Solar panel prices are steadily falling, pushing cost-reduction measures upstream. As a result, solar panel and mounting manufacturers must find new ways to cut costs and stay competitive.
Forecasting long-term product demand is a crucial process for any manufacturer.
At a high level of execution, forecasting demand ensures enough product is produced to fulfill orders without creating surplus inventory—a challenge in a world of shifting demand and fluctuating raw material costs.
As a design engineer, you understand what type of production method is best suited for your design.
You understand that the metal fabrication option you choose can impact design integrity, production efficiency, and, ultimately, corporate profitability.
That may be only half the battle though. You may also need to convince a decision maker, such as a sourcing manager, of the value of alternative production methods such as roll forming, press braking or stamping, and justify why he should choose one of these methods—particularly if it isn’t historically how the part has been produced.