- Stop diminishing profit margins
- Expand into 5-axis machining to enhance competitiveness
- Diversify the business by penetrating the precision machining market
Keys to success
- Provide seamless coordination between 5-axis CAM software and machine tools
- Implement powerful CAD system to reduce complexity of drawing management
- Use 5-axis machining to enter new precision machining market
- Facilitated entry into the competitive aerospace market
- Eliminated the need to repair 3D models
- Enhanced flexibility and efficiency by enabling key team members to fine-tune NC programs during mass production
- Optimized NC path for shorter machining time while reducing wear on machine tools
- Used new CAM system to increase production capacity
Switching from the optical industry to aerospace
Founded in 1996, Either Tech was established by its parent company to serve the U.S. market. Four years later, the company built a new factory to control quality management and market its own products. It added precision machining to its service items in 2008, and has obtained certificates such as Quality Management System of ISO 9001, ISO14001 and AS 9100D, progressively enhancing its management and production capabilities. Either Tech engaged in comprehensive machining, with machine tools like lathe machines, milling machines and mill-turn complex machines as well as a variety of cleaning and measuring equipment.
Specializing in the development of parts for optical devices, the company is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of international brands such as Canon, Panasonic, Samsung TW and Blackmagic Design. It has a product catalog covering items such as camera mounts, lens mounts, cam, flash light accessories, and other relative camera parts. The company has gained customers’ trust, and as a result its products have been popular for more than a decade. However, global brands need to cut costs and seek lower-priced suppliers, and Either Tech’s management team is keenly aware of this shift.
Hsieh Chu Chi, vice president of Either Tech, believed the company needed to make an adjustment and resist the urge to take orders at lower prices while simultaneously increasing investment. In 2016, the company successfully established a second production line in Chiayi, Taiwan, launched mass production in April, 2017 and started to develop high-level products to enter the competitive aerospace market. The company now boasts large customers like AIDC, ChenFull International and JYR Aviation. Either Tech is confident in its ability to enter new markets due to its long-standing, quality centered corporate culture.
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