. We build relationships and get to know our customers’ needs, and we provide the best solutions that fit each customer’s budget, whether that budget or the project itself, is big or small.

We’ve made it our company’s mission to provide our customers with high-quality American-made products, On-time, and on-budget, from prototypes to short runs and volume production. We may be a small business, but we do provide big advantages — and even bigger value — to every one of our customers. And we plan on doing the same for many more years to come. We invite you to experience these advantages by working with us in 2016 and beyond, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Keeping Up With The ‘Crazy’ Semiconductor Industry

Analysts may call the semiconductor industry “crazy,” but it’s the good kind of crazy: Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached a whopping $84 billion during the second quarter of 2015 alone, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). SIA also reported that the sales pace of 2015 was ahead of 2014 at that time. A recent report from Design & Reuse says, “Year-to-date sales during the first half of 2015 were 3.9 percent higher than they were at the same point in 2014.”

The semiconductor industry is known to be dynamic and volatile (and, yes, a little “crazy” at times). An article on Forbes.com written by Jim Handy, an industry analyst, is, in fact, titled “Semiconductors – A Crazy Industry.” In the article, Handy said, “From a long-term historical perspective, the way this industry works is astounding. The semiconductor industry is unique, unlike anything else in the history of the world.” He continued to say that the industry’s financial returns are “completely offset by steep price declines. Users keep getting more and more performance, but in the end, they pay about the same amount every year, no matter how much performance increases.” Handy added that the semiconductor industry’s 2013 revenues – which topped $306 billion – “probably paid for 20-30 times the functionality of the $204 billion worth of semiconductors sold in 2000.”

These numbers are big, and they may seem “overwhelming” or “crazy” to anyone not familiar and experienced working with the semiconductor industry. But, as a full-service custom manufacturer of metal prototypes and products, Red River Precision has worked with several companies from the semiconductor industry.

Our experience refurbishing equipment and components for the semiconductor industry has had us manufacturing new parts or replacement parts to vamp up machines and bring them to newer standards. Working with the “crazy” semiconductor industry is something that we enjoy doing here at Red River Precision, and we welcome the opportunity, every chance we get!

Manufacturing Day & Red River Precisions

WHAT IS MANUFACTURING DAY?mfgday15
The first Friday of every October is celebrated as Manufacturing Day. It is an endeavor that attempts to present the modern face of manufacturing to the next generation of students and:

Drive home the importance of this activity to the prosperity of the nation.

Show them exactly how financially lucrative, respectable, rewarding and advanced a career in manufacturing and production can be.

This is accomplished through educational events, factory and plant tours and open question-answer sessions with industry influencers who not only orient the students but also their parents so that choosing manufacturing emerges as a viable alternative for many.

WHERE DOES RED RIVER FIGURE?
Red River Precision Manufacturing Inc. is an industry leader where providing manufacturing critical services like shearing, punching, water-jetting, drilling and forming are concerned.

During Manufacturing Day reflect about the past and welcome the future of manufacturing. We encourage any interested young students pursuing manufacturing to go for it.

Red River Precision is proud to carry the baton in favor of a bright future of manufacturing in the US. To know more about Manufacturing Day and how people are celebrating around the country visit. http://www.mfgday.com.

Red River Precision Capabilities For Semi-Conductors

There is no question that technology is advancing fastermanufacturing semiconductors each year. Cell phones, tablets, smart devices, all have had rapid advances. Morre’s Law predicts that computing power doubles every eighteen months. That means that more and more semiconductors will be needed and semiconductor manufacturing will have to meet this increase in demand. Red River Precision is up for this challenge and dedicated to producing quality American-made products.

Whether it’s prototypes, short runs, or volume production our highly specialized personnel are ready and willing to serve the semiconductor market.

As full-service customer manufacturer or metal prototypes and products, we have a wide range of capabilities including bending, punching, machining, sawing, shearing, forming and welding, as well as waterjet cutting. We work with metal and nonmetal materials and when the water jet cutting services are applied secondary operations are reduced or unnecessary.

If you are in need of a custom metal manufacturer, don’t hesitate to take a look at our projects or contact us. We’re happy to answer any question and discuss which process if the right solution for you.

Four Tips When Searching For A Metal Manufacturer

How do you choose the right metal fabricator for your company needs? Many sheet metal shops may have a similar approach, but here are the key elements to look for when choosing the right partnership for you.

Partnership
Noticed how we mention partnership. Many sheet metal fabricators and their customers develop and rely on a trusting relationship for the overall success of the project.

Find a Fabricator or Custom Metal Manufacturer that has a culture of creating a partnership with their customers. One way of determining if they are is through their website. Do they have any special projects highlighted? Are any testimonials listed? Is there a place to request a quote or consultation? These are clues indicating the company not only gets the job done but that they provide a reliable customer service experience.

Location
Choose a vendor that is in proximity to you or has a central location to avoid shipping delays or communication hurdles (i.e., different time zones)

Capability
Choose one who has experience with different metals or techniques. When a manufacturer has different capabilities, they can adjust methods to ensure you are within your budget or can generate better lead times.

Experience
Are they experts in their field? An experience and professional fabricator gives you reassurance your product will be of quality. Look for years of experience, ISO certifications, and business accreditations to confirm they are dependable.

Did these four tips help you choose a metal shop manufacture? If so we would love to have you share this content or tweet us @redriverprec letting us know.

If you are in search of a metal sheet manufacturer we invite you to visit our website or give us a call to discuss your needs today!

Red River Precision’s Prototyping 101

Red River Precision works on existing or never before built prototypes year round. Some designs are variations on an existing design or are from new customers. Regardless of the prototype Red River Precision aims for quality in all our projects. We want our work to be the solution for any of our customers’ prototype design challenge.

How Many…
When the design is set, the order may be anywhere from 1-10 in quantity. Many times one prototype is all a customer needs to ensure it is correct before full production, other times they may send it to other districts as well for a company-wide review. Red River accommodates any amount necessary for analysis.

How To…
Typically prototyping is usually a quick resolution but there are other circumstances where customers may need more of our expertise and assistance with a prototype. When one of our customers’ needs a bit more assistance, we are happy to step up and consult all their options with them.

How Much…
We review the design, any cost-saving procedures that may work for their budget, like special tooling to reduce labor costs or substitutions in assembly methods other than welding and sanding. We can also advice on how we can incorporate extra LEAN manufacturing options if they are an environmentally conscience company. We enjoy working with all our customers to guarantee their satisfaction and to work with their needs and budget.