5 Reasons Slideways Works for OEMs with In-House Machining

Mar 4, 2024 11:16:00 AM / by Slideways, Inc.



Slideways is a valuable partner even for those OEMs with in-house machining capabilities.

Many of our customers have extensive machine shops. So why is Slideways machining their plastic parts? It’s a few things that add up to a better solution for our customers.


Slideways’ specialty is designing and machining complex, custom plastic parts. Our engineers and machinists are experts in the niche “machined plastics” industry, enabling you to concentrate on your core design and metal fabrication competencies. We work from your specs with a vast understanding of conveyor belts and chains, state-of-the-art technical machines, and knowledge of various plastic materials. Most OEMs use very little plastic in comparison to the amount of metal their equipment requires. This creates a challenge for machinists unaccustomed to machining plastics creating longer set-up times and potential scrap.


Slideways only machines plastic. All our CNC machinery is specifically tooled for fabricating plastic components. There is no chance of metal contamination, which is especially important in food processing and packaging applications.


Slideways stocks plastic raw materials in the most common types for mechanical and wear applications. For customers, this eliminates inventory planning and the cost of inventory. The physical footprint of inventory racks takes up a lot of space that could be used for higher-value production. We only charge for the material a job requires. There is no need for our customers to charge off a full sheet if they only need a small portion.


We acknowledge your order with a ship date that keeps your scheduling needs in mind. We pride ourselves in a 2-3 week standard lead-time from order to shipment for custom parts.


Slideways communicates with all stakeholders in a company. Engineers, purchasing, and production all have their particular interests. Our goal is for customers to receive their Slideways product and take it right from the box to their machine for installation. Slideways customer service, engineers, and field reps are always available from the quote phase through installation.


Slideways helps OEMs stay efficient by allowing them to focus on their core competencies. Slideways is committed to your success. This frees-up resources for machining metal parts, engineering, and assembly. It frees up cash by reducing inventory and reduces cost of buying full sheets of plastic materials.

Topics: industry, machined, conveyor systems, plastic supplier, custom plastic fabrication, News

Slideways, Inc.

Written by Slideways, Inc.

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