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Who is Laystrom Manufacturing Co.?

Laystrom Manufacturing was founded in 1951 by members of the Laystrom family to produce custom component parts and assemblies for OEM equipment manufacturers nationally and internationally.  The company is owned and managed primarily by 3rd generation family members who work actively in the business daily.  The company operates a 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Chicago.  

How do I request a quote from Laystrom?

For items previously produced by Laystrom, please contact your inside sales representative (inside.sales@laystrom.com). They will need the part number, part revision, and expected order quantities as well as any information that has changed since our last quote or order.   Review of pricing and leadtimes for previously produced parts can take as little as a few hours to as much as a few days.    

For items previously not quoted or produced by Laystrom, please contact your sales representative, or contact us directly (sales@laystrom.com). In your email, please indicate part number, part revision, expected order quantities and need dates as well as EAU information, the date the quote is needed, and anything else which will help us address your request appropriately. Include all engineering information such as PDF files, CAD models, specifications, and if tooling is available for transfer to us.  Providing a quote for a part that is new to Laystrom can take as little as a day to as much as a few weeks.

What is the minimum order quantity you can sell?

Laystrom Manufacturing Co. doesn’t have a minimum order quantity.  We accept orders as small as 1 piece to as many as 500,000 pieces.  Pricing is based in part based on the manufacturing lot size for an order.  We do accept multiple ship dates against an order.   

What is your standard leadtime?

It is difficult to provide a "Standard leadtime" without specific details regarding the particular part, the raw material type, the number and type of processes required to make the part, and subcontracted operations such as plating or painting. For some prototype applications we provide expedited service and ship within 72 hours of receipt of the quote request.   Some items may require 12 weeks to produce because of issues such as complex manufacturing processes, lead-times for special raw materials, or time to produce tooling or to complete part approval processes.  We will identify a part’s leadtime on our quote.

Why do you choose different manufacturing processes?

In order to best meet your needs, we choose the option that we feel provides the best blend of total cost (including both tooling and piece part costs), leadtime, part configuration, usage and life of part estimates, and quality requirements.  Generally speaking -

Parts that are produced via tooled metal stamping processes tend to have more complicated features, are smaller in total size, have a higher annual usage, have a longer expected life, and have more stable designs.  Part prices are typically lower, up-front costs are higher, and the initial leadtime is longer.

Parts that are produced by precision sheet metal fabrication processes tend to be bigger and often more complicated in size and types of features,more frequently changed or with multiple variations in configuration, have lower annual usages and often shorter lives.  Part prices are usually higher, but there is often little of no up-front cost.  Lead-times are measured in days. 

What is the minimum and maximum gauge part you can manufacture?

Laystrom Manufacturing Co. has several production methods - all of which have different manufacturing capabilities.  Our stamping methods can process materials from .005” to .187” thick.  Our laser can cut material up to 1” thick in some applications, with the majority of what we process being from .030” to .25” thick.  Our turret presses typically process material from .030” to .12” thick.

How do you control your manufacturing processes?

Every part we manufacture starts with a rigorous new part introduction planning process.   During the NPI process, we review your engineering data and your specific requirements in order to develop and document a manufacturing process, raw material and subcontract specifications, inspection methods, and packaging.  Shop orders are generated for each production run; the process on the Shop Order reflects the approved manufacturing process and is rigorously followed. Changes from the approved methods are controlled through Process Change requests for the life of the part.   

What material types can you work with?  

We purchase and process a wide variety of materials including many grades of aluminum, stainless steel, mild steel (including HRPO, CRS, and high-strength low-alloy steels), coated steels, and various brass/copper alloys.   We purchase materials as sheets of up to 5’ wide x 10’ long, and as coiled products. 

What assembly services do you offer?

A variety of secondary assembly services including fastener installation (PEMS and other inserted fasteners), resistance welding, MIG/TIG manual or robotic welding, tapping, electromechanical assembly, deburring, labeling, time-saver sanding, and special packing such as kitting.

What finishing services do you offer?     

Laystrom offers an extensive amount of finishing services to the parts it manufactures. Generally, the most common are plating and painting. We do provide a wide range of secondary finishing services.

Can you guarantee rust free parts?

Unplated steel parts are subject to oxidation. In order to guarantee "Rust Free" parts a finishing operation such as painting or plating is required. Special packaging considerations can be quoted separately upon request for product that must be bare to reduce the effects of oxidation. For example, parts can be oiled and packed in plastic bags, vacuum sealed, or packing can include desiccant or VPI paper. These methods will add to the protection of the parts, but again, may not eliminate all surface oxidation.

Can you accept my drawings electronically, and in which format?

Yes. Our preferred files are DXF, IGES, an STP files, however, we can convert most CAD files for use. Internally, we use Solidworks.   We also accept image files such as .PDF or .TIFF files. 

How do you control our engineering information?

We utilize a secure document management system (Visual Vault) to store and to distribute information to authorized individuals within Laystrom.  Upon prior arrangement, we have the ability to allow our customers to directly load information into this database.

Can you accept die or tooling transfers?

Yes – we have done this successfully many times over the years.

Do you make and maintain your own tooling?

Laystrom Manufacturing Co. will normally have tooling made to our requirements using trusted tooling vendors.  During the life of the product and the tool, we perform the maintenance of that tooling in-house by our toolmakers.

What type of quality system do you have in place?

We are certified to ISO 9001: 2008. 

How does Laystrom ‘qualify’ a new part?

We start by identifying your quality system requirements for new part qualification.  It is best that you provide us with this information with your quote request.  Without specific instructions from you, we will typically inspect product off of the initial production run and document conformance to specifications for our internal usage.  Other variations could include following a specific First Article Approval process, providing physical samples to you, making a dedicated manufacturing run prior to production, compliance with specific PPAP requirements, and providing material and subcontracted purchase test reports.   Each of these options can have both cost and leadtime implications.

What is the procedure should a quality concern arise?

Please share your concerns immediately by contacting our inside sales staff.  They will document the concern through entry of a Corrective Action Request (CARPAR).  Their entry begins an initial investigation, and we will work with you to resolve the issue and insure the problem does not reoccur through formal corrective actions. If required, a "Return Material Authorization" will be provided should product have to be returned to us.

What warranty do you offer?

Please see our Terms of Sale.

How long is the quote price valid?

Quoted prices are valid for 90 days from time of quote, unless otherwise specified. Due to market conditions of raw material and other outside services, the quoted prices are subject to change based upon conditions beyond our control.   It is also a common practice to vary pricing based on changes in commodity price indexes (reported for steel, aluminum, copper, gold, and stainless steel) within the 90 days noted above. 

Does the selling price reflect a delivered price?

In most cases the selling price does not include the freight. Unless otherwise specified the quoted price is based upon freight "F.O.B., Our dock". We will ship via our customer's specified carriers, or recommend the most economic method.

What are your standard Terms and Conditions of Sale?

Our offer of sale is based upon our "Terms of Sale". Our ‘Terms of Sale’ can be retrieved using the TAB below, and is also listed on our Quotations.

Can you provide advance shipping notices (ASN)?

Yes. For our major customers we provide electronic advance shipping notices and also invoicing upon request via e-mail or Internet based systems. For specific shipments we can also forward you the "Tracking number" or "PRO number", upon request. 

Do you have the ability to supply bar-coded labels?

All of our shipments are bar-coded using a variant of an AIG label.  Please contact our sales department should you have a unique requirement.